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  1. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Spring 2019 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    I remember Feb 1998 when it hit 18C. I drove around with the window down with my arm out of window. Amazing. I usually hate winter (apart from heavy snow), but this winter has seemed quite tame. Very dry and now incredibly mild. It really is just a game of chance. My brother in the US has had weeks of sub zero temps and the schools there in Nebraska started off issuing snow days but it has lasted so long they have given up and called the kids in, even during a recent day of -20C wind chill and heavy snow. We live in a world of extremes. Just so happens this year is our trim for extreme dry and mild.
  2. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Winter 2018/19

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46835677 Plenty of snow not so far away. My feeling has altered now. We will get hit.. hopefully this month, by a widespread big fall. Keep faith folks.
  3. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Predictions for 2019?

    2019 will be yet another year of extremes. I am confident, going on past trends over the last 10 years, we will see plenty more records broken for record high daily CET figures, intense and prolonged periods of rain, long stretches of little or no rain. This winter looks like one where we largely miss out on the cold that will mainly affect central and eastern Europe, but we will probably see some snow in Feb/early March. It will probably not be as warm as 2018 was, but I will call a top 15 warmest CET summer on record.
  4. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Winter 2018/19

    Like many on here, I would love to see a snowy episode like Feb 2018 repeated this year. However, the prolonged high pressure we are experiencing right now is more preferable than a convoy of low pressure systems that we frequently get locked into. My luck may be about to run out on that score next week..
  5. I am calling for some cold shots in the 2nd half of the month. Will fall back to 8.9C after a very mild opening week.
  6. If we carry on getting continental blocked weather patterns, it is only a matter of time that it will get colder. Give to a couple of months and I predict a cold December if the pattern we have seen through much of 2018 continues.
  7. You're not wrong there. That was incredible in Oct 1921. The 8C isotherm was over England for most of the period! The middle period of Oct 2018 is looking very mild though. Some daily records could come under threat. http://www.meteociel.fr/modeles/archives/archives.php?mode=2&month=9&day=16&year=1921&map=3&hour=0&type=ncep
  8. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    What did you think of Summer 2018?

    I went to Provence in early June and it predictably warm ( mid to high 20s). What I didn't realise was when I came home, it continued in this vein week after week. After a week of uncomfortable sleeping, I pitched a tent in the garden and stayed there for 6 weeks! Incredible summer.
  9. 13C. The first half of October is heading into warmest on record territory..
  10. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Autumn 2018

    How close are we to this September being the sunniest on record? Does anyone have a link to the sunshine record for September in the UK, and if Sept 2018 if anywhere near beating it?
  11. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Mid Summer Report on 2018

    I see Drought 2018 post is similar to this, so you can delete this thread if you wish.
  12. So we have just gone past the midway point of the Meteorological summer. How is it faring against the legendary summer of yesteryear (1976, 1983, 1995, 2003, 2006)? For instance is June/ July 2018 close to 1976 in terms of temperature and rainfall up to the middle of July? I am going to stick my neck out here, judging by the extended forecast and say 2018 will be drier than 1976 up to the end of July. I think it may fall short on temperature.
  13. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Best and Worst Summers?

    I like summer warmth late on as the nights are drawing in. 2006 was great. I wasn't in the UK for much of August 1995, so I can't comment on that one. This summer is shaping up to be my new no1. Too hot to work in, but being able to walk around in shorts and flip flops and be warm at 8am and 9pm for weeks at a time is amazing! Feels like I am in Provence not Coventry.
  14. It's not so much 21C that I need, it is a balance. If I see a forecast of 2 rainy days followed by 2 sunny days, I can cope knowing the sun will be out soon. Let's face it, we live in the UK, not Spain. The grass is green here for a reason. I struggle when the extended forecast is showing a rain symbol every day for a week. That has happened a few times this year. I agree people have different thresholds for the kind of temperature they enjoy. There is a lot to be said for 10-14C and sun with a light breeze. You can do hard outdoor work without raising a sweat.
  15. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Model Moans, Ramps and Banter

    The December in the Midlands was great. The snow in Feb was fun, but March and early April was a drag, leaving me longing for some prolonged high pressure. Next week looks like it's delivering the goodies, with ECM 240 showing high pressure to our west. So I now feel confident to wave a cheery bye bye to cold weather and snow for the next 7-8 months.