Sunday, December 14

Global Cooling

One can be excused for wondering if all this information (or misinformation) about global warming is reality. This year as most of us are aware has been the coldest start to December since 1976.

Since 1 December, the meteorological start to the season, the average UK temperature has been only 35.1F (1.7C), well below the long-term 1971-2000 average of 40.5F (4.7C) for the first 10 days of the month.

It is the coldest start to December since 1976, when the average was 33.4F (0.8C). With Arctic and continental winds have dominated the weather since mid November, bringing colder conditions than normal.

On 3 December the temperature dropped to 9.1F (-12.7C) at Tulloch Bridge near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and Tyndrum in Central Tayside, while Copley in County Durham received more than eight inches (21cm) of snow the next day.

While forecasters consider the first day of December as the start of winter, many people consider the season to start on the winter solstice, which this year falls on 21 December, next Sunday.

Nick Grahame, the Met Office's chief forecaster, said that did not signal a change in the pattern of weather, with colder air set to return early next week. He said: "The start of the weekend will bring a spell of wet and windy weather as milder Atlantic air attempts to push across the country. However, colder air looks set to win the battle again which means that frost and ice will become hazards with the risk of snow in many places".
Well, not good outlook for the supporters of global warming!

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