Some kids were obviously up earlier than I; as you may be able to see in the picture above, they have managed to build two snowmen. (They are standing where you can see that patch of grass, to the right of the centre of the picture.)
Thank goodness all of those scientists started talking about "climate change" rather than "global warming" a few years ago, eh? Otherwise they'd be looking pretty bloody stupid right now...
UPDATE: this seems to be a god time to remind people, from John Redwood's blog, of what the consensus was in the early 1970s.
I am also grateful to a correspondent for sending me the following quotes, which shows how professional opinion changes, as it should do in the light of new facts and theories
“The world’s climatologists are agreed” that we “prepare for the next ice age”
(Science Digest, Feb 1973)
“..the approach of a full-blown 10,000 year ice age” (Science, March 1 1975)
” The North Atlantic is cooling about as fast as an ocean can cool… growing seasons in England and Scandinavia are getting shorter”
(Christian Science Monitor, 27 August 1974)
Lowe Ponte, “The Cooling”, 1976, forecast the problems of global cooling
Yup. And couldn't have been more wrong. You've got to love these crazy scientists and their forecasting...