The Freezing Rain

Unless you've been asleep for the past few days you couldn't have missed the fact that the weather here in the UK has been pretty inclement to say the least. What started off as cold and snow quickly switched for us here in Dorset to 'Freezing Rain' - But what is it. I don't claim to be a meteorologist but my (simple) understanding on it is that it is formed when rain falls through a cold (circa 0oC temp) layer of air that is quite close to the cold ground/surface. Whilst the effects can look beautiful it also causes a lot of problems for people trying to walk, drive etc. 

 Fancy trying to drive on this? Not for me thanks! 

Fancy trying to drive on this? Not for me thanks! 

 Unless you had spikes on your shoes you wouldn't want to be walking on this surface

Unless you had spikes on your shoes you wouldn't want to be walking on this surface

 It does make for some cool images though

It does make for some cool images though

 Needless to say, defrosting your car can take a while! 

Needless to say, defrosting your car can take a while! 

The way the ice had formed made the defrosting process a lot more fun than normal! 

Along with the problems of getting around in it, the weight of this ice on power cables can often cause power outages. Last night we had lots of lights flickering but thankfully no actual power cuts.

So that was the Freezing rain - as I type this on Saturday lunchtime we're back to our 'Normal Rain' and the snow in the garden is rapidly disappearing - More on the snow and my reasons for not going out to shoot much in it on the next post tmrw