Panic and fear close their icy tentacles round the doomed Met Office

No long range forecasts

Robert Napier: would you trust this man with your future?

Robert Napier: would you trust this man with your future?

Well at least that’s one heartening interpretation of this press release which the Met Office has just sent to the Global Warming Policy Foundation. It comes from their Chief Press Officer, no less, Dave Britton.

The Met Office has not issued a seasonal forecast to the public and categorically denies forecasting a ‘mild winter’ as suggested by Boris Johnson <http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/> in his column in the Daily Telegraph.

Following public research, the Met Office no longer issues long-range forecasts for the general public; instead we provide a monthly outlook on our website, which have consistent and clearly sign-posted the very cold conditions.

Our day-to-day forecasts have been widely recognised as providing excellent advice to government, businesses and the public with the Daily Telegraph commenting only today that ‘the weekends heavy snow was forecast with something approaching pin-point accuracy by the Met Office’.

The public trust and take heed of our warnings and it is misleading to imply that the Met Office did not see this cold weather coming.

So let’s get this right. We paid for 90 per cent of the Met office’s £30 million computer; we also fund a hefty chunk of its annual £170 million running costs. And now the Met office tells us that it is incapable of providing the effective long range forecasts we could get for a fraction of the price from Piers Corbyn or Joe Bastardi?

If this government were seriously minded to have its bonfire of the quangos, I think I know which useless outfit I’d be tossing onto the pyre next.

Oh and in case you wondered why the Met Office has been getting it so badly wrong, here’s Bishop Hill on its chairman Robert Napier.

Interesting fact: the Chairman of the Met Office board, Robert Napier, is or has been:

  • Chairman of the Green Fiscal Trust*
  • Chairman of the trustees of the World Centre of Monitoring of Conservation
  • a director of the Carbon Disclosure Project
  • a director of the Carbon Group
  • Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund UK

Source

He is also a member of the Green Alliance.

If we are supposed to reject the views of scientists, like Richard Lindzen, on the grounds that they have given speeches at thinktanks that have accepted money from oil interests, then I think its fair to say that we can safely discount anything said by the Met Office forthwith.

UPDATE:

Autonomous Mind offers more Met Office related hilarity. Seems that a mild winter was very much what the Met Office was predicting as recently as October:

The latest data comes in the form of a December to February temperature map on the Met Office’s website.

The eastern half of England, Cornwall, Scotland and Northern Ireland is in for temperatures above the 3.7C (38.6F) average, more than 2C warmer than last winter.

The map also shows a 40 per cent to 60 per cent probability that western England and Wales will be warmer than 3.7C (38.6F), with a much smaller chance of average or below-average temperatures.

This surprised several independent forecasters at the time, including one from Positive Weather Solutions:

But other experts maintain we are in for another big freeze. Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: “It baffles me how the Met Office can predict a milder-than-average winter when all the indicators show this winter will have parallels to the last one.

“They are standing alone here, as ourselves and other independent forecasters are all predicting a colder-than-average winter.

“It will be interesting to see how predictions by the government-funded Met Office compare with independent forecasters.”

Hmm, yes. I’ll say it will be.

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  4. The Met Office – defending the indefensible, as per usual

2 thoughts on “Panic and fear close their icy tentacles round the doomed Met Office”

  1. barbarausa says:22nd December 2010 at 5:15 amperhaps a bit OT, but I’m dropping by to wish you many happy returns of Christmas and New Year, and give you this link for a (cheap) gift:

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  2. Velocity says:24th December 2010 at 12:21 pmHaving just driven from Rome to Geneva to Salsburg to Budapest I can tell you my fears of a frozen European winter have relaxed. It seems Britain with -2 to -8 Temps is suffering much more contrary to the UK Mets warmist weather forecasts.

    Gatwick has people suffering 5 days delay to flights while here in middle and eastern Europe all roads are entirely driveable, flights are running on time (save the bleating spoilt babies/arse-wipes of public sector strikes) and all is well (-12 last week has turned to +8 today in Hungary).

    How much longer does the UK has to suffer the hot air and loonacy of the Westminster Socialist Boys Club?

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