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Loudwater Snowpocalypse (2018 edition) 15 March 2018

We got our share of the recent snowy weather. (Images.)

There was an initial snowfall followed by a partial thaw, which led to some splendid car icicles.

Also on the fishpond fountain. (Stalagmites, in this case.)

A few days later, it had got a bit more thorough, though there was still flowing water underneath.

The difference between normal snowy weather and Snowpocalypse is simply a matter of camera angle.

Because it was actually below freezing much of the time, it was hard to tell what was "new" snowfall and what was merely being blown from place to place. The solar panels cleared and were snowed on again several times in a single day.


  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:20pm on 15 March 2018

    Your fans from around the world are shaking their heads at you, you do know that don't you?

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 12:32pm on 15 March 2018

    I was particularly impressed with the way the buses and dustcarts all stayed at home because of the Terrible Snow, even though mere normal people with normal cars and bicycles continued to get about with absolutely no problems.

  3. Posted by Chris at 01:46pm on 15 March 2018

    Play fair! The road outside the house was almost mostly covered in snow for at least two hours at one point. And I did brush about half an inch of snow off the front steps -- though it melted shortly afterwards anyway so it was a bit of a waste of time.

    Why does anyone really believe the Express weather prophet? Yes, it was pretty nasty up North, but in South Buckinghamshire, no.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 02:27pm on 15 March 2018

    There is a perverse pleasure in believing that these are the worst of all times. (See also the more apocalyptic strains of Christianity.)

  5. Posted by Chris at 04:50pm on 15 March 2018

    I am reminded of an occasion on which someone we knew (and he wasn't even a Christian, just apocalyptic in general) was banging on at considerable length about how We Are All Doomed and all like that, and one of my friends looked at him thoughtfully and asked, "Why are you so big-headed as to think you, and we, are so much worse than anyone else has ever been?"

    I do in fact think that climate change is a simple fact, but I don't think that snow in southern England at the end of February is much of an indicator, remembering as I do an Easter picnic in the snow on Dartmoor in the late seventies. And in 1996 the Ten Tors was snowed off in mid-May.

  6. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:07pm on 16 March 2018

    There's more snow due tomorrow according to the BBC Weather.

    SNOWPOCALYPSE TWO: This time it's personal!

  7. Posted by Owen Smith at 02:36pm on 16 March 2018

    My dad compares all bad snow to the winter of 1963 (he was 25 at the time). Nothing comes close frankly. There was standing snow on 1st June in places over the Pennines, and it had snowed in May.

  8. Posted by Dr Bob at 07:36pm on 18 March 2018

    One of the telly progs I worked on involved digging out news footage of the winter of 62/63. The sea off Essex froze! People in Wales were digging trains out of snowdrifts taller than the train carriages.

    If our buses cease to run with a piffling 3 inches of snow, what would happen to the country's economy if we got a winter like that?

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