The jet stream had taken a vacation, migrated south for the winter leaving the UK at the mercy of a relentless icy blast. It's times like this when I realise the immense impact this ribbon of strong upper winds has on our weather - although through the past few years we have cursed it.
Dear Spring, I want a refund! Not only have you failed to supply the correct type of weather standard to your time of month, but you somehow gave me that of last season! Snow!
Arriving at the wrong time of year is an easy mistake to make, particularly on a long-haul holiday. You could land in the middle of a tropical cyclone. You may find you've paid over the odds to travel in the peak season, when the 'off' season would have been just as good.
Why do we get so excited about the snow? Snow is all we talk about when it arrives and the thrill and anticipation of 'snow days' is not just for the kids. Are our lives so boring that snow brings with it such a much needed change of pace? Well, frankly, yes!
We Brits love talking about the weather. It's been used as an icebreaker to start conversations with friends and strangers alike since time immemorial. As temperatures remain around freezing and snow continues to fall in many parts of the country, this latest bout of bad weather is another chilling reminder that more businesses need to adopt a more flexible approach to working.
Now, after a week of the white stuff, most of us would prefer the snow to go - so we can get back to our own norm - we may not like it but we do cope with it well - rain and wind. Before this happens though, the big freeze will stay with us for a little longer. A few more bouts of snow are forecast across the country until Thursday...
I had my easiest doldrum crossing ever Saturday with only two big black clouds and a slight slow down.
It seems that Derek the Weathersheep is writing his place into Welsh history.
With plunging temperatures and bursts of sleet and snow working their way across the UK, making driving conditions at best unpredictable, and at worst, treacherous, tyres are more important than ever. Standard tyres fail to get to grips with the change in conditions. What can be done to combat this and keep us all moving?
One certainty in the world of climate science is that climate sceptics are constantly looking for gaps in how climate science is being reported in order to exploit them and fundamentally question whether climate change is actually happening.
I got my batteries up to 100% on Sunday for the first time since the Indian Ocean and filled up my water supply to the max. I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race, true to my word I shaved it into the style voted for by my fans on Facebook.
As the nation's weather men and women garner larger audiences than usual this weekend with the population gripped by forecasts of snow and ice, this week saw a harsh reminder of the impact of cold weather for those targeted by civil war. Give it a few days, and no doubt the caterwauling will start as trains get cancelled and roads blocked around the country. For Syria's refugees, transport delays are the least of their problems.
Climate change is no longer an abstract future threat, it is on our doorstep. The alarm bells are ringing louder than ever. But the lack of response from the world's political leaders is baffling - and will certainly seem so to future generations.
t is bitterly cold down here now, and I have several layers on even when in my sleeping bag. I have a heater onboard but it burns diesel so whilst I am in power saving mode and conserving fuel, using the heater is a no go therefore it is like some sort of torture having all the capabilities of making heat but not being able to use it.
When David Cameron ordered an inquiry into media standards, no one - least of all the PM himself - could have predicted the saga that would unfold. From embarrassing text messages and Oscar-worthy celebrity performances to inappropriate QC crushes and editor spats, no one has emerged totally unscathed. Even bearing all that in mind, I'm sure Cameron didn't expect it to conclude with the coalition's most public disagreement so far.
Climate change is already having an effect on the lives of children in Bhutan. That's why UNICEF is working to support the government through its water and sanitation projects in schools, especially ones that have been affected by climate change disasters