James Gillespie reviews the latest book by the team of Ian McCaskill and Paul Hudson on the Climate Realist Blog.
WHEN Siberian conditions hit Britain this time last year everyone was caught out, including the weathermen.
Global warming, we had been told, meant the snowy conditions we remember from our childhoods would be just that: memories.
But following the bitter cold of the past two winters those predictions are beginning to look rather wide of the mark. now a new book, Frozen Britain by meteorologists Ian McCaskill and Paul Hudson, suggests that rather than facing milder winters we could be in for some more Arctic big freezes.
Certainly, despite everything that the global-warming lobby has suggested, our climate may be dictated by more than just man- made toxins pumped into the atmosphere. One of the key indicators – which has fallen out of favour with the computer-obsessed meteorologists of today – is the sun.
According to McCaskill and Hudson the clues to our future weather may lie with the sun.
“In the past few years it has been behaving very oddly,” Hudson says.
In the past, when there have been periods of relative inactivity on the surface of the sun they have been followed by years of cold winters.
Research published recently showed that in the early 1800s when activity on the sun was remarkably low for many years there was a dramatic change in the weather.
“Temperatures at our latitudes fell over the period by as much as two degrees celsius,” says Hudson.
“Those who are keen on British history or literature may make the link: it was Dickensian Britain, a time of cold and snowy winters.”
Solar cycles – the changes in activity on the sun – may play as much a part in our weather as global warming.
“The sun goes in cycles, the most common of which is an 11-year cycle; less common is a rather grandly named ‘bicentennial’ cycle,” Hudson says.
Which is more or less what we are due for right now.
You can read the rest of the Review HERE. The authors point to the work of Russian scientist that support their view that the sun controls the climate.