Hysteria as a response to snow

As with many things Charlie Brooker was there first. The video below was from three years ago. #Snowmageddon has become a staple story in the UK with the first winter snow.

What might be inter­est­ing is what snow ter­ror tells us about cli­mate change.

There’s an inter­est­ing news story from 2000, with an awful head­line but a couple of inter­est­ing quotes.

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”.

Heavy snow will return occa­sion­ally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unpre­pared. “We’re really going to get caught out. Snow will prob­ably cause chaos in 20 years time,” he said.

So apart from the quotes com­pletely dis­agree­ing with the head­line in the story, has Dr Viner’s pre­dic­tion come true? Does global warm­ing mean we’ll freak out when snow comes?

In the Telegraph Boris Johnson has just pos­ted: It’s snow­ing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age.

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When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

2 Responses

  1. Sy Bernot says:

    I guess they don’t have an salt in Britain. Pity with such a big ocean near by.

  2. Hi Alun if you want I can lend some over 33 Celsius degree nights to help you be warmed. But, please, send me some low Celsius degree days to help drop down the tem­per­at­ures here over than 40 Celsius degree over-day.