By Paul Homewood



Head of the UK Environment Agency, Lord Smith, got himself into a bit of a pickle a few weeks ago. Interviewed in the Sunday Telegraph, he told us we were experiencing “ a new kind of rain” in the UK, referring to convective rain.

This triggered a flurry of slapdowns from experienced meteorologists, such as Bill Giles and Philip Eden, who basically said he was talking out of his ar*e.

Bill Giles summed it all up rather aptly:-


How on earth could we have appointed as chairman of the Environment Agency someone who so obviously doesn’t understand basic meteorology like Lord Smith?


The full story is here and here.


I was intrigued to see what advice Smith had received prior to making his statement, or whether it was straight out of the top of his head. So I fired…

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