Monday, January 11, 2010

The Weather

OK, so it’s got milder and the snow is thawing. Better late then never and it means I can just copy and paste next time we get severe snow.

Redbridge domestic refuse and recycling collections have resumed today [Monday] but you will have to wait for your next scheduled collection as advised before Christmas. Grit stocks are low so it is being concentrated on main roads. Another grit round is due this evening according to the Council’s Twitter account. All this and more, like which schools are open for business, can be found on the award winning Council website.

Elsewhere we can get some good advice on Driving in the Snow.

BBC: How to drive in snow and icy weather

Highways Agency: Winter Driving

DVLA: Winter driving

And let’s not forget our feathered friends in the garden. Many people are reporting seeing different birds in their gardens during this cold, snowy weather. Here are some Redwings in Essex Girl’s garden. But if you see Penguins, you are allowed to Panic!

Cold comfort for garden birds, click for tips on feeding from the RSPB.

Now, just in case there any Daily Express readers or Richard LittleJohn [Ithink this is an American term for what we know as a child's potty] fans out there who think this cold snap means the end of Global Warming, this next bit is for you. Go over to The Third Estate and have a proper read and pay particular attention to the maps of the north Atlantic. The reason for this weather is that for some reason the Gulf Stream did a sharp left in Mid-Atlantic and instead of popping over here and keeping us warm went up Greenland’s left flank instead.


  1. Re this cold spell and your last paragraph, do you mean that the weather can be affected by changes in air pressure, wind direction and sea currents?

    Gosh, and there was me thinking that very hot summer in Barkingside in 2003 was because I'd taken a return flight to Ibiza in 2008 and befouled the earth with some CO2.

  2. How can actions taken in 2008 affect events in 2003?

  3. It's all about Black holes and a parallel universe!

    Thanks for the useful info B21.

  4. I meant 1998, you knew I meant 1998, I'd had a long, hard day (and a large lager with supper), it was 1998, I only went to Sussex in 2008.

  5. You wouldn’t be “adjusting your datasets” now would you, Judith?

    Anyway by far the largest element of your carbon footprint is likely to be on heating, something that is largely being ignored.

  6. As you well know, B21, I believe the CO2 theory is c**p.

  7. Grit was never strewn across the side streets of Barkingside, that is the tragedy. (I've been advising people to sue the Council if they take a serious tumble).

    Even on some stretches of the High Street (eg: the approaches to Tesco) it was safer to walk in the road and not on the pavements.

    It's an age-old gripe but: just exactly why do we pay our Council Tax? We don't see mich of it round here (Sydney Road).

  8. I am sure that many of you are avid watchers of birds "feathered" so as I, having mislaid (lost ) my observers book of birds circa 1948 request an identification please!
    Yesterday a bird was seen feeding on berries in my front garden it was about the size of a Sparrow its plumage was grey and its head as black as soot I have never seen one like it with the exception of the "Blackcap" which is a summer migrant and larger than this particular bird. any suggestions as to this specie.

  9. Funny you should mention that John coz my "I Spy" book of birds is open at that very page on the kitchen table. The Missus had spotted the female variety which has a copper brown head. It says they occasionally winter in southern Britain.

  10. Whilst I cannot remember the 1992 big freeze as I was working for Queen and Country in temps of 110f with 90 percent Humidity in The Aden Protectorate I do remember the news which filtered through to and its effects.
    Ports Frozen even the Thames apparently, the effect was a severe lack of fresh Veg in particular Spuds. But what appals me now is the fact that Schools close at the drop of a hat, as do Airports and the Railway System. The problem is systemic and there is no excuse. We are told that closures of schools are down to the heads who are terrified that if a child falls over and grazes it leg or breaks a limb they will be sued, no doubt this is true and shows what a weak pathetic country we have become. Airports should not close, I would bet that no operational military base closed due to snow. I was at RAF Wattisham from 1965-68 it is the highest point in Suffolk "which doesn't say a lot" we had five squadrons of Lightning interceptors operational in all weathers 365 days a year and 24 hours a day, when it snowed it snowed "believe me" we had to ensure that the main runway was always clear which entailed helping to clear it whatever time of the day or night mind you we did a Rum Ration which helped.
    I do remember 1947 "ok" there were not that many cars around in those days and there were problems which make these last couple of weeks a joke. for those of you who are old enough the snow lasted for about 6 weeks maybe more it was measured in feet and inches. Essex was under over 6ft in places and more where it drifted. Coal was on Ration no such thing as Central Heating in most houses, no cold weather payments if you was alone or forgotten you died and God knows too many elderly did either from Hypothermia or the Smogs. However My School St Edwards "It was in Romford Market in those days" was open my Sister who was Nine and I WALKED there and back there was no grit on the footpaths we enjoyed it by making slides. Right I have had my rant and hopefully made my point these people who moan about pavements not being gritted need to get a life. if you can get out as I can despite being asthmatic TRY looking after your elderly neighbours its good for the soul.

  11. Mrs Knowsie has consulted her Collins Gem Guide of Birds, (Copyright 1980, 7th Printing) and come to the exactly the same conclusion - and for the same reason.

    How much do you reckon that I Spy book is worth these days?

    Alas, I parted company with my I Spy books (price 6d) many years ago ...

  12. During the recent cold weather, there has been very little wind, as is quite common in these conditions.

    Only 0.2% of a possible 5% of the UK's energy requirements was generated by wind turbines during that period.

    The Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group has warned this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines to create a quarter of the UK's energy needs in the next 10 years.

  13. Oh, that's a good idea - spending £billions that we don't have to build a grid to distribute erratic supplies of largely non-existent electricity.

    Bet the cement making companies are deliriously happy.

  14. The British Cement Association, along with UK Steel being key members of the Energy Intensive Users Group.....