Violent Storms are Evidence that Climate Changes – It Always Has


One wonders if David Cameron believes these storms were due to ‘Climate Change’?

The BBC reports [my emphasis]

Evidence of violent storms that destroyed a lost town known as Britain’s Atlantis has been uncovered.

The finds were uncovered off the coast of Dunwich, Suffolk – a small village which in the 11th Century was one of the largest towns in England.

The town was hit by a succession of storms in the 13th and 14th centuries and is now largely below the sea.

Researchers said sediment gathered from the cliffs independently corroborated the historical record.

Professor David Sear, of the University of Southampton, said Dunwich was hit by huge storms on an annual basis.

[They were] like the south coast storms of 2013-14, at least once a year for decades,” he said.

The three-year research off Dunwich has been funded by Touching the Tide, a £900,000 Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to explore the changing Suffolk coast.

A diver used ultrasound to “illuminate” finds on the seabed, and the marshes and eroding cliffs were surveyed.

“It offers a marvellous history of climate change and coastal erosion,” said Prof Sear with regards to the findings.

In the 11th Century, Dunwich was the 10th largest town in England, but now has about 120 residents.

Two great storms in 1286 and 1326 resulted in the loss of its harbour and started its decline.

Prof Sear said pollen analysis revealed how “people gave up on Dunwich” after 1338, when another great storm silted up the port for good, and food production declined.

Sediment gathered from the cliffs, he said, “independently confirmed the sequences of storms recorded in the historical record“.

Even Wikipedia has noted the historical evidence;

“In the Anglo-Saxon period, Dunwich was the capital of Kingdom of the East Angles but the harbour and most of the town have since disappeared due to coastal erosion. At its height it was an international port similar in size to 14th-century London.[1] Its decline began in 1286 when a storm surge hit the East Anglian coast[2] followed by a great storm in 1287 and another great storm also in 1287, and it was eventually reduced in size to the village it is today.”

A terrible’ inundation in the East Anglia (particularly Norfolk) coastal areas in December 1287 (14th or 17th OSP/confusion with dates), probably due to a storm surge. Houses destroyed, and in the village of Hickling the water was so deep that it overflowed the high altar of the priory by a foot or more. Some 500 people perished in this most fatal of all British floods. 
[The year 1287 is noted by Lamb [Ref. 23] as being one with ‘many storm floods’ along the East Anglian, Kent and Sussex (and adjacent continental) coastlines. ]


According to Lamb, the 13th century experienced the highest number (by some margin) of “severe sea floods” along North Sea & English Channel coasts. Although the climate across NW Europe was still generally benign (indeed, the peak of warmth of the Medieval Age may have occurred in this century), from the middle of the 13th century, an increase in ‘unsettled’ weather events has been detected by some researchers; the first signs of the descent into the ‘Little Ice Age’. It is indeed possible that the increased storminess was concentrated in the second half of the 13th century”

So when Britain is once again succumb to a similar succession of storms Piers Corbyn is quite to say;

“Extra CO2 under Warmist models have no effect on the Jet stream. The wild jet stream age we are now in was predicted by WeatherAction some years ago, is caused by on average continuing LOW solar activity and ensures there will be more Extreme Extremes at times.”

But despite this we continue to see modern storms presented as some quasi proof of man made climate change, completely ignoring what has been – most likely because acknowledging the historic record destroys the narrative and the thumbscrew of green legislation that will do nothing to stop these storms because carbon dioxide does not drive the weather or climate. Although I’m sure the hardy believers would like to blame this on medieval SUVs.

4 thoughts on “Violent Storms are Evidence that Climate Changes – It Always Has

  1. This is an interesting post. It is fascinating how Britain is sinking to the south while rising to the north.

    I spent a year at a now defunct school called Dunrobin way up in Scotland, 1970-1971, and the coast up there was obviously rising. There was a Bronze Age fort which likely was at the edge of the water when built quite a ways from the shore, and the post ice-age wave-cut cliffs were well inland from where the surf currently gnawed at the shore. For this geology to occur the land had to rise faster than the water did, at the end of the ice-age.

    The south of England wasn’t so lucky, nor were Frisians across the channel. Only the Dutch succeeded in holding back the sea.

    Wikipedea does its best to hide the past sea-level rise, stating the post-ice-age changes were all over and done with 7000 years ago. I figure they want to make it look like sea-level changes stopped, and then only began again recently, and are taking this attitude for political reasons.

    However they do have an interesting, somewhat snobby quote of the Roman writer Pliney about the Frisians,

    “… people who live without trees or shrubs. … in the east, to the coasts of the ocean, a number of races in such needy conditions exist; but this also applies to the races of peoples which are called the large and small Chaucen, which we have seen in the north. There, two times in each period of a day and a night, the ocean with a fast tide submerges an immense plain, thereby the hiding … whether the area is sea or land. There this miserable race inhabits raised pieces ground or platforms, which they have moored by hand above the level of the highest known tide. Living in huts built on the chosen spots, they seem like sailors in ships if water covers the surrounding country, but like shipwrecked people when the tide has withdrawn itself, and around their huts they catch fish which try to escape with the expiring tide. It is for them not possible to keep herds and live on milk such as the surrounding tribes. They cannot even fight with wild animals, because all the bush country lies too far away. They braid ropes of sedges and rushes from the marshes with which they make nets to be able to catch fish, and they dig up mud with their hands and dry it more in wind than in the sun, and with soil as fuel they heat their food and their own bodies, frozen in northern wind. Their only drink comes from storing rain water in tanks front of their houses. And these are the races which, if they were now conquered by the Roman nation, say that they will fall into slavery! It is only too true: Destiny saves people as a punishment.[4]”

    Coastal peoples will always have a sort of love-hate relationship with the sea, which is both their provider and nemesis.

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