‘Ice Age’ as experts warn of Siberian winter ahead

Written by Nathan Rao, Daily Express

BRITAIN faces a new mini-Ice Age with decades of severe Siberian winters and washout summers, an expert has warned.

Professor Mike Lockwood, of Reading University, said erratic and extreme weather patterns could be the norm in 20 years. He said the risk of harsh winters and wet miserable summers has gone up to 25 to 30 per cent compared with 10 per cent a few years ago.Britains new mini ice age

Weakening sunspot activity is to blame for a “major change” in the UK’s weather he told BBC TV.

He said: “The sun is ‘quietening’ really rapidly. We think it is actually quietening more rapidly than at any time in the last 10,000 years.

“So this is a major change. We think lower solar activity does seem to tie up with more cold winters in central Europe and the UK.”

Climatologist Dr Dennis Wheeler from Sunderland University, said: “When we have had periods where the sun has been quieter than usual we tend to get these much harsher winters.”

The comments follow unusual weather patterns over the past few years including the extreme winter of 2010 and this summer’s heatwave.

They also come after the Met Office suggested earlier this year that the country may be in for a decade or more of washout summers. It said the country was in the middle of a rare weather cycle caused by a shift in the jet stream in the upper atmosphere.

Since the cycle began in 2007 six summers have been damper than average. Last year saw the heaviest rainfall in a century leading to England’s wettest summer on record.

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    Is this the same Mike Lockwood who 6 years ago was reported as saying (Steven Goddard, Real Science):

    Sun Not a Global Warming Culprit, Study Says

    National Geographic News July 12, 2007

    Cyclical changes in the sun’s energy output are not responsible for Earth’s recent global warming, a new study asserts.

    Instead the findings put the blame for climate change squarely on human-created carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases—reinforcing the beliefs of most climate scientists. “Up until 1985 you could argue that the sun was [trending] in a direction that could have contributed to Earth’s rising temperatures,” said study author A. Mike Lockwood of the University of Southampton in Britain. Two decades ago, “it did a U-turn. If the sun had been warming the Earth, that should have come to an end, and we should have seen temperatures start to go the other way,” Lockwood said. Yet Earth’s temperatures have continued to climb since that date—making a strong solar role in warming appear unlikely.

    “I think it’s quite conclusive,” said Lockwood, who co-authored the report appearing in the current issue of the U.K. journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

    Expect to see many more U turns in the near future.

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