The UK and Ireland are in the midst of recovering from some of the worst weather they have experienced in modern times. 

Just last week, the so-called 'Beast from the East' combined with Storm Emma to create conditions that haven't been seen in these  areas this millennium. Snow storms, blizzards and strong winds combined to create absolute chaos, some of which will live long into the next few months. 

Experts have warned that the chaos will have had a severe economical impact on both countries and that the physical clean up from the devastation caused could take weeks. 

Here are just a few facts from the combined storms. 

  • It brought outrageously unusual weather, particularly in terms of temperature. It was about 7°C colder than the historical average for this time of year. 


  • Wind chill, mostly provided by Storm Emma, made the temperatures feel even colder than they were. Any unfortunate person who was stuck out in this weather would have had to seek shelter to survive. Homeless charities in the UK and Ireland made attempts to ensure that all rough sleepers would be given shelter during the stromes. 


  • Never ones to shy away from the dramatic, tabloid newspapers in the UK made the best of it. There were front page headlines that included “Beware Beast From the East: It Will Kill" and “Army on standby as heavy snow to cripple Britain in –15C weather hell.” 


  • Hundreds of schools were shut down, while roads were shut, and emergency officials told reporters that many drivers had to be rescued from vehicles that could not handle the conditions.


  • The disruption caused by the inclement weather could cost the UK economy £1bn a day, according to the Independent. Who knew snow days could be so costly? 


  • The Met Office issued a red warning, which is its most severe alert. It did this as temperatures fell and up to 50cm (20in) of snow fell on high ground.


  • Experts believe that the culmination of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East brought the worst winter storm seen in Ireland since 1982. They were hit by heavy snowfall in 2010, but it wasn't near this level. 


  • Five UK cross-country trains were forced to stop mid-journey due to the wild blizzard, the Telegraph reported. These included four trains from Waterloo station, and another one from Cardiff. Some of them were stuck for up to 14 hours. 

Weather has now returned to normal in both countries, but it will be a long time before Ireland and the UK forget Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.