The discovery of Victorian data suggests that extreme weather events are not new

Data from handwritten 130-year-old rainfall observations from the Met Office archives reveal that extreme weather events are not new.

The Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, released data from millions of archived rainfall records on Friday. But long-time environmental skeptics have told the Epoch Times that this further undermines the case of climate change causing extreme weather events.

130 years

The Rainfall Rescue project was started by the University of Reading in March 2020. The project, with the help of 16,000 volunteers, digitally copied 130 years of handwritten rainfall observations from the Met Office archives. This has increased the amount of pre-1960 observational data available to climate scientists and researchers six-fold.

A detailed description of the rainfall dates back to 1836, the same year Charles Darwin returned to England with Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy on the Beagle, and a year before Queen Victoria took the throne.

As a result, the driest year to date in the UK was 1855, the third rainiest month in Cambria was December 1852, and November of the same year was recorded in many parts of southern England. It is the rainiest month.

Climate warning

However, after reading the Victorian dataset, BenPile, co-founder of the Climate Resistance blog, skeptical of environmental protection, emailed Epoch Times and said that MetOffice’s new enhanced dataset was “many with MetOffice. For a long time, scientists: real-world data is much more important than computer simulations, and real-world data has made us warmer, colder, damp, drier, and more winding in the past. It shows that we have faced and are now able to successfully address these challenges. “

“The hundreds of millions of pounds spent by the Met Office on supercomputers to detect human climate impacts was a waste of money. Even if the weather in the British Islands is very volatile and trends can be detected, We know that it’s of little value to planners. Historical records show that we should uncover climate warnings and rely on facts from reality rather than computer games, “he adds. I did.

Abnormal weather

In terms of linking climates related to extreme weather The Met Office said there is evidence of human contribution to extreme temperature changes, Heavy rains, and extreme sea level rise in many areas. Attribution science, a practice that links meteorological events to human-affected climate change, has always been added to this evidence.

Professor Ed Hawkins, Project Leader and Climate Scientist at the University of Reading, Rainfall Rescue, said: Two centuries of scientific research. “

He added, “It helps us to better understand extreme weather and flood risks across Britain and Ireland and better understand the long-term trends towards the dramatic changes we see today.”

However, Andrew Monford, Deputy Director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, told The Epoch Times in an email: Large natural fluctuations. “

A UK-based critical think tank on climate and energy policy was founded by former Conservative Prime Minister Nigel Lawson. “When Professor Hawkins mentions’dramatic changes,’I don’t know what he’s talking about. Few UK weather data deserves such a word,” Mon said. Ford added.

The Epoch Times asked Hawkins for comment.


Paper records surveyed by Rainfall Rescue volunteers included observations from 1677 to 1960 based on rain gauges in almost every town and village in England and Wales. One gauge included in the transcription is next to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, where she wrote many of her most famous books.

Using excavated Victorian data, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said, “Climate change hasn’t happened or something extreme has happened in the past compared to what we’re seeing now. “. He added that the Met Office shows signs of fairly “heavy” rainfall on average.

“We were always raining, we always do, but rainfall in relation to climate change because of the broader consistency that warmer atmospheres can retain more water. Looking for an increasing trend. Rainfall records are beginning to show signs of climate change, but given the natural variability of UK rainfall records, it is more difficult and difficult to see the signal, but it is still. It’s there, “says Madge.

PA contributed to this report.

Owen Evans


Owen Evans is a UK-based journalist who covers stories from a wide range of countries with a particular interest in civil liberties and free speech.