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The Frozen North

This was my view for one hour and forty minutes this morning:

My journey to work, about seven miles, normally takes around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. Today however it was like Antartica in West Central Scotland. The M8, M80, M73 and M74 motorways were gridlocked. It was taking seven hours for cars to progress a few hundred yards.

STV’s take on it is here

Radio Scotland was deluged with telephone calls emails and texts criticising the response from emergency services and local councils.

Everybody becomes an instant expert in these situations. Chris J on the STV report seems to be one of these folk. He wonders why more heed wasn’t taken of the weather forecast which turned out to be wrong.

He concludes:

“Met Office and Council Roads should be sacked now, they do not have a clue”

I wonder how one would sack a road?


An Inspector’s Cauld

WordPress have turned the snow on, on the blog, automatically as I had selected this feature last year. They informed me of this using this quote.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
J. B. Priestley

It’s not known whether J.B. Priestly ever drove in the snow in Cambuslang.

Totally Topical

As the blizzards continue unabated and the snow swirls around Bigrab Towers……

Blues With the Cold!

Global warming is it?

Here in Scotland we are having our coldest winter in more than a generation. Yesterday about 8am as I drove on the M74 towards Cambuslang just outside Glasgow, my on board thermometer showed the outside temperature at minus nine. As I arrived at my suppliers’ premises, here was the scene.

Foxy Customer?

I’ve heard temperatures of minus twenty reported from the highlands. I had to close the car park at my shop because it was covered in sheet ice. Overnight there has been another significant snowfall. Meanwhile at work the heaters are belting it out just to keep us above the minimum legal temperature.

I’m worrying how much the climate change levy is going to be on my next bill from Scottish Power.