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Dorks Of Dorking

June 28, 2019

By Paul Homewood



The latest climate dorks are the dopey councillors at Mole Valley, based at Dorking in South East Surrey:






The River Mole, which runs from Sussex till it meets the Thames near East Molesey, was the epicentre of the flood in 1968, which the late senior meteorologist Philip Eden described as the most severe inland flood to hit the Home Counties in the last 100 years.

“Floods Devastate South – Hundreds of Homes Evacuated”; that was the front page headline in the Daily Telegraph just over 40 years ago. In fact the date was Monday 16 September, 1968.

This was probably the most severe inland flood to hit the Home Counties in the last 100 years – the North Sea coastal floods of February 1, 1953, were worse, particularly in terms of loss of life. Mercifully, the September 1968 flood took no lives. Things were worst on the Monday and Tuesday by which time water covered roughly 280 sq km of land – that is the equivalent of one-sixth of the area of Surrey – and some 25 thousand homes were flooded.

Indeed, Surrey suffered more than any other county. In Esher alone roughly eight thousand houses, roughly one-third of the urban district’s housing stock, had water damage, and a further four thousand properties were similarly affected in the adjacent towns of Walton and Weybridge, Chertsey and Addlestone, and Woking. In Guildford, town-centre shops were flooded to depth of 2.5 metres.

Several road and rail bridges were badly damaged; six of these suffered major collapse and subsequently had to be completely rebuilt. Most of the main roads taking traffic south and west from London were blocked for at least 24 hours (some of them for three days). Farmers suffered considerable losses too, especially those with root crops, although the cereal harvest had been completed by the end of August.

The floods were the result of a prolonged downpour which lasted for the best part of two days. This in turn was caused by a vigorous depression which had become stationary over France; two contrasting air-masses – a very warm and very moist one which had originated over the western Mediterranean, and a cool moist one from the Baltic Sea – converged over southeast England, and the line of convergence moved very little during that astonishingly wet weekend.

This weather pattern bore some similarity to the one which prevailed across Essex, London, Surrey and Hampshire last week (on Tuesday 15th) although this year’s event was at least two orders of magnitude less severe than the 1968 event.

Then, a broad belt extending from the New Forest to the Thames Estuary received over 75mm of rain. That is the equivalent of six weeks’ worth of rain in less than 48 hours. Some 75mm also fell in a much narrower belt along the line of the Chiltern Hills from south Buckinghamshire across Hertfordshire to west Suffolk. A sizeable are covering much of Surrey, west Kent, southeast London and south Essex was deluged with more than 150mm of rain, and two rainfall-recording sites in Essex – Tilbury and Stifford – received slightly more than 200mm, which is more than they had had during the whole of the summer quarter.






The floods were so bad that they were given that ubiquitous title “once in every 1000 years” title:




Flooding on the Mole is not unusual, for instance in 1951:



Indeed the Molesey History Society has photographic of many such floods back to the 19thC:




All of these weather disasters occurred during an era of low CO2 levels, and presumably the dopey councillors of Mole Valley would like us to return to those times.

  1. HotScot permalink
    June 28, 2019 10:51 pm

    Encourage them. The whole thing is becoming a laughing stock as it gets down to local level.

    • Up2snuff permalink
      June 29, 2019 11:15 am

      HotScot, trouble is, if you do that, they charge us more Council Tax for joining in the daftness.

  2. Mervyn Hobden permalink
    June 28, 2019 11:45 pm

    Up until 5 years ago, the key tapping climate modellers were blissfully unawares of the full influence of the jet stream on both climate and and weather. Both are non-linear and therefore the assumption of normally distributed events is inapplicable. A power law clustering leads to spikes in distribution frequency which has nothing to do with linear change. So the use of previous records to falsely claim correlation to a ‘trend’ is poor science.

    • P T Chase permalink
      June 29, 2019 4:52 am

      At a small flying school on the edge of the Hamble river, I was taught about the jet stream and how it affected the weather at the surface. That was 45 years ago. How can they not know about the jet stream and its influence? (shakes head in despair)

      • Sheri permalink
        June 29, 2019 12:42 pm

        You assume they care. This is NOT about facts or science. It’s about totalitarian rule and it’s WORKING very, very well. It’s too hard now to oppose totalitarians—easier to pretend all is well.

  3. Chris permalink
    June 29, 2019 2:08 am

    The numb skulls did it Dorset too.


  4. Gamecock permalink
    June 29, 2019 2:52 am

    England has been Cfb (Koeppen) for centuries. There is no climate change.

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 29, 2019 3:07 am

    With apologies to the writer of the history of penny dreadfuls (or was it Dick Barton?):
    With one bound the Councillors are free (of sanity, not burning stakes).

  6. Peter F Gill permalink
    June 29, 2019 7:00 am

    G3: Dick Barton was a Special Agent. The best part of that series was the music. The reason that MVDC has gone bananas is that the last elections saw the Lib. Dems take control. I have talked to the local rep many times. Logical arguments do not work with such people. I thought that I had made a breakthrough when one of the high profile supporters of the Extinction Rebellion, Amanda Holden invited me to give a talk in Dorking as to why we need not worry about a climate emergency of the type envisaged. I agreed to talk but said that in my opinion her colleagues were likely to ask her to withdraw her invitation. I have heard no more since. As that conversation is more than a month ago I think we can speculate that it is not going to happen. Of course the Lib Dems are not alone on the “climate Issue” or indeed Brexit. In fact a majority of Members of the Commons support the outrageous Climate Change Act and appear to support attempts to sabotage Brexit.

  7. June 29, 2019 7:18 am

    One thing is certain, Dorks are now nationwide as there is scarcely any council that has not declared a climate emergency.

  8. Silver Dynamite permalink
    June 29, 2019 7:47 am

    Another town I am now too scared to visit.

  9. June 29, 2019 7:59 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  10. Athelstan. permalink
    June 29, 2019 10:21 am

    paul the weather dork on al beeb last night predicting 30º for south Yorks, I predict it won’t happen but I do predict a “warmest evah” somewhere on the heafrow or gatwick tarmac or in the Gravesend oven centre honest injun!

    shaffleknuckle was at it last night, warmest evah and linking it spuriously to the great al warmist scam claim – man made wibbling.

    Keep the scam going, the investment banksters rely on it.

  11. June 29, 2019 10:28 am

    Sent email to
    Dear Sir/Madam

    This article came to my attention Mole Valley – Declaring a Climate Emergency in Mole Valley
    Mole Valley – Declaring a Climate Emergency in Mole Valley

    I think that you should alert your residents that there tax money could well be wasted due to climate paranoia. There is no climate emergency. It is crazy to think there is.
    To set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 must be the stupidest goal you could set.
    So what they going to do make it illegal to drive vehicles. Close all factories and farms. Will breathing still be permissible.
    Mole Valley has along history of flooding this has noting to do with CO2
    see link
    You may wish to replace these deluded people with some more concerned with spending precious resources on real and existing needs in Mole Valley before they make some very silly decisions.

    Brian Sides

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:55 pm

    There is a big cock on the roundabout just near to the council offices in Dorking…….

    Ah, 1968 – oh yes, recall looking around the area then. Leatherhead flooded – have a photo of that somewhere. In one of the photos above you can see a bridge destroyed which was one of many. A lot were never rebuilt but replaced by a footbridge. The A25 used to be a small country lane as it crossed the river approaching from Reigate. The original bridge next to the garden centre was one of those that went. Approaching Mickleham Bends going on A24 north to Leatherhead another bridge went. The bridge at Betchworth is still there but you can see that the arch is quite small and in heavy flows it acts as a choke and floods the road there – clue is the raised footway.

  13. Gamecock permalink
    June 29, 2019 12:59 pm

    ‘Time is of the essence and, while we would want to achieve this earlier, we will do everything in our power to become carbon neutral by 2030.’


    And we are going to do something about it in a decade.

    ‘Time is of the essence.’ Ha ha ha ha!

    Emergencies just aren’t what they used to be.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 29, 2019 1:19 pm

      I think the cocks are just puffing out their breasts and crowing. Local government has very little power to act independent of Westminster and the supreme government in Brussels. They might also like to heed the warning that they rule only by consent and should that consent be withdrawn en mass there is little they could do about it. If every Mole Valley resident refused to pay their council tax their resources would be swamped and the system would collapse.

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