Climate whiplash Impacts US, UK as well.

January 13, 2014

Sara Penryhn Jones, Dark Snow Project’s ace videographer, travelled with us in July to the topographic center of the southern Greenland Ice sheet.

She is now our official UK correspondent. I asked whether she had been impacted by the severe whiplash weather we have been seeing in the US. Indeed, her base at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, saw huge and destructive waves related to recent storms that impacted North America. She included this picture as part of her message.


The Guardian:

• Sir David King, the government’s special envoy on climate change, says Britain needs to spend much more on flood defences. “The important thing to get across is the simple notion that storms and severe weather conditions that we might have expected to occur once in 100 years, say, in the past may now be happening more frequently,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

• The Met Office issued a “be aware” yellow warning for wind as gusts of up to 70mph are expected on the west and south-west coast of Britain and the east coast of Northern Ireland today. This will cause “exceptionally high waves”, it predicted.

• The Meteo Group warned of coastal flooding from “turbulent seas and huge waves”

Dr. Jason Box and Sara Penrhyn Jones in Sisimiut, Greenland, July 2013.


4 Responses to “Climate whiplash Impacts US, UK as well.”

  1. vierotchka Says:

    Oh dear… I have a niece and great-nephew in Bristol and a nephew in Tauton, Somerset. I hope they are keeping safe and dry.

  2. daryan12 Says:

    I was on a plane coming back into the UK after the Christmas break, a wee turbo-prop commuter flight. It was jumping around all over the place as we landed, right Indiana Jones flight.

    Oddly enough there was a wee chisler a few rows up who stopped crying and seemed to think it was all great fun. When ignorance is bliss!

    Also lots of water around in Scotland when I was out and about on the hills, floods everywhere.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    It’s surprising that this post hasn’t generated more comments, especially from folks in the UK. Are we seeing the same heroic stoicism as during the Battle of Britain?—-“It’s only a few bombs, old chap”, i.e., “It’s only a spot of bad weather”. From what I’ve been able to gather, things are getting quite hairy over there, and the pics included here are awesome—-will folks get more excited when the breaking waves send water 100 feet into the air instead of 50?

  4. I can assure you that people have been very struck by the weather in the UK, and it has very much directed conversations towards (climate) resilience. In Wales, we’ve had politicians acknowledging that we can’t just “build a concrete wall around the whole of Wales”, and so a limited pot of money will have to be spent wisely on appropriate flood defences. The biggest challenge is usually fluvial flooding not coastal, but some poor places suffer both. What isn’t happening enough though, is an acknowledgement that WE have affected the weather with our lifestyles in the rich nations. We are the victims, but also the perpetrators of these global problems, and this is an uncomfortable idea to accept. Thanks very much for covering this Peter! Making the usual helpful connections between what’s happening in the world, and the science.

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