The photograph shows Professor Julla Slingo OBE, who is the Met Office's chief scientist, posing in front of "deep black" the MO's Supercomputer (courtesy of WattsUp).
Professor Slingo firmly believes in global warming. Well she would wouldn't she as head of the Met Office. A fellow blogger has quoted part of an interview Prof Slingo gave to Nature magazine.
What’s the biggest obstacle to creating better, hazard-relevant weather forecasts?
Access to supercomputers. The science is well ahead of our ability to implement it. It’s quite clear that if we could run our models at a higher resolution we could do a much better job — tomorrow — in terms of our seasonal and decadal predictions. It’s so frustrating. We keep saying we need four times the computing power. We’re talking just 10 or 20 million a year — dollars or pounds — which is tiny compared to the damage done by disasters. Yet it’s a difficult argument to win. You just think: why is this so hard?
So bigger computers, costing more millions, is the answer to more accurate Met Office forecasting.
My fellow blogger wasn't at all happy with the above comment and yesterday decided to email Joe Bastardi and Piers Corbyn to ask what computers they use in their far more accurate forecasts.
Already he has received comprehensive replies from both men. You can read them here. It will be a few minutes well spent.