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Scorching July?

July 26, 2018

By Paul Homewood

Peter Stott sees “heatwaves gripping the northern hemisphere”.

I see weather.




  1. Tom Dowter permalink
    July 26, 2018 7:04 pm

    Joe Bastardi is right. If you want to study climate change, you need to examine GLOBAL data – and for a longer period than just one complete month. Examining local data over short periods tells us nothing.

  2. July 26, 2018 7:32 pm

    Peter Stott has been producing alarmist unscientific nonsense since he first came to my attention over 10 years ago. Now Professor Philip Stott, well he was really good. It’s a pity he gave up his blog, his writings and his appearances on the BBC.

    • July 26, 2018 7:57 pm

      You mean there are two Peter Stotts
      and the one you linked to is the excellent Professor Philip Stott, of Geography at ULU
      ..he used to appear on BBC radio4 Home Planet panel, speaking a lot of sense and occasionally mentioning WUWT
      What did the BBC do ? Stopped the prog
      And then stopped Quentin Cooper’s properly balance science show
      and replaced the shows with ones that only Climate Alarmists were allowed on unopposed..’build that narrative, cos we are saving the world”

      • July 26, 2018 8:52 pm

        That was also the time that the BBC stopped having any proper, balanced science programmes. The “science” programmes are now just pop-science presented by pop-scientists.

    • July 26, 2018 8:19 pm

      I meant there are two Professor Stotts
      Prof Peter Stott vs Prof Phillip Stott of ULU

      Here’s a direct link to The good Prof Stott speaking at IQ2US Debate
      : Global Warming Is Not A Crisis
      \\ This debate took place in 2007. The warmists had their asses kicked. I can see why they stopped debating and claimed the is science settled.
      The win is even more impressive when you consider that the voting audience is made up of PBS members (donors) that had been fed a steady diet of alarmism //

      • July 26, 2018 8:21 pm

        Bad Youtube , you defaulted to the start instead of minute 40
        try this link

      • HotScot permalink
        July 27, 2018 12:04 am


        Excellent, never seen that debate before. Although I suspected Gavin Schmidt was a Brit, I hadn’t bothered to confirm it. I’m ashamed that grinning, smarmy, scientific assassin is from our shores.

        Nor have I any idea what the woman brought to the debate, she seemed to recite a charge sheet assembled form all the worlds media and tell us all how bad the problem is, with no evidence.

        The three sceptics were clear and convincing on a number of levels.

    • July 27, 2018 1:24 pm

      When this is your job title, “Scientific Strategic Head for the Climate Monitoring and Attribution areas”.

      Then that’s what you do, attribute….

      “He is an expert in the attribution of climate change to anthropogenic and natural causes.”

      Is there any meaning in this word salad?

      “He leads the development of the scientific research for developing a better observational evidence base for responding to climate variability and change and and for improving our understanding of the causes of observed changes. The group is responsible for developing observational data sets for monitoring, including the HadCRUT global surface temperature series, and for enabling the better use of observations to improve the skill of climate forecasts through better model initialisation, and through better understanding of current model deficiencies to improve the representation of processes in models.”

      “The research for his PhD at Imperial College, London was atmospheric modelling of the environmental consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.”

      There were none:

  3. July 26, 2018 7:33 pm

    25-26th National Global Warming Day
    6pm last night Harra and co on BBC news were hyping
    ..that tumbled over into input from @MaryCreaghMP and her Climate Committee

    But what counts is what happens in the real world, so although you guys in the concrete jungle may have a heatwave, here in Scunthorpe , it’s not been 1976 , we’ve had a SUNwave not a heatwave, cos although the rooftop office heated up due to sun, as soon as I got on my bike in the street or gone into the orchard there’s been a constant breeze usually from the east, sometimes from the west, so it’s not been sweltering I’ve been wearing log sleeves.

    Now today was interesting it was sweaty this morning at the market, but I could already sense the change, with gusts of wind from the opposite direction
    .. but meanwhile the mediaLand people were getting their “hottest summer since 1976” narratives ready.
    By 5pm it was obvious the passing storms would be coming earlier than expected

    so the storms came at 5:30pm and 6pm

    Hey TV at 9pm Channel 5 Heatwave: Scorched Britain Live

    • July 26, 2018 7:42 pm

      So as I say Medialand are busy building their narrative
      Joanna Haigh and hashtag. #HeatwaveOn5 will no doubt be on at 9pm

      Meanwhile local news aired their reports

      ITV : #1 “Oh scary scary farmers will run out of cattle feed in the winter we are at the parched farm, blah, blah
      ..but one issue is the way straw is going to bio-fuel power stations”
      Good on ITV for admitting this ..yep UK straw price has been pushed up.

      ITV #2 “here we are LIVE at the dogs home, with the advice not to walk your dog in the heat”
      .. yes mate, but it’s raining here and your shot is very dark cos of the storm clouds in your sky

      BBC : They were ready with their heatwave reports , but they’d sent there weather man to Cleethorpes for the live report. He hadn’t got the rain, but had to fess up about the clouds he had
      … and coming rains tonight and tmw.

      • July 27, 2018 7:21 am

        Hi Stew,

        We are just down the road from you (in the sticks, couple miles north of Brigg). Awesome thunderstorm here since teatime yesterday and still going on now. We’ve had an inch of rain overnight too with more expected today and tomorrow.

        As you correctly said, while temperatures have been warm it is certainly not on a par with ’76 as I remember that year very well (I’m an old git).

        Looks like the long dry spell has finally broken and we are in for a cooler week.

        It seems to happen regularly, that by the time our kids break up for summer hols the weather turns wet. It has happened so many times now it is getting a bit annoying! I was hoping this year the sun morning might last for most of their summer hols.

      • July 27, 2018 12:23 pm

        @mud4fun Brigg market, that was me shouting the strawberries.
        I’m 2 miles the other side of Brigg, so as I cycled home I had Radio Lincolnshire telling me storms are coming..then later The Mary Creagh prepare for more hot summers and deaths report so I switched to Radio Humberside, but then 5 minutes later the same flippin alarmism report came up there.
        Then 5 minutes after I got home the real storm started.

        Do you think there was a D-notice (do not report notice) about the Scunthorpe steelworks emergency ?
        8am customers were telling us about the steelworks entrances being closed and people told to stay away from work due to the bomb threats
        Twitter was full of reports, like official from British Steel
        9am the media were on it, talk of environmentalists had phoned in a bomb scare .
        You stop the steel plant for an hour , then you are looking at costs of £millions each hour.
        However bombs on the steelworks don’t make sense as the place is already support dangerous and full of safety measures.
        Then at 9:40am the steelworks announced ..all over, gates open.

        The press were slower , but stopped tweets by lunchtime.
        Then gets to 6pm local TV news ..nada of ITV or BBC
        Which makes sense , cos if it was publicity seeking enviro activists then you don’t reward them with publicity.

    • saparonia permalink
      July 27, 2018 1:35 pm

      I threw out the telly, I no longer have to worry about anything

  4. A C Osborn permalink
    July 26, 2018 9:07 pm

    No mention of the thousands of cattle dying in Bolivia due to excess Snow.
    Or the state of emergency in Peru due to cold & snow.
    That is also just weather.

  5. July 26, 2018 9:30 pm

    Climate alarmists are so predictable sometimes, we could write their crummy scripts for them. Now they say it ‘could’ be like this regularly – in 30 years’ time.

    It ‘could’ be anything. Yawn.

    • dave permalink
      July 27, 2018 7:09 am

      I blame the prophet “Elon the Tesla;” who is obviously the same as “Elijah the Tishbite,” who says, in I Kings 17:1,

      “…there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but by my word.”

  6. mikewaite permalink
    July 27, 2018 7:40 am

    There is an objective and emotive – less study required into exactly how and why the BBC became the mouthpiece of the alarmists.
    Was it driven by the honest but perhaps naive enthusiasm of a group of journalists like Harrabin et al who persuaded the senior management and producers to slant news in a particular way ?
    Was it the influence of one, almost saintly, figure like D Attenborough who has lived all his life within the BBC and was at times controller of programmes, so knows the instruments of power within the BBC better than anyone else
    Was it ordered from the top , the Governors ,who seem to be largely of a strongly Leftist persuasion and see the political advantages of a population reduced to submission by fear of “climageddon”.
    Although the BBC pension fund (heavily in deficit) has a £50 million stake in Tesla Motors , I do not believe that there is any financial motive for the BBC hard line on global warming and climate change – it is ideology that is driving it , not thoughts of financial gain.
    The practical questions include:
    how to collect evidence of the shift from objective to biassed reporting – are recordings of old news and documentary programmes available
    who is going to do the work? Not a person in a vulnerable academic position obviously , so it must be us ?

    • July 27, 2018 8:13 am

      The Biased Broadcasting Corp have been like that for decades. AGW is just the latest of a series of fads they have had were their liberal ideology has taken precedence over quality journalism.

      Back in the late 90’s they threw their weight behind the anti 4×4 lobby. Their reporting was grossly exaggerated to the point of out right lies.

      For example, in one particular news article they reported that 4×4’s were involved in a huge percentage (can’t remember the exact figure they quoted) of all road deaths, it was accompanied by images of Land Rovers. It turned out that they had used a report based on data that simply had a flag to say if all wheels were driven or not. Thus the accident stats actually included 4WD cars such as Subaru impreza, Mitsubishi evo, Audi Quattro etc, basically high power sports cars and at the time it was true that many of those were being stolen and crashed in addition to those being crashed by driving too fast for the conditions etc. Of the all wheel drive vehicles involved in road deaths only 1% were Land Rovers. The BBC, like much of the media follow the mantra that don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Sadly, this has now gotten so extreme they are putting millions of lives, jobs and communities at risk.

      • July 27, 2018 8:34 am

        Another example was when the BBC gave airtime to a friends of the earth campaign to put posters on 4x4s to warn the owners (such as me) that we were destroying the planet.

        I actually found a women putting such a poster on my Land Rover. After a heated debate she stormed off, got in her vehicle and drove off. She was driving a Chrysler Voyager which emitted nearly double the CO2 of my Land Rover!!

        My neighbours had similar story, they found posters on their diesel Freelander but none on their high performance petrol Audi that was parked next to it. The Audi being far worse on emissions. The whole campaign was ill thought out and badly executed by a group of brain dead liberal housewives with nothing better to do with their time. It seems the BBC didn’t do any research into the campaign before they supported it.

  7. July 27, 2018 8:42 am

    Of course it’s a bit different in the southern hemisphere…

    Date: 26/07/18

    • Ian Johnson permalink
      July 27, 2018 12:08 pm

      Llamas and alpacas are dying because of an unusually cold winter in the Andes
      By Alan Hernández

      July 22, 2016 | 5:25 pm Is the date a misprint?

  8. saparonia permalink
    July 27, 2018 1:23 pm

    The actual satellite picture with a low pressure system over Ireland, no lightening over Ireland
    and the weather forecast with imaginary lightening all over Ireland

  9. July 27, 2018 2:50 pm

    University of Reading is also on the heatwave alarmism bandwagon

  10. July 27, 2018 3:43 pm

    My son alerted me to this nonsense published by the BBC. He is a professional environmental consultant and reckons he had collected more data in his university dissertations focused on the Swiss Alps.

  11. July 27, 2018 4:21 pm

    Interesting site…

  12. July 27, 2018 4:46 pm

    There are some who think the BBC is into climate change denial:

    “On 24 July, Prof Stephen Belcher appeared on BBC Newsnight. As the Met Office’s chief scientist, he gave an expert opinion about the reasons behind soaring temperatures in Europe and around the world.

    But after the broadcast, the BBC tweeted:
    “The heatwave that we’ve got is probably part of natural cycles in the weather” – The Chief Scientist at the Met Office, Stephen Belcher, explains the significance of this summer’s heatwave.

    Although it subsequently deleted the tweet, it was too little, too late. The BBC needs to raise its game in reporting on climate change.”

    The stuff that follows is absolutely amazing.

  13. July 27, 2018 8:51 pm

    @stewgreen, no I had not heard of the bomb scare at the steel works. If it turns out to be some environmentalist they should string them up in the centre of Scunthorpe and let the people deal with them. The whole town relies heavily on that steelworks and we have only just celebrated the great news about it turning a good profit and attracting big investment.

    Did you get the awesome thunderstorm this evening? Best I’ve experienced in many years. Literally hundreds of lightening flashes, torrential rain, strong winds and eerily dark skies for 7pm on a summers day.

    We’ve now had 35mm of rainfall here over last two days, the garden is breathing a big sigh of relief 🙂

    • July 29, 2018 10:43 pm

      Friday 6:40 the mini tornado started
      The high impact hailstones means the wood surfaces got pockmarked by the shotblasting hail, which all holed all 9 of our polycarbonate roofing panels in the conservatory and the neighbours as well
      There’s loads of trees partially downed as well.

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