Category 20th century weather

We were over the top of the world first

The the 29,029-foot-high summit of Mount Everest was first conquered on foot by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.  BUT – it had been two decades earlier – on Monday 3rd April 1933 – that Everest had been conquered by air! With the financial backing of philanthropist Lady Houston, the Houston Everest Expedition took off […]

Catching up on other stories

Have you ever planned to do things and then suddenly realise that the time has moved on faster than you have?  Well, something like that has happened to me – and I can blame Marlene Dietrich for it.  No, that’s not fair, but I hope you have enjoyed her story so far. So what should […]

The ‘Smog’ has gone

On Tuesday 9th December 1952, after five days of living in a sulfurous hell, the people of London – and those who did not live in London but worked there – could relax as a brisk wind from the west swept the toxic clouds away eastward and out across the North Sea. When the fog […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

It’s Saturday morning 6th December 1952 and the London Smog is so dense that residents in some parts of the city could not see their own feet as they walked!  The heart of London was paralyzed – you couldn’t see to walk and transport was at a stand-still.  Boat traffic on the Thames came to […]

The great ‘Smog’ of London

It was called ‘The Great Smog of London’ or ‘The Great Smog of 1952’ – and sometimes simply ‘The Big Smoke’.  Whatever it was called, it is clear that it was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December 1952. Whatever you wish to call it, the city of London […]

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

This is an error caused by my carelessness.  The story will appear in early December