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What's in a name?

One of the ideas that has been kicked around the green community for a while is to persuade the WMO and national met offices to name storms after prominent global warming sceptics.

As climate change continues to create more frequent and devastating storms, we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms after policymakers who deny climate change.

Now, with a certain air of innocence, the Met Office is suggesting that the public might like to suggest names for major storms that head our way this winter.


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Ah, the first step on the ladder of inventing weather events that don't exist, perhaps? The Human mind is the most powerful weapon & tool on the planet, & it is easily fooled with it!

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Abbott, Andrew, Anthony. Josh,Judith, Jo, .Fenbeagle, Willy, Willis, Christopher, Tallbloke, Jennifer, Pointman....... Think of all the free publicity the Greenies want to give climate scepticism. Amazing how often unintended consequences go hand-in-hand with Climastrology.

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterKevin Lohse

It will be an almighty battle between the Directioners and the Swifties.

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Tol

The only thing wrong with your post, Alan, is that they have been "inventing" non-existent weather events for years.
Setting aside that the physics would suggest less in the way of severe weather as the temperature gradient* declines (as I understand it) the claims that more severe and more frequent storms are already happening has been a staple in the Warmist Playbook for as long as I can remember.
They had a go at naming storms last winter; it's farcical and any self-respecting genuine meteorologist ought to be mocking it every chance they get. Doubtless the BBC will lap it up, though.

* I don't need to explain the difference between a decline in temperature and in temperature gradient on this site, do I? Any passing troll will no doubt get it wrong anyway.

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:54 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Sure, I'll help out:

Al Gore
James Hansen

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko


Sep 8, 2015 at 10:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterClimateOtter

I'd pay to sponsor Cyclone Maurizio

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:10 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos

GW theory and IPCC deliberations suggest less extreme weather. Who is promoting this attribution meme?

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:12 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

"As climate change continues to create more frequent and devastating storms..."

This is quite simply a lie. So anyone who points out that it is a lie is a bad person and should have a storm named after them because the storm is partly their fault. Have I got that right?

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterStonyground

kim twister.

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:14 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Lots of potential for fun:

Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth ...
Jesus, Budda, Mohammed, ...

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Windy Worthington for starters...
Blizzard Jones
Hot Air Stern

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterOld Forge

This is one of those mean, petty ideas that come naturally to "progressives" and sound ideal to their agit-prop focused minds.

And like all their other ideas, it will turn out exactly the opposite of how they hoped.

Just think if they were to name a US East Coast storm "Hurricane Morano". Marc would use this as the perfect platform to publicly tear down the Greens' fact-free, alarmist nonsense. It's an invitation to make his points, issued by an opposition which has previously done nothing than to try and silence debate.

They'd be backtracking and trying to rename the storm even before it had make landfall........

This is a terrible idea. I hope they try it.

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

The Great Storm of 1987 would therefore have been called Hurricane Micheal Fish.

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

We are a small country. Just how many storms are to be expected at once?

This is the MetOffice trying to insinuate itself into the public conciousness. Self publicists who want the money to keep rollin' in.

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterColin

In this PC society we live in, I would like to object to the UKMO naming low pressure systems on the grounds of sizeism.

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Cyclone

To reflect multicultural Britain big storms could be named after foods:

Baked Bean
Pickled egg
Sauer kraut

In this way, scaremongers could make entirely false comparisons with the amount of methane released from melting permafrost

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:03 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Hmmm, not sure about this, I somehow doubt the Met Office would ever come up with such original names like Hurricane Bawbag which in Scotland became the accepted name for the storm in the media at least.

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

Richard Bradford is spot on.

What can possibly be in their heads?

I spent some time in shanghai and was christened gwai loh by some of my colleagues. It is somewhat pejorative (whitey or some thing similar.) I adopted it and it was how I introduced myself. It defused the insult and and possibly worked for me.

Wear your eponymous storms with pride deniers ;)

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterClovis Marcus

Mike Jackson said:

The only thing wrong with your post, Alan, is that they have been "inventing" non-existent weather events for years.

The most laughable thing about that is when they put the word 'super' before the name of storms that have weakened.

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterGareth

we need a storm called "VenusNotWarmerDueToCO2"

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterVenusNotWarmerDueToCO2

I think the first named storm should be storm "My Arse". I can hear it now......There will be a lot of heavy winds coming from My Arse, & My Arse is expected to dominate our weather for the next few days!" Said a Wet Office spokesperson!

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Surely they all should be called Norman?

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterTim Hammond

In view of IPCC AR5 & subsequent papers indicating ever diminishing storm energy/frequency - names could usefully be chosen here:-

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:48 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

Nothing new, UK and Northern European 'storms' have always been named:-

Extreme Wind Storms Catalogue

Just that in the past the names used to mean something. "The Great Storm of 1987" or "13 Jan 84" or "11 Feb 90" etc. Now we get meaningless handles "Anatol", "Fanny" or "Gero", surely you all at least remember "Fanny"?

Anyhow meet the team behind the Extreme Wind Storms Catalogue, our very own "Tempest Troika"!

Any surprises?

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

As a tangential observation/ comment, why does the meet office persist in redefining the starting date for the seasons? For example, on the First of September I happened to see several so called weather forecasts on the TV and they all opened with the fallacious statement that it was the first day of autumn. The first day of autumn this year falls on the 23rd of September.

Sep 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn in cheshire


Sep 8, 2015 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

John in cheshire, redefining the seasons at one's leisure has the convenient effect of giving more bites of the cherry when it comes to finding "records" in the data. Of course, I'm not suggesting for a second that the Met Office would ever do this wilfully.

Sep 8, 2015 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

They want to name storms after sceptics? Let them. They'll look even more silly than they do already when the storm season ends and there's been only half a dozen worthy of being named. The world will point and laugh asking 'what 'extreme' weather'? Has got 'own goal' all over it, this.

Sep 8, 2015 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered Commentercheshirered

Any major storm that disconnects a generator from the National Grid should really be named after Milliband, Huhne or Davey in recognition of their contribution to energy insecurity.

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterRayJ

Ooh ooh please, can I have one?

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

There was a light shower of rain last week in my locality, which perked up my fig trees, and for which I was very thankful - it saved me from having to go out and water them.

Could we call it the Steve McIntyre shower, please?

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Hurricane Gavin just rolls off the tongue.

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMikeN

I'm with those who say that sceptic named storms would be a positive thing. Warmists shoot themselves in the foot every time they say 'sceptics think that climate change doesn't exist'. Even though that's not what we say, some of the public think that the moment something is officially denied it must be true.

Name storms after sceptics and the public will ask 'who's that and why are they famous?'

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

And if there are lots of storms, it will show that there are also quite a lot of "deniers" out there too...

Sep 8, 2015 at 1:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Pedant-General

The civil servants divination centre and handily placed no less, in a Labour constituency, oh yes they did - in Blair's labour fashioned puke green and very unpleasant land .......builded down Exeter way and full of wind at that.

Ye Gods! wait a minute............... 'divine' and 'wind'?

How about, the Wet Office presents its new, Kamikaze mission statements.

Eco nutters, sucking large on the taxpayer teat: that would show them up in a truer manifestation.

Sep 8, 2015 at 2:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

If they are going to be so infantile about it I hope weather forecasts would include an image, of the head of the named person, spinning around at the centre of the storm. A giant spinning Joe Bastardi laying waste to Florida. Piers, The crazy haired Corbyn brother ominously approaching New York.

Sep 8, 2015 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterGareth

I guess that's a picture of your place, Bish - Bishop's Rock lighthouse lighthouse by any chance?

Sep 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Hi, Met Office .I like things nice an orderly. Can we call these storms Devastating Bastard 1, Devastating Bastard 2, etc?

Sep 8, 2015 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterCB

Bish, you bought a lighthouse?

Well, that's your lookout!

Sep 8, 2015 at 3:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterRightwinggit

There is obviously an attraction to giving full credit where it's due and calling events involving a lot of painful wind and damage to the economy, after those who have made policy led evidence making such a success.

The Sir John Houghton Storm
The Robert Napier Storm
The Julia Sligo Storm
The David Viner extreme snow event
The Richard Betts Cyclone
The Vicky Pope Predicted Storm
and so on.

But if their modesty precludes these suggestions, perhaps we might use the projected Climate Bunfights scheduled between now and December. See

After all, that is exactly and entirely what this proposal is all about.
So starting from yesterday, that would be:-

Bonn I
Bonn II
Santiago II
Bonn III
Antananarivo II
Bonn IV
Bonn V
Africa (tbc)
Bonn VI
Bonn VII
Bonn IX
Bonn X
Bonn XI
Bonn XII
Bonn XIV
and, of course then it is PARIS!

This approach would also assist our 'settled science' scaremongering chums to keep track of their expenses claims!

Sep 8, 2015 at 4:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

if storms are supposed to be caused by CO2 why not name them after the consumption of fossil fuel... then we would have bill gates storm , al gore storm , leonard di caprio storm and so on...

Sep 8, 2015 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterlemiere

Hurricane BBC contract ending.

Sep 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

Brian, Dougal, Dylan, Ermintrude, Florence, Mr McHenry, Mr Rusty, Zebedee.

I'm taking this proposal with all the seriousness it deserves.

Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterBilly Liar

Mainstream Media factor 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Sep 8, 2015 at 7:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

'Hurricane Hill' has a ring to it.

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterThwack!

Nice article poking fun at the idea of naming our weather events.

Sep 8, 2015 at 9:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

If they did want to name storms after sceptics they would score a big win.

Not by humiliation (the Streisand effect).

But because we'd all fall to fighting in jealous rage at those who had the honour.

Sep 8, 2015 at 10:33 PM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

Delingpole will be pleased if this suggestion is acted on. Coming near the beginning of the alphabet he would not have to wait too long before being immortalised by his very own storm!

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Typhoon Nic Lewis, lowest logometric pressure on record.

Sep 8, 2015 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

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