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  1. Probably goes some way to explaining the inaction of the local council since the incident; too busy feeding the paper shredders and tying up loose ends.
  2. Exactly. Hopefully, all will be revealed, we will just have to wait. All I know is that I'm not a fire safety expert nor a builder, so on that front I'm keeping my clueless mouth shut. I'm hesitant to pipe up with an opinion on a subject I admittedly know little about. I'll leave that to the people that do.
  3. To be fair, there were a lot of "could" in that article, as suggested (operative word) by a single man. Post-Brexit building regs and general H&S policy aside, that's another argument. In the here-and-now we need to establish the facts, understand what happened, how it happened, why it happened and how we can learn from it going forward.
  4. Surely the best course of action is for the authorities and emergency services to firstly help those impacted, establish the facts and then publish their findings/conclusions, in as timely a manner as possible. I get the anger, honestly, but it's never good to allow raw emotion to dictate actions.
  5. It's not really a surprise there is a bit of flip-flopping from run to run at this time of year; March is a bit of a wild card and usually throws a bit of everything at us. A difficult month to pin down anything conclusively more than a few days out.
  6. Going sleety/rainy now. Doesn't look like I'll be seeing scenes like this again, this time. 04/03/16
  7. Heaviest falling snow since.....March 4th last year! Won't beat that though, hours and hours of continuous snow resulting in more than 2 inches accumulating and subzero temperatures even in mid afternoon.
  8. Really is quite heavy now, starting to settle on all surfaces.
  9. Just sat in my living room in complete darkness and silence watching it come down. Strangely relaxing and therapeutic.
  10. Heavy snow in Stockport, settling on cars and grass.
  11. Strange day, no frost on my car this morning despite being comfortably below freezing, a very February-esque "dry cold" feel, with laden grey skies and a raw wind. Out of the wind, it felt strangely comfortable given the actual temperature, but it was bitter in it. Reminded me more of Feb 2013 than December 2010, here at least.
  12. I wonder how many Woodford had before it's closure. That was a frost hollow that could record some really low temperatures.
  13. I can do well here from NW winds, in fact some of my biggest falls of snow have come from the NW, polar maritime flows. Early November, though, would probably just bring rain and feel raw.
  14. Agreed. All this talk and excitement of a cold spell in...early November. Like you said, I'd prefer it to wait for another two weeks and arrive mid month, but that's just me being picky. Ultimately, the weather will do what it wants and if we can get a few flakes and frosts out of it it will be better than nothing. My preferred window for proper cold is mid November to Mid March, as it can be severe at any time during that four-month period. Yes, it can get cold and snowy outside of that, but it's normally a bit half hearted, bar exceptional stuff like March 2013, which was colder in the second half.
  15. Me neither, "cold" in October hardly ever translates to snow, more likely 9C and raining. No thanks. I love sunshine at this time of year, with the leaves turning, the growing shadows and the gentle warmth. Perfect. The cold can wait until all the trees are completely bare.
  16. Truth be told, as long as it's reasonably dry I don't really care anymore. I do not want a repeat of last winter - that was horrific. My preference would be for lots of cold, crisp days and starry, bitterly cold nights. Plenty of sunshine. Wouldn't mind the odd storm here or there, but would prefer nothing overly mild. A few decent snow events would be nice, I seem to get at least one here every winter, although I had to wait until March 4th for the first (and only) good fall of snow this year, with around 4 inches accumulating over the course of about 6 hours of continuous snowfall. It was even sub-zero at midday, but not an ice day.
  17. How low did the uppers get in March 2013? I'm sure they weren't far from -20C at times?
  18. I don't get how another 47/63 style winter would spell doom for UK infrastructure when it's probably only on a par with, say, an average Polish winter, for example. Granted, we don't get winters like they do and so aren't as well prepared for the disruption it would cause, but after the initial disruptive few weeks, things would just go back to near-normal and we'd just get on with it through the rest of the winter. Its not as if 63 was on a par with the Canadian Arctic, with temperatures not rising above -40C for 5 months, is it? That would be a game changer for the UK...
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