SADLY, at the time of writing, five people are believed to have died as a result of Storm Babet last week. The climate porn merchants immediately jumped in to claim that climate change was responsible.
Sky News led the charge with an article headlined ‘Why Storm Babet brought so much rain – and why we’re likely to see more storms like it’. It said: ‘So why did Babet bring so much rain? It has a lot to do with the unusually warm seas it crossed as it tracked up from Portugal and the Bay of Biscay to the UK. It meant more water evaporated into the atmosphere. And because the air is relatively warm too, all that moisture got transported with the storm system to fall as rain over Britain.
‘It’s exactly what scientists predict from climate change, particularly over winter. The UK will have to prepare for more floods, even in areas that are normally much drier.’
But was Babet really so exceptional?
According to the Met Office, the wettest place in the UK on Friday the 20th, the main day of the storm, was Sheffield with 84.0mm of rain, about 3.3inches.