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January 06, 2009
WHY IS IT SO COLD????
WeatherAction, a forecaster, is predicting temperatures in the Midlands will plummet to -17c this month.
MINUS 17 DEGREES CELSIUS
IN THE MIDLANDS
The Met Office are refuting this forecast, but then I’m not in a believing mood.
‘Winter is going to be mild, says Met Office’ – in the Telegraph back in September.
Given that the Met Office gets a financial bonus if it gets the weather right, I’m thinking this Winter might not be their most profitable…
P.S. A quick scoot around the Googlesphere suggests there’s a lot of scepticism about the Met Office’s long-range forecasting, with some suspicion that they’re written to help the climate change lobby.
July 23, 2007
Looking at the number of stranded cars on the roads this weekend, you have to wonder whether people are wearing blinkers that prevent them from looking upwards. Perhaps television sets had a minor failure during the week. Maybe people were so excited by Harry Potter fever, they forgot to check out the weather forecast.
Because some of the complaints after the floods made me think the rain had appeared from nowhere. Did no-one expect roads to get blocked or trains to be cancelled?
Warnings that people should delay travel except where absolutely necessary didn’t seem to be heeded.
Obviously, there was little that could be done in places like Tewkesbury and Upton-upon-Severn. Flooded homes are a consequence of the Anglo-Saxons deciding to live near rivers, often on flood plains.
The most telling photograph was one of a field under several feet of water, next to a sign promising “An Exclusive Development of 2-5 Bedroom Homes”. Anyone thinking about moving to the Thames Gateway would be wise to find an apartment near the top of a block of flats.
As I say, there’s not much that can be done about the towns built close to rivers. The threat of once-in-a-century floods aren’t worth the expense of building permanent defences.
But much like when it snows, hails or gets a bit too hot, Britain goes into meltdown. If millions of people had just stayed at home like they were supposed to, there’d be much less grumbling going on.
June 25, 2007
January 18, 2007
Eight people dead, thousands of trees struck down. It’s been a crazy day. Apparently part of Warwick Uni’s campus has been closed as debris was being blown off the roof of the library.
I’ve spent the day trying to get video of said destruction in Cardiff (see right – not taken by me, I should add) and if there’s two things I’ve learned today, it’s:
- Trying to shoot in 50mph+ winds is fun
- Trying to show 50mph+ winds on film is a nightmare
Even blowing trees look tame on tape. I nearly fell over several times down in Atlantic Wharf, but the only way to show the strength of these winds would have been to hang me from a lamp-post. And you can imagine how bad that would have looked…