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Death of Philip Eden

January 11, 2018

By Paul Homewood

h/t GreenSand



It is sad to report the passing away of Philip Eden, meteorologist and weather historian.

His weekly columns for the Sunday Telegraph were never less than interesting, in stark contrast to some of the weather reporting we get now from the likes of Peter Stanford.

In particular, Eden, despite being an ardent believer in global warming, regularly challenged the hyping of extreme weather events. He could usually be relied upon to explain that such events were just as bad in the past.

The Telegraph obituary sums him up neatly:

But Eden himself derived the greatest satisfaction from demolishing the various claims of the “never had it like this before” brigade.

“Having spent more than 30 years in the forecasting business,” he wrote in 2008, “I have become rather proprietorial about the weather, and become quite cross when other people blame extreme weather for their own shortcomings … Those we charge with looking after the nation’s infrastructure … routinely blame ‘unprecedented’ weather when they fail to do their job. It provides a handy excuse for government’s failure to maintain adequate flood defences or the water companies’ lack of financial provision for drought.”

Agencies such as the Met Office and the Environment Agency, he claimed, seemed sometimes to be selecting the statistics their political masters wanted to hear. During the summer floods of 2007, for example, much was made of the claim that May, June and July comprised the wettest such three-month period in 242 years of records – a key statistic in the Government’s review of the official response to the floods.

But, Eden pointed out, it was only the wettest May-to-July period: “If you look at all the three-month periods on record, May-July 2007 was merely the 42nd wettest; in other words, such a large total will recur once every six years, on average. In fact, higher rainfall totals occurred in the winter of 2002-3 and the autumn of 2000.” Extreme weather, he maintained, “is part and parcel of our climate and it is wrong to treat it as new every time it happens”.

The full obituary can be read here.


He will be sadly missed.

  1. Malcolm Bell permalink
    January 11, 2018 4:21 pm

    My condolences to his family.

    Why is it the good people we lose young?

    Reason has taken another blow.

  2. January 11, 2018 4:24 pm

    Very sad news. I was an avid follower of his Telegraph articles

  3. January 11, 2018 4:25 pm

    Thank you for this very balanced report on the V death of Philip Eden.
    Planet Earth began 5 Ga ago in a uppernova solar explosion, more than10^8 times longer than the observation time fort climate change by any weatherman, Planet Earth and its pulsar-centered core will be humming along long Ayer we are all departed

  4. NeilC permalink
    January 11, 2018 4:44 pm

    A sad loss. His work on the CET after the UKMO hijacked it, was rationality itself.

  5. dearieme permalink
    January 11, 2018 5:08 pm

    His columns were very good in absolute terms, not merely relative to the new bozo. I’m glad that the Tel gave him an obit of decent length.

  6. Bloke down the pub permalink
    January 11, 2018 5:57 pm

    One of the good guys and will be missed.

    Paul, do you prefer notifications in the comments of an article, or in your About section?

  7. David Richardson permalink
    January 11, 2018 6:29 pm

    RIP Philip Eden. Condolences to his family.

    His balanced and reasoned view of all things meteorological will be sadly missed.

    I agree with NeilC about his contribution to the neutrality of CET.

    • roger permalink
      January 11, 2018 11:07 pm

      He disappeared from the pages of the DT some time ago only to be replaced with the witterings of warmist replacements in line with the change in editorial policy and the death of what had been a reliable and respected paper.
      His unbiased CET temperature record was often at odds with the MET’s confection and chimed with experience rather than the questionable feel to the official record.
      How sad that he didn’t live to see his misgivings and suspicions vindicated after all his work in the attempt to keep the MO honest.

  8. Ben Vorlich permalink
    January 11, 2018 7:01 pm

    Very sad news, Condolences to his family.

    He always wrote well considered pieces on weather events.

  9. January 12, 2018 1:57 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Very sad news. Always found his columns and writing refreshing.

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