UK Covered in snow, for the second winter

WUWT readers may recall this post from last year on January 8th, 2010

All of Britain covered by snow

Along with a stunning satellite image. Well, it has happened again, much earlier this year.  See the newest satellite image below.

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From the BBC they write:

The University of Dundee’s satellite receiving station captured this image of how the heavy snow of the past week has affected the UK.

The picture, which was received at 1145 GMT on Thursday from Nasa satellite Terra, shows almost the entire country covered by a blanket of snow.


That’s bound to put a chill on AGW.


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That AGW sure is a mean one. At this rate, no one will be around to enjoy the tropical temperatures that return in, what, 500 years?


put a chill on AGW? Why, Sir, don’t you know that this is the absolute PROOF of Global Warming right here!!!
as soon as we get a chance to backdate our predictions, you will see that this is EXACTLY what we always predicted!!!

Vince Causey

It is not only earlier than last year, but much, much worse, with snow depths that have not been seen in many decades.


Will I get to be the first to say, ‘This is as expected with global warming, and only proves it is much worse than predicted’?

Bryan B

Icing on the cake………..sweet

Malaga View

A wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of nature with the kids…..

Michael Sphar

another rare and exciting weather event!

Well the UK should be clear of snow by… well what is their forecast for snow?
The next 5 – 6 days in 12 hour increments…
Think it will clear up after that?.. the next following 24 hours…


Wasn’t the MET office warning that soon the children wouldn’t know what show was because of the global warming?


This is awesome!!

Grumpy old Man

No it won’t. This is one of those extreme weather events which is a result of AGW. The whole point of a religion is that it’s rationale allows for all eventualities.

Doug Obach

Can someone please let me know how the CBC can report that its the warmist year in the history of Canada???
Living in western Canada I have no idea how this can be so. Our Saskatoon summers have been well below average temperature-wise the past two years, and was insanely cool and wet for much of the time this year as well. What am I missing?

Lawrie Ayres

Could not happen at a better time. Won’t make a difference to the true believers though. Hansen will still have his hottest on record even he he has to blowtorch each thermometer himself.
Further to the snow I suspect the wind farms will be generating somewhere between zilch and zero as well. Just the power source to keep the hearth warm on frigid and still nights. Oh we are blessed to be surrounded by so many brilliant minds and not a skerrick of common sense between them.


Not even winter yet, “WARMEST YEAR EVER”!


I was just about to post this image to the “Tips & Notes” page when I noticed it had made it to the front page. This is the earliest and heaviest early snow I can remember in my 30-something years. Minus 10 in Edinburgh just now and 2 feet of snow. Heading north tomorrow to a place which is currently minus 18. Thank goodness for the winter tyres….

A Holmes

My youngest was amazed to see somone had built an igloo in my local park , its about nine feet high and nearly as wide , she and the dog crawled through the door and sat inside , she thought it was wonderful ( wanted to sleep in it just like 11 year old’ s do !!) We have had record cold and snowfall , I have not seen the like since the sixties and thought with global warming I never would again . Boy when the UK cuts back on CO2 it does it with a vengence – now we have got no warmth left at all !! Definately think we have overdone it as per usual .


That’s twice in one year! The previous time was January and now again in December. But they still want us to believe that 2010 is the hottest year ever! Do they think we are all nuts?
There is a funny in the Telegraph article too. One sentence reads ‘The UK has had its coldest year since 2010’.
I wonder how long it will be before someone notices and changes that one?


And just like last year, my location is one of the tiny little green patches. I am the Anti-Gore.

David S

Jay: it was the esteemed CRU rather than the Met Office, so here we go, it’s the Independent’s most visited page, 10 years after it was published.

I see that one of the related stories is More snow forecast as disruption continues in Scotland. Is that “human disruption” or “climate disruption?”
Guess they’ll just have to crank up the wind power.

Rhys Jaggar

When Britain has hard winters, you usually get a few in a row, then you can be mild for quite a lot of years also. 1979 – 1987 saw quite a few hardish to hard winters. Most of the other winters in the 1970s were pretty mild……….
I don’t see this as a long-term trend, more something which will last a few years……..


Just remember, we get more snow in warmer years.

Joe Lalonde

Nobody would listen to me and thought I was a flake for showing this is part of the atmospheric pressure build-up that is changing this planet.

George Monbiot – has a weather not climate moment in the Guardian
A fantastic comment in Cif that made it past the mods (maybe they’ve had enough -all though I still can’t get a comment on)
2 December 2010 8:30PM
I hope you have your skates sharpended and ready…
I have spent the last two evenings skating. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. All of us knew that this time might be our last. With every year the chances of another skating party recedes.The thought that I might never skate outdoors again feels like a bereavement. I pray for another cold snap.”
Oh dear…
This is called weather, and, believe it or not, it is not always predictable and it changes quite often. It is not the same as climate, and single events are not the same as trends. Is this really so hard to understand?”
Nov 2010: Earliest cold snap in years
George says:”When heatwaves strike, climate scientists and environmentalists tend towards caution, explaining that though such events may be consistent with predictions they cannot be used as proof that climate change is taking place:” Er, yes, of course they do.

Geir Nøklebye

The Norwegian Met office reports this is the coldest November on record since the year 1900, where the monthly average for the country is 3.9 C below normal. In the inland, some places where 6-7.5 C below normal.
The Utsira Fyr station located in the middle of the Gulf current south-west of Norway recorded a minimum of -6.2 C, the lowest measured temperature since recordings started in 1867.

The yearly winter forecast score so far: Piers Corbin’s weatheraction 5, Met Office 0.


Thanks DavidS
Here’s the money quote from your link:
“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.
The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain’s biggest toyshop, had no sledges on display in its Regent Street store. “It was a bit of a first,” a spokesperson said.”


you should have shown a comparison:
1. taken on 7th January
2. taken today, on 2nd December
Guys, I think this winter will be worse than we thought… 😆


Doug Obach: I guess it’s the high Arctic parts of Canada that are “warm”. Just look at the global anomaly map:
Baffin Island is one of the very few places in the world with a strong positive anomaly now. Looking at data for Iqaluit: it is indeed very mild, with temperatures around the freezing point. But look at the outlook: The next few days will see a return to normal temperatures for this time of year.

Geir Nøklebye

Not sure why the link to the report was missing above:;action=Article.publicShow;ID=7533


“This is called weather, and, believe it or not, it is not always predictable and it changes quite often. It is not the same as climate, and single events are not the same as trends. Is this really so hard to understand?”

Climate at its root must be composed of some amount of weather.
You can shout “trend ” all you like but at some point the weather should match
the climate.
The more it doesn’t, the more we question the reports of the state of the climate.


if this winter carries on at this rate, it’ll be worse than the great winter of ’63.
I predict it will carry on like this. Since the London Thames froze over in ’63, I’m therefore commited to predicting the London Thames will freeze over this winter aswell.
Hope the AGW gang don’t dump salt and anti freeze in the thames just to refute me.


Well, not everywhere. My area, in the south west, has seen little or no snow. Mind you, our temperature is down to double figures – unfortunately preceded by a minus sign.

Doug Obach

Thanks for the response at 2:02 pm. I just think you confirmed my guess that all the heating tends to take place in areas where there are no concentrations of people.
Given the abnormally high temperatures in the high Canadian arctic I am surprised that sea ice hasn’t collapsed. But hey, what do I know ….

I reside in the “clear” bit, north of Liverpool, next to the Irish Sea. Unlike most of the UK, we’ve only had a couple of sprinklings of snow, but the temperatures have remained well below the seasonal norm since early November. Our winters have become noticeably colder over the past 5 years. Last month was the coldest in the UK since 1913, and the lowest November temperature ever was recorded. Seeing how badly we Brits cope with cold(ish!) weather, I cannot imagine what will happen if the world continues to cool for another 20 years or more. Hopefully, we will be able to sell off the 10,000+ ineffective/unusable windmills that we will have purchased from Germany and the USA. Any takers?

Martin C

Joe Lalonde at 1:46 pm ,
What ‘atmospheric pressure build-up’ are you referring to? And wouldn’t that show up in barometer measurements – which haven’t increased as far as I am aware of . . . ?

B. Jackson

Doug Obach says:
December 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Not to mention one of the snowiest (is that a word?) Novembers on record. Nearly as much snow in one month as an entire winter and, sadly, more to come. I don’t have much more room in my small yard for any more.

But it can’t be that snowy just ask Met and WMO. The latter apparently is ready to swish their statistical wand and make 2010 the warmest year “ever” since all the way back to the 1850’s.
I’m thinking these hippies need less badly home-coded super computers and an least amount of weather stations around the globe to do any kinds of global statistics (and why isn’t that a standard already?) But of course hippie Hansen wouldn’t be to happy to have to use actual weather stations though, least like 60 000 of ’em. And just imagine what it would do to Mann-schtick if he had to use proxy data from 60 000 different locations spread out evenly around the globe?


Even heard a meteorologist on the good old BBC telling us that the cold weather was temporary phenomenon due to the Arctic ice melting – caused by global warming.. now that’s spin for you

But it’s almost like this is an ALLEGORY to the CRU and what is REALLY happening in England!


We are at war with Anthropogenic Global Cooling.
We have always been at war with Anthropogenic Global Cooling.


I do hope all those wind turbines are whirring away to make sure we’ve got lots of nice ‘renewable’ electricity to keep us warm tonight – its going to be about minus twelve, I believe…
Not enough wind..? Oh, dear. Well that buggers the theory then – better rely on good old coal/gas/nuclear, as they are having to do in Denmark, Germany and Holland, despite all the wind turbines they’ve got…


Grumpy old Man says: “…The whole point of a religion is that it’s rationale allows for all eventualities.”
And for Inquisitions. And Indulgences. And self-Righteousness. And extra Commandments. And altering Scripture, to make it fit better with current dogma.

Peter H

It has indeed been very cold for the time of year for about a week, but my part of Devon county has little if any snow.
Otoh, it’s been very warm in Greenland and parts eastern N America.


Alarmists are still saying 2010 will be in the top three of warmest years in recorded history! Nothing can deter someone of faith.

We are already past global warming. This unnatural acidic snow is climate disruption itself.
“In any case you should think twice about snow,
though lovely and scenic, it’s acidic you know.”


History shows again and again
how Nature points up the folly of men.
Godzilla !
D. Roeser
Blue Oyster Cult


I`ll admit to anyone that it`s weather, not climate,
but i`m somewhere under that white out, being gently warmed by the irony.


R.S.Brown says:
December 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm
History shows again and again
how Nature points up the folly of men.
Godzilla !
D. Roeser
Blue Oyster Cult
In fact, SHE seems to delight in it 🙂

Robert Wykoff

To doug obach.
It is easy to explain why it was the warmest year ever in canada. If you look at the charts and graphs, you will see high temperature anomolies everywhere where people don’t live and no actual thermometers exist