Snowfall: ‘A very rare and exciting event’

Anthony Watts Meteorologist and Climate Blogger
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From the Independent, March 20th, 2000:

However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.”

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

According to reports I’ve read, that is the Independent’s most viewed story of the past 10 years. It has become the modern equivalent of the famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Now, for the second year in a row, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is covered with snow. Meanwhile, AGW proponents like the Guardian’s George Monbiot are furiously spinning to make it look like AGW causes more snow, rather than less, as the CRU scientist said 10 years ago.

WUWT commenter Murray Grainger writes:

The very same Independent has already published the rebuttal: Expect more extreme winters thanks to global warming, say scientists

It isn’t working. Give it up, kids.

Note this image of the UK from sat24.com:

Today, the Aqua satellite took an even better image of the area. See below.

As you can see, except for a small part in the Southwest, snow is everywhere.  (The image above has been cropped and annotated. Here is the original source.)

See last year’s satellite image of the UK covered in snow here.

And there we have the story of global warming and winter. ‘Tis the season for jolly fiction.

Mr. Watts operates the most visited blog on climate science in the world, www.wattsupwiththat.com now with over 57 million visits. He has spent 30 years on air in radio and television as a weather forecaster, and still does daily radio broadcasts. In 2007, he founded the surfacestations.org project, which with the help of volunteers nationwide found that only 1 in 10 of the weather stations used for monitoring climate in the USA met the government’s own standards for station siting quality. He also operates a weather technology business, embraces energy efficiency with solar power on his home and drives an electric car.