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Eabie

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    Coventry, West Midlands
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    History, politics, collecting DVDs (movies and television), Kate Bush, and the weather (especially storms).
  1. Coventry just had its first proper thunderstorm since I moved here in May last year! The storms of June 28th just missed us here, producing distant thunder and about 5 minutes of very torrential rain. This time the thundershower passed overhead, and I saw a flash of lightning (as well as heard plenty of close thunder) and the rain was again torrential. While this year hasn't been anything too remarkable for storms, it's been a darn sight better than last year (not that that's very hard -- 2011 was beyond pathetic)... both because I've heard a lot more thunder (including the two most notable events, June 28th and today) and because I went back to visit my family in Canada for two weeks, and saw a handful of storms while there.
  2. With all the storm talk on this forum the last few days, I just wanted to say that the models for June 30th in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, are showing a high of 31 C, with dew points of 25 C, 5000 J/KG of CAPE, and deep shear of 40-60 kts with a cold front coming through later. Probably too high to be real, but nonetheless forecasters believe the cap will lift by early evening at the latest and the potential is there for some very severe storms. I truly love England.... but it's times like this I wish I was back in Winnipeg, for Thursday evening at least.
  3. It's still a bit early, but models are showing a major blizzard affecting southern Manitoba and much of Ontario in the New Year period (31 Dec - 1 Jan). I'm in the UK until the 5th though so I'll miss it if it materializes.
  4. Not too much to say for Winnipeg over the next several days. The biggest story is probably the cold. There's an arctic airmass that's going to be sending nightly lows to around the -30 mark, with highs around -20. The cold snap will last until about mid-week, by which point I'll have hightailed it to the UK to enjoy Christmas and New Year with my partner. Won't be back until January 5th.
  5. Gone pretty sedate here as well. After the late-November snow dumping (55.6 cm in little more than a week), there's been little of note to remark on. There's a fast-paced little clipper system passing through tonight and tomorrow, but it's not depositing a lot of snow here (maybe 3-7 cm with some gusty winds). Tomorrow's high is a positively balmy -1 C... but then the following day it's only -17, then -19, then -21. LOL. Who says we don't have ups and downs?
  6. We've had almost 50 cm in the last 7 days! There was a heavy snowfall of about 10 cm on November 18-19, about 12 cm on the 21st and then 23 cm over the 24-25th. I think there was a little more snow in there somewhere; all in all, it's been our snowiest November since 1996. (By contrast, last year saw a measly 1.4 cm in November and only 68 cm over the entire *winter*!) It's amazing to think that just a week ago there was no snow on the ground; it feels like forever ago because of how quickly and dramatically the landscape's changed. It's a winter wonderland out there now, hehe.
  7. Want to see a really cold day? Look at the records for 1 February 1996 taken at Winnipeg airport: http://www.climate.w...r=1996&cmdB1=Go Trust me, wind chills that extreme are not fun. lol. It rarely gets that bad, but I know a few years ago (can't remember the year) it was hovering near -50 wind chill, and if I took my mitt off, just a gentle breeze would cause my hand to go completely numb within seconds. It's awful.
  8. We're getting our first significant snowfall tomorrow as an Alberta clipper tracks eastward across the southern prairies. Environment Canada is predicting about 10 cm here, though 10-15 cm is likely in most areas (and hopefully here too).
  9. November 11 (and the day before and after) is the anniversary of several memorable weather events in North America. Here's a commemorative post about several of them: 1) 1911: The Great Cold Front and Tornado Outbreak 2) 1913: The White Hurricane 3) 1940: Armistice Day Blizzard 4) 1975: "Edmund Fitzgerald" storm 5) 1998: The super-cyclone http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/comment.html?entrynum=5 Interesting stuff, enjoy!
  10. It was 14 or 15 C in Winnipeg this afternoon -- absolutely beautiful so far this November. October was also mostly dry and lovely... so except for a somewhat wet and chilly September, and a wind/rain storm in late October, it's been an exceptionally lovely autumn here. I'm still waiting for the show to drop though...
  11. I assume you've heard of chinook winds? I think they affect southern Alberta mostly (Calgary, Lethbridge, and whatnot) rather than your area, but they can be responsible for some *pretty* wild temperature swings in winter. Now, I think I like the idea of a reprieve from winter cold in theory... just not sure about feeling cheated when it plummets back down to -20 immediately after.
  12. It's lovely and warm here in Winnipeg for the Thanksgiving weekend. Temperatures were hitting 25 C a couple days in a row, and tomorrow they're predicting 23 C. Well above seasonal. I guess this is what they consider to be an Indian summer.
  13. I think I'll still take 9 C over -30 C. I'm not sure how I'll handle all the rain - I normally like rainy days, but I know they're not exactly the exception in England. We'll just have to see how I adjust, I guess. The one time I was in England, one week last September, I was lucky and got all the gorgeous weather.
  14. Hehe, we do *occasionally* get wind chill readings (not actual temperatures) of below -50 C. Temperatures in winter are frequently below -20, and wind chill readings of over -30 are common. But it varies winter by winter - and temperatures can change quite quickly (for better and worse). Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures often over 25 C, feeling hotter with the humidity. The truth is, I think I'm probably going to miss the city. The weather can be uncomfortable sometimes, but it can also be unpredictable and interesting, with occasional severe thunderstorms and blizzards, and extreme temperatures. That said, though, I will still fully enjoy my first winter without said temperatures.
  15. Oh, and I think worst winter event was probably the blizzard of 5-6 April 1997. Blew snow for 24 hours, dumping 48 cm. What really made it "worst" was that it was was very, very badly timed -- we had already had a record year of snowfall and the Red River was already very bloated. Being hit with the worst blizzard in the area for, like, 40 years pretty much made flooding that spring inevitable. (Surprisingly, Winnipeg doesn't really get blizzards that often.)
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