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Met Office Fail To Tell Whole Story Again

March 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Is it any wonder so many people distrust the Met Office these days, when they only give us half the story?

 

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2019/february-and-winter-statistics

 

Note the reference to “records dating back to 1910”.

Yet nowhere is there any mention that they have records dating back to the 1659, the CET, which show that February was far from record breaking:

 

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

 

As a taxpayer funded, public body, the Met Office have a duty to impartially publish all of the relevant facts, and not just the ones which suit their agenda.

 

As an aside, it is worth noting that the Met Office rarely even to bother put stories on their blog any longer, probably because of too many adverse comments. The last story was two months ago, and that was only to pat themselves on the back about an award to one of their staff.

19 Comments
  1. Athelstan. permalink
    March 4, 2019 1:23 pm

    Paul the weather prognostication and it’s primacy is no longer the case in the Met office, primarily the national weather forecasters are these days dedicated to spieling rubbish, political advocates of all that the government and particulary the likes of the BEIS and Claire Perry tell ’em to say.

  2. Gerry, England permalink
    March 4, 2019 1:48 pm

    The Meteorological Office used to be a respected organisation, but much like the BBC, it has been hollowed out by the creeping centre-left cancer. It has no need to be impartial as it has nothing to fear in the way of enforcement. Once again the Great Donald sets the lead by stating that universities that don’t allow free speech – translated as anyone not towing the centre-left line is banned – will not receive government funds. Imagine a policy like that here extending to the BBC and MetO.

  3. quaesoveritas permalink
    March 4, 2019 1:56 pm

    On a slightly different topic, the MO warning about storm Freya was almost totally useless for my location on the NE coast.
    During the warning period the wind dropped and was stronger both before and after.
    Moreover as usual, the MO forecast did not really correlate with the warning period.
    Unfortunately the BBC forecast is no better than that from the MO.

  4. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 4, 2019 1:58 pm

    So a long way from being the hottest February ever, which was over twenty years ago.

    So the BBC headline will be “This February cooler than twenty years ago” presumably?

  5. March 4, 2019 2:04 pm

    I think that’s cherry blossom in the Met Office’s post. How appropriate…

  6. Trevor Shurmer permalink
    March 4, 2019 2:21 pm

    Paul, on a related issue, I happened to catch about 10 minutes of Radio 5 live today at 1.15pm or thereabouts, they were discussing climate, and the two interviewees I heard were a Professor ranting on (including how great China are at producing renewables), and a poor 25 year old who seems close to suicide over the panic she feels about climate change. I had to switch it off in the end as I was so frustrated at the lack of balance, the useless interviewing, which we would expect from the BBC. It might be worth a listen on catch up if you didn’t listen.

    • March 4, 2019 2:52 pm

      Nicky Campbell is a closet witch-burning zealot, he had a shocking rant about “deniers” recently, before remembering the annoying fact that the BBC is not there in order to broadcast his personal opinions. I also recall R5 broadcasting from National Grid a few years ago, the presenter was in raptures about the high percentage of demand being met by wind power … at about 6am. An hour later the presenter declined to give the percentage when demand had risen to breakfast time levels.

  7. Patsy Lacey permalink
    March 4, 2019 2:38 pm

    This was the contribution from our local green looney tunes
    https://onthewight.com/isle-of-wight-mp-criticised-for-absence-from-first-climate-change-debate-for-over-two-years/

  8. March 4, 2019 3:00 pm

    According to the undergrad textbook “Atmosphere, Weather and Climate” by Barry and Chorley, Hubert Lamb identified FIVE natural seasons in the UK, one of which is described as: Late Winter and Early Spring, … the long spells at this time of year can be of very different types, so that in some years it is midwinter weather, while in other years there is an early spring from about LATE FEBRUARY.

  9. doran435@outlook.com permalink
    March 4, 2019 4:34 pm

    The MO comments don’t correlate to the chart of CET mean Feb temps below.

  10. March 4, 2019 4:57 pm

    I love how the Met Office carefully control the narrative, even to the point of turning causation on its head.

    “With the high temperatures came plenty of sunshine.”

    Er, I think what they meant to say is that with the warm air being funneled up from the Sahara came clear skies and lots of sunshine, which further contributed to the extraordinary daytime maximum temperatures! But I guess if they had said that, it wouldn’t leave much elbow room for the forthcoming climate change attribution, would it?

  11. Sonic boom permalink
    March 4, 2019 5:51 pm

    Not surprising as no one gets the truth anymore all reports are mostly faked up to keep people either in the dark or inflame them details of the weather are no different that’s probably why every one nowadays are disillusioned

  12. Stonyground permalink
    March 4, 2019 7:02 pm

    Even if it were true that the instrumental temperature records only go back to 1910, 109 years is much too short a time for drawing any meaningful conclusions about the climate. This is especially true as the little ice age only ended less than a century earlier and it would hardly be a surprise if it were to continue to get slightly warmer even now.

  13. March 4, 2019 8:17 pm

    When you have someone whose job it is to attribute any weather event to fossil fuels you have to give him the support he needs:

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/people/peter-stott

    “Peter leads the Climate Monitoring and Attribution team. He is an expert in the attribution of climate change to anthropogenic and natural causes”. (Natural, not so much)

  14. Charlie permalink
    March 4, 2019 11:37 pm

    The BBC busied themselves today by offering up a couple of daft females propagandizing on climate change. They were from an organisation called birthstrike – yes,they are not having kids ‘cos climate change. Nauseating spots on both the Victoria Derbyshire Show (BBC 1) and Nihal Arthanayake programme (Radio 5)

  15. tom0mason permalink
    March 5, 2019 1:30 am

    The Met Office gives you all the finest weather propaganda that the government (using your taxes) can buy.
    As Astrophysicist Professor Valentina Zharkova said about the coming global cooling and the solar minimum —

    MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT, AND MAYBE I AM RIGHT. … IT ISN’T LONG TO WAIT … THE SUN WILL DECIDE VERY SHORTLY.

    In the video https://youtu.be/M_yqIj38UmY she tells it like it is.

    The bottom line is that given the probabilities is this government, or any government, prepared for any amount of global cooling?
    With the UK government pushing to eliminate coal burning, so the UK can instead rely on imported foreign gas and unreliable wind and solar; as UK manufacturing industries dwindle, the country relies on holding little stocks of anything and importing through ‘just-in-time’ ordering.
    Is the UK preparing for a probable cooler climate, or is the government relying on the very expensive but unreliable warming forecasts of the Met Office, and the illogical prognostications UN-IPCC and their cultish advocates?

    As students strike for a better climate because they’re indoctrinated to believe that humans control the climate via pifflingly small industrial venting of CO2. They show true (miseducated) ignorance about historical weather patterns and climate variations. So far this planet has warmed by about just 1°C since the end of the Little Ice Age — that natural 1°C warming is no catastrophe.
    Maybe the American Presidential candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is correct for all the wrong reasons, we have only 12 years maximum to get our act together — 12 years more of cooling, 12 more years of increasing energy-poverty, and 12 years of growing winter death counts.

  16. paul weldon permalink
    March 5, 2019 11:07 am

    A few notes on the high February temperatures, after gaining access to a little more of the Met Office data:
    The station at Trawsgoed was only opened in 1992, and is subject to the very occasional foehn effect. THe only other foehn event for February was in 2008, when max temperatures reached 18.2C. With these events only happening on rare occasions, it is misleading to use the phrase ‘since records began’, then giving the date of the first records as 1910. The same applies to Kew, where there appear to be 2 different stations used, Kew ran from 1881-1980, whereas Kew Gardens has only been supplying data from 1981 to the present. With Kew (either station) there is also the UHI effect which has not been taken into account. It is worth noting that the temperatures the met office are quoting are unadjusted, whereas using CET the adjustments for UHI have already been made.

  17. Ulric Lyons permalink
    March 6, 2019 1:03 am

    Paul, take a close look at minimum and then maximum temperatures for a selection of February’s, and then see the very large difference between min and max for Feb 2019:
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

    That’s air pollution amplifying daytime temperatures. The same happened in in the record warm Easter of April 2011, in the summer heatwave of 1783 when the UK was engulfed in near surface fumes and ash clouds from Laki, and with forest fire smoke in the Moscow summer heatwave of 2010.
    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/warning-being-outdoors-today-air-15894276

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