AN EMERGENCY summit is to be held as experts try to fathom out why Britain has been subjected to such volatile weather in recent years.In an unprecedented move, the Met Office will next week host a “workshop” of scientists and meteorologists from around the country.They will discuss the succession of unusual weather events, including last year’s very wet summer and the recent cold spring.Although officials insisted the meeting will not be used to promote the theory of climate change, it sparked concern last night from sceptics.
Summit chairman and Met Office expert Professor Stephen Belcher said the talks will include discussions about the melting Arctic sea ice and its possible impact on the European climate.
He said: “We have seen a run of unusual (sic) seasons in the UK and northern Europe, such as the cold winter of 2010, last year’s wet weather and the cold spring this year.
“This may be nothing more than a run of natural variability but there may be other factors impacting our weather.
“For example, there is emerging research which suggests there is a link between declining Arctic sea ice and European climate – but exactly how this process might work, and how important it may be among a host of other factors, remains unclear.”
Dr Benny Peiser, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, last night said the Met Office would be wrong to link the variable British weather to climate change [before comprehensive research is completed]. He accused [Met Office computers of having a warm bias which was responsible for] “systemic and significant” errors in their forecasting.
The Met Office was left red-faced in 2009 after predicting the UK was “odds on for a barbecue summer”. It has faced subsequent criticism for failing to pinpoint periods of freezing weather over the winter.
Dr Peiser said [Met Office] forecasts issued in 12 of the past 13 years have been “too warm”, including the winters of 2008/9, 2009/10 and 2012/13. He said: “They are realising that what they predicted isn’t happening. And of course they are trying to push the agenda that the weather is unusual because of climate change.
“This is nonsense. [Weather isn’t climate and they should] not spin three examples of unseasonal weather [events] and try to link it with climate change.”