The mysterious phenomenon that's making Britain shiver... and why it could bring both a White Christmas and a flu pandemic | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


The mysterious phenomenon that's making Britain shiver... and why it could bring both a White Christmas and a flu pandemic

Before he was nine years old, Charles Dickens had experienced six white Christmases. So it’s no surprise that the man credited with inventing some of the festive period’s best-loved traditions — most famously in A Christmas Carol — did so against a backdrop of snowy landscapes, frosted window panes and frozen lakes.

The winters of Dickens’s boyhood in the early 19th century were indeed exceptionally cold — which meteorologists speculate was due to the periodic global weather phenomenon we now know as La Nina.

Earlier this month, forecasters said that following an unusually warm October, November’s cold weather — some parts of the country had their first snowfall weeks ago — could lead to ‘a full La Nina event over the next few months’.

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