You are right Brian. Here in the UK snow is something of a rearer outcome, Yes the years past are something to remember with great fun to be had in the winter snows, spring & summer just had a poetic theme about them I will always be greatfull for the fond memories of my youth
Ref: Sun fish. It's good to hear they can be seen off the Cornish Coast. But as I recall the Sea's around the South & West Coast of the UK are that much warmer & freer from pollutant's than the North Sea.
As of today it's understood that the North Sea is much more free from pollutant's than say 20 years ago.
As for commercial fishing I understand that the UK Government are now putting aside more areas for preservation as no go areas.
I live inland to the west of Clacton not to far as the birds fly but close enough to see weather front's and storms building up over the East coast. So as this part of the forum is for oddities of weather predictions. I can report that Birds are a very good source for weather predations.
It's well know here in the UK that Sea Birds will move a mile or two inland to the West if there is a storm front moving in across the North Sea from Mainland Europe from the East or North, North Easterly, or reverse if moving in from a south, South westerly around to North Westerly.
Larger inland Birds tend to migrate away from forthcoming bad weather.
We have very intelligent Birds here in th UK...How about the rest of the World..? Do you too..?