UPDATE – Jan 8:
While we wait for global warming to prove itself –
At least four people have died as arctic air grips much of the nation, including areas in the South unaccustomed to prolonged cold spells.
“What’s unusual about this is the length of the cold snap,” CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano said.
Demand for gas – the fuel used to heat about two thirds of Britain’s homes – has risen to about 30 per cent above seasonal norms with Britain in the grip of one of its coldest winters for 100 years.
Volunteers have reported that ‘a large number’ of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.
Temperatures this week are forecast to plummet as low as -13ºC in the Scottish Highlands, with the mercury falling to -6ºC in London, -5ºC in Birmingham and -7ºC in Manchester as one of the coldest winters in years continues to bite. …
A lot of them buy up large hardback volumes so they can stick them in the fire to last all night.’
A 500g book can sell for as little as 5p, while a 20kg bag of coal costs £5.
Almost 28 centimetres of snow fell in Seoul on Monday, the heaviest reported in the country since records began in 1937, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Yeah, yeah, we know the mantra -” its just weather not climate.”