Before I came to the United Kingdom, I expected that it would be cold here. Very cold. So it hasn’t been surprising for me to watch the mercury struggle to climb above 0°C and experience the on-and-off snowfall. If anything, I’m a little bemused by how obsessed the British are with the weather (apparently a national pastime) and how ill-prepared they seem for the conditions. I mean seriously, trains that break down because of the “wrong type” of snow?!
Then I found out that this is actually not a typical British winter. We lucky few Antipodeans have found ourselves in the UK during the middle of the worst cold-spell in over 30 years! It all came into perspective when I saw the remarkable photo below of practically the whole of Great Britain covered in snow.
NASA satellite photo of Great Britain covered in snow, 7 Jan 2010
Warm beer is a moot point when the ambient temperature is colder than a refrigerator!