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#41
But then there's the scenario where melting arctic ice diverts the Gulf Stream leading to us having the same sort of climate as British Columbia. Not great cricket weather there.
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#42
No that's very true, its all very unpredictable for us.
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#43
I do sometimes contemplate the nightmare scenario where our summer weather gets so wet / cold that cricket is no longer a viable pastime in this country.

It would be horrible . . . but given the chance of mass drought / food shortage / spread of tropical diseases etc . . .it should not be seen as worst case scenario lol

We could always follow RR, DD, K XI P, QWERTY etc instead of the Bears ??
We met with Povey but we did not eat the biscuits.
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#44
(28-04-2013, 10:49 PM)Thefacebookbear Wrote: I do sometimes contemplate the nightmare scenario where our summer weather gets so wet / cold that cricket is no longer a viable pastime in this country.

It would be horrible . . . but given the chance of mass drought / food shortage / spread of tropical diseases etc . . .it should not be seen as worst case scenario lol

We could always follow RR, DD, K XI P, QWERTY etc instead of the Bears ??

Didn't we experience that last summer? Not something I want to be repeated!
Proud to be a Bear
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#45
Nor me but its particularly warm for this time of year is it
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#46
A little bit late but last spring is looking like being the coldest for more than 50 years:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/release...old-spring
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22718944

It will be interesting to see what effect this has had on wildlife. I know that the trees here didn't come out until after the start of May which is ridiculously late.
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#47
The late warm weather must have changed it from the coldest spring on record. Yes climate change is having a disaterous effect on our wild life.

What shocked me is how much wood we import from America for our energy and how this can be classed as renewable energy as even if they plant new trees after chopping them down it takes at least 50 years for them to grow.

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#48
(04-06-2013, 03:49 PM)Paul Wrote: The late warm weather must have changed it from the coldest spring on record. Yes climate change is having a disaterous effect on our wild life.

What shocked me is how much wood we import from America for our energy and how this can be classed as renewable energy as even if they plant new trees after chopping them down it takes at least 50 years for them to grow.

I was at Trent Bridge yesterday for the ODI & had gloves, a fleece & a scarf on. It was absolutely freezing. What strange weather we're having!
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#49
32 degrees at the moment in the arctic circle.
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#50
I've managed to come up with my own dissertation topic for my final year rather than having to choose one of the selection which are provided:

Title:
UK weather patterns and their effect on county championship cricket

Summary:
The county championship cricket competition has operated with largely the same rules for more than 100 years. Cricket is a game significantly influenced by the weather in both the short term and longer terms through conditions of the playing surfaces. This project will examine a key component of climate variability and study what effect it has on UK weather conditions, how that affects soil conditions and hence the outcomes of cricket matches. The project will consider if the effects are regionally independent or act nationwide, do certain conditions favour teams from certain regions?

Key Questions:
Is the Summertime Precip/Temp relationship with NAO similar to the wintertime one (for the UK)?
How does the weather pattern over the UK affect soil moisture/growing conditions (which in turn affects cricket matches)?
How much of the regional variability in rainfall does the NAO explain?
How do these factors affect county cricket matches?
If a new county was added to the championship, where should one put it?

Anyone interested? :thumbup:
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#51
Your tutors will undoubtedly try to talk you out of it as it would mean they had to do some work themselves to verify whatever you come up with!

But if you're serious, you will need to correct for varying amounts of one day cricket, different playing hours, starting in March and (ta da!) uncovered pitches.

As I seem to be spending increasing amounts of time in the West Country, I'll vote for Devon as the next county to be admitted to the Championship.
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#52
I'm sure I've read at least one article on climate and its effects on cricket in the UK - possibly in the Journal of the Cricket Society. So it may be worth doing some searching to see what's already out there.
I've had an invite to the Cornish Cricket Festival and will be in Truro on Friday for the Unicorns match, so Cornwall probably has my vote.
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#53
Can you get funding to employ researchers? If so, then having them visiting various grounds around the country watching, sorry I mean researching, the effects the weather has on individual games is essential. Now, if you are looking for researchers....................

With regards your final key question - you can't put counties anywhere - they are already in place!!!!!!!!
LE - aka John
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#54
I think it's basically been accepted as I have two people in the department willing to supervise it. Unfortunately as it's only my third year dissertation I don't get funding! I don't think it matters too much if someone has done something similar as it's not a PhD but I'll have a look for those articles, thanks Terry. I think I'm just going to focus on the longer form of the game, possibly not going back before the war as not too long before then I think the rules were much different. What I may do is go through the cricket archive scorecards and collect the number of runs scored in each match over many seasons and then try and correlate this with the weather conditions over each season (sounds a lengthy process, I know!)
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#55
Exiled Bear - this book looks like it's worth a read as part of your project:
http://www.idontlikecricket.co.uk/hignell1.htm
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#56
(10-06-2013, 10:00 PM)Terry Wrote: Exiled Bear - this book looks like it's worth a read as part of your project:
http://www.idontlikecricket.co.uk/hignell1.htm

Thanks Terry, I'll see if I can get myself a copy, although that review is less than favourable!

This project has officially been given the go-ahead by the university now!
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#57
(10-06-2013, 11:47 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote:
(10-06-2013, 10:00 PM)Terry Wrote: Exiled Bear - this book looks like it's worth a read as part of your project:
http://www.idontlikecricket.co.uk/hignell1.htm

Thanks Terry, I'll see if I can get myself a copy, although that review is less than favourable!

This project has officially been given the go-ahead by the university now!

Yes, the review doesn't inspire great confidence.
I think Dr. Hignell has written quite a bit of other stuff about cricket and weather - it's probably his articles that I was referring to. It might be worth making contact with him. He's Glamorgan's official archivist so you might be able to contact him through them.
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#58
(11-06-2013, 09:17 AM)Terry Wrote:
(10-06-2013, 11:47 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote:
(10-06-2013, 10:00 PM)Terry Wrote: Exiled Bear - this book looks like it's worth a read as part of your project:
http://www.idontlikecricket.co.uk/hignell1.htm

Thanks Terry, I'll see if I can get myself a copy, although that review is less than favourable!

This project has officially been given the go-ahead by the university now!

Yes, the review doesn't inspire great confidence.
I think Dr. Hignell has written quite a bit of other stuff about cricket and weather - it's probably his articles that I was referring to. It might be worth making contact with him. He's Glamorgan's official archivist so you might be able to contact him through them.

I shall put it to my supervisors, thanks once again.
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#59
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23032890
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#60
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23032890
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