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BBC Consultation

October 7, 2015

By Paul Homewood




At the moment the UK Government is running a public consultation on the future of the BBC.

An outfit called 38 Degrees has organised its own survey, which then feeds automatically into the Government’s one.


According to Wiki, 38 Degrees is an independent British not-for-profit political-activism organisation that campaigns on a wide range of issues. It describes itself as "progressive" and claims to "campaign for fairness, defend rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy in the UK".

Which probably tells us all we need to know!


If you enter their survey, you will notice immediately that every section is filled with loaded questions, such as “a BBC where newsnight is riddled with adverts.”


The survey only takes a few minutes to fill in, so let’s make sure that the public’s voice is really heard!


Click on this link-



Just ignore the request for donations at the end! You should receive a confirmation from the Government soon after.





The survey can only be submitted by those living in the UK




The survey can also be submitted direct to the government at:


The consultation ends tomorrow

Central England Temperature Summer Trends

October 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood


Further to my recent on post on UK summer temperature trends, Xmetman has produced a graph of CET summer means right back to 1659.

(Click on the link for a better image). 







The recent uptick followed by a drop off is evident.

What is astonishing though is that the 10-year running average (in yellow) is no higher now than it was at times in the 18thC, for instance in the 1730’s, and again in the 1770’s and 80’s.

As Xmetman comments:

Nothing exceptional in the way of warming during summers in Central England from 1659, the usual rise and fall as you would expect from a temperature series that is over 350 years in length. There was a surge in summer temperatures around 1990 from 15.5 to around 16.2°C, but that has since fallen back. The linear trend across the whole series is a rise of 0.34°C from 15.14°C in 1659 to 15.48°C in 2015. That equates to a rise of less than 0.1°C per century.



It is worth recalling that, according to the Met Office, there has been greater warming in summer than winter since 1960, and that this is the result of human influence on climate.


Xmetman’s full post is below, along with a lot of other good stuff.

North Carolina’s Great Flood Of 1916

October 6, 2015

h/t Gary H


By Paul Homewood  


News of the floods in South Carolina cannot be allowed to pass without recalling the events of July 1916, the time of what has been called the Great Flood in North Carolina.

The floods were the result of two Category 4 hurricanes converging over western North Carolina causing more than three days of downpours and the worst flood in history of the Catawba River. The first storm arrived early in the month from the Gulf of Mexico with the second storm coming from the Atlantic in mid-July. This storm dropped over 13 inches of rain in one 24 hour period and the Catawba River rose to 47 feet above flood stage.

The flood water was nearly twice as deep as that of any previously recorded flood. In addition to destroying the Lake Wylie dam, the flood of 1916 washed out every bridge across the Catawba except for one. All rail, telephone and telegraph connections were severed.


North Carolina’s Our State website has this account:



Hell and High Water: The Flood of 1916
The flood of 1916 broke every record in the book. The death and destruction it caused in Western North Carolina defined flooding for an entire generation of survivors, and their stories live on nearly 100 years later.

by Heidi Coryell Williams


It was Sunday morning, July 16, 1916, just outside of Biltmore Village, and the sun had not yet peeked over the horizon. Kathleen Lipe Carter was just three weeks before her 18th birthday, and she heard her father stirring. He was tying chickens and turkeys to the front porch. Carter’s mother and ailing family members had already left the riverfront home to stay with friends in a second-floor apartment inside the village. But water began to spill over the banks of the nearby Swannanoa River, and it was time for the last of the family to seek higher ground.

With her sister, father, and several boarders who were staying at the home, Carter set out across the Village Green (modern day Biltmore Avenue) and headed toward the Biltmore Estate in search of safety and dry ground. But the farther they walked, the deeper the water became, until the frigid stream enveloped them up to their necks.

“Torrents from broken dams upriver had changed the course of the Swannanoa,” Carter recalled in an account given to the Heritage of Old Buncombe County in July 1986. “We were caught in the middle of a wide, wild river.”

Nowhere to go, except out

Decades before hurricanes had names, when weather wasn’t forecast so much as it was broadcast, it rained for a solid week over western North Carolina. And then it rained again, harder than it had ever rained before.

In 1916, weathermen couldn’t predict a hurricane’s path with much more precision than the Farmer’s Almanac could predict the hour of winter’s first snowfall. Early meteorologists could, however, measure the speed and strength of falling rain. On Saturday, July 15, 1916, the Blue Ridge region saw more rain than anyone anywhere had ever seen since such records had been kept. One spot in Altapass, near Grandfather Mountain, measured more than 22 inches of rain in 24 hours.

When the rain began in earnest before dawn on Saturday, there was already nowhere left for it to go. Nowhere, except out. Out of the riverbeds. Out of the ground. Out of all the neat places nature makes for water and into places where it had never been before, and in some cases, where it would never go again.

When the sun rose on Sunday, July 16, the rain had waned, but the landscape had just begun its transformation. Flooded streets became raging rivers; lazy streams burst open into torrents of deep, deadly water. More than 80 people died. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. There were millions of dollars’ worth of destruction.

It was the flood to end all floods, and the clouds were just beginning to part.


A river claimed the remaining railroad span in Asheville shortly after this photo was taken in 1916.Photograph by Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS; courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

A river claimed the remaining railroad span in Asheville shortly after this photo was taken in 1916.
Photograph by Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS; courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce


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Poland Will Not Move Away From Coal

October 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood




Another nail in the coffin for Paris!


AP report:


WARSAW, Poland –  Poland’s prime minister says she does not consider nuclear energy a priority and is instead focused on strengthening the coal mining industry.

Ewa Kopacz’s comments indicated a U-turn from earlier government plans to add nuclear energy to Poland’s mix in the coming years.

Kopacz said Monday that Poland’s energy security is based on coal. The country has rich deposits of the fossil fuel and the government is currently taking steps to preserve coal mines and thousands of jobs in the industry.

A few years ago, the government, then led by Donald Tusk, said a nuclear plant would be built and be operational around 2020.

Treasury Minister Adam Czerwinski said Monday it is still not known where and how the nuclear plant would be built.


Now all we need is an outbreak of commonsense from David Cameron!

Hurricane Floyd

October 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood





In my post yesterday, I noted that more rain fell on S Carolina over two days in 1999 than came down in three days this week, in what has been described as a 1 in a 1000 year event.


The event I was referring to was in fact Hurricane Floyd.

NCDC have this account of Floyd:


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India Opens Its Eyes To Climate Plan

October 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood




One viewpoint from India about climate hysteria:


Rajendra Pachauri is today best remembered for the sexual harassment charges that led to his ouster as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) some time this year. Not many people are aware that there was an equally grave controversy way back in 2010 that should have ended his career as one of the world’s foremost climate scare mongers. This didn’t have anything to do with sexual harassment so it never got the media space it deserved but it was nevertheless so serious and damaging that the UN body was forced into an embarrassing retraction.

It all began in 2007 when the IPCC issued a report claiming that the Himalayan glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and will be gone by 2035. They were warned a year before publication by one of the scientists that this was spurious and completely unsubstantiated. After publication, the Indian government strongly objected with environment minister Jairam Ramesh stating that the claim is not based on “one iota of scientific evidence”. A retraction followed in 2010 but by then a lot of damage had been to the credibility and objectivity of the Pachauri-led IPCC.

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Coal Power Here To Stay In India

October 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




From PEI:


By Tildy Bayar

India’s energy minister has said coal-fired power will continue to be a “mainstay” of his country’s generation mix, and that environmental issues will not be compromised.



In a speech ahead of India’s announcement of its climate pledge to the UN, due this week from all countries that will participate in the Paris climate talks in December, Piyush Goyal (pictured) said the nation will “largely” feature modern, efficient coal-fired power plants by 2030, and that emissions from these plants can be kept low with the use of “innovative technologies”.

He said the state-owned mining firm Coal India Ltd will produce 1 bn tonnes of coal by 2020, and that the government is committed to setting up washeries “on a massive scale” to wash 250 mt of coal in the next three years.

He added that the government now uses third-party sampling to check coal quality, with “not a single complaint … from any state or power plant” over the previous year. He also promised that the coal ministry will “ask the coal controller to reassess the grades of all coal mines”.

According to Goyal, the coal ministry is currently working on a policy framework to liberalize coal linkages with infrastructure firms in order to bring down power costs. More accurate coal grading and permission for intra-company linkages will generate significant savings for India’s power consumers, he said. 



It needs to be pointed out that when he talks of “keeping emissions low”, he is not talking of CO2, but of real pollutants such as sulphur, mercury and nitrogen.

The fact that India is investing heavily in constructing a new generation of clean coal-fired plants is surely the strongest evidence that CO2 emissions will be cut there after 2030. Would they really spend untold billions just to shut the plants down after a few years of operation?


To put into perspective the target to produce 1 billion tonnes of coal a year by 2020, output in India last year was 644 million tonnes, according to the BP Energy Review.


(BTW –  Coal India is not the sole producer of coal in India – 2014 production was 462 million tonnes – we can therefore project that total Indian coal output could rise to 1182 million tonnes by 2020).

South Carolina Floods – “A Thousand Year Rainfall”?

October 5, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




More nonsensical claims about “1000 year rainfall”.

Aljazeera report:


At least three people are known to have died in South Carolina in the worst flooding in living memory. Emergency services have been inundated with more than 700 requests for assistance.

The city of Charleston bore the brunt of the precipitation, although during Sunday the heaviest of the rain transferred northwards to affect the area from Columbia to Myrtle Beach.

"The city of Georgetown is predominantly under water," the city’s fire chief was quoted as saying.

Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s governor, had this to say about the floods: "When you think about what we’re sitting in right now. We are at a thousand year level of rain in parts of the low country. What does that mean? We haven’t seen this level of rain in the low country in a thousand years. That’s how big this is."

Haley’s comment is based on data analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This suggests that every thousand years Charleston can expect to see a three day rainfall total of 434mm.

In fact, between Thursday and Saturday, 368mm of rain fell at Charleston airport. 292mm of this fell on Saturday alone. But there are unofficial reports of 615mm within Charleston County.

In the same period, downtown Charleston recorded 351mm, the highest three day total since records began in 1870.

The causes of the rain are complex. It is not directly linked to Hurricane Joaquin, which passed close to the eastern seaboard before heading off into the Atlantic.

Instead, an area of low pressure lying 5,000m above the southeastern US has coincided with a cold front.

Nevertheless, Joaquin is thought to have helped in the circulation of moist, tropical air around its eastern and northern flank, pushing it across the Carolinas.

This resulted in what meteorologists refer to as an "atmospheric river" which gave an almost endless supply of moisture.



Let’s look at the USHCN record for Charleston.

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UK Summers Getting Cooler

October 5, 2015
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By Paul Homewood 


We are all familiar with predictions that the UK will soon be having Mediterranean summers every year.

According to the Met Office’s Climate: Observations, Projections and Impacts, issued in 2011, we are already seeing the effect of climate change on our summers:




And there are plenty of studies coming out which tell us our summers are going to get much hotter and much drier.







There is no arguing that there was a shift change to warmer summers in the 1990’s.




But what have been the trends since then?


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The Great Paris Flood Of 1910

October 5, 2015
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By Paul Homewood 


With the floods in France in the news, Dennis Ambler reminds me of the Great Paris Flood of 1910.


The following sequence is from the Parisian Field website:






There are countless images of the flood, but perhaps none speaks so eloquently of the disruption as the interior of the Gare d’Orsay. It looks like an over-the-top swimming pool. This photo, as with all of the images in this blog, is from the Paris en Images website, one of my favourite Paris places.


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