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  1. Nobody will ever moan about August for a long time...

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    2. Atmogenic


      you're always going to get moaners no matter what

    3. Weather26


      At least not until next year when we're back to normal! 

    4. A.J


      depends on where you live tbf

  2. Guys I am flying to France tomorrow and hopefully back to London before the big storms arrive. So if it's the biggest since the 1990s, it's because I am airborne lol.

    1. Spikecollie


      Where to in France Robbie?

      Bring your shorts and t-shirt even if it's a short stay, we've had 31c today and it's still 27c out here!

      Hmm...northern France can be a bit of a devil, storm-wise, and certainly there is a bit of activity progged for tommorow http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-france/metropole

      It's hit and miss as usual with storms but I've had a few instances where the Paris airports have shut for a while during the worst of the electrical activity. If it's flying that you're a bit worried about, don't be. They'll get you there safely, maybe a bit late so have an extra coffee or glass of wine. They won't set you off in anything unsafe and the view of receding CBs is nothing short of breathtaking from aloft. As they say - sit back, relax and enjoy your short flight - and get cloundspotting!

    2. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      I went to Le Touquet for the night.  I was the pilot. I flew in a small aircraft ?  Flew back this afternoon.

    3. Spikecollie


      Le Touquet is a nice little airport! I've never flown in or out of there but I did have occasion to camp nearby a couple of times and visit the car rental desk (we had a fuel pump failure in the car near Berck on one of our trips and it was over an Easter weekend so we were a bit buggered but happy to camp for a few days and have a rental car while things got sorted as we had all our gear with us). 'Twas amusing as we took a few walks with our dog and quickly realised that the huge garages in the pretty affluent neighbourhood were not garages at all. They were hangars for light aircraft!

      Sorry to affront your dignity as a pilot but you came across as a nervous passenger! I always try to assuage flying fears as there is an awful lot of needless suffering out there! I've done upper hundreds of thousands if not over a million miles and haven't died, so I always figure it's worth passing on the karma.

      When I get enough money together, or find a willingly suicidal donor, I really want to learn to fly. Something gravitates me toward gliding first - the silence up there I guess among the clouds or even lack of them.

      I could be horribly cheeky and suggest that if you fancied a flying trip to the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (crappy mouthful, we still call our bit Limousin!) then I'd pay for the fuel to at least fly over my village...I don't have the space to put anyone up in the house but we do have a nice little piece of land (our nature reserve) where folks are welcome to camp.

  3. They say curiosity killed the cat.  But I am curious to think how polar opposite this Summer is? In fact, for me it feels very British. Rather than "Climate change".

    1. Katrine Basso

      Katrine Basso

      This is more typical of what we usually get and I remember years when it was not usually for rain stopping play at Wimbledon (which became a seasonal tradition to expect rain) but in the past summers that has become a rarity.  I'd rather see seasonal and typical weather in all the British isles seasons.

    2. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      That's why I think we will get heat, but nothing on the scale of last year. Probably a traditional late 90s style summer with plenty of rain.

  4. I would prefer a winter blast end of Jan and February and any warm spell to last from March till August ;) 

    1. karyo


      No thanks to the second part.

    2. Mokidugway


      Opposite  of above ?

    3. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      Warm winter, cold Summer?

  5.  % Percentile of hitting the first 30*C of 2018 today? 

    1. Mokidugway


      0% ,conditions are good but to early for that kind of heat 

  6. How can one calculate what the temperature would be Mid/Late July in this airflow? 

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    2. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      Thanks guys! So probably low 30's but nothing notably exceptional (except this time of year?).  Does the 850-1000 thickness of this time of year get moderated with the sea temperatures too?


    3. alexisj9


      In my experience, the temp here in Dover is normally between 4-6 degrees below the max temp further in land, so I'd say say the sea temps do make an impact, but it doesn't seem to make much difference how cold or warm the sea might be, during heat waves anyway.

    4. Daniel*


      Yeah Robbie in July the anomaly wouldn’t have been as exceptional still notable however the 850 temps we’re very warm but not hot, hottest temperatures seen in U.K. the 20C isotherm pays a visit a rare visitor yesterday think it was 12-13C uppers at most. What helped achieved 29.1c yesterday was that it’s been quite warm in near continent already we missed out last week so it did build.

  7. Flew into Moscow yesterday, they de-iced our airplane and turned us around so quickly. No problems! They really now how to operate an airport in snow.

    1. alexisj9


      Good to  hear as my daughter will be flying through there tomorrow, she's in Siberia at the moment.

  8. Perfect Summer's day here, that's what it should be. Although looking forward to some +30*c

  9. Trance Music, Strawberries and Cream, Wimbledon and the World Cup. That's all that Summer is about.. now for some Sunshine!!

    1. Tamara


      I prefer floppy ribboned hats although the sunshine, strawberries and tennis are appealing

  10. The Thames Barrier has closed 28 times since 6th December 2013, 1/5 of it's closures since 1982 :O

  11. We've had 5-6 storms this Winter that are 1-20 year events. WTF is going on?

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    2. summer blizzard

      summer blizzard

      Robbie. At the moment we see well defined vortex being able to dig down towards the Azores, this is spawning secondary lows being fueled by massive thermal gradiants.

    3. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      Thank you. I take it we are stuck in that mode?

    4. Coopsy


      I'd say a chance in a few weeks with possibility of cold and snow

  12. I guess that if the Atlantic continues, Summer should be good. That's all I can say constructive about this relentless crap!



      A washout summer you mean??

  13. Possibly Winter In-directly claiming a life. So sad!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-25924819

    1. vizzy2004


      Unfortunately this young lady was very drunk when she (possibly) fell in the river. So I believe Winter had no part in it. Very sad story indeed, such a waste of life.

    2. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      Agreed, so mysterious this is.

  14. Anyone got the New Nexus 7 (2013) - what do you think? Thinking getting it before Xmas!

    1. matt_in_dudley


      Weirdly enough I bought one yesterday. Much smoother than the old. Bit pricey though, for what it is.

  15. In which year was the month of September recording the hottest day of the year? Could happen this year! :D

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    2. Thundery wintry showers

      Thundery wintry showers

      That's still high enough to make it a tall order though!

    3. Eugene


      I will say we have no chance, roll on autumn

    4. Eugene


      You need something very exceptional to beat 34C in September, after the first week forget it

  16. Keeping my eye on the forming (possible MCS) over Northern France, has a direct heading for London and South East...

  17. Wishes that this time next week, we would have had an overnight MCS import from France!!

  18. My bedroom is sitting at 30*C, just slightly dropped to 29*C... damn!!

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    2. Bottesford


      Yep - especially if you have an open stairway rather than separate hallway. All heat from down here goes straight up there.

    3. Evening thunder

      Evening thunder

      Shutting windows to keep hotter air out, and closing curtains to reflect sun (as long as the side facing outside isn't too dark presumably)

      makes a notable difference I've found, normally our house heats up more but the other day I got home at 1:30 and it was 29c outside, only 22-23c inside

    4. Bottesford


      Yes if I kept windows closed my downstairs would be around 22-23c too. But then I'll open up to get it up to 24-25c so can be comfy wearing not a lot. It soon cools off again anyway.

      25c in bedroom right now - skylight+other open window makes perfect gentle through draught.

  19. Can't believe I had 11 snowfalls this year. festering amazing!! 12 from December - March 2013.

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    2. vizzy2004


      that impressive for your location mate, how much did you get in total over winter? 30cm?

    3. Robbie Garrett

      Robbie Garrett

      Interestingly only two of those days did it settle. Still Nov/Dec 2013 for more snow to fall, can't wait...

    4. Supacell


      Lost count of the amount of days it has snowed around here this year so far :)

  20. 9 Snowfalls this year, amazing!!

  21. So glad they have charged the evil that Killed Christina Edkins last Thursday, this poor girl should still be here today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21758146

  22. Actually feel physically sick, can't believe what happened to poor Christina Edkins!! 16 years old!!!!! So upset and angry, because it should never of happened....

  23. Was that Thunder in London?? Or a Eurofighter... was very loud/long and can't see anything that would warrant that amount of thunder except a jet being scrambled through the sound barrier??

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    2. IanR


      ooooo, its making me long for summer now, I alway suffer from thunderstorm withdrawal in winter, snow does not do it for me, roll on

    3. Aaron


      Don't see many storms nowadays so I have nothing to withdraw from.

    4. IanR


      we had a couple of gudduns last summer, one with constant high level thunder, and another later in the year with about 60 visible strikes

  24. 4 snowfall events this year, Since 2008, there has been 14 snowfalls that I have counted in London. Compared to 1993-2007, there was none for me. A trend that's for sure...



      Yep, a definite trend for the whole uk generally!

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