By Paul Homewood
The whole purpose of the National Trust is to preserve the nation’s heritage.
So perhaps instead of spreading fake news about climate change, they should instead study a bit of history. For instance, what was going on in 1895, the year they were founded:
The story that year was one of extreme weather from start to finish.
The first three months were intensely cold, with frequent falls of snow, which even continued into April. Gales were common too, with one particularly destructive one in England on 24th March.
Temperatures in May swung from one extreme to another, and then back again. Fine and warm at the start, snow in mid-month, before a heatwave when temperatures reached 87F in Cambridge.
June was another month of extremes, with sharp night frosts followed a week later by another heatwave, again with temperatures of 87F recorded.
The rest of the summer was dominated by heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms.
September was generally fine and warm, though a particularly severe thunderstorm hit on the 6th. The month was notable for a heatwave at the end of the month which broke records for the time of year. Overall September 1895 was a full degree warmer than its counterpart this year.
October began unusually mild with heavy rain, before turning very cold with frequent snow showers. The weather did not improve with the following month with gales and heavy rain prominent.
The year ended with more heavy rain and snow, but the month was also marked by frequent and severe gales. Pembroke, for instance, experienced 18 days of Force 7 winds and higher.
I am sure most of the National Trust’s visitors would much rather learn about the weather of the past, instead of being lectured about global warming!