Bad spring for budding Wordsworths

Posted on timeMarch 23rd, 2006 by userPali Gap

Pity the good people at the Kew Daffodils The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London)! They started their Spring festival on March 11th but as yet, nearly two weeks later, most of the daffodils and crocuses are still in bud because of our cold, dry winter. Here in Cornwall “Daffodil Week” at Cotehele House has been postponed a month. At Thriplow, Cambridgeshire it seems they’re persevering with their festival despite only having a handful of daffodils in flower. It’s not been this bad since nigh on thirty years apparently. In South East England it has been so dry the water companies are threatening hose pipe bans. Even the economy is feeling the chill and UK retail sales in March have been poor. The British Retail Consortium say March’s unseasonably cold weather has discouraged the punters from buying spring and summer outfits.

Winters should be warmer and wetter right?

Of course this is all a bit tongue in cheek. As has been said here before “you can cut ‘n paste local weather extremes to support any conjecture you like”.

In fact running right now on one of our main TV channels (ITV) is a classic exercise in just such cut ‘n paste alarmism.

From now until May, ITV News is conducting a unique investigation as 2006 will be a crunch year in the world’s battle against global warming. Should temperatures rise by just 3C more, we could reach the point of no return when the ice caps melt, sea levels rise dramatically and the lives of billions of people are threatened. Many say society as we know it would be changed for ever. Our science editor Lawrence McGinty is travelling around the world to see for himself the environmental hotspots where climate change is most obvious.

Perhaps Lawrence should stay at home and check out the evidence in his own backyard?!


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