Both of these photos were taken last week. My feeling is that the photo is more powerful than the word, for the words that have been written about global warming are not changing anything.
In the UK over the last 4 months we have had weather that is close to extreme. In September and October we had very warm days, very little rain and plenty of glorious sunshine. Halloween was the warmest on record in the UK , with several towns in the south recording temperatures above 20°C.
But never mind the UK. September was the warmest global September on record and according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seven of the first nine months of the year have broken global records.
And there is no let up! On 2nd November Aberystwyth in Wales was the warmest place in the UK in November ever, at 22.4°C. And this month December is on course to break similar records.
So when Taylor and I went out to Oxwich Point yesterday it was hardly a surprise to see this woman striding across the rocks on her way for a dip in the sea. The air and sea temperature are currently similar. Yesterday it was 14°C, we even sat outside for a post surf cuppa.
The headline photo was taken two days ago in one of our local parks. All over the park there are spring like shoots poking through and in parts of the south of the UK blossom is out. Will we get some proper cold winter weather? It looks unlikely, based upon the year so far.
So, spread the word. Share your photos of Spring in Winter. Let’s get the UK talking global warming.
I agree, it’s crazy! I was in London last week and saw daffodils in amongst the still flowering summer bedding in a park. Still, my dad always says that the terrible winter of ’63 didn’t start until the end of January!
I know from my family that live in Canada that Winter in Toronto this year is also very mild. But they’re far more likely to get a severe turnaround in January than us. Each year since 1963 has got a little warmer!