Sunday, February 1, 2009

Brrr-itain: it's cold and we have snow!

Even though our weather forecast was for much colder temps and snow, I didn't quite believe it because the forecast is so often wrong (to be fair, it's difficult to predict the weather on an island since it can change very quickly and unexpectedly) but lo and behold it did get very cold today and then snow started coming down this evening. Snow and freezing weather threaten to shut down Britain The Met Office is warning of an "extreme weather event" across large swathes of England, Scotland and Wales with up to 10in of snow expected even in the usually warmer south and as much as 1ft on higher ground (link via telegraph.co.uk) Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office. Snow flurries came down really fast and furious for a while this evening (in East Hertfordshire) but it stopped almost as quickly as it started. It didn't amount to much after all that excitement (it hardly ever snows in this part of England and when it does it's usually just a light dusting) although we did get about an inch of snow on the ground. It's very cold too (well, by English standards, not anything like the winter temps in my homestate - Minnesota)so it definitely looks and feels like winter. If you are in the UK, what is the weather like where you are? Have you had any snow? Wherever you live in the world, what is the weather like? I know a lot of American states have been badly affected by winter storms. And in the southern hemisphere, where it's summer, they've had a particularly intense heatwave. Australia has recorded temperatures soaring to 46C (115 Fahrenheit)! When I hear about temperatures like that, I think I am happy to put up with a bit of cold weather.

8 comments:

  1. It has snowed here in North Wales, but only a couple of centimetres, I think. (Haven't ventured out to check properly yet!)

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  2. Hi Jenny. That's not too bad, that amount - enough to make everything look pretty.

    We had more snow here during the night! It reminds me of Minnesota.

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  3. At least several inches here and still snowing. Traffic is virtually at a standstill.
    I'm glad that I don't have to go anywhere today! xx

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  4. It's started snowing here again too, Flighty! It's very pretty with huge flakes. I don't think anyone is going out today unless they really have to.

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  5. I'm a college student in West Yorkshire, near Leeds, and we're knee-deep in snow. It got so bad, our college has been closed for today and it doesn't look much good for tomorrow either. Not that I mind so much about that. Haha.

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  6. Hi Emily. I'm not surprised your college was closed today. You guys had a lot of snow up there. I bet you are enjoying the unexpected break! Take care and keep warm.

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  7. Hi Maureen,
    Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door on Monday to find six inches of snow covering the front garden and as far as the eye could see! I managed to get to work by 'navigating' the Tube as best as I could. Still, it was nice in a way, and it even felt like I should be saying 'Merry Christmas' to everyone...six weeks too late, I know...

    ...and whatever happened to global warming?!

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  8. Hi Daniel, I'm impressed that you managed to get to work on Monday. I bet London seemed strangely quiet with most of the workforce staying at home.

    England did look like a scene from Christmas and everyone seemed to be in the Christmas spirit too, with lots of smiling faces.

    I think one of the results of global warming is supposed to be that the Gulf Stream shuts down and causes extreme weather changes. All I know is that it's not good either way - extremely hot or extremely cold!

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