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  1. Seems unusually early Kazan isn't particularly far north. About the same latitude as Moscow. 55 degrees.
  2. 42,000 without power already ...many hours before Dorian makes landfall.
  3. Dorian due to hit Halifax, Nova Scotia this evening and then track up through Cape Breton Island before heading off towards Newfoundland. I was in Halifax a couple of weeks ago for my brother's wedding (great place by the way, incredibly friendly people and well worth a visit). We drove up to Cape Breton island following the track that the hurricane is forecast to take - What amazed me at the time is the number of trees - hours upon hours on the highway with nothing but trees- I knew there'd be a lot of trees - but wow! I imagine these will take quite a battering tonight along with some of the more vulnerable communities along the east coast. Traffic webcams http://roadcams.ca/
  4. 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.
  5. Lightning just to my north (Reading direction) a few seconds ago ...followed by a rumble of thunder.
  6. 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.
  7. Yes Friday has definitely been a calmer day as India awaited the release of their captured pilot and as you say some commercial flights are operating in the area. Lots of pressure from US, Russia, Saudi etc etc thankfully led to India and Pakistan stepping back from planned action on Wednesday night. Unfortunately there seems to be potential for the situation to deteriorate. Some serious heavy artillery (155mm) firing both ways over the line of control (as well as small arms fire) and reports coming in of 2 Pakistani soldiers and 3 civilians killed as well as 2 Indians in the last couple of hours. Wouldn't have thought it'd take much for this to escalate further. Edit: Latest update on air traffic: "PAKISTAN AIRSPACE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR ALL OPERATIONS TILL 04TH MARCH 2019 FLIGHT OPERATIONS ONLY TO/FROM KARACHI INTERNATIONAL, PESHAWAR INTERNATIONAL, QUETTA INTERNATIONAL AND ISLAMABAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS WITH RESTRICTED ENTRY/EXIT"
  8. Tensions continuing to rise tonight ..blackouts in many border towns and shelling ongoing. Lots of troop movements incl heavy artillery and tanks reported. Karachi sounds to be particularly on edge with reports of the Indian navy moving towards the Pakistani port city and Pakistan airforce very active in the area........Worrying.
  9. 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.
  10. Incredible day here in North Hampshire for messing around in the snow. Blue sky, crisp snow and the promise of a hard frost tonight.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. Believe me - I've never said this before " I love Stokey!" (Basingstoke)
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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! .
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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."
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