Yesterday BBC radio Four’s today programme reported “about 20 of the UK’s leading scientists and meteorologists are due to meet at the Met Office to discuss Britain’s “unusual” weather patterns The scientists will be considering changes in long term ocean cycles such as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, a system of deep currents that transport heat around the world.
“Prof Stephen Belcher from the Met Office Hadley Centre, who will chair the meeting, said these cycles could be having an impact. “The ocean circulation has been stuck in a rather strange pattern for the past 10 years or so, which in fact has given the unusual weather patterns in many parts of the world,” he told BBC news. Right now I am in Waterstones in Greenwich typing this. And if I did see a whale then this could be one of the most memorable festival residencies of my life. It could’ve been a shadow. I’m trying to track tweets to see if anyone else has mentioned anything. However, I’m going to take it as a sign. My private Whale.
Lemn Sissay is writer in residence at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and he will be around throughout.