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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I remember 2013 didn't get any real spring warmth through April and the first half of May. The next 10 days are showing below average temperatures of 10-11C highs. I wouldn't be surprised to see April continue this cold trend. I want some spring warmth now. Sick of snow! Enjoyed the winter wonderland that was early Dec in Coventry and early March brought another good sledging day with the kids. But this latest snow has been and gone with a cold wind so we didn't feel like going out in it. pinning my hopes on the ECM 12Z delivering an Azores high, but confidence is low!
  7. Enjoyed the late snow. Not so much the wind chill. But it was impressive to behold. We now appear to be in a period of weather that does not interest me. Until we start hitting temps in the 18C plus range towards April, I prefer the snow and cold to wind and rain, like many on here. But when will we record an 18C? I would definitely be hoping to achieve this in March here in Coventry, but not sure this year.
  8. The coming 5 days is as good as it gets for the UK. Blizzards forecast for the south coast come the end of the week. Before that heavy snow for the Midlands on Tues and more snow for the north on Weds. A biting easterly wind. If you are not content with this, you should probably be looking to emigrate to a colder place.
  9. A broken clock is correct twice a day..
  10. Could be a glimmer of spring in the offering today? I am hoping so, because by this stage, I am looking for a light at the end of the cold tunnel. I am patiently waiting for a day showing a sun symbol accompanied by the number 15C. I would estimate 3-5 weeks.
  11. Forget the easterly. It's born to disappoint. Bring on the northerly and let it bring snow.
  12. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-powerful-snowstorm-brings-travel-to-a-standstill-in-coastal-mid-atlantic-new-england/70003746 My family in the States are having it bad right now. We don't know we are born!
  13. I'm off down the bookies! https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/665974/uk-weather-forecast-will-it-be-a-white-christmas-britain-uk-snow-storms
  14. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Winter 2017 2018 General Discussion

    My hopes are tempered by the recent mild winters. It's generally going to be rarer to receive cold and snow thanks to the warming planet. But as a snow lover, I seek solace in the fact we regularly get "stuck" in weather patterns. In recent years we have had weeks of westerlies (December 2015), weeks of easterlies (March 2013), weeks of a jet stream locked well south of us (December 2010). So for me, there is every chance of a cold winter ahead. We just need the dice to land perfectly. In probability terms, that would probably require 2 dice landing on a 1 or 2 to hit the winter jackpot so many on here crave..
  15. BlueSkies_do_I_see

    Model Output Discussions 12z 01/06/2017

    The low is flatter across the atlantic and the high extends into Scandi compared to GFS 6 Z at 192 hrs. 2nd half of August holiday makers like myself still retain some hope. The high develops into this at 240hrs, with no atlantic incursions.