The Met Office says that this ‘March is set to be the coldest since 1962 in the UK in the national record dating back to 1910’.
Looks like the Government’s outgoing Chief Scientific Advisor, Prof Sir John Beddington, was right about extreme weather, doesn’t it? I’m glad that Sir Paul pointed out how the rhetoric of ‘global warming’ has been replaced by ‘climate change’. Yes, the planet’s warming. But that does not mean that everywhere gets a little bit warmer every day. It means that the weather goes bonkers. You might choose to follow my ‘climate’ and ‘weather’ tags for more about this.
My fellow allotmenteers include several Irishmen who put the rest of us to shame with their potato crops. I wonder whether they’ll stick to their usual Easter planting of seed spuds, this year.
In fact, I don’t expect to see much activity on the allotment site for a while. Not much on the farms, either, but it’s lambing time and the lambs keep being born. Into the cold. If a sheep gets chance to lick her lamb clean, its fleece goes all fluffy and she’ll feed it a good bellyful of colostrum. Sheep bred for the British winters can survive all sorts. But you saw the news about farming in the snow this March.
For people making a living on the land, this year looks set to be a hard one.