Prat watch #10: the ice age is here!

by Gareth on March 20, 2013

Forget all that nonsense about “no warming for 16 years”, to be a real sceptic these days you have to insist that the climate’s currently cooling. But why stop there? To show your real commitment to the coolist cause, you have to go BM (Beyond Monckton) and insist that the next ice age is descending on us. And that’s exactly what Britain’s nuttiest weather forecaster, Piers Corbyn, is proclaiming. Britain’s had a bit of snow and a cold start to March, so Piers jumps on his soapbox and cries “The new Mini Ice Age is upon us!”

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Here’s Piers:

“This is further evidence of the inevitable plunge from now into the new Mini Ice Age we warned of some years ago — The CO2 story is over. It has been pointing the world in the wrong direction for too long. The serious implications of the developing MIA to agriculture and the world economy through the next 25 to 35 years must be addressed.”

● The CO2 story is over
● World cooling is now ‘locked-in’
● Average solar activity way down
● Jet stream often way south
● Jet Stream develops wild waves giving very extreme weather events – hail, thunder, floods etc.

“Locked in”, eh? I rather suspect that the next El Niño will make Mr Corbyn look rather stupid in all but his own eyes. He won’t notice though, because he’ll be busy reinterpreting history (he’s already reinvented solar physics) in the same way as his nearest NZ counterpart, weather astrologer Ken Ring. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see who amongst the usual suspects will be happy to support Corbyn’s frothing. Is no idea too wacky for the coolists?

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bill March 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Priceless!

One thing that always bemuses me is that according to the ‘logic’ of these sorts of claims I must have grown up in an Ice Age, given that reversing the dramatic modern rate of increase in temperatures for, say, 3 decades would take us back to the frozen wastes of 1980!

Unaware of it I was, but then again, youth!… or I just put the chill down to Thatcher and Reagan… ;-)

Thomas March 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Soon we will hear the trumpets calling: “Let us release more CO2 to head off the coming ice age, Scat and all… ;-)
Of cause those from the BM fringe of things would first need to explain to the rest of us why they thought releasing CO2 might help…. and that’s where that particular snake will start eating its own tail until only its head looks out of its mouth…. ;-)

bill March 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Good point!

The irony being, as John M is wont to point out, we probably have averted the slow decline into the next Ice Age with our CO2 emissions. We need not concern ourselves with such a thing for a looooooooong time to come.

Of course, those who live at the top of the world near the newly ultra-meandering jet-stream might well periodically experience formerly Arctic conditions. Funny how Corbyn seems to acknowledge that reality – but he’d have to account for it via some mechanism other than the lessening of the temp. gradient between the equator and the pole! That’s easily enough dealt with though – just point out the phenomenon but don’t bother to explain it! It’s not like he’s playing to a critical audience…

Nice of him to remind us all about his Birthday!

Carol Cowan March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

An ice age in which the polar ice is melting? How interesting! Perhaps the world has tilted 90 degrees and no one has noticed it yet?

bill March 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Ho ho! That must be it!

Nick March 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm

When it snows at Piers’ place, it snow all over the world. Familiar ideation?

noelfuller March 21, 2013 at 12:58 am

So we have an astrophysicist who does not understand the basics of his proclaimed status as an astrophysicist, who claims “warmists” have been fiddling the data for years but cherrypicks the surface temperature data from the peak of the 2010 El Niño to the botom of an extended La Niña in 2012 to prove an ice age is on its way. I could do better than that, I could draw a line from a summer maximum to a winter minimum, or better still the temperature at 3 p.m. today to 6 am tomorrow morning or if we really want to panic how about the change in output of my solar panel from full sun to cloud shadow? Could someone work that into a TV show?

Actually these idiots are only for laughs.

CTG March 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

They misspelled astrologer…

bill March 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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