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Snow falling faintly through the universe

Published 17th December 2009 - 3 comments - 1617 views -

Snow is generalYes, I know, Copenhagen is all about global warming, but out there, beyond the Bella, it's freezing. From Spain to Sweden, people are shivering. And the same goes for Britain and Ireland. The onset of a severe winter inspired Ben Marsh to think up a really clever use of Twitter. If it's snowing in the UK, people tweet the first part of their postcode followed by a score out of 10 for density of the snow and Ben's app maps it. So the tweet by macfras: "Snowing in E17 #uksnow 6/10 Woo-hoo!" indicates significant snow in Walthamstow in London. Further up country, daveyp tweets: "#uksnow HD4 5/10 Snow starting to settle on the pavements and roads in Netherton, Huddersfield. Might need tennis raquets on my feet 2morrow". annadoble: "It is snowing and I am listening to the Low Christmas album. There are also people dressed as Santa EVERYWHERE! #uksnow"

Some of the tweets are poetic and some are prosaic and one or two might eventually reach the heights of James Joyce in his great short story, The Dead. "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."

Now, back to sunny Copenhagen.

Category: Climate Reporting, | Tags: snow, james joyce, the dead, cold,


Paul Montariol on 18th December 2009:

Here in Saintes we have sun!

Mike on 19th December 2009:

Oh, the irony!

Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 25th December 2009:

Don’t worry guys, we have up to 16 degrees celsius in Bulgaria now. So the snow will not last for long.

And considering how Europe deals with four days of snow, I don’t think we ae really fit to deal with climate change.

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