Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Whatever happened to global warming?

We are officially snowed in.  Again. 

The roads in our village are impassable, and I've been unable to get down the ungritted lanes to work this morning.  To make things worse we live at the top of a hill so you can imagine how treacherous the roads are.

Both of my daughters' schools are closed, along with most others in the area.  Ironically, the school where I work is open -  and I'm the only member of staff unable to get there, even though I live closer to the school than most of my colleagues.  Embarassing, huh?

After reading news reports that this is likely to be the coldest winter for 100 years, I'm waiting for someone - anyone - to convince me about global warming.   I want to believe, really I do, but I'm too blinkin' cold right now.

Update:  The snow is still falling heavily, and has done for the last few hours.  I had a call from my school to say it's now been closed and will stayed closed until Thursday at the earliest, which makes me feel a little less guilty about not making it in today.


TheMadHouse said...

We are snowed in too. I live in N Yorkshire. The boys school was open yesterday, but not today.

notSupermum said...

The Madhouse - I've just had a text to say the school I work at is closed now until Thursday. It's relief to know I don't have to drive on these roads.

Fashionable Mama said...

It looks absolutely amazing though!

We have had snow for at least 1 month now and there is no going back, apparently it's going to get colder.

Hope you have warm clothes and an open fire.

Tove - from a cold and dark Stockholm

lunarossa said...

Same here in Yorkshire. My son's school is closed today and tomorrow. My daughter's is still open but only round the corner. I wonder why Britain cannot get organized for this kind of weather. They don't even spread grit in our estate and the roads look like an enormouse ice rink! Enjoy your rest and happy new year. Ciao. A.

Stigmum said...

I'm so jealous looking at your pics!! London is as dry as a bone with nothing crunchy underfoot as I walk pavements after cycling roads. We are promised snow however and I raced to the garden centre to get empty compost bags in anticipation of sledging down hampstead heath. Whizz down on those! As for global warming, the arctic has come to us, soon we shall be seeing polar bears!! Who needs to travel?!

Expat mum said...

Well, I've just spent two weeks in Colorado and there wasn't enough snow. Perhaps global warming is a regional thing?!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

The pictures are lovely. We are in Formby where it rarely snows and we had about three inches today. The children were sent home early from school. They are praying school will be closed tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Over 40cm expected overnight in our neck of the woods - I love it!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots. We are snowed in too. My daughter was due to return to school tomorrow but it is closed. (Written with frustration!)

Your snowman looks slightly tipsy, by the way!

notSupermum said...

Fashionable Mama - thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I imagine you are much better prepared for snow in Sweden - the UK comes to a halt with any extreme of weather!

Antonella - I don't know either, we never seem to be able to cope with a bit of snow. Or rain. Or heat. Or wind.

Stigmum, we are planning a day of sledging and snowball fights tomorrow. We don't have a sledge but we're going to try using our bodyboards.

Expat Mum - I'm just a bit confused about the extreme cold and snow when we keep getting told the world is getting warmer. I've never really questioned it before, but I suddenly want one of the global warming experts to explain what's happening.

Small Fabric/Jane - all our local schools are closed tomorrow, so we're planning a fun day. If it keeps snowing it might last longer!

MTJAM - yowza! 40cm? That's some serious snowball material there! Enjoy!

Rosie, thanks. I just went to look outside and the snowman's head is now even further down his shoulder.

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

We've got used to snow here. It is a right royal pain (although a lot of fun for a bit). Got to say it though, until it mandatory for people to put winter tyres on their cars, the snow will always send the UK into a spin (literally!). Enjoy it while it lasts, hot chocolate is the way forward in my opinion. x

Welsh Girl said...

Love the snowman!

Muddling Along Mummy said...

We're not snowed in but only because we have a 4x4, otherwise our hill is totally impassable

Why oh why aren't they gritting roads ?

Still felt like a bit of a holiday today, goodness only knows what tomorrow will be like

Struggler said...

My understanding of global warming is that as things generally warm up, the weather will start to do more freaky things, it doesn't simply mean the whole world gets gradually warmer. In general Britain probably gets a bad winter every 20 years or so, and time will tell whether this is one of those or the start of more crazy weather patterns generally.
Lunarossa, I'm thinking Britain (specifically England) can't put plans and equipment in place for weather like this because it doesn't happen often enough. New schools, roads, hospitals are needed every year, whereas snowploughs only once a decade. Taxpayers money would sit idle most of the time if councils invested in the stuff that's needed. There is an excellent article on the BBC News site called Why doesn't Scotland Grind to a Halt?.