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  1. Kiwi

    Aviation Thread

    Tragic!! - and avoidable? Seems very similar to the recent Lion Air crash where another brand new 737 Max 8 accelerated and dived into the ground/sea shortly after takeoff. Fault with anti stall system? Boeing need to sort this urgently!! I'm not a nervous flyer - but having checked my upcoming flights I see that I'm booked on a Westjet 737 Max 8 in a couple of months - can't cee myself boarding that flight at the moment.
  2. Lightning just to my north (Reading direction) a few seconds ago ...followed by a rumble of thunder.
  3. I thought the worst had passed but we're getting some really fierce squally showers now. A few trees down in the local area and loads of smaller branches littering the country lanes.
  4. Yes, depressing. Clinging on to some patchy cover but it'll be gone by the end of the day. How are mid Feb prospects for cold looking?....wanting to avoid prozac so not venturing into model thread.
  5. Incredible day here in North Hampshire for messing around in the snow. Blue sky, crisp snow and the promise of a hard frost tonight.
  6. Basingstoke - Finished with my snow now!! Thanks everyone......and good luck with your snowfall this evening. Hopefully you'll be waking up to a winter wonderland in the morning.
  7. Yes, and ongoing here 5 miles outside Basingstoke. Still snowing heavily - snow seems to be rotating around us and not moving! Last time I saw this much snow I was in an Austrian blizzard! ...and it's heavy snow, so main rail line London-Southampton is bloked just outside Baingstoke due to fallen trees brought down by the weight of snow. M3 blocked due to jacknifed lorries and all roads gridlocked.
  8. Yes, still throwing it down around Basingstoke (I'm 5 miles north). M3 blocked and mainline rail line to Winchester/Southampton blocked by treees brought down by the weight of snow. Basingstoke hospital appealing for staff who are able to walk in.
  9. Yes, a bit messy here. Hope everyone stays safe. I'm about 5 miles north of Stokey. Temp has taken a bit of a dip -0.5c and snow coming down heavily. All a bit surreal!
  10. Believe me - I've never said this before " I love Stokey!" (Basingstoke)
  11. Reckon it's formed over my house! Winter wonderland here and snowing heavily. Car was cleared of snow earlier - 2cm of snow on car is from just the last hour.
  12. Yes, we were off into Basingstoke tonight to watch my son perform in a play at the Haymarket theatre. Sadly cancelled so sat here watching the snow , drinking "snow beer" and following events on Netweather. And it's still snowing heavily outside. Jtay, you must have a decent pub in Downton? perhaps a trip there instead?
  13. Those of us to the west of the SE region seem to have done ok. Pleasantly surprised this morning. 8.5 cm on the driveway 9-10cm on the cars etc. Contemplated measuring road depth but thought that might be a bit silly! .
  14. So...I read on the SE thread that the current snow will gradually slip away to the SE, albeit decaying all the while - Given that the main band is now NW of me this is sounding good - Does anyone know if this is right? Decent night here and woke up to more than expected.
  15. Looking good for most of us I think. Especially like the Mets idea of a small low forming in the channel this evening...someone might get v lucky. And loving the term "Basingstoke Plateau" ...not heard that before!
  16. No precipitation here as yet. Just got in and on the way home passed 2 gritters treating the A33 Reading to Basingstoke Rd. I remain optimistic! and hope that everyone further west see's some snow later this evening or at least later this week.
  17. Hope you have a fabulous and extremely snowy birthday John!! And hope February pans out like it did when you were born in 1969 ...... "February 1969 Cold weather very much returned in February with the winds frequently coming from a northerly or easterly direction. With a CET of 1.0C, it was the coldest month since the winter of 1962-63. On the 7th, a deep low pressure system swung down the North Sea, bringing an Arctic front accompanied by hurricane-force winds to Scotland. In fact Kirkwall recorded a low level gust of 135mph! Further south there was a notable snow event across the Midlands and the south, with 30cm of snow and some 20 foot drifts recorded in Kent."
  18. Yes, didn't expect it to be this cold tonight -2.5 c in northern part of Hampshire. Fingers crossed for tomorrow. Not a great time for my boiler/ central heating to break down! - really appreciate having a couple of woodburners to keep the house warm.
  19. With the vortex in such a mess I'm confident that mid to late Jan will be the start of a memorable period of winter weather...and hopefully the UK will get its share. http://weatheriscool.com/prod/interactiveTserie.html http://weatheriscool.com/index.php/stratosfaren-zonal-mean-u-wind-60n-vcs/
  20. Skegness can be an attractive proposition from time to time.
  21. More proof that New Zealander's and in particular those in Northland, are at the forefront of scientific thinking. A newspaper article from 106 years ago........
  22. Yep, gardeners shouldn't get too excited. Radar had dark blues and greens bang over me but very little fell and the patio is already dry!(despite still being under light blue radar precipitation)
  23. Feeling warmer today than yesterday. Calm, 21.8c at 8.30am, blue skies with a bit of light cirrostratus
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