This is stated to originate from NASA, so ought to be a public domain image. I’m picking it up from the BBC server. It is also seen in several other stories. The BBC “story” is here:
The same photo is in this story from The Independent:
UK in grip of coldest winter for 30 years
Temperatures in big-freeze Britain were on a par with the South Pole today after the country suffered its coldest night of the winter so far. And forecasters say there’s no change in prospect.
Merry Old England not so Merry…
On the “UK is Freezing” thread over at WUWT, this comment showed up:
Piers Corbyn’s Weather Action site correctly predicted last winter’s Arctic weather event in the UK – he accurately predicted that the country would have a ‘severe arctic event’ around January 6th-12th – which it did.
We have now had more than 8 days of serious snowfall and bitter winds on the East Coast – the snow is piled 4feet deep around the walls of my house – and Corbyn is forecasting that this ‘is not just a short cold snap;. He says it will last for a good three months – with extreme cold throughout December, January and February – possibly longer. If that turns out to be true, the UK is in deep, deep trouble. The road and rail network has broken down completely after less than a week; supermarkets cannot restock with milk and basic foods; farmers cannot feed livestock in the fields and neither can they harvest winter vegetable crops, which are now buried under feet of snow.
This is a very, very serious situation.
What can I say. My Mother is from England. On my Dad’s side, he’s half from Ireland. Most of my relatives are over there (though a fair number are in the USA, Canada, Australia, and a couple in New Zealand).
While I usually toss off this kind of stuff with a “Well, great. AGW can try to explain THAT” and while I often espouse that I’d love to see a load of cold just to make it clear what a crock AGW is…
When the facts on the ground start to make it clear that things are actually getting Really Bad, it’s time to shove all the “clap trap” aside and start to prepare for the worst and / or figure out how to do a ‘rescue’ (or ‘self rescue’).
So the snow was “fun” for a day or two. But if that report is correct, we’re heading toward cold without fuel and stores without food. Very much double plus ungood…
When agriculture fails, the rest of society follows in short order.
So, my best wishes to those in “Merry Old England”, and best of luck to those in Scotland. Good wishes to those in the rest of the UK. And may Ireland find a fair wind at it’s back… one from over the Gulf Stream, preferably..
If this is a SHTF moment, please let the world know. There are things that can be done to “get by” with what seems like no resources. Then again, I learned most of what I know from my Mum and Dad who learned them from THEIR Mums and Dads in prior hard times in the UK and Ireland… so I’d hope such things are still known there.
My Mother had stories of 9 of them gathered around a very small stove in one room, waiting for the time they could burn the small lumps of coal they could afford for that day. This was during the 1920-40s period and the War Years when there was a cold snap, so probably not too much different from now. Yet she survived…
FWIW, Joe Bastardi is a bit more upbeat, but still calling for cold:
But here is the question… Can London hit their coldest temperature ever? According to Wikianswers: According to the BBC it was -10c but in the suburbs it can get down to -12c.
We have a shot at getting that, and in fact the European model is forecasting Heathrow to hit -10C!
“Well, that’s not good.” … So he’s on board with the notion of the potential for a ‘coldest ever’.
The shiver that is hitting is similar to the opening of January last year worldwide, where major cold shots engulfed the Far East, the eastern U.S., and Europe. That these are growing more pronounced is no accident, and the climate people arguing for reduction of greenhouse gasses are acting like spoiled children when they claim whatever happens means they are right. I wish I had their job. When I am wrong, in what I do in the private sector, the ramifications are people will cancel their contract if they feel I am wrong enough of the time to lose them money… By the way, it’s what I love about competition and capitalism… it forces those that wish to excel to compete… Imagine if your favorite football team was forced to “redistribute goals” based on some fictional rule that said that it wasn’t fair to score more than the other team?
I bet you wouldn’t be watching much football, eh?
Joe, “I love you, man”… ;-)
Such a clear statement. Notice that “similar to January”. And here it is only the start of December…
This is followed by a “must read rant” about AGW alarmists… then on to:
And by the way, to those from Spain to Turkey and north, but south of the area so cold now, you will get yours for the mid and late winter. I have no changes to the totality of the winter idea.
So “be well, my friends”, and remember what joy can be had from a double layer of wool blankets and a pot of hot tea…
And if you still have time to prepare, there are preparedness guidelines and ideas here:
Though I suspect a run to the store for a half dozen good thick blankets would be the best first step. That, and put the kettle on.. ;-)
Wunderground for London
OK, Wunderground for London Airport shows the record for today as -1 C and the present temp as -3 C with more night time to go…
Somehow I don’t see a lot of warming any time soon..
Well, we got a Brennpunkt this evening on ARD after the news – about the cold and snow that has wreaked havoc on the country and throughout Europe.
All transportation in Germany has been paralyzed or disrupted. Many trains have been idled, and numerous flights have been cancelled. Passengers are stranded everywhere.
28 people have died in Europe as a result of the cold. Temperatures are forecast to plummet to -25°C in some areas as winter’s onslaught continues unabated.
I think the 3rd International Conference on Climate and Energy, slated to start tomorrow, will be impacted too. It’ll go on, for sure, but some participants may be delayed. Berlin area has been hit pretty hard.
That 1/4 of my ancestry which is not from the UK/Ireland is Amish, via Germany. What can I say? May you find some warmth somewhere… at hearth or snuggled together. There can be peace and understanding from quiet moments, with the rush of modern life stilled by new fallen snow. I hope the time is comfortable as it is peaceful and that folks are not too discomforted.
Perhaps it’s time to remember some of the old ways, before electric lights and gas heat…
Wunderground for Ramstein, Germany is reporting what ought to be a record, too:
With the record at -1 C and it’s already -8 C.
I make that as roughly 20 F below the “Average Low” lines on that chart… about 9 C below average low.