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  1. Ian, Please can you provide some clearer analysis or discussion to explain your view point. Or, it will just mean anyone can pick any chart and say right once we get to 264 on the GFS its nailed, or once we get to 144 on UKMO its a long way back, or that 300 chart on CFS is likely. It's cherry picking. It's clear you have a reason for repeatedly writing such 'long way back from there' statements, however until anyone actually knows why....we will never be in a position to either counter or support your thoughts. FWIW, wave 2 activity in the strat is looking interesting this morning, the
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  2. For what it's worth, UKMO note how MOGREPS ushers-in a much more unbiased flow after next weekend with N more unsettled but they also continue to stress possibility of E/SE anticyclonic flow, which although very much the minority ensemble solution, would prove "very cold" in their words.
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  3. When I first presented the Idea of a scandi high around a week ago, then over the few days leading up to that long post Monday the proposal was a ridge thrown into Scandi that gets cut off with undercutting, well I think that we do get the scandi high, however as MANY will agree, sometimes to get the cold to the UK ( Upper cold ) it sometimes takes 2 even 3 attempts & the third one is often linked in with a polar high- It seems that many may be looking at the wrong place on the maps - in terms of the azores low to undercut- Please remember this straight forward bit of info to get d
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  4. Upper cold potential has been as unlikely in truth as any zonal re-set. Mid latitude high pressure has been the most likely contender for some time The evolution of the pattern as modelled has been well advertised through the last week or so of November and into this first week of December. A transfer of the polar vortex from Siberia as at the same time the Aleutian High starts to retrograde westwards into the Pacific. Essentially we see a change upstream over the coming days from a +AO/-EPO pattern to a +AO/neutral to +EPO pattern. In this way, as suggested might happen, we are at this ve
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  5. I'm getting to the point when I am going to have to put everyone as 'ignore' in my preferences and just keep Frosty - I like the way he clings to anything positive
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  6. Wow, it's gloomy in here tonight! Although I think the output tonight proves that the next ten days are going to be uneventful to say the least, I refuse to write off December on the 6th! My reasoning for this is I believe that weather is ultimately chaotic and tiny things may have huge effects later. So don't fear, someone's going to boil a kettle outside in Mongolia in the next couple of days, set off a massive chain of events leading to a sausage shaped Scandi High and then cold fans can look forward to an raging Easterly at Christmas..... Maybe.
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  7. EC32 already out. Yes, signal broadly similar and confirms UKMO view on the flow diagnostics for trend period. Blocking to E/SE waning later Dec; average-mild anomalies splattered across output through to end of month. Nothing's a done deal, of course, but broadscale outcome is looking more and more consensual across all the key operational centres.
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  8. Correct - degree of mixing is critical and gradients hardly look especially sporting. Some areas will indeed be milder in strict sense (e.g. western / NW coastal districts) but conversely chilly to SE, albeit amount of insolation day-to-day hard to gauge given tricky boundary layer f'cast issues (not least prevalence and longevity of any fog, plus nuance changes in the flow direction such as more backed at times).
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  9. A couple of piccys of this mornings snow. Also check out the webcam at : http://gulberwickweather.co.uk/webcam.jpg although looks like I'll have to go and clear the window just had another heavy shower!
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  10. Yep. Word has it Steve Murr has trekked up to the N Pole and is building the biggest bonfire known to man in a vain attempt to heat up that pesky stratosphere. The predicted result is shown above
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  11. Unfortunately to get cold upper air into the UK you need a favourable vortex positioning, you might manage an inversion even with mild uppers under high pressure but that's it. There is no way to transport cold out of the Arctic with the PV stuck to the north, vortex positioning, orientation, whether its split is crucial for cold into the UK. You can manage a decent easterly even with an evil looking PV but this has to be aligned favourably much further to the nw. Simply put if someone said that the PV will remain in one and stuck to the north of the UK near southern Greenland then its easy
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  12. Why are people so negative? Yeah, the outlooks poor. Oh well, it's 3 weeks until Christmas and January, February and March are always better for cold. It might not be snowy but it's not zonal, the actual weather is the real thing to be negative about. It's been dull for months and will continute to be for another fortnight or so. Put yourself to the start of summer - it's like people saying 'THE SUMMERS OVER' - 'THERE'S GOING TO BE NO WARM DAYS THIS SUMMER, NOT 1' in late May. Farcical. Get a grip of yourselves. Winter's only just got it's head through the door (in seasonal terms) - it's here
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  13. I'm trying really hard to bring all us coldies something to cheer on the models, I will keep looking guys.
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  14. The key word here though Ian is CAN. Just because it CAN occur, doesn't necessarily mean it will occur. In my mind I've pretty much written off the period before Xmas but that is just my opinion and I could easily be wrong. For people reading this thread who are lurkers its worth remembering that even in notably mild winters (and lets remember its the 6th December) it is very unusual for there not to be at least one cold spell that holds interest. 1988 was the worst Winter I experienced and that was probably a once every two hundred years event. In summary its about as likely to happen this
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  15. Any chance of analysis, data, quote, reference or indeed anything at all to back up that statement?
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  16. It's like groundhog day on here.....not just in terms of the weather either. Every time I view this thread there's a one line post from one person talking about how it's going to be zonal- like a stuck record. It hasn't been zonal for weeks (I guess it's another innocuous word threatening to be banished by the swear filter at this rate). Nothing more to say at present other than there looks to be nothing particularly inspiring on the horizon just yet. We get thrown a bit of interest (increased amplification) then it's subsequently dropped once more. High pressure around Europe starting to sl
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  17. Morning all, or is it afternoon, i'm a tad tired So my first port of call last night was Felixstowe Ferry, arrived to find quite a gathering of home and business owners getting the last bits onto higher ground so lent a hand to help them get done, amazingly they were all rather upbeat and excited about what was about to happen, the consensus seemed to be that its mother nature you can't stop it so you may as well enjoy seeing it. I didn't stay too long after the water started rushing in (and it did come fast) as the only road in or out would fill up fast as it took hold. So then
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  18. Here are some photos from the Ipswich Star of the floods at the waterside early this morning.
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  19. 1020 and still -4C! Approx 5 cms of level snow but up to 30 cms deep in places.
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  20. Dunno if any of you have seen this.....I guess the Volvo's a write off!
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  21. Quite a long way out to be calling that already. What is stopping the slightest unexpected movement of the jet and then altering the pattern massively in the long run? It is way way way too early to be calling anything in January, even from an experts point of view.
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  22. I think the fact that where we are positioned does lend itself to favouring milder Atlantic based conditions is certainly one reason. However, I can't help but thinking that there is more than a little mischief in some of the posts predicting mild outcomes way in the future, because said posters know they will get a bite from cold fans. Mild lovers seem just as capable of cherry picking charts to suit their agenda as coldies!
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  23. Afternoon all,Dont know how many of you have read some of Ian Currie's books, or indeed some of you may have heard him on Radio London and LBC, where he had a weekly weather forecasting slot, for a while, some years ago. You may well have heard his Radio 4 programme, based on his book Frost, Freezes and Fairs or seen him forecasting on Cable TV.Many of you may well have read the excellent series of County Weather books, based on major weather events in Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, etc, which Ian Currie was the co-author of.I contacted him with the view of attending some of his weather related
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  24. I am indeed Triple x and still post fairly regularly. Spec Savers it is for you then . Thanks for asking though. I really feel for all the folk who saw their homes and businesses affected by these events but relieved that for a number of reasons it wasn't so much worse. Let's hope they are able to recover soon.
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  25. Interestingly, and this doesn't happen often, the average surface temperatures could be lower than the 850hPa temps on some of those days in some areas.
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  26. Just been to Brightlingsea promenade, to witness the new saltwater lake there and the beach hut carnage.
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  27. Thinking of you and your family mate, best wishes
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  28. Gales, heavy snow showers and sub zero temperatures currently -4.7C with a wind chill of -12.3C!
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  29. Yep cold never gonna happen, mild is a cert, tho peoples opinion of what mild means on here is also up for grabs. Dont let the doom n gloom merchants Spoil your enjoyment of this thread. they do it for a reason they get a kick out of it. bit sad but thats life. Will copy n paste this and pm it as dont think this post will be on here for long. Feel your pain
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  30. This Fax chart is actually a better guide than the NMM has been - what we saw there was a decaying warm front, which is why it didn't bring any milder air but also didn't bring much in the way of precipitation either. The warm front won't push in until at least midnight but in the interim we've got a few showers forming in the very slight upper level westerly flow: When the line with the roundy bits on it passes over your house the fun ends and we all turn back into pumpkins for the next week or two at least.
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  31. we have now settled on our high being a sceuro block. some will say thats its bound to sink se into europe allowing a zonal flow across the uk. if so, thats currently conjecture. all the modelling i can see currently shows the block likely to keep a continental drift over the se of the uk. the nw half likely to be affected from time to time by a more pronounced sw flow bringing some rain and higher temps. at this stage its absolutely impossible to call surface conditions across those parts of the uk affected by the slack flow. we could be frosty by night and above av by day in weak dec sunshin
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  32. Hi guys, I never post on here as I'm still a huge novice but this is the 3rd winter that I've followed the forum. I just wanted to know why these mild outlooks (especially charts for 16 Dec, supposedly FI?!) are always taken as gospel and everyone is always pretty confident they'll definitely happen? Is it because statistically we're more likely to receive that type of weather or maybe it's because it takes a longer period for the PV to split? I'm just always confused as to why milder runs are given more belief than if the runs were currently showing cold? Many thanks
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  33. By the way, good luck to anyone making predictions for January being very mild based on a couple of days' model runs and some questionable historic parallels. If they're right I'll be the first to come back on here and congratulate their foresight (or sheer good luck), but I prefer to stick to the school of thought that we can't possibly know, six days into winter, what the weather has planned for the next eight weeks. The weather can, and regularly does, surprise us all, and I would barely rise an eyebrow if the models all switched again soon to a much different outlook when they pick up on
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  34. Just to add to my last post.....some people seem to think that the only way out of this pattern is via a zonal reset. That's not the case at all- if conditions become favourable upstream then it's still possible for a developing Scandi high or pressure rises out west/northwest. A zonal spell will be symptomatic of a poor set up rather than of a gateway to wintry nirvana.
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  35. I think this thread and Netwaether generally was a great source of national and local information!
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  36. Also I do feel the government's response was a good one, no matter what we might think of DC and his pals. The actions taken by them and the EA, British Army and other sections of society certainly deserve our respect.
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  37. I was going to update today as well suggesting something similar guys. The stratosphere is behaving true to form and as one would expect this early in the season. The cooling is driving the strong vortex conditions and the wave activity is just not strong enough to disrupt the vortex enough. If we remember the feedback mechanism described in the first post, then this year will be a true examination of that process. Come January, then I suspect that we will see greater vortex distortion from increased wave 2 activity - this will improve with seasonal wavelength changes through winter as they in
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  38. ECM has hints of something on the Wave 2 plots, however this dissipates by day 10, still have seen these build day on day also, so worth keeping an eye on. The 30hPa plot below gives a good perspective of the other warming we have been tracking. Whether this is remains in the surf zone ( Ed can clarify if this is correct use of that term) is also worth keeping an eye on. Hints of something down the line perhaps. Found this on Joe D'Aleo blog last night, a nice depiction of the QBO / Solar base states & the JMA plot of 30hPa temps With such a concentrated vortex can't h
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  39. Morning all, As far as I can tell so far that the situation would have been far worse for people's lives if all the authorities and emergency services hadn't been so brilliant. With the current one sided news coverage I am not sure how much we will see, but I hope if you were in an a red area you haven't been too badly affected. Interestingly I see that there are alot of comments on the BBC webpage on Facebook remarking about the unnecessary 24hour coverage of Mandela, so I suspect that this will be mentioned on points of view. I suspect the global event reason will be used. I haven't bot
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  40. Morning all. I've not had a chance to catch up fully on the flooding yet but a quick look in here and media sources seems to indicate there has been some in our region and also a few evacuations? Hopefully no more fatalities but I think there will be some inevitable damage. Lets hope that the worst of it is over and recovery is swift, it seems like many have escaped a 1953 scenario which is positive. Sad news about Nelson Mandela, but he was a very old man who lived the later part of his life to fulfil a dream of a freeing South Africa from apartheid and bringing people together - a very w
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  41. Morning all, don't think its appropriate today with what went on last night with the storm surge for any light hearted banter, so just wish anyone affected, all the best, and I hope high tides today passes without anymore incidents. Good luck everyone.
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  42. 12.30 and still nearly 50 people on this forum shows the concern and interest in current conditions..take note UK media!!!!
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  43. The thing that really annoys me is that if this storm surge was happening in America Sky and bbc would be all over it Surely our news service should be dedicated to public safety At least have an update every 15 mins
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  44. Inverness battered by severe gales, partially flooded, frozen over and then given a covering of snow all in one day, Scottish December!
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  45. A quiet night weather-wise. Still air, dry, fairly mild, kind-natured, soothing Moved by the Dimbelby Mandela programme tonight. Brought back my idealistic days of marches and hope (I'm nearly 50). When Chris Hani was killed and their country was on the verge of murderous meltdown Mandela spoke, almost all listened, and he stopped at least most of the otherwise probable bloodbath Popping off from this lovely thread, and NW, for a while, too tired, too much work not falling into place, shouldn't really be getting tearful when I put a Christmas tree on my shoulder and carry it to my car,
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  46. What do you think drives the NH winter synoptics? At its most simple concept - the PV is the steering wheel which controls the direction of upper air flow and subsequently the weather on the ground
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