Global Cooling: Amazing pictures of countries joining Britain in the big freeze
Last updated at 08:30am on 21st February 2008 Comments (30)
Yesterday’s picture in the Mail of a cascade of icicles in the Yorkshire Dales was a reminder of how cold Britain can be – something many of us have forgotten in this unusually mild winter.But it really is remarkable how little attention has been paid to the extraordinary weather events which in recent weeks have been affecting other parts of the world.
Across much of the northern hemisphere, from Greece and Iran to China and Japan, they have been suffering their worst snowfalls for decades.
Similarly freakish amounts of snow have been falling over much of the northern United States, from Ohio to the Pacific coast, where in parts of the state of Washington up to 200in of snow have fallen in the past fortnight.
In country after country, these abnormal snowfalls have provoked a crisis.
In China – the only example to have attracted major coverage in Britain – the worst snow for 50years triggered an unprecedented state of emergency.
Large parts of the country have been paralysed, as rail and road transport ground to a standstill.