Blame it on the moonlight , blame it on the sunshine , blame in on the Grit-man, blame it on everybody!
Well lets take a look.
More travel disruption as heavy snow moves south
Forecast of 40cm of snow in southern England raises concerns over repeat of transport disruptions affecting north
More than 16 inches of snow to fall across south
Over 16 inches of snow is expected to fall across parts of the south of England over the next 24 hours bringing many major towns and cities grinding to a halt.
The Telegraph 05th January 2010
Heavy snow causes transport chaos as Britain slips into work late
Lets start in 2004
We blame the High street demise on yes you guessed it ” the weather What in April ? ”
Grim weather slows boom on high street article
April 1, 2004
The impact of “atrocious” March weather in dampening shoppers’ enthusiasm for spring clothing ranges was partly blamed by the CBI for the abrupt slowdown in retail activity.
Overall, a net balance of plus 17 per cent of retailers reported higher sales last month — down from the buoyant figure of plus 26 per cent in February.
Clothing and footwear chains bore the brunt of the sales disappointment, with the sales balance for the sector slumping from plus 23 to minus 14 per cent.
Reported on a BBC website in 2004 ,
The coolest period in the middle of the last millennium is referred to as the ‘Little Ice Age’. In British terms it ran from medieval times until 1850. Ever since that time our climate has been getting warmer but even in today’s warmer climate, snow and ice still cover our highest mountains during the winter months.
Having said that winter in the UK rarely sets in before December. The coldest months are still usually January and February. There haven’t been to many cold winters recently in the UK and the number of days with snow cover are becoming fewer too. It’s getting harder and harder to make a snowman in Southern England! Many young children living here are still waiting to see their first white Christmas. If global warming predictions from the Met Office’s Hadley Centre are correct they may never live to see it. The predictions for the next 50 years are that our winters will become milder, wetter and windier. The last white Christmases in London were 1906, 1916, 1927, 1938, 1956, 1964, 1968, 1970,1976, 1981, 1996 and 1999.
The Mail Online Reported , 18 January 2005
Deep snow causes Scotland travel chaos
Heavy snow caused travel chaos across Scotland today as the country was braced for gales of up to 70mph.
Up to 10 inches of snow fell in parts of central Scotland overnight making road conditions hazardous.
Gritters worked through the night but black ice caused a spate of accidents.
Drifting snow and icy patches forced the closure of the A93 between Braemar and Blairgowrie, the A81 between Callander and Aberfoyle and the A85 between Killin and Crianlarich, which were described by police as “treacherous”.
February 2007 Mail-online
“We could stockpile more salt but would have to pay millions for huge depots to keep it in and taxpayers would have to pay for it with a council tax rise and I don’t suppose taxpayers would be happy with that.
“The Salt Union says on its website it can produce 100,000 tonnes a week but is struggling to produce 30,000. What’s happening to the other 70,000 tonnes?”
The Salt Union spokesman said the 100,000 figure related to the maximum it could supply councils if it had full stock levels. She said the maximum it could extract at any time was 30,000 tonnes a week. A spokesman for the Local Government Association suggested. Article
At the ‘ Cold Comfort ‘ confrence in Cardiff 2008 Mike Hawkins explained
” Conventional grit which many of us have seen on UK roads and car parks during winter is produced from mined rock salt, and is generally quite dry. As a result of it’s dryness, it can fail to adhere to the road surface, leaving untreated patches on roads even after they appear to have been gritted. One solution has been the use of molasses, from sugar production, to coat the grit thus making it more ‘sticky’. Many highway and road authorities are now changing to pre-wetted grit, which is a mixture of rock salt and brine spread onto the road surface. However, the use of pre-wetted grit introduces different problems in relation to freezing temperatures and a decrease in skidding resistance created by adding a wet substance to the road surface.
Well all this panic has got too much for someone who decided to take his anger out on the local council by getting an abusive tax disc and ranting on a blog site. Read More |link|