In a monster snowstorm, Brits can always rely on the BBC to remind them about global warming

Stop complaining, kid: don’t you know it’s a rare and exciting event? Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Corresponding with a friend in Scotland caught in the grip of the “Beast from the East” snowstorm in Britain, she commented on the lack of preparedness for such an emergency. This country is a joke! They knew this was coming and if they had got snow ploughs and other things out sooner it wouldn’t be as bad.

Still, the BBC were ready to deal with the real emergency: the dreadful possibility that some climate heretics might be inclined to believe their lyin’ eyes, instead of the sententious lectures with which their betters have been browbeating them for over a decade. With most of Britain in the grip of a Red Alert weather warning, and snow blanketing the country, the Beeb swung into action, comforting shivering Brits that it was all their imaginations.

despite this wintry weather, in some places snow is actually getting rarer.

Indeed, the British were warned 15 years ago that “snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event’”.

I’m not exactly sure “exciting” is the word my Scots friend would be looking for. Scary, crazy and dire were more the words she tended to use.

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” the climate doomsayers warned. Believe me, I think UK children have a very good idea of what snow is, right now. After all, they’re literally up to their necks in it. It’s up to your [i.e. adult’s] waist now, here in the village, was the description.

But, no matter how much snow is being dumped on Europe, even as far south as sunny Capri and Naples, the climate believers know they have to keep the narrative going.

According to a report by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), there is evidence that the number of times snow is observed in a year has reduced

Unlike perhaps most of the BBC readership, doubtless comforted by the reminder that all that freezing white stuff burying their country is merely a “rare and exciting event”, I actually bothered reading the report referenced. It’s a sadly typical piece of climate change Cargo Cult science, in which disparate and often patchy and unreliable records (for example, it quietly admits that Met Office rain gauges do not distinguish between snow and rain, and are easily blocked by heavy snow, which would skew results) are mashed together with cavalier disregard for scientific probity. Inconvenient data points, such as “the very snowy winter of 1962/63 are casually tossed aside.

What is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the report, though, is totally unremarked on by the BBC: fewer snow days would actually be a good thing. Snow, it admits, exacts a terrible toll on transport, farming and energy. Emergency services are also stretched because snow and ice are literal killers. The Met’s Red Alert signals a “danger to life”, and indeed, at least eight people have died already in the “Beast from the East”.

So, what does this “rare and exciting event” look like, from the ground?

Heating is up to full, and it’s still cold. It’s a blizzard, and we’re getting battered! Things are getting really crazy now. Oh, and we’ve had crazy thunder, too. I’ve never heard of that.

“Thundersnow”, as it’s called, is an incredibly rare event where what would be rain from a thunderstorm freezes into snow. Thundersnow produces heavy snowfall of up to 5 to 10 cm per hour. Anyone foolish enough to try and travel in one should be well-prepared.

For my correspondent in Scotland, the only option seems to be to stay put for the next few days, hope the power holds out, and not get any heretical ideas that maybe the threat of global warming might have been just a tad exaggerated.



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