UK Should Prepare For More Extreme Weather, Government Warns After Storm Arwen 

Posted: December 3, 2021 by oldbrew in alarmism, government, weather, wind
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Bad weather? Blame the ‘climate crisis’ – it’s government policy to do so! Climate fixing is a slow process…roll on 2050, or later…who are they kidding, apart from themselves?
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Britain can expect greater disruption from storms in the future and should prepare for more extreme weather following the chaos wrought by Storm Arwen which brought snow and high winds to much of the country earlier this week, ministers have warned.

Thousands of homes remain without electricity after winds that hit speeds of almost 100mph ripped across parts of northern England and Scotland, tearing down power lines, uprooting trees and causing snow drifts and debris blockages on roads, says The Independent (via QNewsCrunch).

Even as people still affected by the storm described it as a “nightmare” and spoke of feeling “abandoned,” ministers suggested such impacts could become increasingly frequent due to the worsening climate crisis.

The business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng described the storm as unlike any other, and though he promised to do everything possible to restore power to homes affected before Christmas, also suggested people across the country could do more to prepare for extreme weather.

Five days after the storm, as many as 30,000 people remain without power.

Mr Kwarteng said: “Clearly, Storm Arwen was an event the likes of which we haven’t seen for certainly 60 years since the record starts.

“We have to be prepared for similarly extreme, difficult weather conditions in the future. We have to make sure that our system is resilient in that eventuality.”

Asked by the shadow climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, if “lessons” had been learned as “extreme weather events will sadly become all the more common in the future”, Mr Kwarteng said his department would “of course be looking at the lessons we can learn from Storm Arwen to build an even more resilient power system in the future”.

Mr Kwarteng told the House of Commons: “Storm Arwen brought severe weather including winds of up to 100mph, wind, rain, snow and ice, causing the most severe disruption since 2005.”

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    What a bunch of lying bleeps.

  2. Gamecock says:

    “to build an even more resilient power system in the future”

    2525 is in the future.

    Power outages from ‘tearing down power lines, uprooting trees.’

    How are they going to prevent uprooting trees?

    How are they going to change power lines so they don’t get torn down?

    Here’s a clue: they are LYING TURDS.

    ‘Kwasi Kwarteng described the storm as unlike any other, and though he promised to do everything possible to restore power to homes affected before Christmas’

    So he’ll be out there with tool belt on, scampering up poles.

    ‘also suggested people across the country could do more to prepare for extreme weather’

    A very odd suggestion. What kind of extreme weather? What effects? What preparations?

    Wood stoves for heat? A Generac for power?

    ‘prepare for extreme weather’ is absolutely meaningless, and unactionable.

    ‘Welfare centres and hot food have been provided, with energy network companies working with local resilience forums, emergency services, local authorities and the British Red Cross.’

    Not a damn one of them can restore a power line.

    ‘local resilience forums’ sounds like the end of Western civilization.

  3. oldbrew says:

    In the future demanded by law the power-less won’t even be able to go anywhere, including food stores and places of work, if their cars can’t be recharged and they don’t live near public transport.

  4. Kip Hansen says:

    The sad fact is the the UK, like most other places, is not prepared for the present. Instead of planning for present and past conditions, they keep promising to prepare for the unknowns of the future. That way they can avoid actually doing anything useful.

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    The historical evidence is that weather was very bad at times during the last Grand Solar Minimum in the 1600’s. So to prepare for the worst try
    a stock of wood for burning when the electricity and gas aren’t working.
    A stock of bottled gas or oil if you prefer.
    Candles and/or oil lamps for lighting (no whale oil please).
    Your own diesel generator (to keep your refrigerator running and your stock of food fresh).
    Sadly none of these is approved. What is approved is more (and more) wind turbines in the hope they will work some of the time.
    More solar panels which will provide jobs for those removing snow off them.
    Shutting down reliable sources of electricity like coal-fired and nuclear (but burning IMPORTED wood chips is OK whenever the nation has the money).
    I would recommend emigration to Australia but our various governments are just as incompetent.

    And I would like it if any reader can provide a link showing how the Houses of Parliament are now NET ZERO thanks to internally generated hot air keeping them warm.

  6. Paul Vaughan says:

    STRICT weather-sorting criterion appears with crystal clarity:

    If weather’s benign, it’s natural;
    otherwise it’s manmade.

    The smarter ones do it to bully. You’re supposed to react (so don’t).

  7. oldbrew says:

    It’s not unheard of to get ‘extreme’ weather during periods of abnormal solar activity.

    The great storm of 1703 was a destructive extratropical cyclone that struck central and southern England on 26 November 1703. High winds caused 2,000 chimney stacks to collapse in London and damaged the New Forest, which lost 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown hundreds of miles off-course, and over 1,000 seamen died on the Goodwin Sands alone. News bulletins of casualties and damage were sold all over England – a novelty at that time. The Church of England declared that the storm was God’s vengeance for the sins of the nation. Daniel Defoe thought it was a divine punishment for poor performance against Catholic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_storm_of_1703

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    It was just a winter storm wasn’t it? When did it get upgraded to “the worst ever”?

  9. jb says:

    The average male adult in excellent health can produce ~100W of electrical power on a generator equipped bike for about 40-50 minutes. So be sure to stock up on enough food to get through recharging your electric car, then go to the local outlet to clear out their shelves of foodstuffs to do it all over again. Bicycle electrical power is very reliable, good for your health, mind numbing, nerve numbing, boring, and hugely green to keep those EVs operational. Shades of The Fifth Element megacorp philosophy.

  10. Colin says:

    The highest gust during Arwen was recorded at Brizzley Wood, an RAF radar station, the Met Office calls it a “lowland” site, though we tend not to put radar stations in sheltered locations, and this is the most prominent spot between Newcastle and Berwick. 98mph is a good old blow of course but it’s a bit short of the 198mph recorded at RAF Saxa Vord in 1992. The official record still stands, 143mph at Fraserburgh in Feb 1989.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Seconds out, round two…

    Storm Barra live news: ‘Weather bomb’ warning as Barra heads to UK amid flooding, power cuts and major travel disruption in Ireland

    Live weather updates as red warnings issued in Ireland over Storm Barra; parts of UK to be hit with extreme wind, rain, ice, and snow; people told to check latest updates before they travel; 500 homes still without power 11 days after Storm Arwen.

    https://news.sky.com/story/uk-weather-latest-storm-barra-to-batter-uk-and-ireland-with-high-winds-and-snow-12488174

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