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FOUNTAINS FROZEN January 8, 2009

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FOUNTAINS FROZEN


From the Tim Blair Blog, January 8, 2009

A warmy prediction in England:

The Met Office forecast for the coming winter suggests it is, once again, likely to be milder than average.

That mildness sure has a crisp edge to it:

Yesterday tens of thousands of motorists were left stranded in a record day for car breakdowns amid chaotic scenes on the roads as temperatures in parts of the country dropped to as low as minus 11C (12.2F) …

In central London, shivering tourists witnessed the unusual sight of the fountains in Trafalgar Square frozen.

Trafalgar Square is home to a nice Anglican church. Now, there may be no connection – no connection at all – but this is interesting:

The Church of England’s Church Commissioners have gone green, investing £150 million with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s environmentally minded investment firm, Generation Investment Management.

Thou shalt not serve two masters – especially when one is a proven master of the chilling arts.

UPDATE. Cold, cold, cold.

Comments»

1. Davis - January 8, 2009

My only visit to London was in February, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as what you’re showing… just no sun for a week, which was OK since I was working. Thanks for the great pictures, though.

2. Magnus - January 8, 2009

It’s not unusual that a fountain is frozen in England/London. England is …quite a north Europe country. It’s normal winter weather in the 1970s and 1980s we have now. Between 1993 the temperature rose globally with 0.2-0.3 degrees C, but temperature has plunged about that much since 2007.

The temperature fall since 2007 is btw larger at land than at the ocean surface. Due to the satellites we have about average temperature on land since 1979, but warmer than average for sea temperature.

But the average temperature now is also combined with an unusual pattern, I think. It’s very unusual that Siberia and the Baltic state and Finland has a so warm winter as they now have, but Western Europe and Spain a very cold one. Also Kenya has had rain but Sahel area drought. This strongly unusual pattern I think may indicates a switch toward a cooling phase. (I’m only an amateur climate/weather “expert”, btw, but facts above should be fairly correct.)

3. Magnus - January 8, 2009

Well, normal *harsh* winter weather…


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