“Thing Of The Past” Comes To The UK

Seventeen years ago, Britain’s leading experts announced that children just aren’t going to know what snow is.

According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”. “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past – Environment – The Independent

The past has returned.

No snow, but quite cold in the southwest.

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11 Responses to “Thing Of The Past” Comes To The UK

  1. OneTeam says:

    Beautiful photos, Tony. Feeling homesick.

  2. Steve says:

    Welcome to the UK Tony. Enjoy your stay. A few frosty nights here in the South and lovely blue skies in the day.

  3. frederik wisse says:

    Snow is coming for sure in the UK tonite . You may experience a lilywhite awakening tomorrow-morning .

  4. Robertv says:

    Cold is no problem if you can afford the energy to warm the house good food and clothing.

    • richard verney says:

      The planet is way too cold for us as a species. That is why there are so very few places where people can live without either adapting their environment, eg., building homes (the caves of old) with central heating (camp fires of old) or themselves with clothes (animal skins of old).

      As a species we are left to places such as Tropical Rain Forests, Sudan/Ethiopia (where it is thought that we came from), some plains of Australia etc. Outside that, we find the planet would not support us as a species.

      Recently a sad story of a young boy dying of hypothermia in the UK, just a few days ago, is doing the rounds in the newspapers: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5133293/Man-woman-arrested-boy-dies-freezing-weather.html

      I recall a few years ago, a story about an elderly couple dying of hypothermia in Spain, and Spain is considered to be one of the warmest European countries.

      It would be a Godsend not only for us as a species, but also life in general, if the planet were to warm a few degrees. It is no coincidence that all the large land animals live in warm climes, and no coincidence that life was bountiful and flourished in the age of the Dinosaurs when the planet was about 8 to 17 degrees warmer than today. It is no coincidence that one can trace the history of civilisation and the change from bronze to iron age on the basis of warmth and climate.
      It is no coincidence that the ancient Egyptians were building one of the most wondrous buildings ever constructed, ie, the Great Pyramid, whilst the men of Wiltshire were erecting Stonehenge.

      • Robertv says:

        Only because of farming and cheap energy we can support a large number of people. Take away one of the two and its over.

        We again would be a small number of nomads plundering the land.

  5. Steven Fraser says:

    Joe B. shows NCEP 15-day snow accum at home, when you get back. Have a nice trip!

  6. Andy DC says:

    Yes, there is widespread snow, mainly in the eastern part of England. Much of France is getting it, even well down into the central parts. As is much of the rest of Europe as well.
    Meanwhile, it has been -65 F in Siberia and it is still only November. The capital of Mongolia has been down to -26 F. The models are showing the US getting in on the wintry action by next week.

  7. Anon says:

    This is only because the colder aspects of Global Warming are manifesting now. This is happening in New York as well:

    Global Warming Blamed for ‘Extremely Cold Temperatures’ in Vineyards


    As Global Warming accelerates, because of Trump, the planet will either burn up, like Venus, as predicted by Steven Hawking, or go through another Snowball Earth phase where all life freezes solid like the planet Pluto. We are just in what is called the Carbon Uncertainty phase now, as predicted by NASA in the 1980s, where people won’t know if they should buy sweaters or bikinis. Don’t be fooled!

  8. RAH says:

    Doubt you’ll be there when the real cold hits. It is looking like December is going to be much colder for the US from the plains right down to Texas and over to the east coast. The same for the UK. Probably going to be the coldest December in recent in recent memory for those in the UK and much of the US. I would not be surprised at all if we see the coldest winter so far this century for the UK and eastern US.

  9. MGJ says:

    Welcome to the UK. Some nice pics.

    At this time of year, I’ll always take cold and clear over the more usual overcast combined with an arthritic damp chill.

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