You might have heard we’ve had a bit of snow in the UK in the last few days.
From the Daily Mail, (accompanied by impressive photos)
The blockades have closed many roads in the area, while the M6 between Hackthorpe and Shap is only passable with care.
The M6 at Shap is below the village as the land slopes down from the upland areas of the Cumbrian Fells. Parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been similarly hit, with drift of 10-15ft common, many people in isolated areas cut off, and crews struggling to restore power. The snow may not have been as widespread as in some recent years, but the areas that were hit have been hit hard:
In terms of snow accumulations and the effect on people’s lives, this is a significant event, which began on Friday evening (22nd). In many places it snowed heavily for 24 hours or more.
Now here’s what the Met Office Blog had to say about it:
That was it! Nothing about drifts or the difficulty of measuring level snow depths in windy conditions. No discussion. Talk about understatement!
A commenter offers to clarify:
Since the Met Office is so fond of probabilities, what is the probability of all UK Meteorological stations completely missing areas of significant snow accumulations? If this is how snow depths for March 24th are going to go down in the Met Office records, what does this say about weather statistics?