Category Cold weather

Flying over Mount Everest

Monday 3rd April 1933 was the day that the commander of 602 City of Glasgow squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force – 30 year-old Squadron Leader Douglas Douglas-Hamilton – the Marquess of Clydesdale as he was then known – and an unnamed cine-photographer in the open cockpit of a Westland PV-3 biplane became the […]

It’s March 1947 and still the snow falls

We are now into March 1947 – and not a lot has changed.  On the night of the 4th  there was some heavy snow which left drifts across much of the country, with some lying over 20 ft deep in the Scottish Highlands.  On the 5th one of the worst British blizzards of the 20th […]

It’s February and still the snow remains

The snow that started falling in December 1946 carried on through into  January 1947 and now – in February – it remains to chill us to the bone.  The easterly winds continue and the month will develope into one of the coldest months on record. At the Kew Observator there will be no recorded temperature […]

Candlemas in the Christian Church and in traditional beliefs

2nd February is Candlemas when the Christian Church commemorates the occasion when the Virgin Mary, in obedience to Jewish law, went to the Temple in Jerusalem both to be purified 40 days after the birth of her son, and to present her son Jesus to God as her firstborn. Throughout the centuries in Britain Candlemas […]

January Snow in the winter of 1946/7

The harsh European winter of 1946–1947 was noted for its effects in the United Kingdom which suffered its coldest winter in three centuries. It caused severe hardships in terms of the economy and living conditions, with massive disruptions of the energy supply for homes, offices and factories. No one could keep warm, and many businesses […]