I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas?
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
Earlier this year, many parts of the county were brought to a standstill as The Beast from the East took its hold.
Schools were closed, supermarkets ran out of staple foods as people panic-bought supplies and many children (and, let’s face it, adults) had a fantastic time messing around in the snow.
It was a winter unlike any other for the majority of Devon residents and as the snow and ice finally melted away, it seemed unlikely that we would ever experience anything like this again in our warming climate. We may have been wrong.
The freak cold-snap that took place in February and March was caused by a Polar vortex phenomenon above the North Pole which pulled cold air across Britain from Russia and the East. This type of phenomenon is called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming episode.
Meteorologists at the Met Office have said that we could see a repeat of the snowy weather in the new year. Not quite a White Christmas then.
Meteorologist Becky Mitchell from the Exeter Met Office said that forecasters are watching out for the possibility of another Sudden Stratospheric Warming event as this could cause another Polar vortex and with it heavy snowfall.
Fortunately, the Met Office accurately forecast the Beast’s arrival before the bad weather struck. Mitchell advised that it was too early to tell if Devon and Cornwall will face similar weather but there is a possibility that it could happen again.
Whether or not the Beast will return before Christmas or in the new year, it is good practice to keep a supply of a few essentials in your home. Make good use of your freezer and ensure you have some tinned goods. Make sure not to overlook the non-food essentials; when this year’s Beast hit we had unfortunately forgotten to stock up on loo roll…
For those big kids out there, and I include myself in that description, the prospect of a snowy winter may fill us with joy but safety is equally important to consider if conditions turn icy or snowy. Keep water and a warm coat in your car in case you are unexpectedly stranded and make sure your phone is always charged for journeys. If conditions are not safe to travel, then do not travel. Finally, whether we see snow or not, the weather will be getting colder and roads and pavements may be wet or icy. Make sure you check in on your elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may be more affected by the cold weather and darker days.
As the old saying goes; there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing, so let’s be prepared for whatever the Great British weather throws at us.