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BBC Climate Check–Jan 2022

February 17, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Ben Rich kicks off the year with his latest Weather Climate Check:



That introductory sentence tells us all we need to know about his motive.

He spends the first half of the video talking about snow in New England, Japan, Greece and the Middle East. You know, the white stuff that we were assured would soon be a thing of the past.

He then rolls onto a drought in Spain, where rainfall last month was a quarter the average. Naturally there is no attempt to put this into perspective. We have to consult Bloomberg to learn that:

Spain is experiencing its second-driest start to the year so far this century”

Yes, the second driest in 22 years! Shock, horror!!

But what about those heatwaves? Well apparently Buenos Aires had its hottest day since January 1957. Meanwhile in Australia, a temperature of 50.7C was recorded in Onslow, matching that measured at Oodnadtta Airport in January 1960.

The Onslow record has not even been officially confirmed yet. If daily records had any climatological relevance, we should note that six of the eight states were set records during the 20thC:


Across Australia as a whole, last month was unremarkable as far as temperatures were concerned, ranking just 20th hottest.


Ben Rich finishes off with the two tropical cyclones which have hit Madagascar this year. But these events are not unusual. In the Southern Indian Ocean, there are typically a dozen or so every year.

The cyclone season normally runs from November to May. So far this season has seen three cyclones, Ana, Batsirai and Cliff. so we will probably end up below average.

It is often the case that tropical storms alleviate drought, which is the case in Madagascar at the moment.

Ben Rich does his usual job of presenting a few assorted bad weather events, claiming that they are somehow tied into climate change, but without providing the slightest evidence.

He finishes:

“And 2022 has already seen extremes of weather around the globe, which are likely to become more frequent as the world continues to warm”

It is time this propaganda was taken off air.

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    February 17, 2022 3:51 pm

    They are desperate to keep up with Sky’s daily climate show (or whatever the relentless tide of drivel is called).
    They’ve been a little disappointed about the performance of “Storm Dudley” but have really great hopes for the RED ALERT! “Storm Eunice” over the next 24 hours. Watch out for more amazing cherry-picks along the lines of “this primary school weather station in Cleethorpes experienced its highest EVAH wind speed since records began (er in 2009). The school trampoline was blown across the field! Pupils are experienced catastrophic climate change first hand!
    I just can’t wait.

    • M Fraser permalink
      February 17, 2022 8:09 pm

      All that proves is the dimwits in charge of the school couldn’t foresee the trampoline disappearing in high winds, very worrying, just very worrying.

  2. Penda100 permalink
    February 17, 2022 4:29 pm

    There is no end to the rubbish that the BBC (Minitrue) will not promote about climate change. The Spectator Australia has picked up on an article for the BBC by Jeremy Williams who sees climate change as racist, cleverly linking two of the BBC’s great crusades. Worth a read if you can find it. “Now racism is the root cause of climate change. Spectator Australia – Maurice Newman 17 Feb 2022”

  3. February 17, 2022 4:45 pm

    So, rising CO2 cause both heat AND cold! Heard that scam before.

  4. Ian PRSY permalink
    February 17, 2022 5:08 pm

    I must be misreading the temperature anomaly chart. If I was to draw a crude trend line through it, I’d say it showed a 2 degree/century upward trend. What am I missing?

    • Stephen Wilde permalink
      February 17, 2022 9:36 pm

      Urban Heat Island effect plus adjustments that reduce the past and warm the present.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 17, 2022 9:48 pm

      bear in mind that a recent crowd survey of Australia’s official weather stations found that 48% didn’t meet the Bureau’s own requirements. Then there is their determination to “prove” man made global warming, so figures are ‘adjusted’ or ‘homogenised’ – the latter involving some incorporation of figures from “close” stations where ‘close’ used to mean only 260km. away but now can mean anywhere they like. (Alice Springs with Darwin and Adelaide?).
      And meanwhile people in South Australia and Victoria have been noting that the temperature of the last 15 months has been cooler than they remember, but WA (particularly around Perth) has had a hot summer (so far) due to the La Niña which is the cause of floods in Qld. and NSW.

      • Ian PRSY permalink
        February 17, 2022 11:07 pm

        Thanks both, all points accepted, but printing the chart without such qualification gives it credibility it doesn’t deserve.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 18, 2022 9:41 am

      How can you draw a trend line through a graph of that type? 1910 to 1960 is mainly hematite anomalies.

  5. Athelstan. permalink
    February 17, 2022 5:12 pm

    Ben Rich, little man talks big climate *ollocks. In personification, Rich is all that the met office is, an advocacy not a meteorology forecasting facility.

    • watersider permalink
      February 18, 2022 2:01 pm

      Ben Rich and now I am poor, due to green crap.

  6. GeoffB permalink
    February 17, 2022 5:57 pm

    Here is the last 60 years of scams. First population explosion starvation, next global cooling -didnt happen-so global warming-stopped-so climate change-not enough- lets try extreme weather. Next global cooling makes a comeback. Amazing what carbon dioxide does.

  7. Stephen H permalink
    February 17, 2022 6:16 pm

    Onslow, Western Australia (population 848). When the usual BBC/Guardian axis reacted with predictable hysteria to a new Australian temperature record I took the liberty of comparing it with Perth (population 2 million) and it was a comfortable 27 degrees.

  8. 2hmp permalink
    February 17, 2022 6:20 pm

    Thus is one of the many reasons why people are not watching the BBC for any News items, just repeats and low grade series.

  9. Charlie permalink
    February 17, 2022 6:24 pm

    I’ve cancelled the BBC so I don’t watch them anymore, but I do look at their website from time to time. The other day I say this blazing storm Arwen related headline

    More than eight million trees lost this winter in the UK

    Climate change got mentioned but what about some context. I followed the BBC’s own link to Scottish Forestry where you find

    Scotland creates around 11,000 hectares of new woodland each year – that’s around 22 million new trees. Added to that, around 40 million trees are planted every year to simply restock areas of woodland that are harvested.

    Putting it into context, 8 million trees may have been affected from Storm Arwen but around 62 million trees in total are planted every year. Scotland’s forests and woodlands cover around 1.45 million hectares – that’s around 2.9 billion trees.

    Naturally, none of that made it into the BBC article. Otherwise the reader would be able to figure out that the 8 million loss represents 0.28% of the total.

    • watersider permalink
      February 18, 2022 2:05 pm

      Oh Charlie!
      The stupid pillocks up here in the Soviet Republic of Caledonia, have felled over 15 million trees over the past twenty years to make way for windmills, access roads, and pylons.
      So a couple of millions more will not matter.

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      February 18, 2022 5:46 pm

      Did they mention the 13.9m trees cut down to make way for Scottish wind farms?….. thought not.

  10. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 17, 2022 6:44 pm

    Meanwhile the DT is publishing a report on a paper that claims Australia’s wild fires are caused by the colonisation of the country when aboriginal fire practises were abandoned by the white settlers.

  11. Curious George permalink
    February 17, 2022 7:24 pm

    It jives beautifully with famous Facebook’s “fact check”, a glorified opinion.

  12. Davo permalink
    February 17, 2022 9:15 pm

    The only way to affect change in the BBC, ABC and any government funded mob, is to make a case and make a formal complaint!! And chase them up!! Otherwise it’s essentially wasted.

  13. February 18, 2022 7:08 am

    In 2010 I obtained the monthly data from all Australian weather stations. If you use only the long term coastal sites with unbroken series (about half a dozen of them) they are all much the same, with an increase for the period 1910-2010 of about 0.8 degrees.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 18, 2022 9:44 am

    So we have as ever a few extreme events and this is considered evidence we are having more extreme events.

    The lack of ability to understand what is being claimed is quite extraordinary. How many extreme events happened in January 1850? And in January 1950? Now compare those figures with January 2023.

    But no, a couple of records proves we are having more records. More than what?

  15. Gerry, England permalink
    February 19, 2022 9:37 am

    The Australian BOM record is not worth the paper it is no longer written on. They have introduced electronic 1 second recorders, Stevenson screens have been made smaller and they have fiddled repeatedly with the data which to nobody’s surprise makes it look worse.

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