North-West Europe’s Winter weather.
As I write this article, the temperature in London (it’s 5pm on Tuesday 14th.) is 4 deg C/ 38 F heading down to a forecast -2 deg C/28 F overnight. Similarly cold temperatures are forecast during the rest of the week.
Here’s something that was published in October:
Coldest winter in 1,000 years on its way
04 October, 2010, 22:20
After the record heat wave this summer, Russia’s weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme.
Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.
The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe.
So far, the results have been lower temperatures: for example, in Central Russia, they are a couple of degrees below the norm.
“Although the forecast for the next month is only 70 percent accurate, I find the cold winter scenario quite likely,” Vadim Zavodchenkov, a leading specialist at the Fobos weather center, told RT. “We will be able to judge with more certainty come November. As for last summer’s heat, the statistical models that meteorologists use to draw up long-term forecasts aren’t able to predict an anomaly like that.”
In order to meet the harsh winter head on, Moscow authorities are drawing up measures to help Muscovites survive the extreme cold.
Read the rest of the article here.
So why the heading for this Post, as in Basic Geometry?
Because places on the Globe are measured using Latitude and Longitude. Let’s look at the Latitude of some places:
Calgary, Alberta 51°03′N
Kiev, Ukraine 50°27′N
Krakow, Poland 50°03′N
Now let’s look at those Cities again with the current temperatures (you have to accept the local time differences):
London 51°30′N +4 deg C
Calgary, Alberta 51°03′N -9 deg C
Kiev, Ukraine 50°27′N -6 deg C
Krakow, Poland 50°03′N -12 deg C
In other words, Britain enjoys, or should enjoy, a much warmer Winter than most other places of the same or similar latitudes because of the effect of the Gulf Stream.
Just a muse!
By Paul Handover