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    Hadleigh, Suffolk
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    Weather extremes, mountains and skiing, foreign travel, British pubs. As a 10 year old I experienced the 1962/63 winter which was the start of my life-long interest in all things weather related. The family had just moved into a new-build house on the top of a hill in Wales when the blizzard struck overnight. I woke up with my bedroom window sill covered in snow. In the bathroom the sill was covered and the bath was full of several inches of snow. The water in the toilet was frozen. Oh the joy of badly fitting, draughty wooden windows... and only a coal fire in the living room to warm the entire house!
    My first skiing trip to the Alps was in 1966. It was a school trip to Solden in Austria and we travelled by train across Europe. It was my first trip abroad and I hardly slept all way with the excitement. It led to a life-long passion for all things skiing and mountain and nowadays I try and have a few ski holidays a year if I can, spreading my visits across the Alps and try to visit less well known resorts as well as the usual suspects.
    My other passion is rugby and coming from Dinas Powys in South Wales I'm naturally enough a Wales fan. I now live in Suffolk (job move) but regularly travel back in Wales where my parents still live.
    My avatar is inspired by Brian Blessed - absolutely awesome in panto!!
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    An Alpine climate - snowy winters and sunny summers!

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  1. What a glorious September day with lots of warm sunshine and the gentlest of breezes. On the early morning walk it felt quite autumnal, but this afternoon feeling really summery again with the temp maxing at 23C at 14.10 but now gradually falling away. Looks like we've all enjoyed a lovely day: 13.10
  2. Hi sam. A warm welcome to Netweather. When you get a mo could you pop your location into your profile please. Ta.
  3. Happy Birthday Daniel and a belated Happy Birthday to Tom. After a grey, gloomy start to the day the clearance following the cold front was making good progress south earlier, with clear skies reaching me early afternoon. The temp responded nicely and it's now 22.4C at 15.30. Rather breezy today though with a gust of 29mph at lunchtime. I hope the sunshine reaches you Daniel, but it's touch and go as the front will stall and eventually move north again as a warm front (which will clear the Region overnight to give a lovely warm day tomorrow). Here's the Europe and UK view from Sat24.com:
  4. What a miserable day. The on/off rainfall has given 3.1mm here, but with the cool temps persisting and no sunshine it's probably done more good than greater rainfall totals that are followed immediately by hot sunshine seeing it all evaporate. Overnight temp here got down to 6C but at our Regional frost chart-topping location at Santon Downham it got down to a very chilly 1.2C. Today's high only 13C and my thicker winter fleece made its first appearance. For the record, here's the excellent cumulative rainfall deficit chart for East Anglia from Weatherquest, updated for August: Source: Twitter @danholley_
  5. August observations now published by the Met Office and the rainfall deficit in our Region continues with many areas below 75% of the long-term (1981-2010) average and parts of Norfolk and Essex below 50%. Actual Rainfall Anomaly Source: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-actual-and-anomaly-maps
  6. An interesting chart produced by Weatherquest showing the percentage chance of anticyclonic weather in the UK. February and June stand out from the pack and - make a note in the diary - the best day for holding a bbq is the likely to be the 16th June. This graphic highlights periods of the year where anticyclonic conditions (i.e. high pressure) tends to be more prevalent, on average, based on Lamb Weather Types calculated by the Climatic Research Unit at UEA. Source: Weatherquest. Twitter @danholley_
  7. The rain band is just clearing here and a better effort than I was expecting (and GFS forecasting yesterday) with nearly 8mm of rain. 08.35
  8. I wonder how much rain the cold front coming through early Weds morning will bring us Tom? The BBC forecasts (from Meteogroup) suggesting the possibility of some heavier bursts. Certainly their graphic looks encouraging. But if this morning's GFS model output is correct, most parts of our Region will see only 1 or 2mm - hardly enough to damp the ground. I wonder what my rain gauge will be showing this time tomorrow morning?
  9. A couple of posts with charts from the Climate Forecast System (CFS) showing forecasts for next year have been moved to the Seasonal Forecast Thread: https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/72635-the-seasonal-forecast-thread/page/42/
  10. New thread here: https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/92345-south-east-and-east-anglia-weather-discussion-sept-2019/
  11. So as we enter meteorological Autumn, a new thread for us to continue chatting about the weather and its impact here in the SE & EA Region. To start the new thread, a look back at the Met Office data for the last 3 Septembers. First of all the mean temperatures for the month confirm there should be plenty of warmth available for our Region: Mean Temps 2016 2017 2018 But rainfall is not so readily available and Sept in recent years has been below the long-term average: Actual rainfall 2016 2017 2018 Rainfall Anomaly 2016 2017 2018 Source: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-actual-and-anomaly-maps I don't know about everyone else, but in September I like to see a real mix of weather, from wet and windy to lovely sunny and warm days and a few misty mornings thrown in. We will have to see what Mother Nature decides for us this year.
  12. I'm going to lock this thread in a moment - PLEASE HOLD BACK FROM POSTING FOR A FEW MINS whilst I open a new thread. Thks.
  13. The day started off with lovely skies and now the cold front has cleared through - with no more than a disappointing couple of raindrops here - it's a wonderful sunset.
  14. Hello Les, A warm welcome to Netweather. I'm not sure this is the best place in the forum to post your question. If you don't get an answer maybe try here: https://www.netweather.tv/forum/forum/70-weather-stations-and-equipment/ By the way, to upload a photo, click on the "choose files" option when you are in the "Reply to this topic" box, then go to photo on your laptop, highlight it and click "open". It will upload to Netweather and appear as a thumbnail photo. Then put your cursor in the place where you want the photo to appear in your post and then click on the + of the thumbnail. Good luck.
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