Big Freeze Flashcards

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When did the Big Freeze start and end?
November 2009 to January 2010 (3 Months)
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What was the operative cause of the cold weather?
A blocking anticyclone to the south, blocking the usual tropical continental air masses moving in
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What was the average temperature?
1.5°C
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What were the lowest temperatures?
-20°C (at night)
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Many places witness how much snow?
15-25cm
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How many people died as a direct result of the cold
22 people
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Why were minor roads not gritted?
Lack of salt to do so
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How many recorded heating oil thefts were there, and from where?
13 thefts - from schools, homes, and retirement homes
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Out of 205, how many councils had not received their grit order
75 councils
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What was the overall cost of the Big Freeze?
£1.5 billion
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What proportion of trains were either cancelled or delayed?
1/5 or 20%
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How many passengers had BA lost as a result of the freeze?
150,000
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What percentage of energy use increase was there?
35%
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What was the daily cost of insurance?
£38 million
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Why were local streams and water systems affected near Heathrow?
De-icer fluid run-off into the steams causing contamination
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What was another general reason water systems were contaminated?
Salt, oil and grit flowing with the meltwater into the streams
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Through what medium were Big Freeze 'tips' provided to the people?
Government Websites
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How did Coastguard helicopters help the NHS?
Took patients to hospitals
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What was placed on major roadways?
Grit & de-icer fluid
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How long before the freeze had the Met Office predicted cold spells?
30 days prior
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What is Network Rail's new pilot scheme?
Installing heaters on sections of the track
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In which county had Network Rail unveiled their pilot scheme?
Kent
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What is the future prospects of the pilot scheme?
That 42 sections of track could be covered by 2011
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What was the operative cause of the cold weather?

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A blocking anticyclone to the south, blocking the usual tropical continental air masses moving in

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What was the average temperature?

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What were the lowest temperatures?

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Many places witness how much snow?

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