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Slingo out to dry

I have written up the story about the travails of Professor Slingo for the Spectator's Coffee House blog.

See here.

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When, eventually, someone in authority at the Met Office is brave enough to say: 'Look, mate, we haven't got a bloody clue whether this weather (whatever it happens to be at that particular moment in time) is linked to climate change' - then I'll listen.
In the meantime, as my dear departed mother-in-law used to say, they tend to talk as their belly guides them...

Feb 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterSherlock1

Got slingo'd under a bus, you could say.

Feb 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterTomcat

There's another element to all of this.

Supposing you are on the telly - being interviewed (probably by video link) as a 'climate expert' by one of the well-known 'anchors' of BBC or Sky News - and this question is put to you:
'Is the present extreme weather linked to climate change..?'
This is your fifteen minutes of fame. Are you to say: 'Yes, its consistent with climate change..'...? Or: 'No - no connection whatsoever..'
Funding stopped..? Dressing down (or worse) by relevant government minister/department boss..?
Well - what would you do in that situation..?

Feb 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterSherlock1

Sherlock, she should be asked that question in court.

Feb 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

With climate science funding coming from politics, 'publish or perish' gets supplanted by 'be politically correct or perish'.

Feb 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterKatisha

Stephen Richards, thank you for your interpretation of post of 9:25pm last night.

I believe the copy and paste in my post last night was an extract of a Met Office briefing document presented to the Enviroment Agency and discussed at their September 2012 Board Meeting. Which basically states that they haven't a clue what causes the jet stream to loop so low and its persistence in holding that low loop causing the prolonged wet summer weather that year

We are told this year that the jet stream is again holding a low loop and is causing the significant amounts of rainfall. But this time Slingo seems to be able to link it to climate change. Which begs the question what ongoing research has evolved in the last 18 months or so to enable Slingo to blame climate change.

Feb 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Slin-going it alone?

Feb 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterunder the bus, time to move on

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