'Blame The Weather' As UK Heads For Unprecedented Triple-Dip-Recession

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How many 'dips' before a recession cycle becomes a depression structure? That is likely the question on Carney's mind as he enters his role as top man at the BoE shortly. As The Guardian reports, an unprecedented third slump in four years looms for the UK as shoppers stay at home and vital transport links grind to a halt amid paralyzing weather. As snow blankets much of the nation, it would appear the next round of central bank easing will be to print 'sunshine'. A series of economic releases – including weak trade data, downbeat business surveys and dreary retail sales – have fueled concerns that official figures out this week will show that output fell in the final quarter of last year. Now analysts fear a cold snap in January could lead to another quarter of contraction in Q1. The snow, bitter cold and harsh easterly winds continue to cause widespread disruption to travel by air, road and rail.  "Clearly, the longer that the snow and ice lasts, the greater will be the negative impact on the economy," IHS' Archer added, though we are sure we will hear of the 'broken icicle fallacy' soon enough.


Via The Guardian:



As transport services ground to a halt, Britons were unable to get to shops and restaurants, companies shut down early, construction work was hit, and supply chains were disrupted. Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said retailers would be particularly hard hit, as the weather disrupted Saturday's shopping hours.


David Tinsley, UK economist at BNP Paribas, said: "The scary thing is that, as the snow falls in London and widespread disruption beckons, we could yet get a drop in first-quarter GDP as well. We would then be in triple-dip territory, albeit for erratic reasons." With the Met Office forecasting snow in parts of the country well into next week, the economic hit could be serious. "Clearly, the longer that the snow and ice lasts, the greater will be the negative impact on the economy," said Archer.


The snow, bitter cold and harsh easterly winds continued to cause widespread disruption to travel by air, road and rail on Saturday. Further problems are expected as a blanket of snow falls across the country on Sunday morning in London and the south-east and spreading north throughout the day.




At Heathrow furious passengers vowed to boycott British Airways, the airport and, in some cases, Britain itself.




Some roads, both motorways, major routes and minor roads remained impassable on Saturday. Darron Burness, the AA's head of special operations, said: "With the snow compacting down and turning icy, we're likely to see treacherous driving conditions throughout the weekend. Any fresh snow on top will just add to the problems."

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gwar5's picture

Neither of you know anything.


East Anglia Univ., et.al, lied and got caught redhanded, and admitted it. They are no longer legitimate scientists or climatologists, they were outed as computer skewers hiding the decline. Some of their 'peer reviewed data' were actually found to be Sherpa guide anecdotes lifted from travel magazines.  Is only much much worse from there....

Bitter Clingers should be happy Doomsday was called off in 2009 and planet is safe. Was only a willful misdiagnosis from quacks trying to harvest healthy kidneys. 


gwar5's picture

Antarctica has had record cold for 6 years running. Massive Eastern shelf dwarfs the Western shelf, where alarmists like to show pictures of glaciers naturally breaking off. Elsewhere, US makes up only 1.6% of Earths surface; and, there's been no global warming for 16 years. China, record cold.


In 1988 globalists removed 75% of global temperature readings from the data calculations, but mostly, all were from the cold stations. Then in 1989, without accounting for the removal of cold readings, Viola! Global warming was announced! Did they reallly think no one would notice?  A mere 10 years earlier, in 1979, the same freaks said they had to cover the polar regions with soot to prevent a new Ice Age.

There's been no warming for so long the freaks are now actually going back, manipulating the recent historical data to make it look colder, so the last 16 years will look hotter. Same shit they did to try and airbrush away the Medieval Warming Period 950-1350 A.D. Of course, the Vikings knew very well it got warmer, because the break in sea ice allowed them to sail South and invade Europe.

AGW is just another massive fraud and crime against humanity like LIBOR.




zedder's picture

Tell that to the people of Sydney Australia, who just had a 46 C day. The highest recorded in 200 years of recorded temps. And go to Richard Muller's site, funded by the Koch brothers (the world's leading sceptics) where you can see all the data, all the methodology and understand all the conclusions. Their is antropenic warming.  It ain't rocket science. The earth is warming because of humans. Real simple. BTW I get sick and tired of sceptics falsely claim that the world's temp has flat lined for the last 10 years. That is incorrect. 2010 was the hottest year on record.

Fedaykinx's picture

yawn.  anthropogenic.  i get sick and tired of people getting sick and tired.  so there.



joego1's picture

And so the 60 bazillion tons is assorted shit we pump into the atmosphere do absolulely nothing that effects the weather?

Fedaykinx's picture

i'm totally concerned.  soon as you get china on board get back to us.

JiminGA's picture

Your "facts" are simply wrong.  HuffPo misses you.

awakening's picture

'Tell that to the people of Sydney Australia, who just had a 46 C day'

Meh, try a minimum of 3 days at 40+ degres Celcius, not that I am complaining that much because we had fair warning that Australia is a sunburnt land of droughts and flooding rains (to paraphrase a famous Australian poem).

Floodmaster's picture

Too much infowars freaks on this site ...

Mentaliusanything's picture

Its Not a "Carbon Tax" its a tax on life... so say this carbon based lifeform.

They finally found a way to tax the Air we breathe.

Son of Loki's picture

There is no "weather" in the UK. Only rain and cold.


I once lived in York near the Uni for 3 months...I loved the people...hated the weather. The folks are extremely Stoic if not Spartan-like. It was freezing with 15 mph winds, ice etc and my British friend tells me," Better throw on a jumper, it's nippy outside today."

samwell's picture

Al Whore:  "Snow will be a thing of the past".  move along now serfs, I've got carbon credits to sell!

nmewn's picture

"And the sea laughed at me!"-King Canute...lol.

Fedaykinx's picture

great quote.  humans are all so wrapped up in their own perceived importance.

GMadScientist's picture

must be what makes them so incredibly willing to suspend their rational functions and avoid solving their long-term problems while they focus on what kind of SUV to buy.

Fedaykinx's picture

i think a lot of people are more worried about what kind of rifle to buy right now.

Son of Loki's picture

Snow is expected to blanket the UK for the next week, with no end to the freezing conditions in sight.




Airlines are gonna have a dismal year looks like wiht the ice, snow and broken Dreamliners.

ekm's picture

At least they have the guts to call it the way it is: CONTRACTION.


How about USA? Welcome to recovery?

knukles's picture

Fucking Booming as per CNBS, Timmah, et al.

yogibear's picture

To boost profits companies shrink package sizes and maintain prices. The US consumer is getting slammed with inflation and doesn't even realize it.

In the meantime the government reports low inflation.


booboo's picture

Non consuming consumers scare the shit out of the these blokes, this could only mean one thing by the twisted standards of todays econodopes, a non consuming household is a terrorist cell, round em up and let MI6 beat their feet with canes till they spend.

yogibear's picture

CNBS: It's Hurricane Sandy.

Acet's picture

It's frigging amazing how most of the UK is inadequately prepared to what is hardly unusual weather this time of the year.

They have salt to put on main streets and such, but things like airports and trains will grind to a standstill from the smallest things. A couple of years ago, trains stopped running at some point during Autumn because - get this - there were to many leafs in the tracks!

I blame it on British management - shot from the hip, incompetent assholes who will cut everything down to the thinest margin to pad up their bonuses while never preparing for the unforseen. Many great things in this place, most of them spoiled by the greedy incompetent assholes that run things around here.

And this is why this country has been going down the shitter for the last couple of decades.

knukles's picture

When I lived in the UK in the 60's long before mega bonuses everything was fucked up due to bureaucracy, regulations, work rules and the like.
Nobody really gave two shits.

The chickies were a hoot if you could get past the home dentistry


Bazza McKenzie's picture

The British Met Office has been preaching AGW for decades and assuring everyone that this weather cannot happen, that it is just a distant memory.  So all the government offices are run by people who believe Britain will never be blighted by cold weather, despite the fact it occurs most years.  Net result is they have no preparation to cope with the cold and anyone who attempts to prepare is lambasted as an idiot who does not accept the AGW religion.

Shigure's picture

Remember when the trains didn't run because it was "the wrong type of snow"?

Panic buying hits supermarkets:


"Shopper Rhiannon Griffiths, 38, said: "It was a real scrum - people were grabbing loaves and milk and dashing to the tills.

"I managed to get two small loaves and some pitta breads - but that was all that was left."

Edit: These retailers were busy though

GMadScientist's picture

Well let's hope they can invest those short-term profits and make enough to cover their stores being empty for the next week.

samwell's picture

And golly gee, look at the "house" prices in London:up 3.6% mo/mo and and 9.7% yr./yr. thanks to our good old monetarist supply side friends at your neighborhood Zionist controlled central bank.  the misallocation of capital is truly amazing and what is more is that these Zionazi fascist bankers will tout this as evidence of a strong economy.  strong for who?  British middle class? or is it massively tilted towards the bankster class?  I would venture to guess that the mansions are appreciating very rapidly and dragging all other housing along for the ride.  God bless the banksters, they never saw a depression they didn't think they could handle with a little bit of the people's money.

Acet's picture

Nah - it's all those wealthy Greeks and Frenchies (not to mention all sorts of corrupt heads of states from the less salobrious parts of the world) trying to hide their money from their national authorities. They're the ones that have been pumping up the housing market (mostly at the high-end).

Also, London was the main beneficiary of the £1.4 trillion bank bailout. Most of the banks are here so that's were most of the money ended in. The rest of the country is hurting a lot more, even if the BoE has done all it can to prop-up house prices (thus extending the bubble and pretty much guaranteeing that this country will be in the shit for a long, long time).

americanspirit's picture

Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old.

The good old days are here again.

buzzsaw99's picture

It appears that Russia is getting a double dose of anthro, arthro, fuggit, global warming as well.

q99x2's picture

My Ex got frost bite in the rafters of a southern California garage already this year. That caused her to fall 7 feet to the garage floor. But rather than chance getting tangled and stuck in the ladder on the way down she jumped straight back and landed on her feet. She said she is not going to let Al Gore kill her.

knukles's picture

An unintended consequence of Reagan closing the nut houses.

GMadScientist's picture

Are you gonna eat that ketchup?

Reagan true story: he would take a helicopter to their Paciic Palisades pad after posing for a photo-op with a horse because he was afraid to ride; talk about a brokeback cowboy.

Cabreado's picture

One might think the weather doesn't impact the real state of an economy.

"How many 'dips' before a recession cycle becomes a depression structure?"

"Recession" vs "depression" doesn't mean anything, other than in the manipulative heads and hands of those who pretend otherwise.

There is no structure.

There are fumes.




disabledvet's picture

this was an oldie but a goodie: http://seekingalpha.com/article/180623-economic-double-dip-try-a-triple i would look VERY close at the far left corner of the first chart showing just how ferocious that second leg down was in the 1930's. It's never really been explained well actually...although the commonly accepted view is that FDR's New Deal programs really weren't working at all and this induced a gut wrenching and MASSIVE second leg down....a "leg" that wouldn't be cured until well into the 60's i might add. Simply put "you can't understand the USA's post World War II actions without looking at the Great Depression first." A good argument can be made that the USA never really recovered until the 1980's when the USA really did have a massive boom in private sector job growth (and hopefully we are on the cusp of an even far greater one right now.) If i were Europe and the euro-centered London I would also be taking a good hard look at Japan "post bubble" as well. Classic "trappings of mercantilism" issue. The USA has ALWAYS been about the creation of internal demand. This country has NEVER had an export led recovery...not because the USA doesn't produce amazing stuff (indeed it does...most amazing stuff in the world in my view) but because the ability to making pricing "stick" is next to impossible in the American economy. it is for lack of a better term "too productive." with the EU now following Japan into the USA to "create demand" i think they will be shocked at just how ferociously competitive it is over here. "Bring your A Game" cuz if GM produced 90 million chevy small block V8's "they aim to beat that record with the Chevy Volt engine platform." oh, and "Ford want's to break that record first" i might add...

caimen garou's picture

Ah, the good old blame game! every excuse in the book for the failing economies around the world, global warming, did'nt have my coffee, the dog ate my homework. why can't our fearless leaders grow a set and admit that we are in a global financial cluster-fuck!

nmewn's picture

They would have to admit they themselves are "subprime"...ain't gonna happen...the beatings will continue until the morale improves ;-)

Intoxicologist's picture

How many licks does it take to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop?


One, two.....<crunch>, threeee.

nmewn's picture

I've found an unfamiliar object in my pocket!

andrewp111's picture

Dips from weather are cyclical and self-correcting. Eventually, the spring arrives, the snow melts, and all those starved shoppers flood into the stores and make up for lost shopping. It is called a seasonal adjustment.

knukles's picture

Anthropogenic statistical redaction

neutrinoman's picture

Global warming on a rampage!

Atomizer's picture

Global warming fraud strikes again….Hoo ur we tae subverse public minds tae follaw th' carbon tax road? 


3MIN News January 20, 2013


gwar5's picture

Pretty sure USA is in Depression already, and a big leg down is yet to come.  


Shadowstats, in real terms: GDP negative since 2006, cumulative > 10% loss of GDP. Unemployment is 14 or 23% (U-6 vs Alt. stats). Real inflation is 6%, or 9.3%, if using 1980 methodology. Sure UK is fudging all their numbers too.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

ANY weather we get ,period,is Centrally Planned,and delivered to us all via jet tankers and HAARP.

Now eat your peas.

Silly rabbits,any one who has half a brain knows that.

pasttense's picture

If there is a temporary slowdown because of the bad weather, there will be a bounceback when the good weather returns. People will restock their pantries for example.

FiatFapper's picture

Stop berating my beloved country.

We are the shining light of capitalism, democracy and humour. An island nation swimming in a sea of despair surrounded by leaches.

Did i do good? Am i safe from 'their lists'?

All hail cameron and his mighty leadership as he steers the Brittania to pastures greener.