Heavy snow puts U.K. in deep freeze
Winter blast, worst in decades, paralyzes Britain, other parts of Europe
Robin Thwaytes, the duty forecaster at Britain’s weather office, said that, while “it’s very unusual for something like this to last as long as it has,” such events do happen every 20 to 30 years.
Apparently they are having their second “thirty year cold event” during Hansen’s hottest year ever. Same story for Norway :
Record cold in Norway
Icy weather struck elsewhere in Europe, including Scandinavia, where temperatures plummeted to minus 42 degrees Fahrenheit early Wednesday morning at Roros Airport in Norway’s mountainous central region.
It was the coldest reading recorded in mainland Norway since 1987, and the freeze was so deep that conventional liquid deicers were ineffective. Air traffic control chief Lise Faksvaag Dukan told national broadcaster NRK that frost had to be removed from the planes manually, using space heaters.