Grumpy Grapes Posted July 6, 2022 Share Posted July 6, 2022 An influential but not well-known British weather bureau was openly political, as well as being a climate change promoter/activist, which to me compromised their supposed scientific impartiality. Although not as well-known as the UK government's Met Office, BWS (British Weather Services) were - in 2022 - the UK’s longest established 'independent' meteorological company and had numerous mainstream clients, including the BBC. BWS was openly opposed to Boris Johnson and the Tories, and to much of what they did, including Brexit. So much for independent science. BWS' Twitter profile description in 2022 included this: "Johnson is a lying narcissist!" A pinned tweet at the top of the BWS Twitter feed in 2022 said: "It is absolutely plain that we are now too late to stop catastrophic global impacts of #climate change. Sorry to say it, but over the next decade and more, there will be strife, there will be chaos, there will be blood! Plan & prepare!" Here's the link: https://twitter.com/BritWeatherSvs BRITISH WEATHER SVS (@BritWeatherSvs) / Twitter Note the imagery in their title page : a spider at the centre of a web, and one eye at the centre of the world. Their Twitter feed was littered with crude, blatantly anti-Tory comment, including this on June 27: "According to several scientific studies, people who vote Conservative have by enlarge [sic – it should be "by and large"], lower IQs & fewer qualifications than those vote [ sic – they omitted the "who"] to the contrary. Which answers so much about why we are where we are." Were BWS aware of their poor English? BWS also promoted the mainstream line on Covid-19. They retweeted the following comment on Covid on June 26th: "FightingAnne1 @FightingAnne1 "The Tories talk about beating COVID but we have 178,000 dead and are well into another wave. All they've done is stopped all testing and reporting and pretended it's gone away. " BWS Clients have included BBC News 24, Channel 5; Sky News; Daily Mirror; BBC 4; LBC; BBC R5 Live; betting companies (e.g. William Hill). BWS claim that they have been "trusted by the legal fraternity for over three decades". The BWS founder, JIM DALE, spent much of his early career in the British Royal Navy as a meteorological observer at the Royal Navy’s School of Meteorology & Oceanography. He served as a meteorologist in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during the early to mid 1980′s, including two spells in and around the Falklands & South Georgia. Dale formed BWS in 1987. Dale wrote: "I also write weather-related features for the press media and provide comment in the press and on radio and television. I am pleased and honoured to be one of the UK's most respected consultant global meteorologists. Companies I have worked for and with include -: Bet 365, Bloomberg, Reuters, Ford World Rally, Asda, TNT, UKMail, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC & Middlesborough FC, The Mirror, Sky TV, BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 Live, Channel 5, Red Bull Air Show, Jordan Formula 1GP" Dale's opinion on the hot weather in Europe in June 2022 was sought by the British daily national newspaper, "Express": "Senior meteorologist for British Weather Services Jim Dale blamed climate change as the reason for the extreme heat in European parts of the world." (Daily Express article June 27th 2022, "Europe heatwave: Scorching temperatures in France and Spain to trigger 30C sizzler in UK", By VICTORIA CHESSUM, Mon, Jun 27, 2022) https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/1631749/Europe-heatwave-latest-uk-weather-forecast-france-spain-heat-map-july-summer https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/1631749/Europe-heatwave-latest-uk-weather-forecast-france-spain-heat-map-july-summer On the BWS website, in 2022, they explained their not-very-impartial views: "Where we hold fundamental views such as the very real threat of man-made climate change, we will not shirk from our role of informing and placing our views on record – and that includes the economies-of-the-truth with concern to climate change, spread by political organisations and individuals such as the US Republicans, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, The ERG, UKIP, Brexit, Nigel Farage, Nigel Lawson, Charles Moore, Piers Corbyn, The Daily Mail and others, in attempting to deny that man-made climate change even exists." Dale wrote a dramatic article in his "Linkedin" account in 2022: "THE WEATHER IS CHANGING & YOU NEED TO CHANGE TOO!" (Feb 5th 2022) "We all now know and most of the sane world accepts that the world's climate is changing and we must all move to mitigate future temperature rises by limiting fossil fuel usage and other measures. "However, and it's a BIG however; anything we do now and for the next 20-30 years will be too late to stop the weather wreaking havoc and destruction, both in a slow and measured way and also with sudden and unyielding ferocity. WE ARE TOO LATE! We have to plan now, organise and become educated in knowing how to best protect ourselves from all elements of extreme weather - both in terms of the short and longer term impacts. It's of little use waiting and fiddling whilst 'super natural forces' gather and suddenly unleash their venom upon us. That will only end in greater pain. " It's of little use waiting and fiddling whilst 'super natural forces' gather and suddenly unleash their venom upon us. That will only end in greater pain. "Believe me when I say that this is the immediate agenda and that climate mitigation is the slow burner (a slow cooler more like) that is wholly worthwhile pursuing for a better more stable further in decades and centuries to come, but for now the focus has to change. "For me, I know where my focus and that of British Weather Services will largely be over this coming few years, that is assisting those to best prepare for the cataclysms yet to befall. Yes, we all have to continue to lead our lives much as we are now with some wise changes, but the caveat has to be manoeuvring ourselves as best and intelligently as we possibly can - to be that much safer and more secure, in a fast changing world that will hold no prisoners! "You have been warned!" Part of Dale's plan for mitigating climate change is his company "Acclimatised Ltd", which claims to assist companies and domestic households to become net zero & environmentally sound. Another BWS employee was the former BBC TV weather forecaster JOHN KETTLEY who served for 30 years with the UK Met Office before going freelance. He appeared as a talking head for a "Channel 5" documentary on the legendary British heatwave of 1976, aired on June 18th 2022, coinciding with the aforementioned European heatwave. The documentary ("Heatwave: Summer of '76", produced by ITN) was repeated again in early July (5th) when Britain was itself forecasted to have a mini-heatwave in July 2022 (predicted to be from 8th to 19th July). Did Channel 5 and ITN know what was to come? In the documentary, Kettley didn't mention climate change, and indeed there was no banging of the drum on climate change, except for the end when it was inferred that it was probably the cause of the '76 heatwave. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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