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Snow in England February 2009

This was a cold, very clear night just before the snow started. The picture above is of the Moon and Venus, the least bad of many failed attempts to capture something approaching what they actually looked like!

Although I didn't notice it at the time, I could swear that not only is there a crescent of sunlight on the Moon, but on Venus as well. Furthermore, the planet being so much further away and at a different angle to the Sun, the crescent of sunlight on Venus (reflecting off the planet's total cloud cover) is much further advanced. Perhaps any astronomy experts will tell me whether this is just an illusion from the photograph!

Early morning... the snow that is still covering most of the British Isles is just starting...



England doesn't often get real snow across the whole country for any length of time, because of the prevailing Atlantic weather and the warmth of the Gulf Stream. About once in 20 years or so we get a prolonged period of cold air from northern Europe and Scandinavia - and then this happens. I am sure that folks living in parts of the world that regularly get snow will be having a good laugh!

One meteorologist said that the nearest similar winter he can remember was 1962-63. What worried him was that with these very similar air conditions, it is actually much less cold across the country than it was then.