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“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”

Published 08th January 2010 - 1 comments - 833 views -

"Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past," claimed the Independent, back in March 2000: "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."

Name the climate change clown who predicted this? It was Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia! According to the good doctor, within a few years winter snowfall in Britain will become "a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is." And where is Dr David Viner today? Hiding in disgrace somewhere along the Equator? No. He's now "head of the British Council's climate change programme". Life is really stranger than fiction sometimes.

Meanwhile, in the real UK, "Death toll rises as snow turns into ice and supplies of salt dwindle". 

Category: Polar Regions, | Tags: cold, frost, freezing, snow, ice, death, misery,



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Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 08th January 2010:

Eamonn, I know I have done the same mistaker as you, and discussed weather in stead of climate, but anyway.

First of all, it is a shame that people in a country like the UK needs to DIE when snow falls on them. How did that happen? To me it signalises that Homo Westeuropeanus has already got used to winters without snow, way before the COP15 debate.

Secondly, not even all of Europe is experiencins this. Scandinavia has also had record temperatures, like central Europe, but in the Balkans and around the mideterranean it is hot. In Bulgari, for example, this is the first year ever, where the days with record high’s are more than the days with snowfall.

ANd in case you find it difficult to comprehend that Northern Europe could still be cold, even if global temperatures are rising, read about the North Atlantic Oscillation.

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