Snow has begun to settle on the mountain tops in West Cumbria, signifying that winter is now here. Hopefully, more snow will fall over the Christmas period, bringing about a festive look to the area.
- There is currently a severe weather warning in place for the next couple of days, which is predicting Ice, and Blizzard conditions for England/Scotland. The prelude to all of this has been a horrendous, cutting wind. Brrr ❄
The Met Office say that there could be travel delays on roads, with vehicles and passengers becoming stranded. There is also likely to be cancellations to rail and air services. Rural communities may be cut-off. The snow will be heaviest over the hills – which means that Cumbria will cop a load of the white stuff.
During the heaviest snowfall predictions, I’ll be working night shift (groan), so might not be able to capture the scene, as it happens. Hopefully if the snow comes to fruition, It’ll stay around long enough for me to grab some photos to share with you.
- Long range weather predictions for the UK, say that the temperature is likely to drop to around -20°C over the Christmas period, bringing about one of the coldest festive seasons on record.
- The lowest temperature recorded in the UK was -27.2°C, at Braemar, East Scotland, in January 1982.
- The lowest temperature recorded in Cumbria was -21.1°C at Ambleside, in January 1940.
Solar minimum is the period of least solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun. During this time, sunspot and solar flare activity diminishes, and often does not occur for days at a time. Recent studies have shown a correlation with regional weather patterns.
The last time there was a prolonged solar minimum, it led to a ‘mini ice-age’, scientifically known as the Maunder minimum – which lasted for 70 years.
According to Space Weather: The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun’s ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding.
“If current trends continue, 2018 will end with a 10-year low in sunspot counts. This is a sign that Solar Minimum is approaching – even more rapidly than forecasters expected.”
- The Maunder minimum, which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.