Met Office boss lie exposed by official

The Chief Executive of the UK Met Office, John Hirst, appeared on the Daily Politics show earlier this week.  Hirst was grilled in a very un-BBC manner by Andrew Neill about the department’s poor forecasting performance and Hirst’s extraordinary 25% pay increase.  The hike in performance related pay saw Hirst receive between £195,000 and £200,000 in pay and performance bonuses in 2008/9.  You can watch the full interview in the clip below.

During the interview, Hirst claims that the Met Office forecast the extremely cold winter weather for the UK, despite there being no warning of a severe freeze until after it had already begun.  It was not until 30th December (days after US weather services had issued warnings) that the seasonal forecast was adjusted to increase the probability of a colder than average winter (only a 45% chance though).  This update was only made after the snow had fallen and temperatures had already started to plummet.

But John Hirst’s claims have been shown to be lies, by none other than one of his own senior Met Office officials who, when asked on Newsnight (see clip below): ‘Why didn’t you see this coming?’, Keith Groves replied:

‘I’m disappointed that our seasonal forecasts didn’t give a prediction or stronger probability of a colder winter.’

He tried to tone down his comments immediately after, but the damage was already done.  Groves’ comment has cut the legs from under John Hirst.  Groves clearly concedes that the seasonal forecast didn’t give a prediction of a colder winter.

Also seeing themselves slipping over thanks to the chill admission from Groves is BBC Science Editor, Susan Watts.  As you can see in the clip below, in an attempt to maintain the global warming narrative despite evident colder winters, she broadcast a report on Newsnight on 7th January that included the comment:

In fact that seasonal forecast predicting a mild winter wasn’t actually wrong, but it left people with the wrong impression.

The BBC is engaging in propaganda.  You doubt me?  OK, read this post on the excellent Biased BBC by ‘DB’, then ask yourself why James Cove says one thing on BBC channels but contradicts his comments on his ‘PlanetSki’ blog.  It doesn’t add up.

Nevertheless, the message from the Met Office and the BBC is clear.  The public is not intelligent enough to understand the complexities of weather forecasting or climate.  Forget the poorer summers and colder winters, they are saying, global warming is taking place.  This despite the fall in global temperatures in 2007 completely wiping out all of the global increase in temperatures of the 20th century.  Who are the real deniers here?

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6 Responses to “Met Office boss lie exposed by official”


  1. 1 denverthen 09/01/2010 at 10:17 pm

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  2. 2 Dodgy Geezer 10/01/2010 at 6:34 pm

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    which neatly sums up the BBC, Met Office and Government attitude…

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