Skip to comments.New Climate Scare: Europe May be Facing Return Of ‘Little Ice Age’
Posted on 10/11/2011 2:16:41 PM PDT by Signalman
Britain should brace itself for another freezing winter with the return of La Niña, a climate phenomenon known to disrupt global weather, ministers have warned. The warning coincides with research from the Met Office suggesting Europe could be facing a return of the little ice age that gripped Britain 300 years ago, causing decades of bitter winters. The prediction, to be published in Nature, is based on observations showing a slight fall in the suns emissions of ultraviolet radiation, which over a long period may trigger mini ice ages in Europe. Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times, 9 October 2011
BRITAIN is set to suffer a mini ice age that could last for decades and bring with it a series of bitterly cold winters. And it could all begin within weeks as experts said last night that the mercury may soon plunge below the record -20C endured last year. Latest evidence shows La Nina, linked to extreme winter weather in America and with a knock-on effect on Britain, is in force and will gradually strengthen as the year ends. It coincides with research from the Met Office indicating the nation could be facing a repeat of the little ice age that gripped the country 300 years ago, causing decades of harsh winters. Laura Caroe, Daily Express, 10 October 2011
Some scientists predict that the Sun is heading for a long slump in solar activity known as a Grand Solar Minimum. If this happens, it is possible that Britain could return to conditions similar to those 350 years ago when sunspots vanished during the Little Ice Age, when ice fairs were often held on the frozen Thames in London. Paul Simons, The Times, 10 October 2011
Investment in more winter equipment may not be economical given rarity of British snow, says RAC Foundation chairman. The row over the need for a multimillion-pound investment in snowploughs, de-icing equipment and salt stocks deepened this morning with the publication of a government-backed report using Met Office predictions that successive hard winters are rare. Quarmby said the Met Office remained convinced that the severe cold snap is a one-off phenomenon. We cannot say this is an annual event, he said. Dan Milmo, The Guardian, 23 December 2010
The Met Office is working with academics to try and predict the likelihood of severe winters over the next 20-30 years. The work aims to help transport authorities understand the risks of further severe winters after the coldest December since records began in 1910. But the work was criticised this week by Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. I would strongly advise not to rely on any 20-30 year winter forecasts, he said. The point is that nobody really understands the basic feedbacks and climate dynamics that drive annual winter variability, let alone that long in advance. Local Transport Today, 25 February 2011
In October 2009 the Met Office predicted a mild winter because of El Nino. Temperatures in December would be above average, they said. In reality December temperatures were a whopping 1.1 degrees below the recent average. In 2010, contributing to the Quarmby Report, the Met Office advised to assume that the chance of a severe winter in 201011 is no greater (or less) than the current general probability of 1 in 20. Boy, were they wrong! Mean temperatures over the UK were 5.0 °C below average during December and 0.3 °C below average in January. -David Whitehouse, The Observatory, 10 October 2011
The fact is that nobody knows if the forthcoming winter will be severe or mild. The only wise advice that can be given is to plan as if 2011 is going to be like the previous three winters, and one doesnt need multi-million pound computers to make it. -David Whitehouse, The Observatory, 10 October 2011
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 Britains culture, as warmer winters which scientists are attributing to global climate change produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries. 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 arent going to know what snow is, he said. The Independent, 20 March 2000
Green thinking represents a challenge to the status quo? Thats a laughable idea. From schools and universities to every corner of the Western political sphere, the climate-change outlook is the status quo. In fact, its the new conservatism. Brendan ONeil, The Australian, 8 October 2011
Where’s Al Gore when you need him?
One more coal for the fire Mr. Scrooge?
No, you will just add to global warming.
I wish they would make up their mind....
Are we gonna burn up or freeze to death?
Unless the ice covers the entire globe, the Global Warming crowd will refer to this as a local phenomenon. If it ever does, then they’ll refer to it as a cooling triggered by the warming. It must be fun to be always right.
“And it could all begin within weeks”
Talk about ‘the sky is falling’.
Gorbal Warming strikes again.
I wish they would make up their minds .
So it’s time to throw the shorts away and get my jacket back out.
The sun...the sun...
WOW !! Their cap and trade worked
“WOW !! Their cap and trade worked”
They fixed Globull Warning. WooHoo!!!!!
Now that it’s too cold, how do they propose to warm the planet?
Att. all Britts: Buy stock in L. L. Bean!
Well one good thing is maybe all those mental retards called muslims will go back to their warmer crap holes they came from....
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say ice.
From what I’ve seen of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But from what I’ve seen of hate,
I’d say that ice is great
And would suffice.
- Robert Frost
“..criticised this week by Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. I would strongly advise not to rely on any 20-30 year winter forecasts, he said. The point is that nobody really understands the basic feedbacks and climate dynamics that drive annual winter variability, let alone that long in advance...
So 20-30 yr winter predictions are a sham but 50-100 yr GW predictions are settled science. These people are, ah hell you know.
You see, if liberals were warming skeptics, the precautionary principle would be implemented and the UK would spend billions on snow-removal equipment. Just in case!
Goody ! Does this presage the return of “ice carnival” to the Thames ? !!! Or on our side of the Atlantic , “sleigh ride” commutes to Manhattan across the Hudson ? Imagine ice skating twixt Manhattan and NJ ! Think of the toll/fare savings ! >PS
Don’t be silly. We all know that the science is settled, that humans have started an irreversible global warming trend, and that the sun has nothing to do with warming the earth. Anyone who claims otherwise is an anti-science denier. But . . . if this is true, then the solution is more government regulation, higher taxes, population control, and reduced technology in the West.
What IS scientific is the almost complete lack of sunspots for the previous three years. If the sunspots continue to be minimal, there are several hundred years of observation from the past, with which to make predictions for the future. In times of solar minimum, there are years of colder than usual temperatures.
Didn’t the Met Office predict that this October would be the warmest in GB history?
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