smithy, I think we're saying more-or-less the same thing. I guess "climate" can be used on a very local scale, too. I don't think the Met Office is concerned about how much warmer the M6 is than the Cheshire plains, for example.
Temperature drops with altitude by ~1 deg C every 200 metres. Also, it's cooler up there, so there's forced cooling.
And I fully concur about DM and most journalists.
Here's a little something I located last year, concerning why Climate Change is so hard to acknowledge:
Try the following video called "Global Warming and Psychology", by Prof Daniel Gilbert of Harvard. Hope my instructions work ...
•Within ITunes, ensure Edit, Preferences, tab General has the "iTunes U" option checked.
•If you're logged on to iTunes, click on "iTunes Store" on the left-hand-side
•Scroll to the bottom, where "iTunes U" is the very very last clickable item (you may have to click on "more", to give the "iTunes U" home page
•At the top right of this, click on "Universities & Colleges", then select "Harvard University"
•in the "Highly Rated Collections", select icon for "Harvard Thinks Big"
•Select video 15, "Global Warming and Psychology" (9:41) by Prof Daniel Gilbert
I think it explains why so many people just cannot get out of the "Denial" phase of accepting & dealing with this little problem. The same argument applies to world overpopulation