This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.
A climate scientist at a famous research unit said snow would be a distant memory by now.
In the year 2000, UK climatologist David Viner declared that temperatures were rising so quickly, snow would soon disappear from the UK.
Inexorably warmer winters were just around the corner, he said. Which meant sleds, snowmen, and snowballs were all seriously endangered. In his words, “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
Journalist Charles Onians presented the opinions of this climate scientist as gospel. His news article declared that the odds were “now stacked against” heavy snowfalls. Within a few years, we were told, snow would become “a very rare and exciting event.”
We were further advised that, should snow appear out of the blue “in 20 years time,” it would likely cause havoc since the UK would be unused to it and therefore unprepared.
Let us be clear. The entire climate crusade rests on predictions such as these. It is because politicians believe scientists such as Viner that they’re determined to impose a low-emissions regime on the global economy.
Those same politicians now need to acknowledge and explain the abject failure of this prediction. In a few weeks, it will be 21 years since that news article, headlined Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past, appeared. Babies born that year are now attending university. Some are having babies of their own.
Viner was wrong. Utterly. Totally. Indisputably. The childhoods of kids born in 2000 onward were not snow-deprived. Not even close.
During the first decade of this century, abundant snow fell in the UK during 9 out of 10 years. Ditto the second decade. Last week, snow closed COVID vaccination centers and disrupted travel in multiple parts of the kingdom. Which means 2021 doesn’t qualify as a ‘Children aren’t going to know what snow is’ year.
2020 didn’t, either. You can see the photos here. In 2019, the BBC reported that heavy snow was “sweeping Eastwards across the UK,” and that college students were stranded overnight. Which means 2019 didn’t qualify.
The Met Office tells us the UK experienced significant snowfalls in 2018. In 2017, snow grounded flights at Heathrow airport. Months afterward, the Guardian ran this headline: Snow turns UK into winter wonderland.
It isn’t difficult to find lovely photos of UK snowfalls dated 2016, 2015 and 2014. The Met Office tells us the UK experienced widespread snow in 2013. In 2012, severe snow brought Britain to a standstill. In 2010, the UK endured severe winter weather with significant snowfalls.
21 years ago we were told snow in the UK had gone extinct. That was a climate prediction. Made by a climate scientist. Working at a climate science research center.
That prediction wasn’t off by a smidge. It missed by a country mile.
It is therefore rational and sensible to be skeptical of other climate predictions.
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