Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Warm wind blocked from UK

Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots
Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots
A family walking through a forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim
A young family enjoying a winter wonderland in County Antrim
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera
Teenagers make the most of the snow in the Sentry hill area of Ballymena
The snow covered coastal village of Glenarm in Co Antrim
Snow and freezing fog conditions outside Broughshane, County Antrim
Demand for grit rockets as the cold snap continues
A forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim
Passengers wait for flights
Livestock battle with the snow and freezing fog in County Antrim
Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Harry and Eleanor Davies
Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Paul and Paula Miller
Passengers at Belfast International Airport unsure if they are able to return home for Christmas
Sian and Tabitha Mathusamy
People enjoy the snowy weather conditions in Glasgow on December 22, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland
Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park
A child attempts to get his plough moving near Aldergrove, County Antrim
The snow caused chaos for some, but was a chance to have fun for others
A couple walk through heavy snow in Cheethams Park, Stalybridge, Cheshire
The cold snap has left motorists facing treacherous conditions across Northern Ireland
Shannon and Joshua Willoc play in the snow in St. Columb's Park, Derry
Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park
Mark McFetridge enjoys the snow outside his Coleraine home
Lyndsey McBride walks her dog ' Heidi' at Stormont
10 years-ol Pablo O'Connor bounding along in his sleigh on the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
Nisha Stevenson and Sophia Thomasius sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
Nisha Stevenson and her mum Anne McAteer sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
A train travels through the snow near Ingatestone, Essex after a night's heavy snowfall
A horse in a field next to the River Chelmer in Essex, after heavy snow
Snow starts to fall over St Paul's Cathedral in central London last night
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
Snow on the Antrim Hills in Co Antrim
Up to 10 centimetres of snow has fallen in some parts of Northern Ireland causing disruption to flights and forcing the closure of some schools February 2009
Snow on the Antrim Hills February 2009
Snow brings Northern Ireland to a stand still. Left to right. Ciaran McMullan(6), Fiona Lenghan and Matthew O'Rourke from Carryduff pictured outside their houses playing in the snow. February 2009
Snow makes it hard for drivers near Hannastown February 2009
Heavy snow blankets Marden's Hill in East Sussex
Britain is braced for more freezing temperatures and snow
Clearing the snow, Belfast city centre, 6/2/1963 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk
Walking in the snow, Massereene Park, Antrim, 8/12/1966 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk
Workers clear snow from the Gotthard across in the Swiss Alps, Monday May 18, 2009, where the highest point is 2,108 meters above sea level. The pass will be reopened on May 27, 2009, after an estimated seven weeks of cleaning works and around 220,000 tons of removed snow, according to the removal team leader. The pass connects the German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking region of the country.(AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)
Boris the Barbary lion at Belfast zoo. Submitted by Lisa Shilliday. 05/02/09
Pupils from Methodist College Belfast battle their way through the snow on the way to class
Caption: Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 5th February 2009 ..Pupils from Methodist College Mark Walker and Michael Rogers snow ball our photographer in University Road.....Mandatory Credit -Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com.
With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home. 21/1/1965
A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow. 16/2/1966
Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow. 3/12/1966
An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived. 6/2/1963
First sunset of the New Year. By Candy Morrison in Newmills
Earhart Park, Derry. Christmas Day 2009. By Robbie Hegarty
'Fenced in', Dunmurry. By Hazel
Whiterock Co Down. By Mikeymo
Ballynure, Co Antrim, 5th January 2010. By Stephen Millings
Shrek. By Stephen Millings
Lady Dixon Park, Christmas Eve. By William Dunne
Lorcan and Marley. By William Dunne
Early on New Year's Day, Templepatrick. By Linda, Templepatrick
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By William Dunne
New Years Day sunset, Rough Island, Comber. submitted by Rebecca, Belfast
Frost on Clothes Pegs on Christmas Day 09, Rathfriland, Co. Down. By John Harkness - Belfast
In the Bleak Mid-Winter. By Brian Morton / Straid
Dairyland Road - submitted by Brian Morton, Straid
Dundrum Beach, Co Down. Boxing Day 2009. By S McHugh
New Year's Day dip at Ballyholme. By Mike Pringle, Groomsport
Tobermore v Churchill United final off. By Rod Mulholland.
New Years Day, Cushendunn. By Paul Davis from Coleraine
Tom McIntyre, Hollow Farm Tandragee. By Sonia McIntyre
Pepe. By Pauline, Ballynahinch
Home. By Pauline, Ballynahinch
Real Christmas trees, Limavady mountain. By Paul Davis from Coleraine
Marv in the back garden. By Alan Frame, Larne
Misty Lane. By Rod Mulholland
Moyola River, Tobermore. By Rod Mulholland
Nightlife in Straid. Al Richardson/Tara Morton
A great reason to go back to bed. By Stephen, Ballynure
Snow patrol in Monkstown. By Harry Crowe, Monkstown, Newtownabbey
Seal takes an icy dip in the Lagan at Drumbeg, Co Down
Sammy the Seal in Drumbeg. By Evaline Mitchell, Dunmurry
Tobermore village. By Rod Mulholland

The big freeze has clung to the UK and Ireland due to a back-to-front weather system, according to weather experts.

Cold snaps are not unheard of but the distinctive aspect of this one is its sheer persistence — due to a highly unusual “blocking high” over Greenland, according to forecaster Robin Steel from Meteogroup.

“The main reason is that we have a large blocking high over Greenland and Iceland which means it keeps the winds across Northern Ireland and the UK in the north and north-easterly direction,” he says.

“The weather system has been stuck that way for a number of weeks now, it’s very unusual. If the wind would come in from the west, it would warm things up but it can’t get in.”

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