Science: Peculiar Weather

Britain was emerging last week—it hoped—from the worst, triple-threat winter its weathermen could remember. The heaviest snowfalls since 1880-81 had blocked the railroads, cut the highways, slowed the whole nation's life (TIME, Feb. 10). It was the coldest winter since 1870. In March a howling, 73½ m.p.h. wind set a 35-year record at London.

The worst was probably over, though Britain was half-afloat with record-high spring freshets. But all winter Britons had huddled around their feeble fires and cursed the un-British weather for turning their wet green island into an offshore Siberia. The complaint was no exaggeration. Britain was actually getting Siberian...

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