Monday, February 20th 2012, 5:59 AM EST
Hosepipe Ban Warning After Winter Drought - SkyNews.com
The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has called a meeting of water companies, farmers and experts to discuss ways of tackling the problem. This winter has been the driest for 40 years. East Anglia, the East Midlands and the South East are the worst affected. Restrictions on water use for households and businesses could be introduced, unless there is significant rainfall soon. Pauline Smith from the Environment Agency said: "We've had two dry winters now, and as a consequence of that, reservoirs haven't refilled, underground water stores haven't refilled, and it means we are heading towards a summer that could be quite difficult." The 'drought summit' - organised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - will meet on Monday.
Ministers accused of connivance in swindling the public for not consulting proven long range forecasters - WeatherAction - for Drought Summit (Monday 20th Feb) - Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.com, proven successful long range weather forecasters, said today 20th Feb 2012:
"The Govt, Environment Agency and some water companies say they are worried about potential drought conditions developing this year, however they appear to be not interested in knowing whether such conditions might actually develop.
"The Met Office are the Government's advisers yet have failed to forecast ANY of the extreme seasons/months since 2007 - and in fact have been consistently diametrically wrong (remember those supposed 'barbecue summers' which turned into floods and the supposed 'mild winter months' which turned out record cold).
"WeatherAction correctly forecast the key features in all the extreme months/seasons since 2007 while the Met Office failed. The relative successes being 7 to zero.
"If the Govt and water companies and others involved want to know what Spring and Summer will be like they could ask us to help. However (apart from some notable exceptions in the water industry and farming) it seems they actively DO NOT WANT TO KNOW, but prefer lack of information and media hype to justify the 'difficulties', failures, extra metering and charges of Water companies and the delusional nonsense of supposed man-made Global Warming promoted by the Govt and BBC.
"It seems to me the Coalition like the previous government goes along with this disgraceful dereliction of public duty and connivance in swindling the public. We urge them instead to put public interest and proven accountable science before ideology and failed non-science.