Global warming buries England in snow

January 5, 2010

After this winter, the good folks of Great Britain might be grateful for a little global warming. As for now, even the temperate south of England is about to look like Alaska:

Met Office warns of 40cm of snow within hours in South East

The Met Office tonight issued an emergency alert warning that London and the Home Counties could be buried by more then 40cm (16in) of snow overnight.

As the Arctic cold snap was forecast to make this Britain’s coldest winter for 30 years, residents of counties including Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire were advised to take action to avoid the worst of the snowfall.

A Met Office meteorologist said the highest level of alert had triggered a warning for the emergency services advising them to prepare for the worst.

“This kind of warning is very rare,” he said. “It’s the level of alert we put out for the floods in the summer of 2007.”

The forecast warned: “There is a high risk of an extreme weather event affecting parts of southern England this evening and overnight. A period of exceptionally heavy snowfall is expected with accumulations of 15-30cm and perhaps in excess of 40cm.”

The snowfall in the South is expected to start in the evening and turn heavy overnight. The worst is forecast to begin in Wiltshire at around 9pm and reach London by 3am; it will continue until tomorrow evening, with the heaviest falls west of London.

Every county in Britain has now been made the subject of a Met Office severe weather warning. Hundreds of schools were forced to close, airports cancelled flights and the National Grid issued an alert for only the second time in its history.

Yet I’m sure Prime Minister Gordon Brown will insist on carrying out his mad, economy-killing plans to fight global warming, while elderly Britons have to burn books to stay warm.

The Earth itself defies the Goracle

January 2, 2010

Doesn’t the planet know that the science is settled? That it should be getting warmer, melting its ice, raising its seas, on and on until the Green Apocalypse?

I guess no one told Great Britain’s version of Old Man Winter:

Britain facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, experts predict

Britain is bracing itself for one of the coldest winters for a century with temperatures hitting minus 16 degrees Celsius, forecasters have warned.

They predicted no let up in the freezing snap until at least mid-January, with snow, ice and severe frosts dominating.

And the likelihood is that the second half of the month will be even colder.

Weather patterns were more like those in the late 1970s, experts said, while Met Office figures released on Monday are expected to show that the country is experiencing the coldest winter for up to 25 years.

On New Year’s Day 10 extreme weather warnings were in place, with heavy snow expected in northern England and Scotland.

Despite New Year celebrations passing off mostly unaffected by the weather, drivers in parts of the country, particularly areas of Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands, were warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The continued freezing temperatures did not signal bad news for everyone however. CairnGorm Mountain said it has had its best Christmas holiday season in 14 years.

As Watt’s Up With That? points out, this comes after Britain’s national weather service in October forecast a mild winter. Earlier, it had predicted a scorcher of a summer, which turned out to be the wettest in nearly a century. Now, they’re finally noticing that it may be cold outside.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister calls those who deny the reality of anthropogenic global warming flat-earthers. No wonder he may soon be out of a job.