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.
Except that the Met office did not make any “mild winter” prediction.
I have not a clue whether his methods are sound or not. But when so many of his forecasts seem to come true, and when he seems to be so consistently ahead of the Met Office, I feel I want to know more.
At last Johnson gets something right — he really does not have a clue. And so many of Corbyn’s forecasts seem to come true because he makes lots of them and talks loudly about the ones that come true. And then talks about the Met Office ones that were wrong.
Piers Corbyn believes that the last three winters could be the harbinger of a mini ice age that could be upon us by 2035, and that it could start to be colder than at any time in the last 200 years. He goes on to speculate that a genuine ice age might then settle in, since an ice age is now cyclically overdue.
I don’t think record high global temperatures during a solar minimum are a harbinger of an ice age.
Londoners should keep any eye on Boris Johnson in case he sells City Hall for some magic beans or something.