The Met Office are
forecasting and early and possibly prolonged cold spell. As the IPCC's next
climate change meeting at Cancun starts in 5 days' time, this may be used by
sections of the press and climate change contrarians as further "evidence" that
global warming is a scam.
Such a point fails to
distinguish between weather and climate. In January this year, UK and some N.
American temperatures were away below average, but the Earth as a whole was 0.6
degree above the average since satellite documentation began in 1979.
For the impending cold
snap, here is a link to a BBC weather item that graphically displays how the
N.E. Europe is currently entering a cold spell, but note that the warm air
just moves elsewhere. As such, this is a regional weather variation
and must not be confused with the global climatological picture. View the video