UK Snow: The Climate is Still Changing
This is not going to be an in depth scientific analysis of the recent state of Britain’s weather, but I do want to pick out some of the inherent flaws in using Britain’s weather to refute the existence of Climate Change. With a very cold December and probably even colder start to January now behind us, I suspect we’ll hear a lot about Global Warming and very little about Climate Change.
Let us first be clear: Global Warming is not a useful term when discussing everyday experiences, because it refers to annualised global readings. These have little bearing on our lives, so lets forget about them. Climate Change refers to the alterations in weather patterns and ultimate collapse in global eco-systems, of which climate is a huge part.
We must also look at Britain in particular, and what is specific to our Climate, namely the effects of the Atlantic and the “Gulf Stream”. First, we should take a quick look at some geographical facts about Britain. In the most simplistic evaluation, the further from the equator, the colder it should get. But take a look at this list on Wikipedia, displaying cities in order from most Northerly to most Southerly, and you will notice some stark observations. Go to the 50-degree line. Just above is Plymouth, the most southern British city in the list. At 51.3 North is London. Leeds is 53.48N and Edinburgh 55.57N.
Just below Plymouth are Prague and Krakow, both of which get much colder winters. Quebec City is a clear 5 degrees south of London. Moscow is listed just below Edinburgh and Glasgow. In the section of table below the 50degree line you will find everywhere in the United States, some of which are far more used to seeing this kind of weather.
What we are getting is not exceptional for a country in our range of latitudes; on the contrary, we’re getting what we deserve for being this far north. The gulf stream, bringing warm currents from the South, normally protects us during Winters. But like any Climate phenomena, it is based on a precarious balance. [If we have fundamentally damaged the processes by which we stay warmer than comparably Northern places, then] we are getting only what we deserve, because we have altered, through a series of different effects beginning with over-production for over-consumption, [our planet’s climate, and thus eco-systems].
Will the Gulf Stream strengthen towards us in future years? You’d have to ask a climate scientist, a meteorologist or the likes. But you don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows, and right now, [across the planet, we are seeing many changes that are out of the ordinary]. We have wrecked the planet. Past tense.
[Edits in square brackets include fixes to some of the comments below].