What are they smoking at the MET?

The MET’s latest prediction from this article in the Times is hysterical.  I have to wonder what they’re smoking.

The number of sweltering nights when the temperature in cities stays above 20C (68F) and the elderly become vulnerable to heat exhaustion will increase fivefold because of climate change, a Met Office study has found.

Looks like quilt manufacturers will soon be going out of business according to them.

Opening the windows will make no difference because the outside temperature will be too warm for the heat in homes to escape. The “urban heat island effect”, in which buildings and roads absorb heat during the day and release it at night, could result in the temperature on the hottest nights remaining above 25C.

So better get that air conditioner installed now before the price goes up.

During the 2003 heatwave, which killed 2,000 people in Britain, the hottest nights were around 20C. Daytime temperatures reached 30C for 10 days in a row, but it was the hot, airless nights that proved fatal because people were unable to cool down and recover from the stress of the daytime heat before the sun rose again.

I guess the poor British have never heard of taking a cold shower to cool off?

The Met Office study found that, by 2040, it could need to issue heatwave warnings for urban areas four times more frequently. The warning system was established after the 2003 heatwave to help people to protect those at risk, including the elderly, young children and those suffering with poor health caused by respiratory diseases.

By 2040? Wow they must have some crystal ball, or perhaps some screwy computer or perhaps some screwy scientists? Or, perhaps all of the aforementioned?

Using computer models, the researchers found that the number of very hot nights in London would increase from two to ten a year.

Uh oh!  There’s those computer models again. You know how those work? It’s called lets play plug in some silly figures and see what the silly results are and then lets scare the crap out of everyone for the 5,000th time and perhaps they may start to believe in our predictions and in global warming.

Ahh….here we go with the silly solutions for the silly problem created by the silly scientist with the silly computer model.

Vicky Pope, head of climate advice at the Met Office, said cities would need to adapt to cope with more frequent heatwaves. The amount of shade would be a key consideration and new urban developments and buildings could be painted white to reflect the sun’s radiation.

What? No giant umbrella over London?  How about one of those plastic domes and a gigantic air conditioning unit for it?

Let’s see,  the MET Office….aren’t they that wonderful bunch who said last winter in Britain would be the warmest in recorded history, then had to back off that and admit that it was the coldest winter in Britain in the past 30 years?  What about their infamous “barbeque summer” predicted just before that? What about their great prediction about the ash cloud from the Iceland volcano that shut down the airways in Europe needlessly?

How about their wonderful computer that evidently even though it cost 30 million pounds evidently isn’t much better than using an Atari game? You can read about that here.

The Met Office unveiled Britain’s most powerful super computer today, which is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second

However, they admitted despite the £30million system being more powerful than 100,000 PCs it could still get the forecast WRONG.

Well, like the man said….”if you believe that, I have a big golden colored bridge I’ll sell you in San Francisco.” I wonder how many people at the MET would buy it?

Source: Times Online

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