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  1. A rather bland period of weather here. After the fail February, March is turning out to be a really boring one this year: too warm for late snow but not warm enough to get an early taste of summer. Just a bunch of unsettled, autumnal 10-15C days with chilly but not frosty nights. Sunday might reach 19C but then it's right back to tedium again. Yawn.
  2. 19C here yesterday. Almost felt like summer never mind spring. I saw my first wasp of the year too. Sharp contrast with the same date last year!
  3. Even in Slovakia February is turning into a bust. There was a bit of snow in the first week but it's been like spring ever since then. A chilly weekend coming up but then back to the double-digit highs. What a bummer. I hope March makes up for this nothing February.
  4. We'll see. The 12z ECM is mild, the 00z less so. The only agreement is for Saturday to be mild but that's still some way off. Here the forecasts in recent days have been wrong 24 hours out. This weekend in Bratislava was supposed to be 4-5C. Instead we've had 15-20cm of snow and there's more unforecast snow today. I guess I should start a Slovakia thread at some point...
  5. January 2001 was a good winter one for the NW. First one I remember seeing was the central lunar eclipse of April 1996.
  6. Came right in the middle of a freezing spell when clear skies are usually a given. If I remember correctly a band of snow hit the SW the previous day and moved north, leaving nothing but annoying clag by the time it reached NW England.
  7. I can outdo you in the crappy-phone-pic stakes, BFTV. First one is a case of "Spot The Eclipsed Moon". Second is the moon starting to leave the Earth's shadow a short time ago (thought that one came out quite well considering).
  8. It's been snowing here every day since I came back on Tuesday, though there have been thaws (without which I'd probably be buried by now - I can well imagine there being metres of snow in the Alps). Maximum depth has been 20-25cm; now it's more like 15cm in undisturbed areas with more coming down. I'm going to head up to the nearby hills (about 500m) tomorrow to see what it's like. I've been up there before when there's been half a metre lying with virtually nothing lower down.
  9. AderynCoch

    In Memoriam

    Genuinely shocked. I had no idea she was ill. She was the main weather presenter on North West Tonight for so many years. R.I.P.
  10. If weather could be compared to food this spell would be a boiled potato without even butter to slightly deblandify it. I feel part of my soul draining away every time I look at the forecast and see the same mind-numbing nothingness. If anyone has any ideas other than attempted hibernation I'm all ears. I tried thinking of November/December 2015 to remind me how worse things could be but that just made me feel queasy - good grief what a ghastly period that was.
  11. I've missed your posts Ian. Welcome back. Do you know how to stop the Balkans stealing snow from Central Europe by any chance? A deflector shield over Ukraine?
  12. I'm back in the hood. From -4C and drifting snow to this. i think I might hibernate for the next three weeks.
  13. Yes it's been a decent start to winter here but it's warming up just in time for Christmas (doesn't bother me as I'm flying to the UK on Friday}. A couple of pictures from the weekend. The first one is in Dúbravka, the last one is looking into Austria from Devínska Kobyla with the Danube winding its way towards Slovakia.
  14. Not a bad start to winter here. A cold week at the end of November into the beginning of December with some snow, followed by a "meh" week and now snow again. There was hardly any autumn this year; just a summer which wouldn't end flipping straight to winter.
  15. I was only eight at the time and don't remember this period at all (didn't have an active interest in the weather yet) but I remember Christmas Day 1993 being cold and icy, even if December on the whole was mild.
  16. Best - 2010/11. An honorary mention for 09/10 and 95/96 but this winter delivered the goods in the month leading up to Christmas. Shame about February but I'm still waiting for a truly "classic" British winter in my lifetime. Worst - 2015/16. 13/14 came close for its almost total dearth of wintriness but 15/16 takes the wooden spoon for its absolutely putrid run-up to Christmas (like the evil twin of 2010) with nothing as a consolation in the second half of winter. As I recall we eventually got some winds from the north and the east but the first half of winter had been so atrociously mild that it made virtually no dent at all in the temperatures - and conversely any time the winds veered south of west we ended up with temperatures in the high teens. How vile. I think I need a lie-down after typing that.
  17. First lying snow of the season here yesterday (only about a centimetre and it melted in the afternoon). There was more snow this afternoon but it struggled to stick. Probably looking at cold rain rather than snow for the next few days but the latest ECM puts me firmly in the freezer in about a week's time. Fingers crossed....
  18. It's definitely getting colder (finally), it's just a question of how much. The ECM brings a high of 4C to Bratislava in ten days' time but that's a while off yet. In the meantime I look forward to going outside in layers and not melting. One plus side this autumn is the colours. They've been magnificent.
  19. Similar temperatures here too. Not as warm as further south though - it reached 29C in Romania yesterday and 27C in Hungary on Saturday. I enjoyed the warm sunny weather earlier this month but I've had enough now. I'm ready for winter; a shame the weather isn't.
  20. There's no way Florence is entering the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps you're referring to the Gulf Stream. A coastal stall would be bad at the best of times but considering that the Carolinas have just had an exceptionally wet summer (the wettest on record in places) it doesn't bear thinking about right now. Maybe this will also reduce the effect of dry air on Florence as she approaches land but I can't possibly say.
  21. 143kt at flight level is impressive. I expect to see Cat4 again in the next advisory.
  22. Crazy start to autumn here. Almost non-stop thunderstorms since last night; right now I've got constant lightning and explosion thunder. God knows how much rain there's been today...
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