An amusing article from the Independent 13 years ago. Of course, back then, climate change was called “global warming”. What claptrap.
Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.
The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.
Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6Â°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties
Read more here…if you can bare to: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html
Meanwhile here is an article on the “big freeze” from the mail today.
There is no end to the big freeze in sight as snow continued to blanket vast swathes of Britain this morning – and it will keep falling for four more days.
Large parts of the country were covered, with up to 4cm falling in the West and North and 6cm in the East Midlands, East Anglia and the South-East, including London. Up to 10cm could fall in some areas, and 15cm on higher ground, weather experts said.
The freezing temperatures will effectively keep the country white for two weeks as the cold snap refuses to let the snows thaw.here is no end to the big freeze in sight as snow continues to blanket vast swathes of the UK this morning – and will continue to do so for the next two weeks.
A Met Office spokesman said a band of snow will push north from the South East through Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and could reach as far as the East Midlands by the end of today.