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Friday, 17 December 2010

Snow: a thing of the past?

Take a read of this, from the Independent of March 2000:
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past

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.

According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.
Yes, I know weather isn't climate, but we've had a lot of weather these last two winters. Good to see the CRU beating the drum. Meanwhile, most of Britain is under two feet of 'decline'.


  1. Great find.

    It just goes to prove mankind must have saved too-much CO2.

  2. "I think that man has the most highly developed intelligence. I think men get so intelligent that they're stupid." Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) 1941-2010

  3. Yes, I know weather isn't climate

    It's ok, they conflate the two as well:


  4. @Smoking Hot - and RIP that man.

    @patently - good spot. I love this word 'event'. Weather presenters on the TV keep talking about 'significant snow events' in Northern Ireland. Whay not just say it's going to snow a lot? It's enough to give you a cardiac infarction event.

  5. There is a saying in business that people get promoted to their level of incompetence.

    Dr David Viner is an exception to that rule......


  6. That's the 'Peter Principle', IIRC. Very true. It's happened to me, many times.

  7. ha ha. Our Scottish transport minister resigned last week due to his inept handling of the M8 snow fiasco ( a foot of global warming fell during rush hour and the road got blocked - it wasn't his fault but the SNP are terrified of BBC Scotland and constantly kiss their a***).
    His resignation statement said that his proudest moment was getting the Climate Bill through the Scottish parliament. This bill plans to reduce Scotlands CO2 output by 80% and so save us from global warming.
    I don't think the SNP do irony ;)

  8. When will people learn that weather is as predictable as ... well ... the weather? It's a shame that something happens and someone feels they have to resign because of something they had no control over. Unless he was in serious dereliction of his duty, that is. Which, being a politician, he probably was.

  9. Like in Germany, if you get stuck in the snow because you have the wrong car or no winter tyres, you should be fined.

    It is unbelievable the amount of cretins (sorry, can't think of a better word) who got stuck on Saturday, causing endless tailbacks. Especially as the snow was not exactly a surprise.

  10. Yup, as usual - what stops you is not the weather or the road, it's the other idiots who either crash into you or get stuck and block your way. I saw a guy on a quadbike today on my commuting route. That may be the way to go, literally.


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