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Is a Big Freeze set to grip Ireland ?

Frosty Castle along the river Suir County Tipperary Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Frosty Castle along the river Suir
County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Winter weather predictions 2014/2015

Each year here in Ireland we always get a run pre-Christmas winter weather predictions, some come from a very famous Donegal Postman others from guru Ken Ring, Mostly these predictions are just great entertainment and raise hope of some snow during the dark winter days.

This Morning I read two reports that we are about to be hit with two months of arctic conditions the Article below is predicting a winter as bad as 1963 !!

Well I guess we will have to all wait and see, some snow would be fun but lets hope the weather is not as bad as this report is predicting !!!

From the Irish Mirror :

Ireland could soon be shivering through a repeat of the 1963 Big Freeze – the worst winter for more than 200 years.

A leading weather expert today warned that Ireland and the UK will be hit by an Arctic blast which is set to arrive over New Year and ice blast the region for at least a month. Some parts could be blanketed with up to five feet of snow with daytime temperatures hovering around zero and overnight lows down to a bone-numbing -15C. Forecaster James Madden believes the white-out will rival the infamous winter of 1963 when Ireland virtually came to standstill in a massive freeze-up which lasted nearly three months.

Back then blizzards lashed the country over the Christmas holidays and on New Year’s Eve 1962, 45 centimetres of snow blanketed of the country and several deaths were reported.

Snow fall in Leitrim

The weather expert fears a “colossal” area of much colder than average surface water in the Mid Atlantic will affect the Gulf Stream. This would leave this country and the UK exposed to a prolonged Siberian blast from northerly winds. James said: “This is of quite some significance as the Gulf Stream effectively acts as a heat machine for our shores, in particular, during our winter months.

“Without the influence of this vital heat source, we can expect a horrific winter to develop with frequent blizzards/strong winds and extremely cold conditions.

“During the winter period of 1962/63 the famous big freeze took a hold of the country from around Christmas until the spring of the following year because of a similar situation.

“We could be looking at a very similar time-frame and scale of events this time around.

“I don’t like saying this but the factors are there for an extremely cold spell in January which will possibly extend into February.

More …….

Snow on Snow 2

Snow on Snow 1

8 responses

  1. Lovely but oh so cold!!! The opposite of what we now have here in South Australia 🙂

    December 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    • Hello Steve 🙂

      Its amazing to see the season play out in wordpress blogs 🙂 🙂 , Summer , winter , I love this side of checking out posts 🙂 🙂

      December 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      • Perhaps I’ll post some summer photos then 🙂

        December 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  2. lyonsroarforgod

    Oohhh….that makes me cold just reading about it. I hope that the weathermen are wrong and it’s not as bad as they say. Have a great day, Nigel!

    December 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • Hello Lisa 🙂 🙂

      I have a feeling its not going to be as bad as this , every year we get the extreme reported 🙂

      Some Snow is always fun to see though 🙂

      December 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  3. Sounds like last winter here in Michigan. I suppose you could hope for chaos theory to have an effect–most famous example is the “butterfly effect”. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier.

    December 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    • Hello Alli 🙂

      What a great comment 🙂 The idea of such small movements having much bigger effects – Just great 🙂 🙂

      I love Snow , so lets hope the Butterfly’s are doing well this year 🙂 🙂

      December 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

  4. I want to go for at walk in your last picture 🙂

    December 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

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