Winter Weather

Sea Ice Thickens, Hampshire Coast - January 9th, 2009

Following on from the visit to Keyhaven on the 4th, I decided to head down there again on the 9th. The weather had cleared to sunshine and the previous two nights had been the coldest down here for over 13 years. I went to a local frost hollow about 5 miles inland at the time to experience what is was like in temperatures below -10C (10-15F). This is the coldest my car thermometer has read since I've had it. On the mercury thermometer I took, I got a reading of -12.2C just afterwards. The coldest temperature I've experienced!

Cold

The temperature didn't get above freezing all day, despite the sunshine. This footbridge at Keyhaven displayed the fine balance between frost and sunshine:

Frost Bridge

The ice by the shore was much thicker than it was a few days before:

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

This is an unusual sight: frost on the shingle beach/bank that makes up Hurst Spit, in the middle of the day, and only a few feet from the English Channel:

Frost

A small piece of the Arctic in Hampshire:

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

A flock of geese flew in for feeding as the tide went out. Shortly after this the cloud returned, so I was lucky with my timing:

Geese