Weather patterns around the globe have been changing. Whether you believe this is down to environmental damage or just one of those things is up to you. Certainly there appears to be evidence to support both.
This wonderful old earth of ours had been spinning away for what we think of as an extremely long time. In comparison to the Planets it could still be a relatively new World. A baby even. During this time it has, and will continue to, experienced changing weather patterns.
Then again man's desire for change has involved some damaging acts, a few irresponsible ones and many that have been just plain barmy. Nuclear tests, nuclear accidents, the dropping of bombs, savage wars, pollution and more all form part of our legacy.
Even if you do not believe that our behaviour has damaged Mother Earth it stands to reason that it is not beneficial to anyone to pump out poisons, pollutants, bomb to kingdom come and live too close to the edge. It may of course suit those who stand to make money out of such acts.
The UK winter of 2010 / 2011 saw a return to heavy snow which lasted for a prolonged period of time. This type of snowfall had not been experienced for many a year in the UK. The last few Springs have been unusually dry and, with lower rainfall during the winter and summer times, water has become in short supply. We are told that as consecutive years have been this way water stocks have had no chance of recovery.
You do have to wonder on this one though, if the "drought" is partly due to poor management of water stocks in the UK. After all, as soon as a drought is announced each Spring the heavens open and rain falls as if it will never stop. In 2007 this blogger was a victim of heavy flooding during the month of June. What happened to all of this water? The heavy snowfall of the previous winter, 2010? 2011, must also have resulted in some water surely?
2012 weather in the UK though is a little stranger than usual. A fairly rain and snow free winter has been followed by a dry Spring. The milder weather encouraged the "birds and bees" to get started early and UK gardens had been flourishing. The drought problem was exacerbated by a mini heatwave toward the end of March. Record temperatures were recorded across the UK. Places such as Aberdeen in Scotland recorded such high temperatures that locals took to beaches, gardens and parks. It was a welcome taste of the Summer to come.
As the Easter holiday approaches the weather has changed dramatically. A couple of days ago Aberdeen saw 6 inches of snow. Heavy snow moved further south affecting traffic and closing roads. In the North of England many homes lost power supplies and remain this way.
Locally a night of exceptionally strong winds has damaged gardens and tender, young plants. Driving torrential rain has been accompanied by bitterly cold winds today. It is forecast that the rain in some parts will turn to snow. We English often appear to be obsessed with our quirky weather and currently it is certainly a talking point.
Tomorrow April 5, 2012, most UK workers will finish work for a few days Easter holiday. Some will have planned a long weekend away, perhaps camping or in a caravan. Good luck to them is all I can say. Best pack for all weathers as who knows what will happen next.