What is the Beast from the East?

Back in late February 2018, the United Kingdom experienced a long period of extremely cold weather that we hadn’t seen for many years before. People were scrambling to stock up their shelves with food as well as turning their heating up a few more degrees in a bid to keep themselves nice and warm. To make sure that your heating system is functioning at its optimum level you should ensure that you have a Gloucester Boiler servicing company visit once a year to give your boiler the once over. Boilers are one of the main ways that we heat our homes and offices and so should be regularly inspected and serviced.

These periods of extreme weather are often described as ‘Beast from the East’ this is due to the fact that the cold conditions are produced as a result of a strong wind originating from the eastern areas. This is more likely in the United Kingdom when there is a high-pressure environment over the Scandinavian region. Britain is one of the wettest and windiest places in Europe and the reason why we are so susceptible to this is that we are an island.  As mentioned before, the “beast from the East” occurred because we were hit by a blast of cold air directly from Siberia and Scandinavia. This is not usually the case. For the most part, our winters are mild and wet. If you want to know what the weather is going to do its pretty much a good bet to look at the wind direction first.

To the west of Britain is the Atlantic Ocean. Not only that but we also lie in the natural phenomenon known as the Gulf Stream. This is a flow of warm water from the Gulf of Mexico that flows over the Atlantic and around the country up the English Channel in the South and around the Outer Hebrides in the North into the North Sea. It keeps the really cold water away from us. The Atlantic generates strong winds and low pressure which usually bring in milder wet weather. If you see a weather report and the wind is a southwest/westerly direction it is very likely that we will be mild. In the winter the two fronts fight above us for dominance, the cold North and easterly blasts bring cold air and converting that cloud and rain into snow, against the valiant defense of the milder air. This time the east wind won, big time.

Watch the weather next time; you see the cold deflected to the coast of Norway where it turns the milder air to snow. This is why they spend lots more on grit and snow ploughs than we do.