Climate Change Is Now Official!

I have just been watching a weather feature on the BBC News channel.

Not since records began in the 1820s has Britain had so many hours of sunshine by the end of May, in any year. It has also been the driest May on record, with unprecedented low levels of rainfall. The south-eastern part of Britain has had less than 4mm ( 0.16 inches) of rain in one month.

Music to my ears.

Of course, the prophets of doom have started already. Not enough water in the rivers and reservoirs. Farmers worrying about crops wilting on the ground. (Farmers also complain when it is too wet to harvest of course.) There is a real possibility of hosepipe bans and water rationing in some areas.
Oh woe is us, living in this desert!

We live in one of the wettest countries in the world, yet seem to be incapable of working out how to store the countless milions of gallons of water that fall out of the skies annually. It wasn’t that long ago (February, to be precise) that those same experts were worried about too much rain, and huge areas of the country were devastated by flooding.

So where did all that water go? Why didn’t they save it somewhere, ready for a time such as this?

The report concluded by suggesting that Britain might soon have a ‘Mediterranean climate’. The words of the expert sounded like a warning.

From this chair, I say ‘Bring it on!’

86 thoughts on “Climate Change Is Now Official!

  1. Yes, there are some countries and states that will benefit from climate change. Siberia is already benefiting from longer summers, longer crop seasons and longer periods they can keep their sea lanes open. You Brits might be even able to produce some decent wines!

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  2. I love your blog! This post was so interesting. Please feel free to check out my recent post regarding the environmental impacts of the coronavirus pandemic! #spreadawareness โค๏ธ

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  3. Sounds wonderful, Pete! I future you can be my guest, i only have to buy one of the wonderful castles on the aisles. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Seriously, if this madness doesn’t stop soon, I also will believe in conspiracy theories. Every month a new horror news. That’s really annoying now. I’m really glad I don’t have children and I don’t want one. I’d be really sorry for them. Michael

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  4. It seems our weather patterns are becoming more extreme, especially in California, with all the fires, wind, drought. It’s confusing. With all this sheltering in place, they say we’ve reduced our carbon output by 17 percent, something they thought would take us five years! There’s hope! C

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    1. Well, it was rather flippant, as the BBC Weather report is considered to be the ‘official version’. That’s because the forecasters come from The National Meteorological Office.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We have a water-butt already, most houses here do. I use it to water the shrubs, but it is usually so wet here, I spend most of the time emptying it out so it doesn’t overflow! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I am pleased you are enjoying some sun, Pete and I am sure the rain will soon come back but yes rain should be saved…we know that its just the powers that be who don’t. Here yes it is hot and a tad uncomfortable but it is rainy season so we have some storms and downpours which is why it is always green and lush…The bonus at the moment is the electric company has reduced all bills by 50% due to COVID-19 so we can have unlimited aircon which is equiv to 40 pounds a month for electric about 10 pounds a week for far less than when I lived in the UK…Enjoy the sun while it lasts Pete ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Can we have our sun back please, there has clearly been a mix up in the paperwork and you have our allocation of warm weather at this time of year and we have your rain (40mm expected in the next 48 hours).
    Make the most of it Pete, once they sort out the clerical error you are in for it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. It’s been scorching here in Scotland. I looked at last year’s diary and I was moaning this week last year about the awful weather we were having. I am rather selfishly enjoying the sunshine because I’m sure it won’t last.

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  8. Hard to keep up with all the weather changes! Here in the Pacific Northwest it seems as rainy as ever during the rainy season, and hot and dry as can be in the summer. Perhaps more extremes on both counts which I guess is what climate change is all about.

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  9. Pete, I have been saying for years that “water is the new oil.” Why not find a way to store it, ship it, sell it? Crazy that it all just goes back into the ocean – we have the same issue here!

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      1. We take it for granted, because it ALWAYS falls again, doesn’t it? Here in California 87% of the state was in extreme drought until two years ago, when massive winter storms “solved” it statewide! Then this winter came and left us in a drought again!

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  10. We have already had in excess of 52 inches of rain so far this year according to our home weather station. Our ground is a soggy mess. It was only a few years ago it was so dry and there were forest fires all around us. We have not been good guardians of the planet for sure, I cannot add another thing to my list of things to worry about. My mother always said that โ€˜ignorance is blissโ€™. She may have been right. Enjoy your new Mediterranean climate, Pete.

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    1. I will use the hose if I have to, and pay the extra water bill. Anything is better than hours of dog-walking in relentless rain. I know that sounds selfish, but if the water companies did their job, and stopped losing millions of gallons every day in untended leaks, the situation wouldn’t happen in the first place.
      Thanks, Stevie.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. My garden has gone from a muddy morass to a cracked and baked concrete in just a few weeks. Again. As this has been going on for decades, you would have thought that logically, learning to capture some of that excess rain would have been a good idea…

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