WHEN Siberian conditions hit Britain this time last year everyone was caught out, including the weathermen.
Global warming, we had been told, meant the snowy conditions we remember from our childhoods would be just that: memories.
But following the bitter cold of the past two winters those predictions are beginning to look rather wide of the mark. now a new book, Frozen Britain by meteorologists Ian McCaskill and Paul Hudson, suggests that rather than facing milder winters we could be in for some more Arctic big freezes.
Certainly, despite everything that the global-warming lobby has suggested, our climate may be dictated by more than just man- made toxins pumped into the atmosphere. One of the key indicators – which has fallen out of favour with the computer-obsessed meteorologists of today – is the sun.
According to McCaskill and Hudson the clues to our future weather may lie with the sun.
“In the past few years it has been behaving very oddly,” Hudson says.
In the past, when there have been periods of relative inactivity on the surface of the sun they have been followed by years of cold winters.
Research published recently showed that in the early 1800s when activity on the sun was remarkably low for many years there was a dramatic change in the weather.