Hit by climate change!

Now I know my 2,500 mile cycle ride in the Antipodes did not elicit much sympathy from anyone out there……nor did I expect it, given that I had chosen to do it. There was always an element of “serves you right” that had to be addressed, whether it was in the face of appalling weather conditions, tough terrain or serious mechanical issues. But there are some things in life that should elicit sympathy, even from the most hardy of comfort-zone dwellers……but then they might argue along the same lines: ‘you chose your bed of nails, so lie on it!’.

The day before I left Melbourne, the mercury had registered 38 degrees C. Back in the UK, the mercury hasn’t risen above 5 degrees C in the last week, but today (just a week before Easter) the country has been brought to its knees with heavy downfalls of snow, whole communities left without electricity, and flooding in some areas.

Whereas Melbourne was registering all-time records for heat in March, and this time last year the UK was registering the driest winter on record, we seem to be ready to set yet another record for the latest snowfall on record.

The bookies are raking in the money from punters backing the possibility of a white Easter this year. After all, it only takes one flake of snow to fall in the right place………on the Met Office?

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Posted on March 23, 2013, in Aspects of Britain, Miscellany and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Oh…don’t even want to think about it! We will definitely be having a white Easter. Snow piled up at least a foot. The snow banks along my driveway – more like 3 – 4 feet! Have only been on 1 outside bike ride at home this year. Not so good for cycling.

    • That is tough Anita. I almost feel guilty now (well, almost….but not quite) for having had 8 weeks of continuous cycling……… And I even got one day in here before the snows arrived.

  2. Graham Peace

    Hi Frank,
    Feeling good about going to Melbourne and then NZ tomorrow !

  3. Good to hear you’ve got home safely ! Sorry to hear its so cold still .well done for completing your mission!

  4. In UK snow is more common at Easter than at Christmas. Easter is in the 4 weeks after March 20th. So why is everyone taken by surprise if there is snow on March 23rd? Do they know nothing, remember nothing, learn nothing, simply believing the hysteria fed them by the media?

    • Ah but Peter, once the equinox has passed, and the changing of the clocks looms, everyone (romantically, perhaps) expects those spring blooms to dominate the countryside, the spring lambs to be gamboling, and people like you and me to be doing something akin to our summer mileages on the bike. Let’s dream on!

  5. We are still enjoying warm weather here. With the betting on snow it sounds a bit like Australia where they will bet on absolutely anything. “Two flies crawling up a wall”. I can’t believe how betting seems to be getting so much air play on our televisions these days. Every football match has the betting odds listed before and during the game.

    • When I first saw a ‘Pokie’ sign in Australia, I had no idea what it was. Then I learned about the widespread addiction of poker machines (what we used to call ‘one-armed bandits’ in the UK) and realised Australia had a serious problem to address. But of course, the internet has brought the ‘pokies’ right into the home, and people can satisfy their addictions in the privacy of their own bedrooms……very worrying.

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