OK, We Have Had The Obiglotory Heatwave. Time To Put It All Into Perspective.
Droughts, fires, rain and floods — How was the UK’s August over the last 30 years?
Putting August 2022 into context by analysing official figures.
It's the only way, to get to the truth, you have to use official data.
This might surprise you all
(Greta Thunberg might not like this report very much.) or any other Warmegedinist.
With the news dominated by stories of droughts, fires, rain and floods, readers may be interested in whether we are heading for ‘the end of days’ which has already been predicted many times by the likes of Greta Thunberg, by the UN, and even by our own future King.
As with Project Fear over Brexit, none of these prophecies came to pass.
I have looked at the official figures for both temperatures and rainfall in the UK for the month of August over the last 30 years. Warmegedinists should do the same but they never seem to do it.
The month of August in the last 30 years (1992–2021)
1. Temperatures (measured over 24 hours each day)
- Highest mean temperature: Aug 1995 (17.3 degrees)
- Lowest mean temperature: Aug 1993 (13.4 degrees)
- The highest and lowest mean temperatures were back in the 1990s
[Source: UEA Climatic Research Unit, as used by the World Bank and others
- Highest level of rainfall: Aug 1992 (157.2)
- The lowest level of rainfall: Aug 1995 (16.9)
- The highest and lowest rainfalls were back in the 1990s
[Source: UEA Climatic Research Unit, as used by the World Bank and others –
Liz Truss and the scientists versus the EU Commission
Yesterday Foreign Secretary Liz Truss took the first step toward legal proceedings against the EU for breaking the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
She did this over the EU’s refusal to allow the United Kingdom to participate in the Horizon scientific research programme, which was stipulated in the agreement.
UK science and the EU Commission
This year the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In that time it has arguably become the world’s pre-eminent source of meteorological data. Its research is used by the World Bank and many other institutions.
As I have reported previously, British universities dominate the European rankings. When it comes to medical and pharmaceutical research, it’s to the UK that the world’s brightest wish to come.
Scientists in the EU are outraged by the EU Commission’s behaviour. Various and highly critical public statements have already been made by EU scientific bodies. The research I have extracted above is another example of what the EU Commission does not wish the EU’s scientists to participate in.
Context is often useful
In our last-minute Internet world of instant news, we can easily focus on the here and now and lose sight of any historical context. Above I have provided one such context.
To those who will say “Ah but you’ve only looked at August” the answer is simple. I picked the current month — a fairly rational thing to do, particularly as the news has been so dominated by weather events this month. I also picked a 30-year period — up to the latest year for which figures are available — as this seemed like a long enough period for comparisons to be useful.
I am not a meteorologist but I am pretty competent at analysing large spreadsheets with thousands of lines of data. I hope readers found this report interesting.
Liz Truss, Horizon, and prosecuting the EU
I am all for legal action being taken against the EU Commission. So far the legal traffic have all been the other way.
That said, regular readers will know that I do not believe the UK should participate in the EU’s vastly expensive and bureaucratic Horizon programme, nor in Copernicus or any of the other bloated and inefficient EU structures.
I have consistently argued that the Withdrawal Agreement was an abomination to which no self-respecting country would have agreed. As for the N.I. Protocol, this was shameful.
I will continue to campaign for the restoration of a fully independent and sovereign United Kingdom. That is a promise that I intend to keep until I draw my last breath.
Sources: UEA Climatic Research Unit | World Bank | FCO ]