Getting a handle on how cold it has been this March means looking back down through the Central England Temperature record, the oldest in the world but still only a couple of hundred years in extent. See http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/cet-march-2013/ … lovely name for a blog and it's a cracker too. It seems March was not particularly unusual in the grand scheme of things as 1962, from a UK perspective, was just as bad – and the cold and the snow lay on the ground much longer. As for central England a couple of years in the 1880s were as cold and colder. See also the view of a Californian on March in the UK at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/now-thats-cold-2/ … and a Russian view at http://notrickszone.com/2013/04/05/russian-scientist-warns-global-temper… … which is a reference to a return to Little Ice Age climate conditions (he has been saying this for a couple of years as also Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com). Bit early to predict, and sounds a bit too like the doomsayers, but the other way round.
Now for some some really interesting videos – by Freeman Dyson. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K_bd90skD4 (for starters) then gravitate to www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cJRkNwfJIk and www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xFLjUt2leM and enjoy, from the wet Sahara to soil and global warming.