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In what was beginning to be yet another unusually warm winter, enough snow fell on southern Finland this weekend that it would have brought Britain to a standstill. Everyone here was delighted to see it. It seems to be something of a national crisis if there isn't a white Christmas in Finland, but I understand as everything now looks so much more beautiful and it really brightens things up on these short, dark, winter days.

My body seems to desire to be in the cold these days as well. Whereas a few years ago I just wanted to stay in hot, sunny places, I now find I need more of a balance and more seasons in my year and I enjoy being in arctic conditions as much as in the tropics. Shame I can't feel my feet anymore though.

Study showing length of the snow season in southern Sweden has decreased by 40% since 1960 (2.3Mb pdf)

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