I hope the Independent got a better crystal ball for Christmas …
10 years ago The Independent was predicting the end to snowy winters. Reading this after what is likely to be the coldest December since records began it does seem quite comical to read that ‘Children just wont know what snow is’.
Now I’m well aware that individual ‘exceptional weather events’ like this winter do not disprove a general trend of global warming any more than a few hot summers prove it, but it’s funny how some environmentalists seem to change their evidence to fit the current climatic circumstances, exactly what they accuse climate change ‘deniers’ of doing.
See the Indy’s take on cold winters 10 years on – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/expect-more-extreme-winters-thanks-to-global-warming-say-scientists-2168418.html !
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past
By Charles Onians
Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the
stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s
culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global
climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white
Januaries and Februaries.
The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in
much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the
South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly
visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from
1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988
to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in
Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of
industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international
community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6Â°C higher in the
Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by
0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on
record occurred in the Nineties.
However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are
less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior
research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of
East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare
and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This
year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain’s biggest toyshop, had no
sledges on display in its Regent Street store. “It was a bit of a first,”
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