Exciting news just in - its cold in Cambridgeshire. All over the UK I expect, but I haven't checked. indeed I haven't checked out all of Cambridgeshire, let alone Cambridge, but never mind I'll trust the reports. I tried putting my foot onto the snow and I can confirm: yes, it is cold. Not much snow mind: maybe 1 cm when fresh.
Cycling is fun too. I haven't come off, but then again it is dry-cold mostly in the evening coming back, and in the morning the streets at least are ice-free. Rowing this evening was distinctly chilly. Don't click on the photo to the left - its rubbish. See the Fort St George glowing cheerfully at us across the dark cold Cam.
We did three reaches with a piece of about 1 km back on each, enough to warm us up. The away-from-the-city end was dark (oddly enough) and spooky because for some reason the swans were nervous and kept moving around and hugely flapping their wings. Apart from hands cold to the point of numbness it was an excellent outing. This picture is supposed to show the all-important ice-forming-on-the-hull to prove how cold it was. Look closely; I'm sure you'll see it.
I even had time for a brief walk around at noon:
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I think I may have seen your crew on the river, cycling into town from our office.
[There were 3 eights and a four out, at least. The other VIII's were a City crew and (possibly) Corpus -W]
Proof! Proof, and you admit it!
It's been toasty as hell in Nuuk, actually warmer than cold snap-stricken San Francisco on several recent days.
It must surely have been cold if William's crew were cycling on the river! (and what were they doing in your office?)*
[* in memoriam - Leslie Neilsen]
Global warming is to blame, of course.
[Always nice to know. There was something vaguely similar said about last year's cold; there may even be something in it (or it may just be random chance) -W]
There was some discussion at mt's about possible increased amount of blocking (see Russian summer, Australian drought, European winters, and one or two other weather events - I forget which).
I suppose that there is some work going on somewhere that might indicate whether we maybe should generally expect increased blocking, or whether there may be some amplification/dampening of the effects of some of these events, due to warming - and when we would expect to see such stuff. I did do a reasonably quick Scholar search, but there was nothing immediately obvious.