August proved that the Met Office is indeed a national disaster
Yet again, the Met Office told us this year that we could expect a summer “warmer and drier than average”. Yet again, the rain poured down, culminating in those August bank holiday downpours, while our summer ranked as only the 178th warmest since records began in 1659. Almost every year since 2007 it has been the same story. The Met Office predicts a summer “warmer and drier than average”, as in its famous “barbecue summer” of 2009, only for the heavens to open while we shiver for weeks on end.
And the reason is always the same. The climate change-obsessed “experts” at the Met Office, led by its chief scientist, Dame Julia Slingo, whom we pay nearly £250,000 a year, have programmed their £33 million “super-computer” to share their belief that the world is in the grip of runaway global warming.
This was why, on July 1, the Met Office gleefully trumpeted that it had been the “hottest July day ever”, simply because one solitary temperature gauge next to a runway at Heathrow got momentarily caught in a blast of hot air from a passing airliner.
Dame Julia’s response to the fact that once again her computer got it wrong is to claim that we must buy the Met Office an even more “super” computer, for a mere £97 million.
Way back in 2011, I wrote that the Met Office had graduated from being “a national joke” to becoming “a national disaster”; not least because the same computer model used by the Met Office for its wonderfully accurate seasonal forecasts also ranks high among those relied on by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to tell us what the world’s weather is going to be in 100 years.