All the rich, earthy smells of the farm fill the air. It's morning on May 11, 1944, and the bloodshed on the continent seems far away from this quiet field in south east England.
A distant buzz builds into a roar as suddenly it is not the bucolic scent of the soil that fills the air but hundreds of airplanes from the United States Army Air Force. The gigantic B-17 Flying Fortress bombers paint the blue sky white with their contrails. The morning ends up to be chillier than expected, as the bombers soar off to rain death on Germany.
World War Two changed everything about life in Britain, even the weather.
Allied bombing raids leaving from Britain seem to have affected the local climatic conditions. Rob MacKenzie, now at the University of Birmingham, and Roger Timmis of the British Environment Agency looked at weather records from 1943 to 1945 and found that after massive air raids the areas the planes flew over were cooler than similar areas nearby.
Discovery News recently wrote about how modern planes affect the weather.