Maybe a strange question, given the balmy winter weather (well may it continue!)
But this documentary aired on Channel 4 tonight: Is Our Weather Getting Worse? - 4oD - Channel 4
It basically made a statement and asked a question: "Britain has had extreme weather before in previous centuries, but are cases getting more frequent?"
Answer was in the affirmative. Since 2000, Britain was experienced its warmest, wettest, coldest and driest periods ever recorded. It has even had some intense tornadoes like one in 2005 in suburban Birmingham that caused £40million damage.
Is the case the same here? I am a good threescore years but I cannot quite recall anything like the last 4 years - two of the coldest winters ever, then two of the mildest winters I can remember (no freeze-up for 30 days or so now!), bone-dry springs and autumns, wet summers.
As for the statistics, that is another story. However, last year the Irish Met Office raised out average temperature expectations by 0.4C, which may not seem like much but an average change of 1C would mean a substantially different climate.
So, is our weather changing, and what are the implications?
(As for the reasons? Well, there is a thread for that.)