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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christ almighty but doesn't it seem that 26 pages ago Fintan laid this all out and lo and behold here we are with the answers in hand. I think we need a movie about it.
Lets call it "Fintan Dunne was he ever wrong?"
We'll send an advance screener to AJ and Icke.

Happy new year all

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US 'stopped Dutch installation of full body scanners'


Joanna Sugden – Times Online December 30, 2009


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6971582.ece


The United States prevented Dutch authorities from installing full body scanners before the suspected Christmas Day bomb plotter passed through security at Amsterdam's airport, the Dutch government claimed today.

The Dutch claimed that they had been trying to install the machines for flights to the US since 2008 but had been blocked by US officials who wanted passengers to all destinations screened.

In light of the failed attack all passengers travelling from Holland to the US will now have to go through full body scanners the Dutch Interior Minister announced following discussions with the Americans.

Guusje ter Horst said the millimetre wave scanners that can see beneath passengers' clothes will be in use at Schiphol airport within three weeks and remain a permanent fixture for all flights to the US.

Asked whether the new scanners could have prevented the suspected plotter, Umar Farouk Almutallab, from getting on the flight, Ms ter Horst said: "From the moment that you put in millimetre wave scanners then you would have been able to detect that he [Mr Almutallab] was carrying something on his body.

"We didn't have this at the time and we know that metal detectors can't detect explosive materials.

"The US didn't want these put in exclusively for American flights but as a general rule across the airport. But we have discussed with the US so that all passengers will go through these body scanners before they board."

A spokesman for the Dutch counter-terrorism department told The Times that discussions with the US about installing body scanners date back to last year.

The two countries were at a deadlock over their installation because the US didn't want them exclusively for American bound flights.

But since the Christmas Day incident the "whole spectrum has changed" and US authorities have now agreed for the millimetre wave scanners to be introduced only for American flights, he said.

In the most recent foiled attack, Mr Almutallab passed through metal detectors while in transit at Schiphol from Nigeria to Detroit, the Dutch government said, but these did not pick up the 80g of professional explosive material he is suspected of having sewn into his underpants.

The Nigerian was travelling on an Italian passport and investigators are looking into why he was not on the list of potential threats.

"This suspect was on a list but this did not come to any light," Ms ter Horst said, "We did not know that he was part of this list which was a US suspect list."

She called for a single, global list of suspects to prevent terrorists falling through the gaps.

They are also investigating who he made contact with during the hours he waited for his flight to Detroit.

The explosive device was "prepared in a professional way, the way it was activated was amateurish" and the materials used had been used in previous attacks, the Dutch minister said.

It was only this and the actions of crew and passengers that prevented a "much bigger tragedy" of a successful explosion blasting through the aircraft's fuselage, she added.

"We managed to (avoid) an international attack of an individual who tried to damage the lives of many innocent people, but we should not be frightened to travel because of this and we should not give in to the terrorists and stop travelling."

It also emerged today that an unnamed Somalian man with the equipment to create an on-board explosion was prevented from getting on a plane heading for Dubai last month.

The man, who is in custody in Mogadishu but has not been named, was caught with powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that together could have caused an explosion.

The hallmarks bear similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.

Abdulahi Hassan Barise, a police spokesman, said the suspect was arrested before the Daallo Airlines flight departed on November 13. It was scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai.


Two international officials in Nairobi said Wednesday the incident is similar to the Detroit attack in that the Somali man had a syringe, a bag of powdered chemicals and liquid.

US officials are aware of the incident and hastening to investigate any possible links with the Detroit attack.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rumpl4skn wrote:
Fintan wrote:
Below is a playlist of the full Fox News Special mentioned above.

It's a very professional presentation of the
serious issues raised by ClimateGate....


Yeah, but we all know how Faux News LIES all the time. Laughing



I remember asking myself, when Murdoch first established this channel, "What is the purpose of this?" Now I know. They're the "untrustworthy bad guys."

Fox News has done for journalistic integrity what most ufologists and chemtrail 'investigators' have done for the Truth Movement. Poisoned the evidence pool, and clearly established the "Lunatic Fringe", who now can be totally trusted to... be totally untrustworthy. Confused




Jesus you are ignorant. I emphasize the rant. Have you even bothered to research the Chemtrails? Have you?
Lunatic Fringe? Really?
For crying out loud man just look up. It's that obvious.

http://www.chemtrailcentral.com/
Above is one place to start then branch out from there. There are hundreds of places to find this information. And yes you will even find SCIENTISTS who have researched this as well.

Remember what Fintans quote says

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They only function when they are open.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't try this at home. Laughing

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Pop goes flab: CO ² jab helps shed kilos

Dec 30, 2009

http://www.paperarticles.com/2009/12/pop-goes-flab-co-jab-helps-shed-kilos.html


London:

Carbon dioxide, the natural gas which is blamed for global warming, may now help one shed those extra flab.

Scientists at the University of Siena in Italy have claimed to have developed an injection of CO ² , which is used to make drinks fizzy, to tackle fat levels in obese people, who are at risk of future health problems.

The researchers, who had tested the new jab on 48 women with fatty tissue on their thighs, knees and abdomen, found that on average, their thighs reduced by 2 centimetres, and they lost 1 centimetre from each knee and 3 centimetres from the stomach.

The latest clinical trial at Northwestern University in the US will be the first to target overweight patients. After losing weight, they will be encouraged to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the Daily Mail reported.

In the new treatment, which is known as carboxytherapy, a fine needle is used to inject CO ² just under the skin. The procedure takes just a few minutes and is believed to work because the gas diffuses into the surrounding tissues, causing blood vessels to dilate.

Wider vessels mean a stronger blood supply, which brings a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area.

Lasting just a few minutes, the treatment is believed to work because the gas diffuses into the surrounding tissues, causing blood vessels to dilate.
Wider vessels mean a stronger blood supply, which brings a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area.

The CO ² kills fat cells, while the extra oxygen eliminates fluid build-up between cells.

However, Nick Finer of University College London said that while the therapy may reduce waist size, it’s unlikely to lower other health risks associated with being overweight.

“These injections are tackling the fat under the skin, but it is stored fat in the abdomen that raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease and so on,” Finer said. “However, if this can give patients the psychological boost they need to adopt a healthier lifestyle, then it can only be a good thing.” PTI

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Britain braced for heaviest snowfall in 50-years

The heaviest snowfall in almost 50 years is hitting parts
of Britain as Arctic weather brought nationwide chaos.


By Martin Evans - Published: 8:05PM GMT 05 Jan 2010

As the country was plunged into one of its worst winters for decades, the Met Office issued an emergency weather warning for all counties of the UK.

The South, including London and the Home Counties, were expected to bear the brunt of the snowfall with emergency services warning they are already struggling to cope with the increasingly bitter conditions.

Forecasters predicted that more than one foot of snow could fall in less than 24 hours in most southern areas leading to widespread chaos and disruption for millions.

The residents of Hampshire and Wiltshire were expected to be the worst hit, with as much as 16 inches likely to be dumped by the end of tomorrow.

Residents and commuters in London, which ground to a halt last February following heavy falls, were warned to expect a covering of several inches by the morning rush hour.

On the roads drivers were advised not to venture out unless their journey was absolutely essential, as councils warned they could run out of grit if the conditions failed to improve.

The Met Office claimed the amount of snow forecast could be the biggest single fall since the notorious winter of 1962-63, when some areas of the country were blighted by snow and ice for more than three months.

During that winter the south saw more than a foot of snow, while blizzards in some parts of Wales led to drifts of over 18 feet.

A Met Office spokesman said they had issued a so-called "flash warning" because of the substantial quantity of snow which was expected to fall across the south in a short period of time.

The spokesman said: "This kind of warning is very rare. It's the level of alert we put out for the floods in the Summer of 2007."

Forecasters have warned of little respite over the next week as freezing temperatures will continue to grip Britain.

Yesterday up to eight inches of snow fell in parts of the country. It brought chaos to schools, businesses and the transport networks.


Scores of rail services and flights were cancelled as temperatures struggled to get above freezing. The overnight temperature on Dartmoor in Devon fell to minus 9 on Monday night.

More than 1,000 schools were closed across Scotland, the north of England and Wales.

Police, fire and ambulance services were preparing to put into place contingency plans in order to maintain their operations through the worst of the weather.

In some hard-hit areas however emergency services admitted they were losing the battle against the bad weather.

The Manchester Constabulary issued a plea to the public to only dial 999 where there was a life threatening emergency or a crime was taking place.

And the North West Ambulance Service also declared a major incident due to the weather.

A spokesman for the service said: "We are unlikely to be able to reach patients with minor injuries or symptoms. We are having to stringently prioritise all of our 999 calls and dispatch our resources to life-threatening cases only. We would like to stress the urgency for people to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necessary.

"The driving conditions are extremely hazardous and we would like to ensure that the risk of injury on the roads is reduced as much as possible."

Ambulance services across the south were monitoring the worsening weather situation with some turning to 4x4 all terrain vehicles in order to reach patients.

South Central Ambulance Service which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire was last night contacting staff to ask them if they can stay overnight near their ambulance stations.

In London many ambulances were also fitted with special equipment which provide extra grip for tyres in slippery conditions.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the Government and all the services were doing everything possible to keep the country moving throughout the worsening weather.

He said: "The weather is taking a turn for the worse. We are doing everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum. The Highways Agency has kept the vast majority of major road networks running. We are in close contact with local authorities and it is a situation we will keep a very close eye on."

There were also fears that gas supplies could begin to run low if the icy conditions continue for sometime as forecasters have predicted.

Figures obtained by the Conservatives suggested under the current levels of usage, supplies would only last for another week.

Major sporting fixtures also fell victim to the weather with both Carling Cup semi final football matches between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa and Manchester City and Manchester United, postponed.

Elsewhere supermarkets reported a surge in panic-buying as shoppers tied to stockpile food supplies.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One From The "Horribly Wrong" Archive Laughing

Back in March 2000, Dr David Viner, a scientist at the now discredited
climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, was
predicting that kids in the UK wouldn't even know what snow is!

Fail.

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Big Boss:
Would be interesting to have Prof. Carter back on the show
about now . Especially seeing what happened in Aus.

I heard ya dude, and I had that in mind too.

Only problem was that Bob Carter was out doing actual geological
science aboard a research ship for the last few months.

He landed back yesterday, we spoke today and an
interview is scheduled for tomorrow(aussie time).

Meanwhile, here's an article Bob wrote while
he was on the ship with 50 other scientists.

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Scam of the century

by Bob Carter - December 14, 2009

“Today’s debate about global warming is essentially a debate about freedom.
The environmentalists would like to mastermind each and every possible
(and impossible) aspect of our lives.”

-- Vaclav Klaus
Blue Planet in Green Shackles


The bell tolls for the IPCC

It is a fine day, and God is obviously in his heaven.

I am standing on the helicopter deck of the famous science-drilling ship JOIDES Resolution. The snow-capped mountains of South Island, New Zealand, glisten gently along the far western horizon. A majestic rolling, royal blue swell strokes the sides of the ship.

Its origins lie deep in the Southern Ocean, and its crests are ruffled into a maze of small waves, ripples and white patches of gently breaking foam by today’s northeasterly breeze.

I feel like Admiral Jellicoe reviewing the Home Fleet on the Solent in 1907, for behind the ship bobs a flotilla of a thousand or more albatrosses, mollymawks and cape pigeons, most preening, courting, sleeping with heads tucked in or just lollygagging around in the sunshine, some few doing aerial acrobatics apparently for no other reason than the sheer zest of living; when and how this great mass of birds feeds remains mysterious to me, but generally their life out here seems to be, what else, a breeze. And that the stern flotilla is of seabirds rather than warships is particularly appropriate, for JR, as she is affectionately known to those aboard, is a research flagship for the environmental and earth sciences rather than for any navy.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be here.

The group of 50 scientists and technicians on board are drawn from the best in the world, and from the many country members of the International Drilling Program (IODP). They are supremely good at their highly skilled jobs, as are the ship’s and drilling crews. For a research proposal to be allocated a drilling leg on JR - which lasts 2 months and costs about US $15 million to conduct - the science involved has to survive the most rigorous international peer-review, at which stage many drilling proposals fail.

The drilling leg in which I am participating has been fostered by a group of scientists who are vitally interested in the topic of ancient sea-level and climate changes. Faintly, for it is far away, I remember that these issues are the focus of the current international climate jamboree in Copenhagen.

I grimace at the thought, because the study of climate change, under the aegis of “dangerous global warming caused by human carbon dioxide emissions”, has long since been captured by the small group of well connected, well networked and well funded atmospheric scientists and computer modellers who advise the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and whose nearly every utterance confirms their ignorance of the true course of climate history and change on our planet – a topic that is the domain of geologists, not meteorologists and computer jockeys.


All of which may seem a long prologue to the main Act of this article, which started out to be the relationship between Climategate and the IPCC’s COP-15 climate conference in Copenhagen.

These two events have been described in literally thousands of media and web articles over the last few months, and especially weeks, and there is little original that I can add. But for readers who may have been otherwise engaged, here’s a quick summary. “Climategate” refers to the recent leaking of a copious file of emails, technical papers and computer codes from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, which is the research group that provides the IPCC with its iconic global temperature curve since 1860.

The main Act can now be stated in two brief paragraphs.

The Climategate files have demonstrated the scientific malfeasance of an influential and internationally well networked segment of the climate research community. A small group of scientists and computer modellers - with the aid of an enormous supporting cast of environmental activists and organisations, self-interested business groups, and crusading journalists – have managed to turn the global warming issue (which in 1990 was an entirely sensible matter to have raised) into the scientific scam of the century, if not the biggest ever.

The IPCC is the official UN body that has presided over this fiasco. It is an organisation that was specifically set up to provide advice to national governments (including Australia’s) for their use in setting climate policy. The IPCC’s incompetence is manifest in its failure to detect the corrupt science that has for so long permeated the activities of the international jetsetters of the climate science power group. The organisation should be closed down (without tears), and the Copenhagen COP-15 meeting would be a good place to start this process happening.


But back now on the helicopter deck, a second Act is forming in my mind.

As I scan the horizon idly, it comes to mind that almost 2 km of drill core and exciting preliminary research results have passed before my eyes in the last 3 weeks, yet I have no research funding with which to work up the scientific results of this cruise. For the wise referees and adjudicatory panel of the Australian Research Council three years in a row rejected my application for funding.

However, as researchers go, I am an old fox, and more than content that my enthusiastic younger colleagues should be the ones to work up the main results from this cruise. My concern with the science funding system, then, is not a personally bruised ego, but rather for them – the scientists in the early or middle stages of their careers, all of whom understand only too well (not least from the example made of me and many other “dissident” climate scientists) that to get funding for their research they have to conform to the scientific political correctnesses of the day. This is neither personally satisfying and nor, most certainly, does it stimulate the sort of unconventional creativity and lateral thinking on which many scientific breakthroughs are based.

In 1957, the pivotal Murray Committee investigation into Australian universities commented that the greatest advances in knowledge came “because free enquirers have been pursuing their own ideas and insights, devotedly and with great persistence, in pursuit of enlightenment for its own sake”, adding that the university staff must be “guardians of intellectual standards and intellectual integrity in the community”, so as to be “proof against the waves of emotion and prejudice which make the ordinary man, and public opinion”.

Such old-fashioned ideals will doubtless seem naïve to the serried ranks of our modern Deans, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and University Presidents, but I’ll bet that right now the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia is wishing he had applied them better himself.

It’s not just prestigious science institutions but also the world’s formerly most excellent scientific publications that have had their reputations traduced by the Climategate scam. For instance, since the 1990s, Science, Nature and New Scientist have become renowned as propaganda outlets for the climate cognoscenti and their allies. For years now, these magazines have been providing pompous editorial claptrap to go along with their flawed environmental research papers, like the following gem from Nature in 2002: “The public expects scientists ….. to have high standards. …. Trust in science …. (can) be diminished by people who exploit scientific uncertainty for political ends, such as casting doubt on the evidence for global warming or evolution. A few ‘sceptics’ appearing on TV can confuse a public that expects monolithic truth from science”.

That the global warming scare should turn out to be precisely the scam that climate rationalists (aka Nature’s sceptics) have been banging on about for years is shocking enough; many future PhD theses and books will undoubtedly be written about it. Yet it is but the tip of the iceberg so far as the public prostitution of science is concerned. Climategate being currently in full swing, the obvious question is when (not if) the parallel Reefgate, Murraygate and Fishgate scandals will erupt in Australia?

All Australians should contemplate deeply the questions that are raised by the global warming scandal, including the systemic corruption of science and the dereliction of duty by media news organisations that it reveals. Key questions include the following.

Why has our formerly excellent national science agency, the CSIRO, been allowed to become a consultancy arm for the government?

Why, amongst other shameless activities, has CSIRO been allowed to go around selling region-customized reports that are implied to provide climate predictions, but which in fact contain projections that are statistically no better than flipping a coin?

(CSIRO’s back is protected, of course, by the doubtless expensive lawyers who have insisted that the following disclaimer be inserted in all such reports: “This report relates to climate change scenarios based on computer modelling. Models involve simplifications of the real processes that are not fully understood. Accordingly, no responsibility will be accepted by CSIRO or the QLD government for the accuracy of forecasts or predictions inferred from this report or for any person's interpretations, deductions, conclusions or actions in reliance on this report”. Would you buy a used car from these people?).

Why has the Australian Research Council been required to apply “national science priorities” as if any scientist, however distinguished, let alone a bureaucrat or politician, has the wisdom to discriminate between useful and “useless” research?

As recognized in the operation of our national Institute of Sport, there is really only one relevant priority for funding research, and that is that the research be demonstrably of world-standard excellence; which was in fact the leit motif of ARC’s predecessor agency, the former (itself excellent) Australian Research Grants Committee.

In the early 1980s it all seemed so simple. “We shouldn’t be wasting money on research into Greek pots, Minister”, said the imposing assembly of businessmen and bureaucrats, “rather, we should be allocating taxpayers' money only to research that is useful”.

Leaving aside that this confuses a vital distinction between the important activity of applied research and development and what is sometimes termed blue-skies research, thus begins the slippery path to the systemic science disaster that now confronts us. After the relentless application of policies like these for more than two decades, inevitably scientists who were world class at research have turned into scientists who are instead world class at identifying environmental scares, for that is the tree from which the money hangs.

Though it is deeply unfashionable to say so, providing public money for scientific research is justifiable mainly for the knowledge that it provides, quite irrespective of any “useful” discoveries that may result. For example, at first blush it is not particularly useful to know about the dinosaurs, but our society (not to mention Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg) would be much the poorer if we didn’t.

The history of science is replete with examples of serendipity in research, examples of which include the discovery of x-rays, penicillin and the transistor. Thereby, it turns out that spending research dollars is very similar to spending advertising dollars. Every experienced businessman knows that much of the money spent on advertising is wasted; large amounts of money could be saved if only one knew in advance which particular piece of advertising will actually work.

And thus it is for science. Support one hundred research proposals, and probably every single one will produce results that are of interest to some segment of our community. One or two of the projects will result also in “useful” discoveries, but I’ve never met anybody, and nor do I expect to, who could tell me in advance which two.

Behind the corrupted science of Climategate and the fall of the IPCC, then, lie not one but two things.

The first, which this article has ended up commenting on, is the degradation, mainly by political interference, of the conditions and practices of researchers who depend mainly on government funding – which is nearly all of us.

The second, which requires a separate article by a sociologist or historian to explain it, is the power and financial clout of the modern, ecoevangelistic Green movement, egged on by crusading media reporters and editors. The world has probably never before seen a propaganda and political machine that is as well oiled, well funded and well organized as this modern army of apocalyptics and their media flag-wavers.

Influenced by the media barrage, voters who respond to the siren song of the Greens imperil both our standard of living and, ironically, the state of our natural environment. Because every dollar that is spent on a false environmental issue such as dangerous human-caused global warming is a dollar that is not available to be spent on a real environmental or social problem.

“Think hard before you vote” and “don’t believe everything you read or hear on the news” may be truisms. But in the today’s charged media and political environment, they are also the most practical advice that can be given to those who are genuinely concerned to help conserve our natural environment.

Bob Carter is a geologist from James Cook University, Queensland.
He was not paid by an energy company to write this article.


[This is an expanded version of a brief essay published by The Drum]

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2009/12/scam-of-the-century

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome Fintan!, I should have known he'd be up to climate work amidst the crazy "dumb-assedness" of the NWO lol.
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I found this report on COP15 from RedIce to be quite interesting.
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Damn, Henrik would almost be Next Level if he STFU about Arseholes on Mars.
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Rare self-rolling giant snow balls found in UK

They may look like winter's answer to crop circles, but these mysterious snow rolls are in fact a rare natural phenomenon usually found only in the world's most remote and frozen regions.

By Heidi Blake
Published: 9:45PM GMT 08 Jan 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6950788/Snow-stories-rare-self-rolling-snow-balls-found-in-UK.html



A field full of hundreds of rare self-rolling snow balls in Yeovil Photo: Ron Trevett




The rare snow rolls are formed by a combination of strong winds and fresh, moist snow Photo: Ron Trevett


Also known as snowrollers, snow bales and snow doughnuts, they form mostly in unusual conditions created by a precise combination of snow, ice, wind, temperature and moisture on the prairies of North America.

But this week's frozen weather has allowed the snow cylinders to make a freak appearance in the UK.

Ron Trevett, 55, and his wife Aileen, 54, readers of The Daily Telegraph, were stunned when they stumbled across the mysterious formations as they walked their dogs in a field near their home in Yeovil, Somerset.

"We saw them from a distance on the ridge of the field, and we thought some kids had been playing up there and making giant snowballs," said Mr Trevett.

"But when we got up there we saw there were no footprints and there were hundreds of them – too many for children to have done it. We realised it must have been the wind."

Mr Trevett, a builder, said he and his wife felt privileged to have witnessed such a rare phenomenon. "We feel very lucky. I'm the wrong side of fifty and I've never seen anything like it in my life. We were gobsmacked to look at them there in the sunlight. It was a really impressive sight, and I took some pictures so other people could share it," he said.

Frank Barrow, a lecturer in meteorology at the Met Office, said the rolls can only form in a precise set of unusual conditions.

"They start off with nice thick layer of snow, with the top snow just on the point of melting either because of general temperature or sunshine on the surface," he said.

"The top snow layer becomes a bit sticky, and you then need a fairly strong wind. The sticky layer can be peeled off the colder and more powdery snow underneath by the wind forming a roll. In the first picture you can see some of the powdery stuff sticking to the lower outside surface of the roll. I suppose it is a natural version of making a snowman."

After being formed, the rolls eventually become too large and heavy for the wind to move, or are halted by rising ground or a tuft of vegetation.

They are often hollow because the weak inner layers which form first can easily be blown away, and the fragile formations can collapse in the slightest change of temperature or gust of wind.

Liz Bentley, of the Royal Meteorological Society, said despite their rarity in the UK, there is a chance of more snow rolls appearing over the next few days.

"These rolls are unusual here because we don't tend to have major snow events like the one we're experiencing now. They happen with the combination of lying snow and high wind speeds, mostly in North America and Northern Europe, and they can be as small as a tennis ball or they can be as large as two feet across – depending on how strong the wind is and how smooth the surface of the snow is," she said.

"There are quite strong winds predicted this weekend as well as more snow, so if people keep a look out they might see a few more of these appearing around the country over the next few days."
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/8447023.stm

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