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Arctic conditions in southern Britain

but “it makes little difference to the overall trend”
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5 Jan 09 - The big freeze will envelop the South tonight as Arctic weather conditions send temperatures plunging as low as minus 10C (14F).

Scotland has borne the brunt of the cold weather so far, but Met Office forecasts a similar freeze on Wednesday night across Wales and southern England. Even during the day, temperatures are unlikely to stay above freezing in many places.

“Extreme cold such as this is often seen in the glens of the Highlands during winter, but is more unusual farther south. The coldest temperature in England last winter was minus 10C at Copley, Co Durham, in February, but the cold was not as widespread, nor as prolonged, as the present bout.

                    Now begins the spin:

“Even if this winter proves to be the coldest for many years, both here and in other regions of the world, it makes little difference to the overall trend in global climate. The weather can fluctuate wildly from year to year, but the big picture becomes clear only over decades and centuries.

“Even in medieval times, when the climate in Europe was fairly benign, there were some astonishingly brutal winters. In 1205, for example, the Thames froze from mid-January until March. As one chronicler recorded: “No ground could be tilled, and frozen ale and wine were sold by weight.”

                    Do they mean that it might have been warm during medieval times?
                    How shocking. Were there SUVs back then?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article5447307.ece


 

 



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