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  1. heavy and prolonged hail shower just passed through followed by a single lightning flash and thunderclap
  2. We just had the mother of all thunder cracks here in Puddletown - it really shook the house and gave a very long rumble. We have shutters on the windows so I didn't see the lightning flash. Went and checked round the house and can see no damage but he dogs are refusing to go outside! No other thunder heard before or after this
  3. Thanks for picking that chart Daniel, it shows snow for Africa but not the S Coast of UK. Ok there is Continental climate and height ASL to consider, but even so it is interesting
  4. And many were looking at global patterns and saying, colder towards the end of winter - We are still in mid winter ( just it doesn't feel like it today!) I continue to watch this particular period of models with great interest as I expect a rapid change during the first week of February and then what might be seen as an unexpectedly swift return to Northerly regime. It is remarkable how often there will be a couple of hints a week to ten days ahead, a swing away for a week or more and then a suddenly reappearance at 48 hours or less. Put another way projections at 240 hours seem to to keep edging away in time with each run and then suddenly rush forward with a flourish like important bits of jig saw falling into place and allowing the picture to be suddenly completed.
  5. another very heavy spell of rain just started, this time with hail mixed in and a single clap of thunder. The local rivers are now just overtopping their banks so the aquifers must be well topped up.
  6. We had a sleety squall shower in Dorchester at 12:30
  7. Yes you know its getting bad when we have to take sanctuary in here for a bit of peace and quiet!
  8. I suspect there will be some interesting discussions and negotiations going on under the Transfer Of Undertakings (TUPE) directives - the new operator effectively have to take on staff who worked primarily on the BBC contract and I imagine there will be considerable pension issues to cover also. I can imagine accountants and lawyers working late nights on this contract change.
  9. Yes, our photovoltaic panels last month only generated a tenth of their normal summer electricity output and about half of their normal winter output. Fortunately this is offset by a welcome lack of gas consumption on our heating!
  10. Yes a real joy walking the dogs this afternoon in warm sun and dappled woodland light onto fresh fallen leaves. Whatever the winter we will not feel cheated out of an autumn.
  11. Equally foul here - I'm sure we all have it! Thursday brought the first real flooding of our back lanes for quite a time - the best indicator that the topsoil is now saturated meaning excess run-off from the fields when it rains heavily. The chalk fed rivers are also beginning to rise after very low levels in October (which is a relief to see for nature lovers).
  12. Which is why the express keeps getting it wrong. Bring back an important piece of legislation! LoL Regarding this winter I have no extreme expectations but watch 2016 onwards with interest as we head on towards solar minimum from (a point where a cyclical high has been lower lower than expected) 2018 remains the one to watch for me.
  13. this site gives a good visual animation of how the low has developed over Biscay / France today and a feel for how the circulation might evolve from here
  14. just had a couple of rumbles to our sw and started raining here