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06/04/08

Another pretty good snow event, this time an area of heavy snow was travelling down from the North, as shown on this radar image. Had a good spell of heavy snow in the afternoon followed by some heavy showers in the evening. I also went up to Waskerley on the moors again, there wasn't any more there than at home but here's a few pics. Also had thunder snow on the night, a huge flash followed by and almost instant bang, very exciting!
 

22/03/08 - 24/03/08

A decent cold spell with North Easterly winds bringing some snow showers to this area. It never really amounted to much but Saturday, Sunday and Monday saw coverings in Stanley. Here's a couple of charts from the GFS archive from the 22nd. An image from the radar archive from the 22nd showing a feed of showers coming in on the NE wind. Here's a couple of pics from my trip up to the moors near Consett on the 22nd. Mark. :lol:
 

01/02/08

Another good snow event up here, it's turning out to be a good winter This time it was an area of precipitation moving slowly south with cold northerly winds digging in behind. There was a warm sector of air coming into eastern parts, shown on the chart below, which mean there was no snow at low levels in the east, but up here on higher ground we had a few hours of snow, from about 11am - 4pm. Here is the snow on the Netweather radar not long before it cleared south. And heres a photo from my house late afternoon after getting sent home from work early :unsure: It's hard to say how much fell, with the winds being strong some parts had little snow settling whereas other places had a few inches. Next day I went up to Waskerley on the moors and got some more pics, heres just a couple of them. These entries are getting longer every time! Mark
 

21/01/08

Deepest snow this winter! All came from a low pressure system crossing the country with lots of rain and cold air from the north turning it to snow. Here's the Netweather radar showing accumilated rainfall between 8 am - 8 pm, most of which fell as snow on higher ground in the north. Here's the setup for the day showing the LP and cold air from the north. Started to settle about 9:30 in Consett, County Durham, and from then on it just built up all day, hardly stopping. Heres some photos. First one about 12:00, next two about 13:30, next one at 16:00 and last one at 17:00. A realistic estimate would be 4 inches. A very nice day! Mark.
 

03/01/08

Turned out to be quite a good easterly up here. Snow showers on and off through the day left about 2 inches of lying snow. Heres two pics from my car at work in Consett around lunchtime. By the time I left work at 5pm there was a fair bit more. Got home to a good covering too, slightly less than Consett but it still must have been around 2 inches. Heres a couple of pics that show the depth at about 8 pm on the evening. Woke up to rain the next morning but it turned back to snow for a short time at about 8am. Just about gone now at 7pm on the 4th. Mark.
 

08/12/07

First snow of the season! Westerly winds bring milder weather and rain from the west but as it comes up against the cold air it turns to snow. Ground above about 150m had a good couple of hours of persistant snow which was pretty unexpected. There were a couple of inches around this area in places like Consett. Not expecting anything in Stanley I drove up to the moors towards Stanhope where its about 500m asl. On the way it started snowing quite heavy and by the time I got up there the snow was already settling everywhere including on the roads making it very slippery. I got close to Stanhope and then turned back. By this time the roads were very dangerous, I was sliding from side to side even on a straight road at about 15mph, pretty scary. Got back to Stanley to find a good inch there too so I didn't really have to head to the moors. Heres some photos I took up there. It did get deeper after those were taken, that was just on my way. Coming back I just wanted out of there so I didn't take any more. Mark.
 

17/07/07

Stuck at work in Consett most of the day but as I was heading home to Stanley I could see very dark clouds and occasional lightning. Took a detour to a hill with a good view and seen some lightning and heard distant rumbles. Here it is on the radar but it doesn't look much, it brough some flooding to the area and closed a couple of roads. Short video with a bit of lightning (you might have to play it twice for it to work properly) MOV00315_1_MPEG.mpg Heres a photo of the storm and two stills from the video
 

23/06/07

3 days in a row! This was a little closer than the last 'storm'. I saw a good CG strike and heard plenty of thunder, but it was fairly quiet. There was also a couple of downpours. Heres the small storm on the radar. Then a couple of hours later a better storm, closer this time with a few more CG strikes and plenty of thunder, some of it loud and booming Most of the activity was coming from the S and E but it was close at times. Didn't get anything on camera but heres a pic of the cloud And the radar around the time.
 

22/06/07

There was some debate about whether I should add this The storm was to my SW and quite far away but I did see quite a few flashes and one CG. Also heard some distant thunder. Here is the radar showing the storm.
 

21/06/07

Another one that can only just be called a storm. Here is the shower developing to my SE at around 5:30pm This is when it was a few miles to my east at around 6pm. I saw two flashes and one CG strike and heard some nice thunder. Heres the Netweather 5min radar around the time, it doesn't look like it but I stayed dry.
 

11/06/07

It's debatable whether this was a storm for me but I thought I would count it. I saw a couple of flashes in the distance to my west and heard some fairly quiet rumbles of thunder around 9pm. This was the sky around the time. And here is the Netweather 5 min radar showing the showers to my west. Mark.
 

31/05/07

First activity of the year A bright flash of lightning followed quickly by a loud rumble of thunder. This was the scene around the time at 8 pm:
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