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dave
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Surprising climate news

"It gets cold in winter."

Meteorological discovery surprises British. Again.



Soho97UK
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Hit approx -13C overnight near me at least a couple of times last week ... not a normal British winter.



jvmorris
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This is also the first time in our five years in Shropshire that we have been unable to get heating oil.
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stevepas

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Would you like to use my tax returns as an alternative fuel source?



jvmorris
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I think we'd prefer to have the fuel oil.

Besides, there's an unsubstantiated rumor of an impending match shortage.
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stevepas

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I agree, there will be a shortage of matches, with snow and frozen pitches there will probably be very few matches at all.

Apologies for humour



jvmorris
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It's on the BBC website, so it must be true.
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stevepas

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Some interesting clips on the bbc news website.
Lighthouse covered in ice,
»www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12006012
Another one titled 'Stuck on motorway for five hours', nothing unusual there then!
»www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12026044

I have to say the past 2/3 years have been rather different, the colder temperatures and volume of snowfall have been a big contrast.

Last time I remember anything like this was about two weeks in Jan 84/85 I think,
and another couple of weeks roundabout April 1980ish

Mid 80's to 2008 thats a big gap.

I remember getting sunburnt quite well in November 07

Don't remember anything else, I must have been enebrated inebrated, oh b****s, pissed


dave
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Well, I admit it might be approaching being a proper cold winter.


stevepas

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1 edit

I think you could be right with the word 'approaching'.

I'm reading -7.0c at the mo at 2.52am,
don't think its going any lower than that tonight.

Long way to go to get to the record (Jan 82, minus 26c, in shropshire according to met office.)

I measured about three inches of ice in our pond last week.

Also saw a sofa sitting on the main canal in the town the other day.
Unusual to see that frozen over.
Not unusual to see something dumped in it tho!

(well spotted jv, edited and corrected)



silentlooker
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Please do not send that cold to USA, thx.


stevepas

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I think you're safe for now silentlooker.
If I send anything at the moment its going to be stuck at my local post office for quite a while



jvmorris
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Just so you know -- those temps they're quoting are in centigrade, not fahrenheit.
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jvmorris
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What? Oh, no, it really wasn't necessary to edit that; just that most Yanks think in terms of Fahrenheit and -7F would be about -20 in your terms -- now that's cold any way you cut it.

At the moment (mid-day Sunday), they're reporting temps of -15 in Shrewsbury. God only know how cold it is up in the Shropshire Hills where the house is located.
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dave
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That's "celsius" not "centigrade".



jvmorris
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Oh, picky, picky, picky!!! »www.sizes.com/units/temperature_···rade.htm

When do we get the lecture on ICE 9???
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dave
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Damn it. Heathrow is closed. My flight for Tuesday was just cancelled. I can't get another seat on American until Friday.



jvmorris
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Does this mean I won't be getting my Norfolk jacket before Christmas?
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jvmorris
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How's it looking for you, dave? Are you gonna get out and are you gonna make it home if you do?

My wife is currently stranded up in the Shropshire Hills (like many others, I daresay) 12 miles from town with dwindling heating oil supplies and even the fire wood is largely exhausted now. The only (and very steep) narrow country road providing access to the house is a sheet of ice and I don't think she could get a delivery even if it was available. Communications are erratic and I still don't know if she got any food delivered today.

As you well know, I suspect, the Brits are coming up on a four-day weekend with very little in the way of regular services. There are a lot of elderly people where we live (in Shropshire) and I don't know anything at all at the moment about how well they're doing.
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dave
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I still think I have a Friday flight, though it's Boston to Eefrow via Chicago - not the best choice if "weather" is your problem.

My parents are in Suffolk, which doesn't seem to be too badly off. At least, there's a guy living in my parents town with a webcam pointed at the street, and it doesn't look like more than 3 or 4 inches there.

I hope your wife's ok: sounds pretty bad where she is.



jvmorris
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Vaya con dios (as someone must say here in Virginia these days).

I don't know about you, but frankly I've come to prefer Christmas in England (and almost Wales). Maybe it's just one of these 'the grass is greener . . .' things. [Let's see how many people here pick up on that reference. ]

Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday to everyone.
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Joseph V. Morris


stevepas

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Hope shropshire thaws out for your wife real quick.
Best Wishes.



AB
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said by jvmorris:

I don't know about you, but frankly I've come to prefer Christmas in England (and almost Wales). Maybe it's just one of these 'the grass is greener . . .' things. [Let's see how many people here pick up on that reference. ]

One of these?

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green,_Gre···_of_Home

»www.amazon.com/Grass-Always-Gree···49207595

»www.imdb.com/title/tt0045061/

»www.canaseed.com/SeedsDetails.as···s%20Farm


jvmorris
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»www.imdb.com/title/tt0469869/
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Joseph V. Morris



AB
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Aha. I figured I may have been on the closest track with the John Wayne movie.

So, you're here in the States and your wife is stranded in Shropshire?
That doesn't sound any too real good.

She's going to be headed this way, or you're going to be headed that?


jvmorris
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Go east, old boy, go east.
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Joseph V. Morris



AB
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said by jvmorris:

Go east, old boy, go east.

I can't-- Heathrow's closed!

Best of luck with your trip, though. Dave's too.

And I hope your wife steels through the weather with no ill effects.


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said by dave:

Well, I admit it might be approaching being a proper cold winter.

Coldest December for 120 years.

dave
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I'm back. By the time I got to the UK, there was a scarcely any snow worth mentioning, at least not in the Cirencester-to-Felixstowe axis. JV, how's Shropshire?

The British public appears to be in a mood for lynching the foreign (!) owners of BAA (apparently now an expansionless acronym, formerly the British Airport Authority). At least, so the Daily Mail tells me.



jvmorris
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said by dave:

. . . JV, how's Shropshire?

Not sure yet. I'm due to have my biometrics updated tomorrow morning and then we'll see how it goes; last time I had telephone confirmation within 48 hours.

At the present time, Shrewsbury is showing -3C, some snow possibly Wednesday evening. However, since you left, they've gone through power, water, and telephone outages, so things were definitely getting stressed. At least they got the heating oil replenished on the 28th.

I'll book the flight probably about two weeks out once visa is confirmed. Hope I'm not going to regret putting in for a 10-year Family Visit visa. (Costs a damn fortune and if they shorten its term, you don't get a refund.)

And the doctor cleared me to fly on the 15th or later.

Will be a fairly short visit however, as I need to be back Stateside in second half of February for Cluster meetings.
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