We have had a dry and very cold few days in the United Kingdom. The temperature in Kingswood dropped to -11C and has been below freezing all night and day. I haven’t felt anything as cold as this since we first moved here in the late 1980s. Despite this cold patch, the UK average temperature for 2022 averaged more than 10C, the first time ever it has topped 10C. The cold weather went on until the 18th, but of course warmed up for Christmas.
I grabbed a few pictures of the frost patterns on cobwebs and vegetation using my mobile phone.
As soon as it gets a little cool, and that white stuff falls from the sky, chaos ensues. Here in the UK we have had some snow, I am sure you have all heard of Eurostar and fluffy snow putting a hold on travel plans. The Eurostar operators blame a very cold France, where the weather has been the coldest for at least 15 years. Interestingly I never realised how many people now traveled by Eurostar.
Closer to home Easyjet cancelled hundreds of flights from Luton. I expect the cold will not last, and flights will be back to normal in January. Important for me, because I have some work in Scotland starting in January.
Even closer to home, there are stories of people taking 2 hours to travel through Aylesbury. I don’t understand that one, I see at most 2 centimeters of snow outside on the drive.
It is cool, last night was the coldest, going down to -6 Celsius on our thermometer. (That’s outside, not inside our house.) Google tells me Oxford was actually -9. Rosemary’s brother living over in Canada sent a cutting from a local paper where the temperature had made a record low in the nearby city of Edmonton. A minus 46.1 Celsius. This record was 10 degrees colder than the previous record. The previous record was set last year.
Europe is suffering the cold as well. I suppose with global warming, there must be some places suffering incredible heat to make up for our record lows across Europe and Canada.
Christmas is now almost on us, so on a Christmas spirit thing, take a look at Santa’s check list. This is suitable for children to view, as if I would put anything that was not 🙂 christmas-risk-assessment
Christmas is in a couple of days, rain is predicted for later today, so there will not be a white Christmas. 🙁
Will this cold weather ever stop? We have had -7C on our thermometer. The ponds are frozen, and the temperature has failed to rise above zero for days. Where has this global warming gone, or is it another con by our politicians and the green groups. If we are cold, then one assumes there must be a balanced hot area in the North. To me it does not seem right that all of Europe is cold, and that Canada is having a cold winter as well. Sea ice in the arctic was at a high this summer as well.
Typical of Putin to cut off the gas when it is cold. At least we have our wood burner, fed almost exclusively on hard wood. In this cold weather, how have the wind farms been doing. Oh not a lot, generating nothing. Cold weather comes with no wind. Seems to me a rather waste of money. Time the UK stepped up to the task and built more nuclear reactors. At least they work, look at France which generates 90% of their electricity with nuclear. It’s time something is done, even if it’s opening the closed coal mines and building more coal-fired powerstations before our lights start going out.
Talking about lights, we can not buy any more filament lights, at least the type you can see by. Another green con, and instead all the mercury from the new low energy lights will now go into landfill, polute the ground water and make us all brain dead. Maybe the EU and our Government want to us to be brain dead, so we just accept their dictacts without argument.
After the stong winds in the UK a couple of days ago, I can report we have had no damage. The only thing which happened was the cover on the hot tub was blown open by the wind during the night. A few bricks weighing it down was enough to sort this out for the rest of the day.
All the rain we have been getting has made the fields totally water logged. I dare not venture out onto them.