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Winter, Winter and even more Winter

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1 1/2 years ago I moved to Scotland, UK, being told that winters are very mild there, rarely any snow and seldom temperatures below 0°C (32°F). Looking forward to non-frozen streets, ears, nose and all other body parts that tend to freeze in cold weather, I was badly disappointed when winter 2008/09 started.

by Andy Yarr

It was cold and soon it started to snow. To my surprise, they didn’t seem to care to free the pedestrian walks and only focused on the streets. Walking soon turned out to be more dangerous than going by car or bus, since the snow melted away and then got frozen by the Siberian temperatures. Back then everyone was talking about an exceptional winter which would occur only once every 20 years. But now it’s 2009/10 and we have the same again. Even worse.

For weeks now the snow is on the streets, melts, turns to ice and then it snows again, repeating the cycle. Before the New Year’s Eve the pedestrian walks started to clear up a little, leaving me in hope that today the ice would have been completely melted away finally.
To my surprise tough, when I stepped outside the house this morning, the ice was still there, just like before and in addition to it there was frost all over the walks.

At work one of my co-workers told me that even in his home town Largs, which is directly at the ocean, the streets are frozen, what usually never happens due to the warmer climate there. This morning we had temperatures of -13°C (8.6°F). Friends told me that it’s not any better on Continental Europe, with temperatures of -20°C (-4°F) in Germany. It seems like this winter is even worse than the one last year, lasting longer with lower temperatures and way more snow, leaving everyone to wonder when it will stop.

 

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Written by Samantha A. P. Ocean

January 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

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