Category Cold weather

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  

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 […]