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  1. It'll be a lot better than the automatic Corsa I have as a hire car this week... I'm NOT looking forward to the drive to work Monday evening 😞
  2. Nothing but snizzle all day, then a few minutes of snowflakes about 18.30 which settled to 3mm. Still sparkling on the garden under clear sky, but dripping from the roof. Currently 1°, high today was 1.7°.
  3. Nothing more than a bit of breeze here, south-west of Cambridge, a couple of gusts enough to knock an empty bucket out on the patio onto its side, and barely enough rain to wet the windows! I took the dog out at 4pm and behind the clouds, blue sky and sunshine were pushing in from the west. Cloudy and breezy now, but nothing of note. I had been so worried the roof would be damaged, a lot of tiles came off in a southerly wind during Storm Eleanor in January 2018. Just a few miles south-east from here, the roof of a hangar at Duxford was damaged and the adjacent M11 was closed for fear o
  4. Tuesday's downpours weren't much of an event here, the rain was steady through the morning but pretty much just the odd shower by 11.00. My grandson was enjoying playing in puddles at the farm, but by the time we went back up about 17.30 you'd hardly have known it had rained. "Where puddles gone Nana?" "Out came the sunshine, and dried up all the rain..." I'm glad the water butts are full again. The lightning indicator on WeatherBug showed storms moving north from Bishop's Stortford and there was plenty going on around Ely. They missed us completely, not even a rumble. We'
  5. Radar showing pink then dark pink since 22.30 but the first few flakes have literally just started to fall. There is about 1cm of snow left in shady areas around the fields from Tuesday night. Lowest temp of the winter so far was last night, min -7.8C, currently it's 0.7C. Visitors from northern China arrive tomorrow lunchtime. It's been down to -20C at night there but very little precipitation, it will be so exciting if snow is falling or even lying when they get here!
  6. Hail shower around 16.00, an occasional few seconds of tiny snowflakes since then but mainly if anything has been falling it's just very faint drizzle, 0.3C now.
  7. A year ago, on 3 January, Storm Eleanor had hit and I had a £1500 bill to fix the damage to the roof. I hate lying awake listening to bits of my house hitting the ground. This winter's weather may have been boring so far but relentless rain is just horrible, gales are damaging, and anyway it's lovely being able to walk the dogs in trainers instead of wellies! One more week at work then I have a few days' holiday to use up. It's looking as if the most interesting week of winter is still to come, perhaps it will be when I can get outside and enjoy it!
  8. A damp morning and dull day ended with a little sunshine and pink skies boding well for tomorrow. My lawn desperately needs cutting too but I won't have time until the weekend. I'm under pressure at work to book the last few days of my holiday entitlement, has to be used by the end of January and can't be taken in December. Ideally I'll take it when the roads are too snowy to drive to work... now where's my crystal ball...?
  9. I'm a few miles SW of Cambridge and it looks as if the red thunderstorm zone is north of the city. I was in town late afternoon and it rained for about a minute. Max at home was 35.5C, my weather sensor hangs from a branch on the north side of an apple tree and is always shaded by other trees. Having enjoyed a little break I'm starting a new job next week, having to wear trousers and a long sleeved blouse, really not looking forward to that after weeks in shorts and flipflops!.
  10. SW of Cambridge not a drop has fallen yet. Mostly cloudy, some brief hot sunshine, cooler and more comfortable out riding this evening. From the radar it could well be creeping this way, overnight showers would be welcome - I haven't watered the veg this evening. WeatherBug app (which I like as a lightning tracker) gives a 20% chance of rain at 02.00 dropping to a 10% chance by 04.00.
  11. I'm not far away, on the Cambs/Herts border. No rain since I think the 4th week of May* and the green on my lawn is all bindweed or dandelions, the grass is brown and parched, with lots of bare patches. It's heavy limestone boulder clay, my lawn and the footpaths around farmland here are crazed with cracks up to 10 cm wide and easily 25 cm deep. This morning it clouded over and there was a very gusty moment, enough to break twigs off the willow tree and blow the sunflowers sideways. BBC Cambridgeshire reported last week that the City Council are asking residents to water the young str
  12. BBC Radio 2 traffic report mentioned snow on the A39, seems to have surprised them too!
  13. I'm meant to be heading down the M25/M3 Surrey/Hampshire border this evening. Fairly sure of geting there ok but less certain about the journey home!
  14. I'm supposed to be in Stevenage for breakfast tomorrow and going to the top end of Hampshire for the night. Amber warning firmly includes the M25 and M3 - I don't think I'm going far from home! Anyway, the birds will be frantic Sunday morning if I'm not here to feed them. Bullfinches in the garden yesterday.
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