It says something about the clemency of our recent winters when we get a cold snap and a bit of snow in January and everyone seems surprised. Is it global warming? Perhaps. Whatever the root cause, winter has definitely changed in this country over the last ten years or so. I remember when a British winter meant freezing your tits off for a couple of months. Snow was guaranteed every year. Real snow, mind: deep enough that you couldn't see your cat when it was in the garden. Cold enough to freeze pipes and shut schools. Ah, them were the days. Nowadays we get half an inch of snowfall overnight that simply turns to grey sludge by 8am.
That suits me though, because I hate the stuff. Oh, it looks nice, but having to negotiate it is a massive pain in the backside. So let the milder winters continue. Climate change has its drawbacks, but at least there's less danger of slipping flat on your face on the way to work.
Update: The Onion, as ever, is also on the case.