BBC Props Up The “Orrible Drought” Fantasy
I had the dubious pleasure of sitting at home yesterday. Indoors you understand, due to the 17th straight day of rainfall, with yesterday’s being the most persistent yet.
Even today, it has rained heavily for four of the past 7 hours.
Yet, I saw several times on BBC News 24 some BBC journo standing by a reservoir, in the rain just for some added irony, telling me that a bit of heavy rain would not mend the damage of “several very dry years”.
Then we had a rent-an-eco-nut from the Met Office telling the camera how dry it was.
Then we had someone from Anglian Water telling us how they do all they can, but it is just very dry right now.
This nonsense was repeated on the Main BBC 6.30pm news as well. I think the poor hack had been standing in the rain all day at this reservoir. He stood by a big lump of old wood and claimed the water is “usually” up to here (about 6 feet above where he was standing.
So let’s look at some simple facts.
Here is the UK annual rainfall, courtesy of the MET:
Now that data only goes up to 2010, but look at the pink trend line. Level. Flat. Look carefully at the graph. Then ask yourself, if this is such a mega-bad drought, how on earth did we survive between 1955 and 1995 when it was consistently lower than it has been since 1995. In fact, look at the rainfall from 1995 – 2010. We have had a LOT of rainfall.
So what about 2011, the “missing link” that the BBC, MET and ANGLIAN WATER all claim was “exceptionally dry” and a lack of rainfall that would “become more frequent due to climate change” (odd how we are also told it will get warmed and wetter …)?
Well, it was actually only “exceptionally dry” in the south east, where rainfall levels did dip to as little as 13% of average (1979-2000 average) for a short period in East Anglia. But what was the truth of 2011?
Here is a pretty picture for you:
As you can see, despite what we were told, the rainfall levels for most of 2011 were actually 50-70% of normal in England and Wales and in many areas up to 90%. That is a lot different to “unprecedented low rainfall” as quoted by the MET.
The Alarmist MET, the Alarmist BBC, the Shareholder-Driven Water Companies…..
I urge you to download this report from the Centre For Ecology & Hydrology, co-authored by the MET. It sheds some interesting light on the “drought”. I would especially urge you to read the borehole September averages against actual for September 2011, on Page 8. I would also draw your attention to the “selected reservoirs” data:
Compare the 2011 October line with the Minimum October data and the years of that minimum. Are we in a drought that the current rain “will not ease”? Are the reservoirs at the implied unprecendented low levels we are led to believe by the daily propaganda update from the BBC? Look at Thames water – London and Farmoor. 80% full, 93% full last October.
This from Thames Water:
“Our London reservoirs were 97 per cent full and our Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire was 100 per cent full on 31 March 2012. “
So, despite the unprecedented drought in the South East, despite the ever increasing population squandering this precious and dwindling (so we are told daily) resource, reservoir levels in our most densly-populated and driest region, went UP 7% to FULL between October 2011 and March 2012.
Yes I know, cherry picking! Nasty, ‘orrible cherry picker of data that fits my message.
Ok, so what about Rutland reservoir.
That sits right in the middle of the burnt, brown, desert that is Englands drought zone.
“Our last check at Rutland Water last week (around 20th April) showed that water levels were at 77 per cent of capacity”
77%. My god, turn off your hosepipes. Stop washing your dirty little personal crevices. Let your children run the streets in filthy clothes.
SEVENTY SEVEN PERCENT.
In no human beings universe can that glass be half empty. It’s actually 77% full.
Thank you commenter “MostlyHarmless” for pointing out my schoolboy typing errors. I did of course mean to say that the pink line was the average and meant to say that the black line is the trend and it actually goes up.