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  1. Don't worry I have cracked it - turning off station one and turning on station 3 ( to match the channel 3 designation) did the trick.
  2. I have bought a second hand Vantage Vue and as a start just want to get the station to talk to the console. It appears that a signal is received on channel 3 but nothing shows on the display. I have it set to receive station 1 but had assumed that the setting should be station 1 channel 3 ( not station 3 as channel 3 if that makes sense) any ideas what I may have done wrong / need to do to get the display to show data?
  3. Data from Photovoltaic Generation is useful for comparing 'brightness/sun hours' year on year for each month. Last Autumn and winter has been below average here in Puddletown but these past few days should be redressing the balance somewhat. ( I think that data set is only about 10 years old) I imagine PV output provdes a good analogue for plant growth / photosynthesis. It will be interesting to see if the absence of aircraft contrails will make a discernible difference to generation. Certainly it is nice to see clear blue skies again.
  4. Hawthorn hedges coming into leaf along the roadsides today and hedge sparrows busy nesting during the week ( collecting fur brushed out of our labs coat and left out for the birds)
  5. I remember it as Feb 87 - a number of ice days and deep snow was close to the Thames (lake effect?) from Rettendon and Northwards it was only a couple of inches deep but blowing around each day as it wa so cold and dry. That August we had flash flooding ( our village was cut off for a couple of hours) and then of course the October storm so a memorable year in SE Essex.
  6. Oh and I can add there are a reasonable number of wild primroses coming into bloom on some road and path edges. Blue tits have started nesti building in their box.
  7. Great swathes of snowdrops round here are now in full bloom, chives are up and ready for harvest but, maybe most telling, we have had frogs 'calling' in the pond outside our house for nearly a week now. That is a good three weeks earlier than normal. Let's hope they don't get caught by a cold snap.
  8. Reading the above (all of it!) with interest as the 'science' tends to get referred to in the media (how accurately?) but not published at length. Reference is made in posts above to the valuable stabilising effect of ice melt upon temperatures, and the impact of losing the latent heat element of ice. To what extent will this be offset by that heat behind adsorbed by latent heat element of water being turned to vapour? Trees are a major device for doing this as they can tap water stored below soil level. For me levels of afforestation remain a primary concern but I wouldn't love to s
  9. Fascinating. I confess the bit that puzzles me is the apparent mismatch between historic studies ( ice and sediment cores) and current work which seem to give different projections. Is there close correlation between the two methodologies for the 20th century or are pollen analyses in modern times perhaps overly corrupted by large scale agricultural practice?
  10. Do you have any comparative data on hours of sunshine monthly from October to end Jan? my impression for Dorset i s that we may be nearing a record low for that period - when not raining is has generally been about 100% cloud cover. Very few bright sunny days and last week possibly the first 'nearly dry' week through that period? what other counties similar?
  11. Maybe also depends on where you live? In Essex I can only recall two winters between 1962 and 1980 when there was not at least one day when we went tobogganing at some point but often it only lasted a day and could be wet snow. We generally chose to go out tobogganing after dark when it refroze ( and still do given the opportunity, despite ever advancing years and generally mild weather here in Dorset) I agree that a week of cold and snow was the exception rather than the rule - maybe one in three or four winters.
  12. Temperature dropped from 14.8 to 9.0 while I was walking the dog for 30 mins - I had to get out to feel the change!
  13. Yes the rainfall radar makes interesting viewing today which a very narrow and clearly defined line on the very edge of the cold front - this has still to nuddg e past us here - currently claggy drizzle and 14.7 but expect that to change dramatically over the next hour.
  14. Hi Mapantz Yes, if you haven't visited the village pub in Martinstown it is worth the price of a pint just to read the newspaper cuttings and see the photos on the wall. Fortunately the valley isn't steep so they did not have the torrents that occur in Devon and Cumbria.
  15. Still a tad shy of the 300+ mm 24 hr rainfall in Martinstown back in the 1950s! I would have loved to have experienced that day, I think it was before Global Warming really kicked in so I suppose on a weighted equivalent we should now be looking for daily figures of 400mm to 500mm to give an equivalent record.
  16. Two general points ( sorry - unrelated to Dec2010 post but I cannot remove that link!) 1. Re the SSW, as far as I recall it's timing and extent was well modelled. Until the second week in January the ' better informed' posters were very clearly saying the outcome very much depended on where the polar vortex bucket spilled. Yes it spilled into USA ( as usual?) but that was not a certainty and many of us hoped that would not be the case. A useful point for analytical review later. 2.this weeks snow and cold have actually been well modelled for the South Coast - even the stalling centre
  17. A quick visit to the MOD thread and it seems the New Year party has moved on. We had a round of Blind Man's Buff earlier and sat down to the table for Jellies and Trifles yesterday, but it looked as though that might get a bit messy so I popped outside for a breath of fresh air. Just returned indoors to find that the games have started again. This time its pin the tail on the donkey. This one is such great fun so I must stay and watch! Taxi has been booked for the 27th as we don't want to get stuck in the snow after that.
  18. Joe, I think if you align those years with records of solar minima there is a very close correlation. The reason I have been awaiting this winter for the last 15 years and will be gutted if we don't get a notable spell of wintery weather.
  19. Oh and I should add I was training them to retrieve across the river at the time - I suppose that might be called a Controlled Run.
  20. Just saw a little grebe while walking my dogs. He spent most of his time under water. Does that tell us anything?
  21. Dont worry Jethro - now is the time to contact Wandsworth Council and book a pitch for your Minestrone Soup and Jacket Potato stall at Putney (on the Thames). Those charts suggest to me that this time it is coming! Trust me there will be Mammoths roaming on the Somerset Levels by the end of February! ?
  22. Commodore has green all over the screen if I remember correctly? I am currently looking for a screen which gives nice purple and white colours like the ICON you just posted but with some white pixels added.
  23. RS, ones viewpoint must depend to some extent where you live - down here in Dorset we have been enjoying some wonderful, still, sunny days since New Years Day and cold frosty nights (just as forecast from well before Christmas). Had it been windy we would have felt very cold (wind chill). Before Christmas we endured weeks of wet and overcast days so this spell of dry wintery weather is most welcome and lifts the spirits. I tend not to post on such matters as I realise this is a IMBY issue but overall I think the charts have been pretty good. Every time we get a SSW there are what appear t
  24. Yes John and also thinking that the sea around our shores is still what might be called warm. A few nice chilly winds are needed and then things become less marginal. that said if we could get a truly icy blast from the East then the lake effect would be awesome - maybe that's what Met Office hint at for the New Year.
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