UK We’ll freeze for another month’ US After The Drought Of 2012, The ‘Spring Freezing’ Of 2013 Is Ruining Crops Again

Icicles hang from a statue in Trafalgar Square as the cold weather continues

Icicles hang from a statue in Trafalgar Square as the cold weather continues

The big freeze gripping the UK could last until almost the end of April, weather forecasters predicted.

Temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages for the time of year until the latter part of next month, the Met Office suggested through its 30-day forecast.

Sub-zero temperatures look set to bring misery to thousands of people for the rest of the week and throughout Easter weekend as the dangerous wintry weather shows no immediate signs of abating.

Thousands of people in western Scotland face a sixth day without power after being cut off last week, and many transport routes across the UK remain impassable because of deep snow drifts.

More than 3,000 people in Argyll in Scotland and the Isle of Arran were without power after ice and snow damaged pylons, damaging the electricity network.

Farmers have been left counting the cost of the blizzard conditions, with many having to rescue stranded livestock at the height of the lambing season.

An RAF Chinook helicopter was called in to help as part of an emergency operation in Northern Ireland as farms and families were cut off by huge snow drifts.

The severe weather has also been blamed for the deaths of a number of birds, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots, which have washed up on Britain’s beaches.

The RSPB Scotland said it had received reports in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Northumberland. The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for much of England, with a 100% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday.

Its outlook for Sunday to April 9 predicts cold, dry weather, with a few light snow flurries and widespread frost and icy patches overnight. And the Met Office predicts temperatures are unlikely to recover to nearer normal values until the latter part of April.

The big freeze gripping the UK could last until almost the end of April, weather forecasters predicted. Temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages for the time of year until the latter part of next month, the Met Office has suggested.

Sub-zero temperatures look set to bring misery to thousands of people for the rest of the week and throughout Easter weekend as the dangerous wintry weather shows no immediate signs of abating. Thousands of people in western Scotland face a sixth day without power after being cut off last week, and many transport routes across the UK remain impassable because of deep snow drifts.

More than 3,000 people in Argyll in Scotland and the Isle of Arran were without power after ice and snow damaged pylons, damaging the electricity network. Farmers have been left counting the cost of the blizzard conditions, with many having to rescue stranded livestock at the height of the lambing season.

UK weather: what a difference a year makes

Sun bathers in St James's Park in central London, as the recent good weather continues. (© Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

Sun bathers in St James's Park in central London, as the recent good weather continues. (© Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

This was the scene exactly one year ago, when the UK was bathed in sizzling warmth and sunbathers were out on beaches and parks across the country (this picture shows the scene in St James’s Park in central London). The average temperature was about 25 degrees higher than it is today. Click through for more images comparing our current freezing weather with the balmy conditions this week in 2012.

After The Drought Of 2012, The ‘Spring Freezing’ Of 2013 Is Ruining Crops Again

The drought of 2012 devastated farms across America. By one count, it was the second most expensive “weather event” ever.

Now we have the “spring freezing,” which has seen much of the U.S. flirting with record-low temperatures.

While Midwestern states will probably emerge unscathed, early crop plantings in the southern U.S. are already getting wiped out. Florida sweet corn growers have already lost as much as 45 percent of their early production, according to Greenbook.

Oklahoma growers are also getting hit, Mark Hodges, the executive director of Plains Grains Inc. told Bloomberg’s Tony Dreibus:

“We didn’t have that many tillers to start with,” Hodges said. “We didn’t come into the spring with the crop we would’ve liked, and we didn’t have the root system we wanted to have. We needed every tiller we could get, and I suspect several areas lost some. I’m not suggesting we lost the entire crop, but we did lose some.”

Allen Meissner, a farmer in Central Texas, Tweeted this photo of his frozen corn field:

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