UK heatwave: Weather forecasters report unprecedented trolling

Posted: July 29, 2022 by oldbrew in Forecasting, MET office, Temperature, weather
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Might be related to them trying a bit too hard to make a meal of it? They could have chosen to stick to the role their job title suggests.
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Weather forecasters faced unprecedented levels of trolling during this month’s extreme heat in the UK, according to leading figures in the industry – says BBC News.

The BBC’s team received hundreds of abusive tweets or emails questioning their reports and telling them to “get a grip”, as temperatures hit 40C.

BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said he had never experienced anything like it in nearly 25 years working in weather.

The Royal Meteorological Society condemned the trolling.

Most of the abuse seems to have been prompted as links were made between the heatwave and climate change.

The UK saw record high temperatures on 19 July, with 40C exceeded for the first time. Dozens of locations saw temperatures above the previous UK record of 38.7C and 15 fire services declared a state of emergency because of a surge in blazes.

The Met Office estimated that the heatwave had been made 10 times more likely because of climate change.

The BBC’s Matt Taylor said: “It’s a more abusive tone than I’ve ever received. I switched off a bit from it all as it became too depressing to read some of the responses.”

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Comments
  1. Philip Mulholland says:

    If you don’t like the heat then get out of the kitchen.

  2. […] UK heatwave: Weather forecasters report unprecedented trolling […]

  3. oldbrew says:

    *Unprecedented* – where have we heard that before? From the Met Office possibly, or the BBC …🤔

    High risk of unprecedented rainfall
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2017/high-risk-of-unprecedented-rainfall

    ‘Unprecedented’ extremes of weather
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-23172702

  4. catweazle666 says:

    Hundreds of people have also shared their experiences of the 1976 heatwave on social media, with many making the false suggestion that this month’s heatwave was “no different”

    “False suggestion”?
    The 2022 “heatwave” lasted two days at the outside (isn’t the Met Orifice definition of a heatwave supposed to be 3 days?) and the 1976 heatwave lasted 16 days, that looks like a vey considerable difference to me!

    As to “Show a bit of respect and do a bit more research rather than just believe Bob down the pub or Tony on YouTube.”, well, I have done a bit of research, and I believe Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change when she asserts that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism itself.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Does our mini weather event qualify as a heatwave at all?
    . . .
    Met. Office – What is the definition for a UK heatwave?

    A UK heatwave threshold is met when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold. The threshold varies by UK county.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather/types-of-weather/temperature/heatwave
    . . .
    Perhaps a more rigorous definition…

    What is a heat wave?
    Posted on July 22, 2019 by WeatherGuys Editor
    A heat wave is a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and usually humid weather.

    The World Meteorological Organization is specific in its definition by stating that a heat wave is when the daily maximum temperature for more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

    http://wxguys.ssec.wisc.edu/2019/07/22/what-is-a-heat-wave-2/

  6. MrGrimNasty says:

    The MO and BBC have really been trying to downplay 1976 which was obviously a much more severe event.
    Are we expected to believe that if we hadn’t supposedly hit 40C this year but instead had 15 days running that merely reached 30C somewhere, they wouldn’t be running exactly the same tripe hype climate propaganda nonsense?

  7. Johna says:

    Not stirring the you know what, but it is a known scientific FACT that the BBC are one of the main purveyors of climate disinformation and a tacit mouthpiece for the UK Government that makes and breaks the laws to suit their parliamentary democracy – after the public elects them and not fully knowing the perpetual stich up. Pity this site et al doesn’t get a slot after the BBC to put it into proper scientific perspective – I’m sure the public would like that.

  8. catweazle666 says:

    “The MO and BBC have really been trying to downplay 1976 which was obviously a much more severe event.”
    You can say that again, Mr. GN!
    The BBC can’t seem to make its mind up:
    From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/62212604 :
    “The heatwave of 1976 started in June and lasted for two months. There was a lack of rainfall and a significant drought, with the government enforcing water rationing.”
    And I’m damn sure that both I and some friends who had max/min thermometers recorded >100F too.

  9. Peter Norman says:

    1976. I knew him, Horatio. That was the Summer I took two weeks off work to build an outside swimming pool (well, splash pool really). Hose pipe bans, lawns parched white and most fellow commuters using their “leave” to avoid insufferable City heat. We survived and it’s never been as hot since. The pool; It drowned a few grey squirrels, but was rarely used in subsequent years. My employer also installed air conditioning. Weather returned to normal and global warming (and our expectations of Mediterranean climate) went on hold. Investments in climate change turned out to be worthless. Not much has changed since.

  10. Paul Vaughan says:

    herdemsm f(hiver)
    see thing
    temper Ch˚R

  11. oldbrew says:

    The next climate hobby horse…

    Heatwave could give UK earliest autumn in 20 years, say forecasters
    Thu, 28 July 2022

    Extreme temperatures and a lack of rain mean the UK is experiencing the earliest signs of autumn in 20 years.

    Trees have begun to drop their leaves, and berries are ripening weeks ahead of schedule amid the record temperatures.

    https://uk.style.yahoo.com/news/heatwave-could-uk-earliest-autumn-071721830.html

  12. Peter Norman says:

    Yup, this year is a bit weird weather (climate) wise. This is the first year in 30 years at our farm spring saw no “candles” on the conker trees and no conkers now for the squirrels to bury. Too warm, too cold, too dry, too nature takes its own course, who knows? God save the grey squirrels!

  13. oldbrew says:

    Global warming note…

    Iceland Records Lowest June Temperatures In 30 Years

    The summer has been disappointing in most parts of Iceland so far, many people would agree. Even when the sun shines, it has been very cool.

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/iceland-records-lowest-june-temperatures-in-30-years/

  14. oldbrew says:

    Alarmists are at it again…

    Climate change: More studies needed on possibility of human extinction
    Published 2 hours ago

    Catastrophic climate change outcomes, including human extinction, are not being taken seriously enough by scientists, a new study says.

    The authors say that the consequences of more extreme warming – still on the cards if no action is taken – are “dangerously underexplored”.

    They argue that the world needs to start preparing for the possibility of what they term the “climate endgame”.

    They want UN scientists to investigate the risk of catastrophic change.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62378157
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    If ‘investigate’ means peering into climate models, we know how that ends 🥱

  15. catweazle666 says:

    These people are entirely deranged.
    Given that humans have the capability of surviving in perhaps the greatest range of habitable environments of any animal on the planet – from the Equator a few degrees short of the poles, I can’t see how two or three degrees more temperature is going to exterminate us!

  16. oldbrew says:

    Take cover, summer is back! 🌞

    UK weather: Level three heatwave alert issued for whole of England
    The UK Health Security Agency alert will be in place from midday Tuesday to 6pm on Saturday August 13

    “Temperatures could peak at 35C, or even an isolated 36C on Saturday.

    “Elsewhere will see temperatures widely into the high 20s and low 30s Celsius later this week as temperatures build day on day through the week due to an area of high pressure extending over much of the UK.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/08/uk-weather-level-three-heatwave-alert-issued-whole-england/

    Good for solar power, no good for wind.

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