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BBC Climate Check–April 2021

May 8, 2021

By Paul Homewood


The absurd Ben Rich presents the latest BBC “Climate” Check. (He really means weather):






He begins with a quick run down of “extreme” weather events, supposedly linked to global warming:

  • A warm March day at Kew, which was 2 degrees cooler than one in 1968
  • Early cherry blossom, the result of urban warming
  • Yellow dust in China (no, me neither!)
  • Floods in East Timor, which obviously never happened before.

But then he moves on to a grossly dishonest section about tornadoes, going into great detail to describe some violent twisters in Alabama. He does issue a mealy mouthed statement that climate scientists don’t know if there is any connection between global warming and tornadoes – but if that is the case, why even include tornadoes in a “Climate Check”. The obvious intention is to link the two in viewers minds.

In fact the number of tornadoes in the US this year is running well below average, and the worst decade for tornadoes by far was the 1970s, when the global climate was cooling. Something Mr Rich might have mentioned.

The Alabama tornado he mentions was only an EF-3 (maximum is EF-5). Typically there are about 40 EF-3s and stronger each year, with the majority hitting during spring. In short, there is nothing remotely unusual about either the Alabama tornado or the tornado season so far.

  1. May 8, 2021 12:39 pm

    Maybe someday these liars will be brought to justice or sued for damages.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      May 8, 2021 1:17 pm

      Dream on !!!

  2. Alan Drabble permalink
    May 8, 2021 1:05 pm

    Sounds like the biggest twister was standing in front of the camera.

  3. Dr Ken Pollock permalink
    May 8, 2021 1:46 pm

    Yellow dy=ust in China? Could that be something to do with loess? That is, woond blows soil? That has accumulated over the centuries to be the principla soil over vast areas of the far east – if my memeroy serves me well! Either way, nothing to get excited about or imagine is connected with “climate change”!!!

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      May 8, 2021 4:58 pm

      Also there is the Gobi desert in Mongolia and NE China, the third largest desert in the world at 450,000 sq miles. No doubt a prolific source of yellow dust.

  4. Charlie Flindt permalink
    May 8, 2021 1:47 pm

    Anyone else remember having an Action Man with the close-cropped black beard?

  5. Broadlands permalink
    May 8, 2021 1:55 pm

    “Meanwhile carbon dioxide levels are continuing to rise, despite temporary cuts in emissions due to the pandemic.”

    Did you happen to look around to see what happened to global economies when those CO2 emissions dropped? Do you want to continue that policy to leave people without long-distance travel by forcing further reductions in carbon fuel use? Are you crazy?

    • AC Osborn permalink
      May 8, 2021 8:28 pm

      His response to your questions would be yes, yes and of course not, it is a Climate Emergency don’t you know.

  6. May 8, 2021 2:13 pm

    Well, he had to find something to fill up his programme!!

  7. Penda100 permalink
    May 8, 2021 2:31 pm

    Isn’t it time for the BBC to be given its proper name – The Ministry of Truth.

  8. May 8, 2021 2:32 pm

    BBC May 1st tweet : Leading with tornadoes, then quick disclaimer at the end

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 8, 2021 8:40 pm

      OMG!! My wisteria is weeks later than the others in the village! Maybe that means my garden is in for early snow – or a drought! I wish these experts would tell me….

      • Julian Flood permalink
        May 8, 2021 10:32 pm

        The flower buds have been frosted. Well, mine have,


  9. May 8, 2021 2:43 pm

    But they’re using the “Second bite of the cherry” PR trick
    cos they also tweeted same video on April 13th
    *Devastating* #tornadoes recently hit southern US states.
    Ben Rich explains how they form
    and why they can be so dangerous
    in the latest #BBCClimateCheck Down pointing
    More on extreme spring weather and rising CO2 levels in the full version here:”

    That got a reply tweet from Prof. David Schultz (Manchester U)
    editor of the oldest meteorology journal in world
    Unfortunately, storms that form tornadoes
    don’t occur by the so-called “clash of air masses”.

    We’ve highlighted this before. Please get the science correct, @bbcweather

    The vids seem the same so basically seems the BBC ignored him.

  10. Gamecock permalink
    May 8, 2021 2:44 pm

    ‘Meanwhile carbon dioxide levels are continuing to rise, despite temporary cuts in emissions due to the pandemic.’

    So Man is NOT the source.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      May 8, 2021 4:15 pm

      That’s a massive problem.

      Dr Roy Spencer talks of a 6 month delay between human emissions and atmospheric concentrations showing, or not. How that plays out re the lockdown v actual concentrations remains to be seen.

      As things stand we had the biggest experiment in human history and I suspect it’s kicked an awful lot of people square in the nuts. Awkward!

  11. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 8, 2021 4:07 pm

    They lie by omission by deliberately leaving out relevant material and they lie by false implication by an unspoken inference that a connection exists, where none actually does.

    They wriggle out of outright lying by using weasel terms like ‘consistent with’, and ‘individual events can’t be directly blamed on climate change, but…..’

    Absolute winkers.

  12. mjr permalink
    May 8, 2021 4:27 pm

    yellow dust in china? probably another escape (or release?) of a new virus from Wuhan

  13. Cheshire Red permalink
    May 8, 2021 4:37 pm

    Did Rich get around to confirming April was the coldest for 99 years?

  14. George Lawson permalink
    May 8, 2021 4:41 pm

    After so many and an increasing number of outrageously stupid papers being produced by so many so called scientists, plus the stupidly unachievable objectives that are promoted by government these days, there may be two main reasons why this is happening. First, the huge and increasing sums of money that are now made available to any tin pot scientist, however incompetent and irrational, who has been schooled through his/her University on the global warming scam, and secondly, that the government is prepared to support the scam by putting out quite ridiculous objectives for the future which they know are simply unachievable but which will appeal to the non-thinking voters. ( this certainly must have contributed to Boris Johnson’s election success) He seems to be following a policy of green stupidity which he knows will never be possible to achieve even in 15 or so years, but It will not be his responsibility then. This means that subsequent governments will either have to implement his ideas, or simply forget them, or push the impossible further forward another 15 years. It could explain why government does nothing to curb the lies and distortion of historical facts put out by the BBC. What government is prepared to speak the truth and risk their voter support? What a tragic scenario.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 8, 2021 5:26 pm

      The whole global warming scam is an industry of over $2trillion which makes it hard to stop with so many snouts in the trough.

      Remember that Blue Labour were only voted in because Red Labour were even worse – it was a least negative vote. And you can bet that Red Labour won’t learn any lessons from Hartlepool given that they haven’t from the election loss either. A woke agenda of trivial minority causes will never get them back in power.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      May 9, 2021 11:41 am

      Let’s have one thing clear; Boris didn’t win his GE on the back of his (and May’s) Net Zero nonsense.

      Partly he wasn’t honest about the true costs and partly the public just aren’t interested in Green issues to the extent politicians are.

      The public voted for Brexit, with an element of ‘anyone but Corbyn’ chucked in as a support act. They didn’t specifically vote for the Conservatives or Boris Johnson. (If circumstances had been reversed and Labour promised to deliver Brexit while the Tories stood on a second referendum, ie to overturn Brexit, I would’ve voted Labour!)

      Politicians love the Green Deal rubbish because it is giving them unprecedented power for those in Office, political leverage for Marxists and socialists and multiple income opportunities across the board for them and their supporters.

  15. Jack Broughton permalink
    May 8, 2021 9:05 pm

    This reminds one of the Brexit pre-quel, when the media-class and MPs used every trick in the book to prove that Brexit would be a disaster. We were in for disasters and poverty etc. The majority paid little heed to this and Boris cashed-in cleverly.

    The climate scam is if little interest to most people despite millions spent preventing any debate of the “science” and repeated lies about the closeness of Armageddon, sadly there is no MP or reporter who can show the populace what is occurring.

    The billionaires who now control the meja and MPs have almost won. I’m polishing up my tumbril forthem.

  16. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 9, 2021 9:57 am

    The simple fact is that 99.9% of the world for 99.9% of the time had utterly normal weather in April.

    I think there’s hay to be made showing how much of the time and how much of the Earth in any given month was within natural variation – say two standard deviations.

  17. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 9, 2021 1:54 pm

    How much are we paying him?

  18. dennisambler permalink
    May 10, 2021 3:56 pm

    The mantras continue.
    Every day in every way it will get worser and worser and worser…

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