The following extract COULD run into trouble for the MET OFFICE, they are quoted as saying that they can predict weather months in advance, and yet they DID NOT MENTION THIS FORECAST LAST WEEK!!!
Unlike the earlier part of winter, though, this next freeze was forecast by the Met Office months ago, thanks to an extraordinary chain reaction in the atmosphere across the globe.
The story begins with El Niño, the big warming of tropical seas under way in the Pacific. So much hot air soared up from the Pacific it punched through into the stratosphere and dislocated winds 20-50km high.
On January 20 this colossal jolt sent unusually warm air flooding into the stratosphere over the Arctic, where temperatures in the stratosphere soared by 40C in just a few days. The intensely cold stratosphere air normally over the Arctic was shunted over Europe instead. Eventually that cold stratosphere rippled down into the lower atmosphere, flipping our winds from west to east — and easterly winds in winter usually give us our coldest weather.
Updated below in comments section by Piers Corbyn & Stephen Wilde
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