Last night, just after 10pm, I appeared for the first time in a live national interview with Stephen Nolan on Radio 5 live to discuss the severe weather. Thousands upon thousands of people have had a miserable time over the past few days: it’s an important issue.
We covered quite a lot of ground, but I made these three key points:
- This exceptionally severe weather has also caused chaos across Europe (FT.com – £): the UK is not alone.
- When snow this heavy falls, you have to plan to drive on it and that means winter tyres. Winterising all emergency vehicles, airport vehicles, lorries and private cars would cost a fortune, so we need to be sure it is an investment worth making.
- We have a simple question to answer, “Is this much snow the new normal?” A great deal of money has been spent on climate science: climate scientists now need to tell politicians whether our climate is going to be warmer or cooler.
I believe the programme will be available to listen again here.