Snow and Global Warming

I’m reading reports that Tory MP Ann Winterton has made a complete fool of herself in today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. She has suggested that the government should cancel “wasteful expenditure” on wind farms as the current weather clearly demonstrates that global warming is nonsense.

Despite being complete nonsense, this is an argument that I hear on a regular basis. It’s trotted out by someone every time the weather takes a turn for the worse. Here’s another Tory MP, Douglas Carswell[1], making the same claim during December’s snows. [Update: And here’s the the front page of today’s Express: Snow Chaos – And They Still Claim It’s Global Warming]

I was about to write a post pointing out the obvious flaws in this argument, but there was a feeling of deja vu niggling away at the back of my head. Then I remembered what I wrote during the snow we had last February.

[1] You might want to take a look around Carswell’s site. There’s a lot of nonsense there. I’m planning to cover him in more detail in  the coming weeks.

Don’t Need A Weathervane

…to see which way the wind blows.

The British are, of course, traditionally obsessed with the weather. One of my earliest memories is of the barometer in my Gran’s house. It had all sorts of dials and metres on it and reading it generally seemed to involve tapping it a lot and then guessing. Apparently there was some black art whereby measuring the air pressure and knowing whether it was rising or falling enabled you to predict the weather with similar accuracy to the guesswork of the TV weathermen (it was always men back then).

But these days the weather is so much more interesting than it was back then. Now we’re deeply into a cycle of climate change and pretty much anything goes. So these days, you don’t just need a barometer. No what you need is a Weather Station. None of that tedious tapping the mercury and guessing. No, the Weather Station will measure the temperature and atmospheric pressure for you (both indoors and out, thanks to the remote wireless sensor) and will then guess at the weather forecast for you. And if you’re too lazy to get up and look at the readings, you can even shout at it and it will tell you the forecast (albeit in a rather annoying American accent).

I bought mine from Ebay and it arrived yesterday. It’s lots of fun.


It’s been snowing here for two days so the British transport system has fallen to pieces. It does that most years.

I hate snow. If I remember the books I was reading 30 years ago, by the 21st century we were supposed to all be living in cities that were covered by great glass domes that kept the weather out. Whatever happened to that?