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  1. because they are very difficult to predict I think, and as the scottish situation has shown potentially dangerous . Warnings are there to warn of possile danger, not as a heads up to weather fans.
  2. An observation rather than criticism, came in to see what the NW thread members made of the stormy weekend....not a mention of the nailed on interesting weekend of weather, but lots of talk about what for most is a slim to none chance of snow next week. This really is a snow forum rather than a weather forum isnt it. (BRW not saying this storm is going to be epic, but it certainly wont be a boing weather weekend either)
  3. Possibly, this obviously has been exceptionally warm. But we often have mild weather followed by some really cold nights, most things cope. Its often the non native garden plants that dont do so well. Japanese Acers leaves dont like the warm then cool combo and I had some ferns damaged by the beast from the east last year. Of course if these unusual spells of weather get more common and 'severe' nature will suffer.
  4. Hottest ever February day in NW England, 17.3 Levens hall Cumbria. Beating a record that stood since 1953. All hype though hey. What hope do the forecasters and media have, when, in the face of clear facts, some people still think they got it wrong?
  5. Yes! was very pink here, about the pinkest morning Ive ever seen, I would imagine there are no historic pinkness charts to refer to.
  6. Depends on the soil. Bowling greens and good quality football pitches are cut all year, same goes for high and lawns where lots of work has been done to keep it well drained. When I was a self employed gardener I had a few customers who wanted the lawn cut all year, provided it wasnt frosty and we werent having a wet winter that was perfectly possible and the lawn looked good all winter.
  7. Summer Sun is one of the most consistent posters in the model thread, his posts nearly always contain charts and useful information. Summer sun will still be making contributions in the model thread when most of us have packed in for the summer, the idea that he cant mention warm temperatures is laughable. At some point the title of the forum will change to something about spring......will every poster mentioning cold charts be told to go somewhere else then?
  8. That's not the models problem it's people. Anyone who follows the weather with interest and thinks the models have reached a point where they can consistently predict the locations of snow to within 10s of miles hasn't been paying attention. The weather models are a marvel of human endeavour, accept them as the wonderful but flawed tool they are, or enter the profession and work towards improving them, don't moan!
  9. Really heavy snow shower here, turned to sleet as it faded. Not sure it added anything to bits still hanging on from last night.
  10. I dont think I ever claimed it was a country wide event.
  11. Cheers good post, however I dont think the knowledgeable ssw posters ever said anything other than it is one factor among many other contributing factors. If this once in a generation US cold spell isnt at least in part a result of SSW, its a hell of coincidence.
  12. Indeed. I was reading about the extreme cold in the U.S. So I came here expecting to a raft of apologies to the knowledgeable posters who have discussed SSW events, from those of you who have been criticising them, I havent seen any apologies, maybe they are there and I have missed them........
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