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?”
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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