Britain is braced for the “worst snowstorm in years” to strike tonight bringing up to a foot of snow across the country. The Met Office has issued a nationwide severe weather warning with an almost unheard of red alert for Wales. The entire country faces heavy snowfall and blizzards with up to a foot expected on high ground and several inches elsewhere. The Met Office warned of severe disruption and “severe drifting” of lying snow with bitter gales adding to the mayhem. The worst affected areas are likely to be Wales, Central England, the Midlands, and the South-west although Headline resplit by staff.
Comments: One of the reasons Britons fare badly in "only" a foot of climate change is that besides the snow often being formed into deep drifts by strong winds, the highways and byways were formed centuries ago before flat and gridded streets were ever imagined. As Chesterton put it:
Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
Some here may recall that a few years ago, the hysterical screechers of the British Global Warming clique were howling that children in the U.K. would NEVER again see snow. Ever. Odd that this is not mentioned anywhere. What was the Old Testament remedy for false prophets?
I was just reading a garden publication, and it mentioned the change in climate zones in the US due to global warming. The zones were being revised so that a change of 5 degrees warmer would be reflected.
Then another article mentioned that the climate of New England was much warmer 7,000 years ago. Massachusetts had a climate, it said, somewhat like what Virginia´s climate is today.
Since there were no SUV´s or power plants or factories 7,000 years ago, nature must have been responsible for the much warmer temperatures then, and the colder ones in New England now.
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New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
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