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  1. When I look at the mortality rates in affected countries, I can only assume (unless being a Brit, like magic, confers a extra degree of immunity?) that we in the UK are just as susceptible as the human species in general: COVID-19 is not ordinary 'flu'!
  2. But, as is always the case with 'advice from on-high', real (non-privileged) people can seldom afford to take it?
  3. Let's hope you're right about mid-March, karl! In the meantime, it's another day on the farm. And another rather unpleasant-looking day of wind and showers... Every sodding Tuesday it's the same!
  4. I get what you're saying, feb, as I'm not exactly the healthiest eater in the world myself...Five bits of rabbit food each day? You cannot be serious! But, neither do I ever go to the local pub. Why should I? I don't like pubs. But I'm not deliberately trying to erode British culture; it's just that there's more choice, these days. And what could be culturally more British than choice? Culture, be it food, fads or 'traditions' changes over time...
  5. As it isn't an outlier in terms of SLP, it could be just that it's having problems with the advection (or not) of the very warm air that's been lurking near the Med, for so long? And some runs (like last summer's 23C uppers?) are just so extreme that they have to be outliers?
  6. I guess we'll just need to wait a while for the first real signs of spring. But, after weeks of gales, lashing rain, mud, filth and, of course, phantom snowfalls, I hope it'll be worth the wait!? And what a boon this would be, for those us who work in the fields? As long as it doesn't get push back and back and back and back, until it's too late...like snow!
  7. When I worked as a QA, in a factory producing ready-to-eat food, I would often catch folks hoping to avoid washing their hands, having just had a #2!
  8. I can still recall visiting Bletchley's meat market, as a child, back in the early 1960s: pigs, cattle, sheep and goats, all confined in adjacent, filthy pens; and the biggest treat of all? Being allowed to watch the headless chickens run around in circles!...And you should see some of the filthy practices that still go-on inside British abattoirs! It ain't that long, since we ourselves partook of some rather unwholesome/highly questionable practices, regarding our food-production...?
  9. Once I reached the 'Earth's tumbling global temps' rubbish, I'd had enough!
  10. Now this, at T+357 ('nuff said?) would be welcome to many, I'm sure...a wonderful chance for some drying-out!
  11. Aye Karl; whatever happens, we could do with losing the tight temperature-gradient? Otherwise, it'll be rain, rain and more rain! Yep...More rain!
  12. I know precisely how serious COVID-19 is likely to be, as I'm one of those who're more susceptible than most. Age matters! That said, I think I'd rather shuffle off this mortal coil with my sense-of-humour still intact, than spend my last, say 6-months or 25-years, in a constant state of 'doomsday readiness'...Is life not too short as it is?
  13. Well, I'd take the first 10-days of that 12Z, alright: opportunities for wintriness while wintriness is still wanted; the last 5-days, however (meandering, stagnating blobs of cold, damp nothingness) can go do one. It's shame it's too early in the year for inland convection?
  14. A sliver of a chance that I'll see at least one falling snowflake, this winter? And then, as we approach mid-month, a change to something a little more conducive to some early suntanning might evolve? Though I won't count on it! The very last thing I want to see is anything like the neverending crud-fest that was March 2013!
  15. The clue is, I believe, in the use of the word 'anomalous'?
  16. A cold start to Smarch, anyone? Even some sleet & snow thrown in, for good measure? And is that? I think it is! It's a nearly ice-day (Bedfordshire) to start Smarch: But will it still be there, when the 06Z comes out?
  17. Well this afternoon's GFS 12Z is certainly of interest: sleet & snow chances aplenty, over the coming ten days or so -- though who knows when/where?...And that heat is still building, darn saarf, come Day-16! What could possibly go wrong!
  18. And about as likely to verify as scoring 19 in a game of cribbage?
  19. Fair point DB! And, though the details are unimportant at this stage, the dof-end of the GFS 06Z looks interesting: the tPV moves back westwards and the heat continues to build, south of the Med...So, who knows what Spring 2020 will be like? Let alone Summer! PS: What is a **** of cold air advecting into Australia, from the Antarctic called?
  20. But, so long as the meaning is easily divined, who cares what the 'official' definition be?
  21. No, Bris, you have it erse-about-face: the sickle-cell trait gives those living in malaria-prone areas a reproductive advantage over those that do not possess it...It only became a 'disease' when those who do possess it relocated to non-malarial environments... A trait is not necessarily a disease!
  22. You might consider Googling 'Malaria, Sickle-Cell Trait', BB? Just sayin'!
  23. Indeed it does, feb...And look at those uppers (26C?) building down south!
  24. Sickle-shaped erythrocytes render folk more resistant to malarial infection; PC is likely a response to something in the Western diet...or environment. Whatever the precise details, evolution by natural selection is almost always involved, somehow...?
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