Jokul Frosti (UN-D-6914)
Approximately 60 years ago Britain faced its worst winter for two centuries. From January to Mid March, unrelenting snowfall, raging blizzards and sub zero temperatures brought devastation to Britain.

Starting in the south, but spreading to envelop most of the country the extreme weather took its toll on a war weary population. In many places snow fell almost every day, with drifts reaching 20ft high. Trees and telegraph poles were lost under a blanket of snow. Blizzards of more than 100mph, hit the country hard. Pack ice, usually seen in the seas around the Artic, formed around the coast of Britain and sea temperatures dropped to -21C. With the country not yet out of wartime rationing, the nation faced further food shortages, as a fifth of the livestock was lost and winter crops were frozen in the ground. Fuel and power were also in short supply, railway tracks were lost in the drifts, without trains; coal could not be transported from the mines to the cities.

The harsh winter came to an end March 17th 1947. But the thaw brought fresh hardships as floods from the melting drifts caused further misery.

Newspaper Front Page March 1947