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There's a mini Ice Age coming? Piers Corbyn's prophecy

In the middle of a cold, snowy 2008 winter, the year before the cold, snowy 2009 winter, in a place (Portland, Oregon) which usually experiences the mild, wet winters forecast by the Met Office for Britain, I stood outside, watching the icy wind hurl snow at the oak tree, and thought, an ice age is a very unpleasant thing and one may be coming. This was about the time we had posted Sun's low magnetic activity may portend an ice age, so there was some reason behind the thought, but I could easily be wrong. I'm no expert. Piers Corbyn, on the other hand, may be right.

Boris Johnson writes -

Allow me to introduce readers to Piers Corbyn, meteorologist and brother of my old chum, bearded leftie MP Jeremy. Piers Corbyn works in an undistinguished office in Borough High Street. He has no telescope or supercomputer. Armed only with a laptop, huge quantities of publicly available data and a first-class degree in astrophysics, he gets it right again and again.

Back in November, when the Met Office was still doing its "mild winter" schtick, Corbyn said it would be the coldest for 100 years. Indeed, it was back in May that he first predicted a snowy December, and he put his own money on a white Christmas about a month before the Met Office made any such forecast. He said that the Met Office would be wrong about last year's mythical "barbecue summer", and he was vindicated. He was closer to the truth about last winter, too.

He seems to get it right about 85 per cent of the time and serious business people - notably in farming - are starting to invest in his forecasts. . .How on earth does he do it? He studies the Sun.

Corbyn thinks that the last three winters could be the harbinger of a mini ice age.

He Is in the great tradition of British amateur scientists, but we hope he is wrong.

Thanks to Instapundit for the link.

Comments (1)

jlh:

Thank goodness we will be prepared to use the brutal force of the storm by harnessing it in millions of windmills and satisfying the global need for energy. Who needs oil?

We have not yet, however, developed a foolproof windmill to mount on the roof of a snowplow. Perhaps a solar panel?

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