Weather Channel : UK Summer To Be A Scorcher – Especially The First Half

21 May 2012

Forecasters predict barbecue summer to rival 2003

But the good news continued as long-range forecasters predicted a baking summer comparable with 2003 – which saw Britain’s all-time record 38.5C (101.3F) temperature – and 2006, the hottest on record at an average of 15.8C.

Weather Services International, part of the Weather Channel, said the ‘pressure blocking’ system which made recent summers cool and wet has disappeared.

Instead, forecasters expect hot and dry high pressure systems, comparable with patterns which delivered the 2003 and 2006 scorchers.

“We expect a summer pattern more like 2002-06, with above-normal temperatures.

“An emerging El Nino event suggests the best chances for significant heat during the first half of summer

Forecasters predict barbecue summer to rival 2003 as temperatures rocket to 27C tomorrow – Telegraph

Good call, Heidi Channel

Butterfly fears after record rain

Jul 12 2012

Butterfly populations could suffer population crashes as a result of the record-breaking wet weather this spring and summer, Sir David Attenborough has warned.Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is launching its annual survey of the insects amid concerns that the wettest April to June on record will have hit their breeding season.Prolonged cold, wet weather delays the butterflies emerging, reduces their life-span and hampers mating and egg-laying, Butterfly Conservation said.

This year’s wet weather could lead to a repeat of 2007, when the UK was hit by widespread flooding following torrential rain, causing butterfly numbers to plummet. The charity is urging the public to take part in the Big Butterfly Count to help assess the impact the rainy weather has had on butterflies.

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8 Responses to Weather Channel : UK Summer To Be A Scorcher – Especially The First Half

  1. Dave N says:

    The Met Office should sue for copyright infringement.

  2. Don Gaddes says:

    The UK is currently going through a Two Solar/Earth Year ‘Wet’ /Normal Period. If there is Icelandic and Russian explosive volcanic activity (albedo) to exacerbate this ‘Wet’/Normal Period, then the Winters of 2012 -13 could rival 2011 in intensity. (closure of Heath Row,etc.)
    David Attenborough owes us a large apology.

  3. We had wetter summers in the 18th and 19thC. The trend in the last 30 years is back towards wetter summers.

  4. scizzorbill says:

    May we have a moment of silence for the poor suffering butterflies. It’s all our fault.

  5. John B., M.D. says:

    Floods: Wet weather driving rats into homes –

    Sir David Attenborough has called on gardeners to plant a wild flower meadow and cultivate a nettle patch to help butterflies struggling to survive the wet summer and climate change.

    See, climate change is to blame for everything, yet models cannot forecast major climate patterns 6 weeks in advance.

  6. John B., M.D. says:

    “Could climate change be causing our wet summer? asks Met Office
    The wet weather this summer could have been caused by climate change melting Arctic ice and increasing sea temperatures, according to the Met Office. ”

  7. mark_t says:

    “Melting Arctic ice and increasing sea temperatures”?!?! Melting absorbs energy. Melting ice does not cause sea temperatures to increase. Increasing sea temperatures might, however, cause ice to melt. Slowly.

    As for the Telegraph article, usual abuse of statistics with the usual disclaimer: “But human factors and freak weather patterns mean it is impossible to ever say with certainty that a single event was caused by climate change.” (i.e. we have no idea what we are talking about).

    Steve, is there even a shred of evidence for weather patterns at lower latitudes being influenced by the extent of polar ice cover?

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