November snowfall: West Country Whitened as Freezing Fog Envelopes the Vale of York

Posted: November 4, 2012 by tallbloke in media, Photography, propaganda, Uncertainty, weather

My thanks to Gray Stevens for flagging up this short BBC video report on the snowfall in the West Country today. I was out on a walk in the Vale of York, in freezing fog much of the day. 1970’s weather returns. The BBC reassures us it’s just a ‘freak weather pattern’ rather than an early start to winter. Perhaps they didn’t notice that we also had snowfall last week at the end of October. Time will tell. Here are a few photos from my walk out. 



Just to add something about the camera I used. It’s a Pentax Q.

This little marvel of engineering is a tiny interchangeable lens camera which has a very small, but good, sensor. The advantage is that I can put an old high quality, bright prime lens from a film camera on, and get a big telephoto focal length (due to the 5.5 crop factor from the small sensor) without carrying a huge weight (or spending thousands). Here’s the most distant of the three horses in the first shot, taken from the same location using an old Tokina 135mm f2.8 lens I got off ebay for £3.50.

  1. Gray says:

    Currently -1.2C at Benson, Oxfordshire.

  2. Doug Proctor says:

    I’ve been camping at -45C in Ontario, Canada, so cold that the trees split as the sap frroze cracking like gunshots in the night. I’ve driven at -45C across the prairies of Saskatchewan, keeping one foot up on the wheelwell of my van so I always had one foot that still had feeling. At those temperatures the steering controls seized; as long as the road was straight, I didn’t need to hold the steering wheel. But I did: It takes only twenty minutes to die if put ‘er in the ditch and end up stumbling around in your t-shirt and jeans.

    I’ve been hypothermic twice, once so cold I couldn’t undo the snaps and zippers of my clothing. I had to grasp a bundle of matches in my flipper-like fingers and strike the bunch to get a fire going. But all this pales with the misery I felt at in a light breeze one early December evening in Glasgow, Scotland, when the temperatures had dipped to only -2C. Hell on Earth is a a dark, British moor with a cold, damp wind blowing.

    Only academics in air-conditioned towers see the harm in some global warming.

  3. Michael Hart says:

    I wouldn’t fancy meeting that crow in a dark alley.

  4. Michael Hart says:

    Doug, I’m glad to hear that. 🙂
    I lived in Lancaster for over a decade. A good friend from Montana swore that the penetrating damp winter winds were as unpleasant as anything she had experienced.

    When I was a grad student in Seattle, I knew a Russian Post-Doc who sported an excellent Scottish accent because he did his Ph.D. in Aberdeen. He told me he liked Scotland, but the winter weather was unbearable. He came from Moscow.

  5. tallbloke says:

    Doug, yes, I’ve done lot of camping and backpacking in damp, near-freezing British winters. Wet clothing and sleeping bags can kill without you even realizing you are going under. Keeping kit dry and staying warm in these conditions is a skill many foreign visitors used to much lower temperatures don’t have.

    A good big campfire to toast yourself and your wet stuff around usually works. 🙂

  6. oldbrew says:

    It’s not just winters that can be unpleasant for outdoor types in Scotland. In summer there’s the Scottish midge, a sort of northern mosquito. Fancy a game of Armidgegeddon?

  7. tallbloke says:

    Two good times of year to visit Scotland:

    Hogmanay (New Year): If the climbing conditions are bad, there’s plenty going on in the bars.
    Late April: The spring is sprung, but the midges aren’t out yet.

    If you go in summer, head east, or be eaten alive.

  8. Sparks says:

    We have had the most intense moon halos these past two weeks, have you noticed any there? it’s also been a bit colder than usual for this time of year.

  9. Alexander K says:

    Hi Tallbloke.
    During almost ten years living in the UK, first in Berkshire near London then in outer London, I was frequently surprised at the mildness of the climate there, particularly the lack of wind, compared with my native New Zealand. My work colleagues there seemed convinced that they lived in a harsh and unforgiving climate an attitude fostered by the BBC and the Met service, in my opinion. The comparative lack of wind made me wonder at the enthusiasm for building windmills, but when I had the realities of the subsidy situation pointed out to me by an English friend, that enthusiasm became clear.
    My Grandfather emigrated from the Yorkshire dales in the late 19th century,as did my wife’s father’s family, so we spent time there exploring our origins and were surprised at how bleak and frightening the Dales can become in bad weather.
    During occasional holidays in NZ during that time, I photographed snow-covered mountain areas to show friends and colleagues in London that Kiwis are quite familiar with snow!
    Since returning permanently to Auckland (NZ) over a year ago, I enjoy the gales and the rainstorms and the lovely fine spells that are so much more interesting than the quietly arid climate of Southern UK..
    The outdoors anywhere can not be taken lightly, however; It is not unheard of here in NZ for both trampers and shooters to become lost and die of exposure in rugged country very close to major cities and towns

  10. tallbloke says:

    There are lots of embedded lines in this comment from Gail Combs – click the timestamp to visit the original on WUWT.

    Gail Combs says:
    November 7, 2012 at 4:46 am
    alex says:
    November 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    A nice steadily warming channel with noise. No sign of any cooling whatsoever.
    Ye little gods, it only covers 33 yrs and starts in 1979 when it was COLD, at least here in the USA.

    What is hard for warmists to hide is freezing weather. You can diddle the temperature records all you want but Mother Nature tells the truth with freezing weather. Here in the sunny south (NC) it reached freezing in OCTOBER! And it is not just here.

    The first snowfall of winter in Europe has fallen in Russia and Poland, with freezing temperatures being recorded earlier than usual.

    Heavy snow fell throughout Poland, in what some are calling an “early winter”, leaving three people frozen to death….

    Australia Ski Season to Begin Early
    Recent cold and snow will allow a major Australian ski resort to begin its winter season ahead of schedule…. According to weather data accessed by, average temperatures for the first half of May were 2 to 4 degrees F below normal.

    The Australian’s website reports that the Perisher resort will open one of its slopes on Friday, May 20. The resort’s “official” start of season would be on June 11.

    Snowstorm Pounds New Zealand

    …The second major storm in as many months has been pounding the island country for several days, closing roads, schools, airports and even ski resorts, where staffers are nonetheless reveling in up to 50cm of new snowfall…. Officials with Lake Wanaka Tourism are calling the storm the worst to hit New Zealand in 50 years, adding that it was still snowing in town as of Tuesday morning… The capital city of Wellington is experiencing its biggest snowfall in 40 years…

    Snow And Heavy Rain Sweep Across UK

    ‘Snowfalls Are Now Just a Thing of the Past’ was the headline on a March 2000 story in England’s Independent…. 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.
    Screencap here in case this 10-year old article quietly vanishes…. link
    [It has of course – GC]

    This is not something new either. A massive snowstorm hit China in January 2008. …China’s worst snowstorms in nearly 50 years have brought rain, sleet, wet snow and sharply colder temperatures to most of eastern and central China,… In October 2008 in Tibet At least seven people have been found dead after “the worst snowstorm on record in Tibet,” China’s state-run news agency reported Friday. While London has first October snow in over 70 years (2008)

    Also in 2008 The worst frost damage in more than 30 years hit California’s vineyards the week of April 20, with temperatures dipping into the 20s for four nights in a row… the California Farm Bureau Federation says some growers are reporting that half their crop is gone.

    In 2010 Deep freeze kills millions of fish in Florida and At least 70 percent of southwest Florida’s winter crop of vegetables, including tomatoes and peppers, were destroyed by freezing weather, said Gene McAvoy, the director of the Hendry County extension office for the University of Florida.

    Why in heck do you think the rallying cry was changed from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” and then “Climate Weirding” you really do need to keep up to speed on the official propaganda better. When people are freezing their rumps off and especially when this year the National Post reports Cold weather kills more than 220 in Europe; Danube freezes over; France set to break power consumption records and even the Guardian reported last year Cold homes will kill up to 200 older people a day, warns Age UK “… There were 26,156 excess winter deaths during 2009-10, with figures for 2010-11 to be published next month…” Pushing the words ‘Global Warming’ while people are suffering from heating bill sticker shock will get you laughed at.