Climate Emergency! Save the Great British Bakeoff

Great British Bake Off

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Grist, the iconic “Great British Bakeoff” outdoor cooking competition is about to succumb to global warming, because anthropogenic CO2 is causing Britain to experience bouts of warm Summer weather in July.

Another victim of global warming: ‘The Great British Baking Show’

By Kate Yoder on Nov 25, 2020

Try to remember the fanciest spread of desserts you’ve ever seen. Now picture what would happen if it sat outside in the summer heat for a couple of hours. Mousse would morph into ooze, tiered cakes would start to slip and slide, and delicate chocolate decorations would melt into unrecognizable blobs.

The truth is, you don’t have to imagine it — just watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix, where creating elaborate baked goods in oppressive heat has become the main drama. The show, whose season finale appears on Friday for U.S. viewers, has always been filmed outdoors under an iconic white tent around England. But in 2020, a year from hell, the famously temperate British summer became too warm for the finicky process of baking. Heat is now the show’s central villain.

“It’s like Satan’s kitchen in here,” Laura Adlington, one of this year’s bakers, joked in an episode filmed in July. Following another sweat-inducing day in the tent, Paul Hollywood — the steely-eyed judge famous for his bread expertise — told his fellow co-hosts that he had to “peel his jeans off” at the end of the day. They winced and laughed uncomfortably.

The most notable example of this was 1980s Week, an episode filmed this July that featured quiches, finger doughnuts, and ice cream cakes. (In the real 1980s — the decade when humanity almost solved climate change, but didn’t — the average global temperature was nearly 1 degree C [1.8 degrees F] cooler than it is today.) The doughnut challenge, filmed on the United Kingdom’s third hottest day on record, required contestants to deep-fry in near-100 degree F temperatures. Contestant Marc Elliott held up his candy thermometer at one point, and it registered 35.8 degrees C. “This is torture,” Adlington said. “Whose idea was this?”

Read more: https://grist.org/food/another-victim-of-global-warming-the-great-british-baking-show/

I love the Great British Bakeoff; my wife hides all the baking implements after I binge watch a few episodes, to avoid all my fired up enthusiasm turning into a multi-day kitchen cleanup.

But here’s a radical idea; rather than shutting down Western Civilisation to save this iconic British baking competition, how about filming the show in May rather than July?

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lee
December 1, 2020 2:19 am

“(In the real 1980s — the decade when humanity almost solved climate change, but didn’t — the average global temperature was nearly 1 degree C [1.8 degrees F] cooler than it is today.) ”
‘ They actually cooked in average global weather? Not local weather conditions? That’s funny.

tonyb
Editor
Reply to  lee
December 1, 2020 8:48 am

Summer temperatures in England has been on a falling trend since 1995 according to CET. See figure 3

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/15/the-rise-and-fall-of-central-england-temperatures-part-3-2000-2019/

We had a warm June, a pretty poor July and a hot week in August. If you bake in a marquee it will get hot.

I hope to carry out an analysis of 2020 CET figures in January 2021. We had a mild winter and several quite hot months, so the current overall annual trend may change. That annual trend shows that in England, according to CET, no one living in England this century has known a rising trend. The calculation can also be seen in the diagrams in my article.

tonyb

stinkerp
Reply to  tonyb
December 1, 2020 6:27 pm

Why you gotta mess up their fantasy with facts and data? Leftists live in the moment. Only the here, the now, and their latest fad matters. History is so old-fashioned.

But, for the record (from the Met Office Hadley Centre Central England Temperature Data to be precise), average July temperatures:

Year °C
2010 17.1
2011 15.2
2012 15.5
2013 18.3
2014 17.7
2015 15.9
2016 16.9
2017 16.8
2018 19.1
2019 17.5
2020 15.7

So July 2020 was cooler than every year since 2012. For the record.

And here’s an idea: spending a few thousand pounds for some air conditioning on set is a lot cheaper than spending tens of trillions of dollars. A few thousand pounds of air conditioning will reduce the temperatures on set by several degrees or more and the effect is immediate. Spending tens of trillions may reduce temperatures a fraction of degree in 50 years or so. Your choice.

December 1, 2020 2:21 am

Ne’er cast a clout, ere May be out!

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
December 1, 2020 6:00 am

May = May blossom = Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

Common Hawthorn, also known as May Blossom, Crataegus monogyna, May tree, Quickthorn. The native species Hawthorn in the British Isles, Ireland and Northern Europe.

Flowering in the middle of May, its folk name of May blossom derives from the older calendar when 1st May, or May Day, coincided with its flowering. It is the only British plant to be named after the month in which it flowers.

A proverb about when it’s OK to discard warm clothing based on a flower blooming seems sensible to me.

Phillip Bratby
December 1, 2020 2:28 am

Everybody in the UK loves a heatwave because they happen so rarely and last for such a short time. The last significant and memorable heatwave was in 1976 (long before the snowflake generation came along).

Greg
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
December 1, 2020 5:03 am

Exactly, most people in Britain are delighted if there is some nice hot weather in July. That’s pretty unusual. 1976 was the only real summer I can remember from my youth.

I wait another ten years always expecting another “hot one”. In 1986 I gave up and went to Oz.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Greg
December 1, 2020 8:54 am

I was living in England 1984-1987. The summers of 85 and 86 were miserable cold rainy affairs. I understood then how for 400 years why so many Brits and Scots left to go colonize warmer places..

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 1, 2020 11:52 am

An’ the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells;
On the road to Mandalay . . .
I am sick o’ wastin’ leather on these gritty pavin’-stones,
An’ the blasted Henglish drizzle wakes the fever in my bones;

From Mandalay poem by Rudyard Kipling
https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/mandalay/

See - owe to Rich
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 2, 2020 2:38 pm

Those were the exact years I was living in the USA! So I missed the miserable Februaries; I was also out of the country in the cruel winter of 1963, but not so lucky in December 2010.

I do remember some other nice English summers – 1995, 2003, 2006, 2019 (until August).

Rich.

Dave Barrow
Reply to  Greg
December 1, 2020 9:33 am

OMG, do you actually mean that England has had hot July’s in the past?

Nick Graves
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
December 1, 2020 8:22 am

Actually, this Summer was pretty damned reasonable by comparison, if not quite ’76.

I’ll confirm my biases by linking both to solar-cycle minima.

Are the cakes worse than we thought?

RB
Reply to  Nick Graves
December 3, 2020 2:00 pm

Summer was rubbish in England this year. April and May were really good though and exceptionally sunny for the UK. We had a warm sunny week in September as well.

Don Vickers
December 1, 2020 2:39 am

Gee whiz , really, it was 42 c here in the Darling Downs today, a tad warm for this time of year but so what. I love a sunburnt country.

JoHo
December 1, 2020 2:44 am

Strange how CC works. Sometimes it’s warm and others..! I remember, not too long ago, floods in July in the UK and becoming stranded whilst out driving! Yep, all down to Climate.

This year, for the first time in memory (and it’s long) my home heating system came on automatically on 30th and 31st August (2020) where my system is setup automatically to come on when the temperature falls below 13°C. It’s normally October before this normally happens! Someone must have upset the Climate Gods!

Anthony
Reply to  JoHo
December 1, 2020 2:54 am

JoHo
Yep, blame the sun…

Gerry, England
Reply to  JoHo
December 2, 2020 8:58 am

It was very close to the coldest August Bank Holiday weekend evah! If I was an alarmist that would be it, but being honest I will point out that the August BH only moved to the end of the month in 1971. But since we are told it is getting warmer every day seems a bit at odds with that. Add to that was June where on a few nights I lit the fire to take the chill off while many would have had their heating going. Likewise, fire lit during September for the first time too. But then I only moved to this house in 2015, still goes agianst the evah warmah claim.

Anthony
December 1, 2020 2:52 am

Actually,
July was a rotten month here in England. We had lots of rain and cool days… August was a bit better but nothing to write home about…. Just a normal summer, as normal…..

Peta of Newark
December 1, 2020 3:00 am

Grasping at straws….

I thought they might be taking a pop at *all* the CO2 that comes out of Baking Soda when you put it in an oven and causing a local greenhouse effect inside the tent.
But no, that requires ‘Intelligence’
Hang on tho, maybe they *have* got intelligence and actually *know* that the greenhouse effect is Complete Junk.
We’re left with: Are intelligent people naturally mendacious?
Chronically depressed people are – such as the folks who eat refined sugar and cooked starch.
(Metinks we’ve cracked it there)

Seems crazy BUT, why not take a clue from folks who trek across deserts a’back of camels. Sometimes they even walk along side.
Learn about emissivity to understand why those folks wear black.
ta-da. Use a *black* tent, not a *white* one

Or simply put a big chimney/vent out through the roof of the thing = completely free solar powered ventilation
Or even simpler – Get A Life

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Peta of Newark
December 1, 2020 8:29 pm

“(Metinks we’ve cracked it there)”

Someone is cracked, that’s for sure.

fred250
December 1, 2020 3:01 am

Is that a picture of a bunch of tarts and fruitcakes ?

Climate believer
December 1, 2020 3:11 am

Cake making is the path to the dark side.
Cake making leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.

griff
Reply to  Climate believer
December 1, 2020 4:30 am

And Donuts?

What’s the likelihood of a descent into chaos from a donut?

Hotscot
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 2:14 pm

griff

Dunno griff. Let us all know when you get there……….

Pariah Dog
Reply to  Climate believer
December 1, 2020 5:26 am

The cake is a lie…

Geoff Sherrington
December 1, 2020 3:21 am

Does anyone in the UK have an official Met Office figure for how far apart two dauly temperatures have to be, so they can be regarded as statistically different? Like, are these temperatures ever expressed as T +/- Y degrees C, where Y is the uncertainty of the temperature T?
Or from any other country with an official body? I have been asking our BOM for 4 years now and they say they are still working on it, or it is complicated, or they comply with some international standards – but never a simple, unequivocal figure. Geoff S.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
December 1, 2020 6:04 am

The only thing we get on weather forecast on TV and Radio in the UK are the warmer/cooler in towm/countryside depending on time of year in anti-cyclonic weather.

Rick C PE
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
December 1, 2020 9:29 am

A local TV weather forecast has a 4 degree (F) guarantee. If they’re off by more than 4 F for the next day’s high, they give a prize to a viewer drawn at random. They pay off about 16% of the time.

Sasha
December 1, 2020 3:22 am

UN Climate Agency Slapped With Corruption Allegations

The Financial Times recently acquired a draft report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) of audit and investigations, outlining how “fraud and corruption” have been linked to the multibillion-dollar Global Environment Facility (GEF).

FT examined the draft report which described “financial misstatements” that were discovered across UNDP’s portfolio of GEF-funded projects around the world.

“Issues identified by the audit could seriously compromise the achievement of the objectives of the audited entity,” the report said.

GEF was set up in the early 1990s with the World Bank to combat climate change. Its main objectives have been to help fight environmental challenges such as deforestation, species preservation, and pollution control. In recent years, GEF has become an independent organization with more than $21 billion dispersed in 170 countries, including $7bn in projects managed by UNDP.

The audit covers 2018 and 2019 – comes as donor countries have raised concerns about the facility’s mismanagement of funds. In 2019, Foreign Policy published a report on whistleblower accounts of a UNDP-managed GEF project in Russia that was found to have possible misappropriation of millions of dollars. Top donor countries, including the US, France, Australia, and Japan, have requested an independent review of UNDP’s Russian project, according to the letter seen by the FT.

“Matters of misconduct and misappropriation of funds continue to obstruct sustainable development across the world,” top donors said in March in the letter to Achim Steiner, the UNDP administrator, since 2017.

UNDP responded to the corruption allegations, saying it “takes all cases of financial mismanagement and other irregularities extremely seriously.” UNDP said it “most closely monitored” GEF projects: “The portfolio, the majority of which are implemented by national and subnational institutions, civil society organizations as well as other UN organizations, is subject to an intricate system of regular reviews, independent assessments and audits,” the UNDP said.

UNDP also said while there have been “allegations of misuse of funds” at numerous projects, these complaints are only “a tiny fraction – 1.4% of the UNDP’s GEF-funded portfolio.

The allegations of misconduct at GEF are not the first allegations connected with the UN’s programs to fight climate change. In August, the FT noted that UN-backed, South Korea-based Green Climate Fund, the world’s largest climate finance institution, faced internal misconduct complaints.

“The words “climate” and “corruption,” people see these as two different worlds, but there is a lot of overlap,” said Brice Böhmer, the head of climate governance integrity at Transparency International, the global anti-corruption group.

A person familiar with the UNDP-GEF allegations told FT: “No one is accountable; no one is responsible. The UNDP lets itself off the hook,” the person said, also asking not to be named. “These funds are intended for the poorest of the poor . . . at what point will donors [to the GEF] decide to suspend funding?”

https://www.ft.com/content/054a529c-e793-489b-8986-b65d01672766

DaveS
Reply to  Sasha
December 1, 2020 4:44 am

Put ‘United Nations’ and ‘multi-billion dollar(s)’ together – what could possibly go wrong?

hunterson7
Reply to  Sasha
December 1, 2020 5:35 am

Hmmm ..
corrupted science leads to corrupted policies, which leads to corrupted policy management organizations, which leads to attracting corrupt workers, which leads to massive financial fraud.

December 1, 2020 4:27 am

For the last 20 years in the UK, the correlation between temperature and CO2 has been negative. In other words CO2 DOES NOT increase temperature.

https://www.weather-research.com/weather-and-climate

Scissor
Reply to  Neil Catto
December 1, 2020 5:50 am

Nice site! Thank you.

Philo
Reply to  Neil Catto
December 1, 2020 6:21 am

Climate is the average of weather- that’s the World Meteorological definition.
Unfortunately, none of the factors that influence the weather operate on “average ” numbers. They all are exponential functions to one degree or another. The climate effects of CO2 absorbance are a good example. The increase from 1980 CO2 to 2000 CO2 caused an increase of about 5degC, the same increase fro 2000 to 2020 cause a 2.5degC, another DOUBLING of the already high temperature will only cause a 1.25 degC rise.

Same goes for storms- the winds go faster on a similar doubling scale. The commonly used Beaufort scale tie wind speeds to visible effects- leaves start to move-branches start to move- tree tops start to move- etc. Once winds hit 100 km/h(62mph) the winds rapidly become more destructive. Sort of like comparing a Boeing 747 to a Cessna 172(light plane).

Hurricanes are not an “average” phenomenon!

Nobody has been able to pin weather on climate effects or vice/versa. By definition they are already a correlation so any attribution is fictional already.

Reply to  Neil Catto
December 1, 2020 7:41 am

Like tha site, griff not so….. 😀

griff
December 1, 2020 4:29 am

The UK Met office says this:

“During August 2020, temperatures exceeding 34C were recorded somewhere in the UK for six consecutive days.

34C has been recorded in the UK during seven out of the last 10 years, compared to seven out of the previous 50 years from 1961 to 2010. This suggests that temperatures of 34C or higher occurring at some point during the summer are becoming a more common occurrence.”

And this isn’t just ‘summer weather’ for the UK.

“Many weather stations around the UK also broke or matched their maximum temperature records, many of which were decades old. The highest UK temperatures in August 2020 were around 12C above the long-term August average for 1981-2010, with the peak temperature of 36.4C recorded at Heathrow on 7 August.”

Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 6:14 am

July mean in 2020 was 15.7. in GB – so what ?
https://www.statista.com/statistics/322658/monthly-average-daily-temperatures-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/
Lower than 2018 and 2019

Ian magness
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 6:18 am

Yes Griff but many of those “records” are nonsense because the sites (e.g. on the runway at Heathrow Airport, or in the Cambridge Botanic Garden) are heavily UHI’d. The Met Office knows this but continues to trumpet these scientifically useless records. Yes, we did have some nice warm weather in August 2020 but it was well within the bounds of the norms of our fickle British weather. The CET record, whilst not perfect (nothing is) is a better overall record to study than the biased outpourings of the Met Office.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 6:51 am

Griff,
No information on the 5 important words who, what, why, how, where, when

Something more definite.

Denver International Airport tallied 5 inches of snow. This is a record daily snowfall for Nov. 24, breaking the old record of 4 inches set in 1946. Even more notably, it was the first daily November snow record to fall in the city since 1994.

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/11/24/record-denver-snowfall-november-24/

Hot and cold records get broken all the time. Nothing to do with CO2 or man’s involvement Just that we’ve a very sparse and short record for the UK far less the whole world

David Kamakaris
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 7:33 am

Griff, how long is your record?

Reply to  David Kamakaris
December 1, 2020 8:45 am

It/she/he has a record ??

David Kamakaris
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 1, 2020 9:20 am

Dunno Krishna. I’ve been asking Griffie that question for years. Never got an answer.

Reply to  David Kamakaris
December 1, 2020 10:14 am

Forgotten 😀 😀

I know our question since years 😀

Editor
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 8:49 am

The AVERAGE high in July for my area is 35C (95F) yet no one suffers, it easy to cool off and still below the average body temperature.

Redge
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2020 10:52 am

@griff

During August 2020, temperatures exceeding 34C were recorded somewhere in the UK for six consecutive days.

34C has been recorded in the UK during seven out of the last 10 years, compared to seven out of the previous 50 years from 1961 to 2010. This suggests that temperatures of 34C or higher occurring at some point during the summer are becoming a more common occurrence.

You’re not quoting the Met Office, Griff, you’re quoting a single article from the carbon brief written by two “science communicators”, one of whom joined the carbon brief as a churnalist shortly after the article was published.

Unless you can prove the article was an official Met Office release and not the fevered imagination of two left-wingers with an axe to grind, I’m calling BS on your comment.

Climate believer
Reply to  Redge
December 1, 2020 11:40 am

+1 Well said Redge.
This from the Met office, in their UK monthly summary for August:

“England diary of highlights
After a changeable start, a generally hot and sunny spell with some thundery outbreaks set
in from the 6th, with temperatures in the low to mid 30s Celsius in the south. It turned more
unsettled mid-month, and then from the 19th it was unsettled and often windy with some
deep depressions moving from west to east. Temperatures were mostly near normal
during this spell, but it turned cool during the last few days.”

…..and this

“The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 36.4 °C was recorded at
Heathrow and Kew Gardens (London) on the 7th. A minimum temperature of -0.4 °C was
recorded at Loch Glascarnoch (Ross & Cromarty) on the 24th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900
GMT on the 13th, 103.8 mm of rain fell at Hollies (Staffordshire). A wind gust of 70 knots (81 mph)
was recorded at Needles (Isle of Wight) on the 25th

Redge
Reply to  griff
December 2, 2020 11:31 am

More information for you Griff to show what a sack of crap “The Carbon Brief” is and how they latch on to something genuine then twist it to suit their own agenda (not that what follows will make you think).

From the Met Office *official” report:

The maps below show daily maximum temperatures from 7 to 12 August 2020; the hottest days of the heatwave. Temperatures exceeded 30°C widely across south-east and parts of central England – and locally 34°C – every day, with 35°C reached on 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th and 36°C on 7th and 11th.

So far so good. *local* recorded temperatures were indeed high in one part of the UK.

The heatwave lasted longer in terms of minimum temperatures than maximum temperatures, and this sequence included five ‘tropical nights’ on 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th where temperatures locally remained above 20°C.

Even minimum *local* temperatures for high!

y in London (strongly influenced by the urban heat-island effect)

“*strongly influenced* by the urban heat-island effect”

But there’s more:

s the UK recorded temperatures of 32°C or higher for six consecutive days during August 2020, the last time this occurred was from 1 to 6 July 1976. It was also the only occasion in at least the last 60 years with 34°C recorded somewhere in the UK for six consecutive days.

Wait a minute….

The Met Office is telling us it’s happened before – almost 45 years ago. Why didn’t The Carbon Brief mention that? I guess they must have forgotten.

Still, it’s only happened twice in at least 60 years.

Hmmm, the UK has the longest continuous temperature record in the world.

Surely the Met Office would have checked the Central England Temperature back to 1659. I guess what they’re really saying is this phenomenon has happened several times before but we’re only going to mention 1976 because most people won’t be bothered to check.

Like I said at the start – it’s a sack of crap claim.

No need to respond – not that I think you will respond, you never do when challenged with verifiable facts.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  griff
December 3, 2020 10:04 am

Griff—“temps exceeding 34C were recorded somewhere in the UK”—THE QUEEN’S BAKERY!!!

Ed Zuiderwijk
December 1, 2020 4:31 am

Half-baked. Doesn’t quite cut it, does it?

Harves
December 1, 2020 4:32 am

Why would you film in a cooler month when you can instead call for the shut down of modern economies?
Next you’ll be suggesting that people who don’t like warm weather should move somewhere cooler.

ozspeaksup
December 1, 2020 4:52 am

leaving a mousse out of the fridge on a warm day makes it go runny.
who’da thunk it?
maybe they need to do food handling/safety courses?
bunch of tarts n flakes indeed

Walt D.
December 1, 2020 5:00 am

Baking Cakes causes Global Warming
Whether you are using:
a) Baking Powder
b) Bicarbonate of Soda
c) Yeast
you are releasing CO2 into the atmosphere! – but stupider claims have been made.

michael hart
December 1, 2020 5:02 am

Total BS. As I recall, early summer was great in the UK around May, possibly stretching into June: Plenty of sunshine without excessively high temperatures or humidity[*]. Rather like early summer in Seattle. After that, it went downhill in the usual manner: Cloudier, cooler, wetter. The tents are needed for protection from the wind and rain.

[* A “high” summer temperature in the UK would still be considered low-to-medium by most Americans.]

December 1, 2020 5:09 am

OT, but maybe breaking:

ABSTRACT

In the publication entitled “Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR” (Eurosurveillance 25(8) 2020) the authors present a diagnostic workflow and RT-qPCR protocol for detection and diagnostics of 2019-nCoV (now known as SARS-CoV-2), which they claim to be validated, as well as being a robust diagnostic methodology for use in public-health laboratory settings.

In light of all the consequences resulting from this very publication for societies worldwide, a group of independent researchers performed a point-by-point review of the aforesaid publication in which 1) all components of the presented test design were cross checked, 2) the RT-qPCR protocol-recommendations were assessed w.r.t. good laboratory practice, and 3) parameters examined against relevant scientific literature covering the field.

The published RT-qPCR protocol for detection and diagnostics of 2019-nCoV and the manuscript suffer from numerous technical and scientific errors, including insufficient primer design, a problematic and insufficient RT-qPCR protocol, and the absence of an accurate test validation. Neither the presented test nor the manuscript itself fulfils the requirements for an acceptable scientific publication. Further, serious conflicts of interest of the authors are not mentioned. Finally, the very short timescale between submission and acceptance of the publication (24 hours) signifies that a systematic peer review process was either not performed here, or of problematic poor quality. We provide compelling evidence of several scientific inadequacies, errors and flaws.

Considering the scientific and methodological blemishes presented here, we are confident that the editorial board of Eurosurveillance has no other choice but to retract the publication.

External peer review of the RTPCR test to detect SARS-CoV-2 reveals 10 major scientific flaws at the molecular and methodological level: consequences for false positive results.

Scissor
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 1, 2020 5:54 am

A little late wouldn’t you say, been using that as settled science all along? All part of the scamdemic.

Reply to  Scissor
December 1, 2020 6:09 am

A peer review with so many details and based on new knowledge need some times, not as fast as Drosten published.

LdB
December 1, 2020 5:25 am

Was Griff a contender in the series …. his Polar Bear and Walrus tart they die for.

n.n
December 1, 2020 5:31 am

The religious/moral/ethical climate has changed. There has been social progress. Throw another baby on the barbie, slather her with wicked solution, and redistribute her delectable parts.

Gary
December 1, 2020 5:32 am

According to the Met Office CET temperature record, this July was cooler than the long-term average by 0.3°C – https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cet_info_mean.html

michael hart
Reply to  Gary
December 1, 2020 7:52 am

Thanks, Gary. Just as we have recounted from personal experiences. It is a typical media story about global warming where they just say what they want to say with zero regard for the truth.

Just Jenn
December 1, 2020 5:33 am

And here I thought they might be referring to Paul Hollywood’s hair gel.

Amazing how hot a tent can be with 12 ovens, numerous proofing drawers, refrigerators and freezers and people (not just the contestants and hosts, but all the crew, cameras, computer equipment and the like). And all of this under a tent during the summer. Gee, I wonder why it’s so hot, must be global warming of course! We should be applauding those poor souls for risking their very lives in a hot tent to make desserts, cakes, pastries, breads, and show stoppers.

December 1, 2020 6:00 am

Sacrifices must be made….that’s the griffter second from left (cupcake on head)….he actually came in third in the Great Bakeoff.

fred250
Reply to  Abti-Griff
December 2, 2020 10:52 am

“griffter second from left”

That’s a fruitcake !!

December 1, 2020 7:18 am

B.C. Glaciers More Than a Third Bigger Than Thought

Thirty-eight percent bigger than originally believed, but still (supposedly), “it won’t save them from climate change.”

Extensive radar surveys on five glaciers in the Columbia River Basin have found the ice is 38 per cent thicker than originally believed [by models], according to a new study from the University of Northern British Columbia.

As good as climate models 😀 😀

Roger
December 1, 2020 8:40 am

The Great British Jerk Off – a perfect example of the dumbing down of a once great British institution.

donald penman
December 1, 2020 12:50 pm

I think that the rise in UK temperatures is probably caused by the rising SST ,particularly to our west, if SST in the North Atlantic were to drop in the next decade then the CET may start falling back even to the levels of the 60’s. The UK and NW Europe are open to the arctic in the north, there is no landmass there, there are currents which run from the Arctic ocean to the North Sea and increased outflows from the Arctic ocean could occur in some periods, It is the same on the other side of the Atlantic.

ATheoK
December 1, 2020 3:16 pm

“Try to remember the fanciest spread of desserts you’ve ever seen. Now picture what would happen if it sat outside in the summer heat for a couple of hours. Mousse would morph into ooze, tiered cakes would start to slip and slide, and delicate chocolate decorations would melt into unrecognizable blobs.”

There are very few reality show that hold my interest for more than a few minutes. One is “Curse of Oak Island”.

As for the BB Show, I haven’t lasted more than five minutes into an episode.
It’s like watching “Pie in the Sky” and choking on the false cooking facts. Only Richard Griffiths and Maggie Steed are excellent actors.

1) What ever happened to cooking the ‘other’ eleven months!? Or can the BB Show only cook during summer?

2) Baking is far more than mousse, chocolate decorations and buttercream frosting on cakes.

What about breads, pies, tarts, scones, waffles, pancakes, pizzelles, cookies, puddings (British puddings), brownies (melt the chocolate first), etc. etc.?
Though it is far harder to have stupid accidents with most of these baked goods.

Walter Sobchak
December 1, 2020 5:36 pm

Brits are wusses. Any temperature over 80 is unbearably hot, anything under 40 is life threatening cold. Midwesterners just roll their eyes at them.

First they have to learn how to brew and serve a decent cold lager. After that they have to be able to make a decent cup of hot black coffee.

Ann in L.A.
December 1, 2020 8:08 pm

I was watching this a couple of weeks ago, and the heat was a problem in the tent. One of the people mentioned the temperature outside in Celsius, and when I converted it, I realized they were complaining about “hot” summer temps in the upper 70’s. As a long-time midwesterner, with regular heat waves of 100F+ that last days and with regular cold snaps where you’ll have at least a week of -10F every winter (my personal best was a -31F day in Minneapolis in the 90’s), I just can’t help but laugh.

Walter Sobchak
December 1, 2020 9:17 pm
Augy
December 2, 2020 4:45 am

Hot in July in the UK! Who knew? Well Charles Dickens did. Writing in 1843, A Christmas Carol, he refers to the ‘Dog Days’ which were known at the time as being typically the hottest time of the year (3 July-11 August, coinciding with the rising oil the ‘dog star’ Sirius). So sorry folks, nothing new here; move along now!

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