Prime Video star and presenter of Clarkson’s Farm, Jeremy Clarkson, recently shed light on the issues caused by extreme weather predictions. In his latest column for The Sun, he scrutinised weather experts for what he interprets as “environmental bias.”
While most of us plan our days or weekends around weather forecasts, for farmers, these predictions are far more consequential. Clarkson revealed that due to faulty weather reports, many farmers, including himself, experienced unwarranted financial setbacks. He reminisced about a particular instance where forecasters had predicted a cataclysmic storm on the horizon for the UK.
Because of the forecast, Clarkson made the hard decision to harvest his crops earlier than planned, even though they weren’t ideally prepared. The reason? The crops’ moisture content was too high. He commented:
“Yes, I’d have to pay £10 a ton to dry the grain after it was harvested but better to take that hit than have the whole lot ruined by the storm.
“We worked tirelessly until 11pm and when I finally crawled into bed, utterly exhausted, I noticed that all of my neighbouring farmers were still out here, doing the same thing.
“So the farmers had brought in their harvest early and taken a massive financial hit that they can’t afford . . . for absolutely no reason.”
The former Top Gear host continued:
“They feel compelled, when it’s warm, to paint their maps dark red and talk about ‘extreme heat’. And similarly, to keep Greta [Thunberg] and the snowflake army happy, they need to say when it’s a bit chilly, that we will all soon be buried under a 20-foot snow drift.
“They see their weather fore-casts now as political weapons. Baseball bats which can be used to beat the oil companies into submission. And they’ll mangle statistics if that’s what’s necessary.
“They think that the constant wrongness doesn’t matter, because a wonky weather forecast only affects people planning barbecues,” he stated. “But to farmers, it bloody well does matter.”