Weather

Is the weather the Brexiteers’ best argument?

1 July 2018 9:00

We have reached peak summer, literally. And the weather is probably the Brexiteers’ best argument, since it would be madness…

Why weather apps can’t be trusted

7 June 2018 15:03

The Times reports this morning that Bournemouth business leaders are hugely annoyed with the BBC, whose weather app predicted thick…

Why the BBC weather forecasts wind me up

13 May 2018 8:30

One of George Santayana’s most famous dicta is that ‘To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state…

Storm Doris is here. It’s time to panic

23 February 2017 17:40

Today is Storm Doris’s day.  A woman called Helen Chivers, not Shivers as she should be, from the Met Office…

The Spectator Podcast: Summer of terror

30 July 2016 10:00

After a week where both Germany and France suffered terror attacks, the question of the relationship between Islamic terrorism and Europe’s…

The Spectator Podcast: Summer of terror

28 July 2016 7:50

In a week in which both Germany and France have suffered terror attacks, the question of the relationship between Islamic…

There’s a transgender storm coming…

13 November 2015 10:41

The weather chart does not usually echo social trends, but Monday might be an exception. We could be about to…

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

19 October 2014 11:51

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent…

The Spectator at war: Making heavy weather for the enemy

16 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914: In view of the possibilities, naval and aerial, we cannot help thinking that it…

Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s…

Warning to all fasting Muslims!

17 July 2014 9:49

Are all of Britain’s fasting Muslims about to die because of the heatwave? This is what’s worrying me as I…

Media storm stops a train near you

28 December 2013 12:06

It’s right, isn’t it, that the storm we’ve just had was far, far, worse than the Worst Storm In A…

Met Office in crisis meeting as sun comes out

18 June 2013 9:00

The Met Office is apparently holding a ‘crisis meeting’ today to discuss why Britain’s weather refuses to behave itself these…

What’s happening? Snow was ‘disappearing from our lives’ in 2000

27 March 2013 7:30

Enormous thanks to OGT for alerting us all to the brilliant article from the Independent – published on Monday March…

This extreme weather is a consequence of exhaustive reporting

25 March 2013 11:07

Just as a follow up to what I was talking about below. Here’s the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir John…

What’s strange about this weather? Nothing at all

23 March 2013 12:59

How can we stop weather hyperbole? I am so staggeringly bored of waking up each morning to headlines which insist…

I need your help

1 December 2012 15:48

I am in southern Italy and there has been thunder and lightning pretty much continuously since Tuesday. I am quite…

The gates of hell

19 December 2010 11:50

Some blogs get you the news from wizards of Wall Street, or the war-torn back alleys of Baghdad. But here…

The Big Society vs A Culture of Hopelessness

13 October 2010 0:52

As we all know, Dave has had some problems defining his Big Society idea. It’s more conducive to thumb-sucking pieces…

More trouble lies in wait for the government

8 January 2010 18:42

Labour lost the first week of the long election campaign. The Hoon and Hewitt plot and the late and tepid…