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Met weather claims sound like hot air

July 8, 2018

By Paul Homewood



Booker has fun with the Met Office today:


Met weather claims sound like hot air

There have been serious question marks over the eagerness of the Met Office (invariably echoed by the BBC) to claim that some day, month or year has been the “hottest ever recorded”. And no one has been more assiduous in providing a reality check to these claims than Paul Homewood, via his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog.

Repeatedly he has proved to be rather more rigorous in checking out the Met Office’s own voluminous weather archives than the Met Office itself. The most notorious example was its much-touted claim that July 1 2015 was the “hottest July day ever recorded”. Homewood soon discovered that the source for this was a thermometer next to a runway at Heathrow airport showing the temperature briefly spiking up to 98F (36.7C). No other weather stations nearby showed a reading anything like so high. While the Met Office defended its reading, it seemed the “record” could have been due only to a blast of heat from a passing airliner.

Unsurprisingly, in this year’s recent warmth, the Met Office (and the BBC) has been at it again. When it claimed that the UK had seen its “hottest May ever”, Homewood suggested this was unlikely, since the record for England alone showed May 2018 to have been only the 18th warmest since 1659. When, on June 28, the Met Office trumpeted that Motherwell had registered “the hottest temperature ever recorded in Scotland”, 90F (32.2C), Homewood ascertained from the Met Office the coordinates of its weather station. Google Earth showed that its thermometer was on a Tarmac car park, which breaks the rule that they must be 100ft away from such temperature distortions. The nearest weather station, 10 miles away, recorded a temperature of 85F (29.4C).

No sooner had Homewood published this than the Met Office withdrew its claim, admitting that its reading might have been affected by “a parked car nearby, left with its engine running”.


The Met Office will no doubt bleat about the unfairness of it all, and remind us how they diligently checked it all out.

But I can guarantee that they won’t explain why they are still using a thermometer in such a blatantly unsuitable position, or whether they were even aware of the fact.

  1. dwalton1967 permalink
    July 8, 2018 10:14 am

    As I noted on Friday, I have a comment at the Met Office blog asking them for photos of the site. As of last night the comment is still in moderation at their end, which suggests to me they don’t have any.

  2. July 8, 2018 10:40 am

    With Christopher Booker we have one of only a few honest media people who are prepared to report the truth and not the fake news that the BBC loves.

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    July 8, 2018 11:00 am

    Strike another one for Mr Paul Homewood, the arch enemy of Fake Climate News.

  4. July 8, 2018 11:06 am

    Next thing you know, Paul, they’ll fly a balloon of you over London.

    • mikewaite permalink
      July 8, 2018 11:26 am

      Excellent suggestion Joan , because then 8 million bemused Londoners , plus the audience of the BBC and ITV will start Googling to find out who this Paul Homewood is , discover the Notalot website and become converted to Climate change scepticism.
      Now, where do we get the ballon?

    • Joe Public permalink
      July 8, 2018 12:52 pm

      • Joe Public permalink
        July 8, 2018 12:57 pm

        Context for Joan & other non-Brits .. our childish anti-Trump mayor of London wants to grandstand:

      • Martin Howard Keith Brumby permalink
        July 8, 2018 2:49 pm

        The ‘Lord’ Mayor of Sheffield does look (and sound) a little like the Mayor of London.
        I wonder if they are related?

        I bet The Donald is absolutely distraught.

      • July 9, 2018 11:14 am

        Have you seen this one? I saw it on FB several days ago and found the article. Dueling balloons?

        Donald Trump has a great sense of humor. When he says things, we laugh our heads off while the left takes it seriously and goes into a meltdown. Hmmm, I wonder if their meltdowns are contributing to global climate change? Are they near temperature sensing stations? A lot to ponder.

      • July 10, 2018 11:47 am

        Joe Public: Yep, we get that he is grandstanding. We have our own bunch.

        I have watched the London Mayor be a dunce for some years. However, since he is your dunce and not ours, I hesitate to opine as it is not my country and you can run yours as you wish. We settled that problem from 1776-1783. And then continued until the Battle of New Orleans in January, 1815 with the final settlement.

        However, I must say that Khan looks more that part of a whining baby than the Trump he intends to portray. Trump is plain spoken, gets to the point and trolls the media with his Twitter out-put.

        If the brief visit to the UK is covered even somewhat fairly, you will see a much different person than the one usually portrayed. Also, First Lady Melania Trump is a jewel. She is the epitome of class and grace. Donald Trump is a very gracious man who thanks people at almost every turn.

  5. donald penman permalink
    July 8, 2018 6:11 pm

    The grass around Lincoln is looking very parched and dried out which is what you expect from a real heat wave it is strange then that this is first time we have seen this for many years despite every year and summer month being the hottest ever.

  6. BLACK PEARL permalink
    July 8, 2018 6:25 pm

    Problem with all this, constant propaganda machine of fake 1/2 truths, when a Govt mouth piece does actually need to impart important need to know information / warning to the public it will backfire and be ignored.

    • Paddy permalink
      July 9, 2018 11:09 am

      Absolutely correct, and already there are firm signs that this is already happening.

    • July 9, 2018 11:10 am

      You mean like the little boy who cried wolf?

      • Joe Public permalink
        July 9, 2018 7:38 pm


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