Interestingly enough, when it comes to the UK as a whole, this summer was the second wettest on record, which just proves that you can produce figures to prove anything at all, if you are so inclined.
Going on, we get the usual mish-mash of evidence and argument:
But four of the UK’s Top Five wettest years have now occurred since 2000, a statistic in line with the expectations of climatologists who model the effects of a warming world.
“It is not just Britain but many other parts of northern Europe and north America that are getting wetter and there is a climate change component to it,” Kevin Trenberth told EurActiv over a phone line from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
Trenberth has won several awards for his scientific research, including the Nobel Peace Prize which he was co-awarded in 2007 for his work as lead author on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s fourth risk assessment report.
“The overall pattern has been that middle to high latitudes [have] an increase in precipitation that goes with a warming climate, and the fact that the air can hold more moisture so the hydrological cycle speeds up,” he said.Setting aside the various scandals that surround the IPCC, ably covered over the years by the Boss on EUReferendum (too numerous to link to), James Delingpole and many others, there is one little problem: I distinctly recall many highly expensively mounted warnings that because of climate change we were going to have a drought in 2012. Instead, we got the rainiest year (sort of) since records began.
UPDATE: A splendid and vituperative attack by James Delingpole on the Met Office that gets £200 million of our money every year. Are you listening Taxpayers' Alliance?