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  1. Walsall Wood Snow

    Autumn 2018

    One way you can tell we're into or getting towards the cooler half of the year in our house is that the temperature inside starts to feel fairly chilly. It's 15.8c in my room at present. I know if that was the temperature outdoors on a Winter's day that would be classed as exceptionally mild, but indoors that's not very comfortable. I haven't put the heating on and even when we do in the Winter it takes ages to warm up and quickly cools down when it's off (it's an old house by the way). During the Summer though I noticed it was often in the high 20s. It's funny though because I like it to be cold in the Winter but the only downside to that is the house is bloody freezing. Then again even in mild Winters it feels uncomfortably cold in here, except maybe in December 2015 I think I remember it not been a problem (not that I wish for a repeat. I'm too much of a snow fan to want that). My mum however first moved into this house in the late 60s (it was my grandparents house before hers) and she remembers it before double glazing and frost been able to form on the inside, although we still get heavy condensation on them during the Winter months, especially in the mornings. Oh well, we're trying to sell up at the moment so hopefully our next house won't be so bad. It probably feels worse today because I've gotten used to it been so warm the last few months more than anything and its usually later than this that I start to feel the chill indoors I think.
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    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Maybe, but the thing that confuses me about that is the fact that Beltane is supposed to be around 1st May. This would define Summer as beginning around the start of May and ending around 1st August. Likewise Winter would begin around 1st November (Samhain) and ending around 1st February (Imbolc). These definitions would set the seasons as beginning and ending a month earlier than our modern meteorological ones. Actually thinking about it, I see where you're coming from if you think of the Summer solstice as occurring around mid June (actually 21st but give or take I suppose) which is roughly half way between 1st May and 1st August. They say every days a School day after all, thanks .
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    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    I always assumed that the terms 'midsummer' and 'midwinter' come from the fact that Spring and Autumn, though defined as seasons in their own right were also regarded as the first halves of the main seasons of Summer and Winter (by astronomical terms) respectfully, if that makes sense. In other words a solar year was defined as beginning on the Spring equinox, which marked the beginning of the Summer half of the year, peaking at the Summer solstice, or 'midsummer', then winding down until the Autumnal equinox, which marked the beginning of the Winter half which again has its lowest point at the Winter solstice or 'midwinter' continuing all the way to Spring equinox again when another solar year would begin. At least that's what makes sense to me.
  4. Walsall Wood Snow

    2002 worst year for weather?

    That snow I saw in Rubery late December wasn't really deep, probably only about 2 to 3 inches or so. Bearing in mind I saw it 2 days after it fell so it had thawed and re froze again. It was still quite a contrast to round here though and I was happy to see it. It looked especially good with all the Christmas decorations and lights around too which made it feel nice and festive. I think there would have been a lot more there earlier in the month though as I believe that area would have done better than here even. Here's hoping next Winter will be better still, for all of us .
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    2002 worst year for weather?

    I think the heavy snow we had here in late Dec 01 into the start of Jan 02 was actually a very local event, from what I can gather with places not far away missing out. I remember a friend of mine at the time who lived a few miles away came and stayed with his grandparents for a few days (who live closer to me) and he said there was no snow where he lives. I had a similar experience in late December last year, when on Boxing Day we ended up with rain and a bit of sleet here. Then on the 28th I visited a friend who lives on the other side of Birmingham (Rubery) and much to my surprise as we got closer to his, there was snow everywhere. I didn't even expect it, so that was a nice surprise and therefore added to my perception of last Winter been quite a good one for snow events, along with the snowfall of 10th Dec which we did get here, along with the 2 beasts at the end of Winter/early Spring and the odd dusting in between. Just goes to show though how local these things can be sometimes.
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    2002 worst year for weather?

    My weather memories of 2002 are as follows. The New Year actually started off freezing cold with a layer of snow on the ground, which had fallen on the evening of 29th Dec 01, along with freezing fog and hoar frost plus the canal been frozen hard enough to stand on. This is the only New Year I remember seeing snow around for, so at least it had that going for it. However I think it was by the morning of 2nd Jan it was all gone after milder weather returned. I think May that year was a fairly pleasant month from what I remember. The only reason I do was because I used to be a bit of a Star Wars geek at the time and that was when 'Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones' came out and I seem to remember there been Sunny weather around then, if not particularly hot. The Summer I remember as been pretty grey and wet though, as I do recall going on a caravan holiday sometime that Summer and the fact it was chucking it down on the way there (I can't seem to recall where exactly we went or even anything about the holiday itself though for some reason). I also recall the December that year because I was hoping we would get another dumping of snow just after Christmas as we did in 2000 & 2001, only to be disappointed when we didn't (back then I naively thought those previous 2 years might have been the start of a new trend of late December snowfalls). That's about all really I remember Weather wise, nothing much spectacular apart from the New Year starting freezing cold with a layer of snow around, even if it was all gone by the second day.
  7. Walsall Wood Snow

    Winter wonder is coming!!

    Been as we're now approaching solar minimum and last Winter was the coldest and most snowy since 2013 (many places didn't get much or any snow until the end of Winter/beginning of Spring I know, but here we had some snow every month I think, plus a big snow event in early December) so I'm hopeful that it was the start of a trend of colder and more snowy Winters and therefore I feel there's a fairly good chance that next Winter could be just as good or better.
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    What did you think of Summer 2018?

    Summer 1976 is probably more memorable for a lot of people because of the extremity of it at the time compared to any other year, in well years probably, plus the fact it still holds the crown as the number 1 hottest Summer, in the CET zone at least. I know 1975 was also a good Summer, but obviously that would have been overshadowed by the following Summer and if you consider the period before then i.e the 60s and early 70s it must have been a major contrast. I'd imagine say 1911 would also have been remembered for a long time afterwards for similar reasons. For me of course 1995 would probably be the first 'famous' Summer I remember, but for people who lived through 1976, it probably would have faded a bit in the memory as it wouldn't have been such a benchmark for them. Also the fact there were other decent Summers not too long before 1995, such as 89, 90 and to a lesser degree 91 and 94 (plus maybe even 83 and 84 would have still felt much more recent at the time), might have made 95 seem a little more normal and a bit less novel perhaps than say 76, not to mention at the time like all decent Summers it would have been constantly compared to 76 in the media no doubt reinforcing people's memories of that Summer. Beyond weather enthusiasts though, you've got to wonder if it wasn't for the media reminding people of the Summer of 1976 or even say the Winter of 1962-63, how many people who do remember these periods would be able to confidently pin these memories to their specific year of occurrence anyway?
  9. Walsall Wood Snow

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    I find this a bit baffling as well. I know that this statistic is for England as an whole, rather than just the CET zone, but I'm surprised that there'd be that much difference in the results. CET records of course go all the way back to 1659 and I'd imagine stats that we can rely on for England as an whole don't go quite so far back, but nevertheless the top 5 warmest Summers, with the exception of 1826 (2nd warmest) all occurred in the last 42 years, so does that mean for England as an whole 2018 is the equal warmest with 1976, but in the CET zone alone it's beaten by 2003, 1995, 1826 and 1976? As I say I don't know how far back these whole of England stats go, but they surely include all those top 5 Summers with possibly the exception of 1826. So I'm also curious as to how this conclusion was made.
  10. This September is looking as though it might be a lot more unsettled than was until recently thought. Personally I'm actually glad as whether it's really the case or not, there does seem to be an anomaly where September is concerned regarding settled or unsettled weather, which coincides with the type of Winter that follows. In other words more unsettled September's might be more likely to be followed by cold Winters than a settled ones. As I say though I'm not totally sure there's a connection but it makes me feel more confident about it if nothing else. October on the other hand is another story. I would rather that month be more settled with some fog and frost for good measure. Settled weather during October often brings more vibrant Autumnal colours to the seasonal foliage. November is more difficult to decide. Many might have heard the old phrase 'Ice in November to bear a duck, the rest of Winter will be rain and muck'. Although I do like cold weather in November I'd probably rather wait until December, if Wintry weather is more likely to be more frequent or longer lasting in the actual Winter months by having a mild more unsettled November. November and December 2010 were great, but after that Winter never really came back (not to the extent it did in those 2 months anyway) and January and February 2011 were a bit of a let down after that. Like Spring though, Autumn is just a transitory season between the main seasons of Summer and Winter and as such I'm not especially fussed about what the weather's like during it as long as its followed by a aesthetically pleasing Winter, i.e. one with a deep blanket of snow in my back garden .
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    What did you think of Summer 2018?

    Overall I would call it a very good Summer. Even though August wasn't that great, May more than made up for it, so we still ended up with a 3 month period of warm to hot temperatures and above average sunshine. It often feels pretty much like Summer by May anyway, because of the long days and short nights, just as it really starts to feel like Winter by November for opposite reasons. It still feels like Summer now actually, despite been the first day of meteorological Autumn. So as far as the extended Summer season is concerned, Summer 2018 might still have a bit more to give yet.
  12. At 16.6c, August 2018 shares the same mean monthly CET as August's 2012, 2009, 2000, 1989, 1942, 1935, 1846, 1795, 1789, 1766 and 1732.
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    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Still quite a respectful finish at 6th place, or 5th in the last 100 years. It was consistently running at 3rd place throughout July though, so it was a bit of a shame that August brought it down so much. Really been fascinating seeing how this Summer has been fairing against other years on your index, cheers.
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    Autumn 2018

    Like anybody I don't actually know what type of Winter we'll get next, but I think there's perhaps a higher chance of a cold Winter than was the case between 2013 and 2017. I think last Winter (which extended into early Spring) perhaps marked the start of a trend towards colder and more snowy Winters. I say this as they often seem to come in clusters of close proximity. The last such one was of course the period from about 2008 to 2013. Other past clusters have been those from say 1993 to 1997 or the really long period from 1976 to 1987. I'm hoping that 2017 marked the beginning of a new cluster. On the other hand it could turn out to be an isolated case in a group of milder Winters. It should be noted though that even in periods where cold Winters are more dominant, they can be and often are broken by individual milder Winters, such as 2011/12 in the 2008 to 2013 period. As for this Autumn, I have no idea beyond the beginning of September looking like it might be warm and dry. I'm hoping that we get some cool foggy and frosty conditions though at least later in the season as we head closer to Winter and maybe some snow as well as a bonus, though I'm willing to wait until Winter proper for that really.
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    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Good job it's got more than 4 months to change. How depressing would that be.
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