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#1088363 - 13/03/2012 14:56 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
Chef Offline
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Steve if my memory serves me right around 1976 was some of the worst winters in my neck of the woods near the Scottish border, snow drifts above the bedroom windows, strange that summer down south was so dry. so was this climate change or just a normal weather cycle. ?? which probably means the same. lol

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#1088375 - 13/03/2012 15:53 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Chef]
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Some back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that March 2010 - February 2012 may be the driest two-year period on record for England: will evaluate this properly when I get a chance.

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#1089956 - 15/03/2012 23:56 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Chef]
UK Steve Offline
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Originally Posted By: ITD
Steve if my memory serves me right around 1976 was some of the worst winters in my neck of the woods near the Scottish border, snow drifts above the bedroom windows, strange that summer down south was so dry. so was this climate change or just a normal weather cycle. ?? which probably means the same. lol


December 1976 was quite cold (only 1981 and 2010 have been colder since). January 1977 was also fairly cold.


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#1093110 - 20/03/2012 07:35 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Monday 12th - Mainly cloudy and dry, but with a few bright periods. Max 12C, Min 6C.

Tuesday 13th - Mostly cloudy. Max 11C, Min 7C.

Wednesday 14th - Cool and misty with overnight fog. Max 8C, Min -2C.

Thursday 15th - A cold day with overnight fog and even a few snow flakes. The fog never really cleared during the day, which was cold and misty. Max 7C, Min -1C.

Friday 16th - The gloomy theme continued with yet another cool and cloudy day. Max 9C, Min 6C.

Saturday 17th - Mostly cloudy, although the sun did manage to poke through the cloud for brief intervals during the afternoon. Max 11C, Min 5C.

Sunday 18th - Partly cloudy with a few light rain showers. Max 11C, Min 1C.

A very disappointing week. Cloud and fog really pegged back the temperatures, low teens and single figures. Very dry too, with the monthly total at just 15.4mm up to the 18th.

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#1093142 - 20/03/2012 08:06 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Loc: Mena, Polk County, Arkansas; e...
Steve:

On my thread you asked how my warmish Winter stacked-up against other very mild Winters.

I saw an article in today's Little Rock newspaper (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE) about how the warm Winter is contributing to the early appearance of insects (ticks, flies, mosquitoes are already being reported in E parts of the state, etc.) and LOTS of pollen is already in the air (I can attest to that by daily sneezing).

Meteorologist Matthew Clay with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, AR said this Winter was the 4th-warmest on record...From Dec. 1-Feb. 29, the average maximum was 57.4F, nearly 5degreesF above normal. The average minimum in that time was 36.9F, 3.8degreesF above normal.

Looks like LOTS of rain is heading our way (now 4:05PM Monday) with severe weather possible. Spring officially begins in the NH on the 20th.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1094121 - 21/03/2012 09:48 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Wet Snow]
UK Steve Offline
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Here's an old BBC weather forecast from the peak of the exceptionally hot summer we had in 1995.

http://youtu.be/EefsCwQ_gTI

6 consecutive 30C+ days between July 29th and August 3rd. Longest such sequence since 1976 and hasn't been beaten since.

http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/Birmingham_Airport/08-1995/35340.htm

Also, here's a few forecasts from the August 2003 heatwave.

http://youtu.be/kKGtErewZtI

http://youtu.be/Ohd2PPFlutA

http://youtu.be/Iw8d9LoUjdI

http://youtu.be/RhE_kIOyz4A

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#1094141 - 21/03/2012 10:14 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Looks like a potentially big drought coming up / already happening in England. 14 day GFS shows no precip to speak of - sad to see images of dried up rivers...worrying to see @ the end of WINTER!

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#1095248 - 24/03/2012 07:33 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: KevD]
UK Steve Offline
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Originally Posted By: BNE
Looks like a potentially big drought coming up / already happening in England. 14 day GFS shows no precip to speak of - sad to see images of dried up rivers...worrying to see @ the end of WINTER!


Here are the rainfall totals for the past 15 months from the nearby Coleshill weather station (data from ogimet.com)

2011
January 36.4mm
February 50.2mm
March 11.2mm
April 2.2mm
May 47.8mm
June 51.0mm
July 26.8mm
August 45.6mm
September 25.6mm
October 32.8mm
November 38.6mm
December 52.4mm

2012
January 47.8mm
February 20.6mm
March 15.6mm (so far)

I wouldn't mind a cool and wet April this year as the last 2 occasions where we had a warm and dry April (2007 and 2011), the summer was a poor one.

March warmer than April is a possibility this year. The last time that happened was in 1998


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#1095369 - 24/03/2012 14:34 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Springtime Greetings Steve:

Hope all's well in your part of the world--I notice some unseasonably warm temperatures in London/UK lately (in the Weather section of the newspaper).

Our Winter was simply appalling in terms of lack of cold weather or SNOW. Spring came Very Early to my area (much of S US) and now the insects are already out in full force.

On my thread, you asked: Prior to March 17th, when was the last 80F Winter Maximum in Mena?

The answer is: 80F/26.6C on March 12, 2006.

Since 1984, here's the 80F+/26.6C+ Wintertime Maximums I've recorded here: (Keeping in mind that in the NH, Winter doesn't officially end until March 19/20/21).

85F/29.4C--Mar. 11, 1985
81F/27.2C--Mar. 12, 1989
80F/26.6C--Mar. 17, 1995
82F/27.7C--Mar. 19, 1995
80F/26.6C--Mar. 20, 1995
83F/28.3C--Feb. 22, 1996
80F/26.6C--Mar. 12, 2006

Hopefully, the early-season warmth will portend a decently warm Summer for your area of the UK. I'm just hoping our early-season warmth doesn't signal a prolonged and mega-severe Storm Season for the US.
Yes, there have been a FEW THOUSAND Daily High Temperature records broken in parts of the US during this recent heatwave.

Many Thanks for that very interesting link about the Yearly Weather Review for London. I've taken a look at it and it'll take me quite a while to read through it.

BTW, I'm Greatly Enjoying going down the city streets/rural roads of England/UK/World on Google Streetview. I feel like I really am in those places (sort of like a vacation/holiday in the comfort of my own home). Much of the English countryside/seaside is very pretty; the thing that strikes me the most is just how narrow those country roads are.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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#1095538 - 25/03/2012 05:49 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Wet Snow]
Mike in Canada Offline
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Registered: 17/11/2005
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Hi UK Steve,

You were asking this in my thread:

Originally Posted By: UK Steve

What's the earliest date that 30C has been reached in Canada?


That's a good question. I've tried to find out but couldn't find anything - yet. It would have to have been sometimes during the first week of April, maybe somewhere in Southern Ontario or Quebec.

I can tell you that the highest ever recorded temperature in Canada in March was 29.4C in Wallaceburg, ON, just NE of Windsor, ON by Lake St. Clair (the big lake which sits on the US-Canadian border east of Detroit/Windsor). This was on March 26, 1921.

This year's heatwave has seen the hottest temp come very close to the Canadian record March highest stated above. Western Head in southern Nova Scotia, SE of Halifax, was up to 29.2C yesterday!

The humidex, has, however reached up to 32C in Windsor, ON back on March 21 - the highest humidex ever recorded in March in Canada. The day before that, the earliest 30C humidex ever in Canada was recorded at that same city.
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#1095798 - 26/03/2012 05:44 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Wet Snow]
UK Steve Offline
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Scotland broke the record for it's warmest ever March day this afternoon with 22.8C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire (could be slightly higher once the final reading is confirmed).

A very pleasant 17C here with mostly clear skies both yesterday and today. Most people outside were wearing shorts and t-shirts. It's quite cool overnight, we even managed a brief light snow flurry overnight on Saturday.

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#1096014 - 27/03/2012 08:19 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
UK Steve Offline
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Monday 19th - Dry and mostly sunny. Max 12C, Min -1C.

Tuesday 20th - A pleasant warm early spring day, dry and mostly sunny with patchy cloud. Max 15C, Min 4C.

Wednesday 21st - The pleasant theme continues with another mild and mostly sunny day. Max 14C, Min 1C.

Thursday 22nd - A very nice day, mainly clear skies and warm spring sunshine. Max 16C, Min 1C.

Friday 23rd - Dry and partly cloudy. Max 15C, Min 4C.

Saturday 24th - An interesting day. Cool and foggy overnight with a brief snow flurry. Warming up very quickly once the fog cleared, feeling very warm outside in the afternoon sunshine. Max 18C, Min 1C.

Sunday 25th - A lovely warm spring day once again with mostly clear skies. Max 17C, Min 1C.

A wonderful week of spring sunshine and warm temperatures (for March). I noticed the first signs of new growth on the trees last week as well.

Daylight savings began on Sunday. Sunrise today was at 6:54am and sunset at 7:31pm.

The Scotland March temperature record was broken again this afternoon with Aboyne reaching 22.9C.

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#1096035 - 27/03/2012 09:45 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
Blair Trewin Offline
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Norway also reached 20 for the first time ever in March, with 20.2 at a site near Grimstad last Thursday.


Edited by Blair Trewin (27/03/2012 09:45)

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#1096229 - 28/03/2012 06:47 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Blair Trewin]
UK Steve Offline
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Loc: Birmingham, England
Scotland broke it's March temperature record for the third day in a row this afternoon, with Aboyne reaching 23.6C.

18C here with clear sunny skies after a light air frost overnight at -1C.

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#1096323 - 28/03/2012 14:18 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Steve:

Earlier on my thread, you remarked about the record-breaking unseasonal warmth in parts of the US.

To see the PLETHORA of High Temperature Records Broken in the Recent (& Ongoing) US Heatwave, check this out:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/records/

Cheers~~~Wet Snow
P.S. My town of Mena broke a Daily Record High Minimum on March 15th.

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#1096355 - 28/03/2012 17:10 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: Wet Snow]
KevD Offline
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Registered: 23/09/2001
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Loc: Bellingen NSW 2454
GFS indicating another dry couple of weeks for England - some big drought stories now coming out from the UK with stories of bush fires kicking off across heathland as well. Wow - not only a significant long drier than average spell but now some really dry weather just as it starts to warm up.Still not sure if I could ever wish you a wet summer though - you get enough of those already!
Any indications on the causes for this long dry spell?
For anyone interested here is a UK forum on the subject: http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/71020-2012-uk-drought/page__st__440

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#1096466 - 29/03/2012 06:51 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: KevD]
UK Steve Offline
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21C this afternoon at Birmingham airport. It's the highest March maximum since at least 1973 (probably even longer, but that's as far back as available data goes). Only the third 20C March maximum (the other two were in 1990)

Impressive temperature range too, from an overnight low of 0C to an afternoon max of 21C.

The nearby Coleshill Met Office weather station reported a 19.7C maximum this afternoon. 12 hours of sunshine on each of the last three days, about the maximum possible for the time of year.

Originally Posted By: BNE
GFS indicating another dry couple of weeks for England - some big drought stories now coming out from the UK with stories of bush fires kicking off across heathland as well. Wow - not only a significant long drier than average spell but now some really dry weather just as it starts to warm up.Still not sure if I could ever wish you a wet summer though - you get enough of those already!
Any indications on the causes for this long dry spell?
For anyone interested here is a UK forum on the subject: http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/71020-2012-uk-drought/page__st__440


This dry spell won't go on forever, sooner or later we'll get lengthy periods of significant rain. I just hope it can hold off until autumn as I really want a decent summer after five disappointing summers in a row in recent years.

Here's some info on causes of droughts in the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drought_in_the_United_Kingdom

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#1097271 - 01/04/2012 20:56 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
UK Steve Offline
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March 2012 weather stats

Avg mean: 7.9C
Avg max: 13.0C
Avg min: 2.7C
High max: 19.7C (28th)
High min: 6.7C (11th)
Low max: 6.0C (4th)
Low min: -2.5C (6th)
Rainfall: 15.8mm
Rain days: 11
Wettest day: 10.4mm (4th)
Sunshine: 172.5 hours
Daily average: 5.6 hours
Sunniest day: 12.1 hours (25th, 26th & 27th)

Data from Coleshill weather station / ogimet.com.

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#1097559 - 03/04/2012 07:21 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
UK Steve Offline
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Monday 26th - Lovely warm day with clear sunny skies after a cold night. Max 18C, Min 1C.

Tuesday 27th - Another sunny day, clear blue skies all the way. Max 18C, Min -1C.

Wednesday 28th - Very warm with clear sunny skies again. Warmest March day in 39 years of records at Birmingham airport. Max 21C, Min 0C.

Thursday 29th - Slightly cooler day, but still pleasantly warm and sunny. Max 18C, Min 5C.

Friday 30th - A considerably cooler day. Overcast at first with skies clearing in the afternoon. Max 13C, Min 5C.

Saturday 31st - Cool and cloudy. Max 11C, Min 1C.

Sunday 1st - Quite a chilly night with a harsh frost for early April. Dry and sunny during the day, although without the warmth of midweek. Max 13C, Min -4C.

An incredible contrast in weather this week. Areas of Scotland which reached up to 23C last week will have snow and temperatures not far off freezing tomorrow and Wednesday.

Wednesday's forecast maximum here is just 4C with sleet and snow and a strong northeasterly breeze. It's possible that I could wake up to a covering of snow on Wednesday morning.

Last week it reached 21C with clear sunny skies, quite a difference.

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#1097577 - 03/04/2012 10:32 Re: The UK weather thread [Re: UK Steve]
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Steve:

Nice to see that you are getting some powerful contrasts in your weather (in a short time)---as you often remark on the contrasting weather in my area/US and wish that yourself had more of it in your area. That's quite a good drop in temperatures, very respectable by US standards as well.

Hoping your Summer is a properly warm one & that the dry spell is broken soon by some healthy raintotals.

Kind Wishes & Take Care~~~Wet Snow

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