Snow in Britain in March

Here in Britain we have snow now, which isn’t usual for this time of year. It’s classed as ‘extreme weather’ by our standards. The BBC tells us what is happening. Here’s what the Met Office says about the extreme weather’s impacts on horticulture.

I’m looking for news about how farmers and growers are affected by this cold. I’ll let you know when I find any news. Just now I’m seeing snowy fields. Where sheep are out with their lambs at foot, I’m seeing farmers’ diligence paying off with well-stocked hayracks.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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6 Responses to Snow in Britain in March

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  3. Tony says:

    Looking longer-term, where is the Great British climate heading, dare we ask? There is fascinating discussion currently taking place within the netweather.tv forums, see below.

    http://tinyurl.com/cdbhfjw

    I simply don’t know why longer-term views aren’t held in wider belief. Our children’s (not that I have any) depend on our actions we take today. Agricultural practices, Forestry, Conservation policies etc. need future-proofing in what will be a very uncertain future for all.

    • argylesock says:

      Yes that link’s interesting. I’m out of my depth in it, though, being no climatologist. Do you understand what people say in that forum?

      Meanwhile I agree that most people aren’t discussing the longer term. The mainstream news about the snow is mostly about immediate effects on roads and schools. I find it frustrating that when farming and growing get mentioned, the stories are about crisis and heroism. Important stories and good for selling newspapers (including online news) but I’m still looking for action on the topics that, as you say, have longer-term impact. What kind of action should that be?

      It’s probably relevant that politicians are always looking to earn votes in the next election.

  4. Tony says:

    Hi argylesock,

    Climate science is a most in-depth subject. When an individual questions their local media forecast and blames the weatherman/weatherwoman for getting things wrong, in my opinion, they should start analysing themselves. Meteorology is an extremely complicated system of interconnected weather phenomena, which tests the patience of even the top scientists. We may simply never know why certain destructive events or cycles appear to be happening at any one time. The particular weather forum I quoted above, hosts a fantastic variety of Meteorological information. When you start delving into the climate science information, it can quickly become an addictive process. From a personal point of view, I have grown up wishing for a better understanding of the weather. Moreover, its effect on the natural environment and as you know, I have followed it closely for many years. My passion for the Natural World will never dwindle and neither will my quest to understand all the intricate processes involved.

    As for suggesting any long-term actions to perhaps mitigate climate change, two such actions seemingly go hand in hand. Lessening ecosystem destruction, by making good the existing green spaces and building only on existing land would be a start. Additionally, we must provide more woodland cover (again, a long-term vision) globally. Take a look at maps indicating global land-mass changes and straight away, fewer forested will become apparent, the world over. The process of Climate change itself is damaging these precious ecosystems, often by means of forest fires, yet we stand by, unconcerned as we choke in the fumes.

    March is going out like a lamb but our climate will not be silenced, I guess our next surprise is just around the corner.

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