Coldest March for the UK since 1962

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 I’m glad that Sir Paul pointed out how the rhetoric of ‘global warming’ has been replaced by ‘climate change’.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.


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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3 Responses to Coldest March for the UK since 1962

  1. narhvalur says:

    I read it’s record cold in Europe and North America because the ice is melting in a record pace, and the ice sheet has never been so little! So when the ice is melting this causes record cold temperatures elsewhere.

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