First post, been lurking for a good few years and created an account as all the hype was building around the upcoming winter. I must admit it isn't looking good for fans of cold weather although it could all turn on a knife edge - but being the eternal pessimist I have my doubts. I've had a keen interest in all things meteorological for quite a while and it was one of the reasons that I enrolled in university to study Earth Science. Would like to take this opportunity to thank all who post in the forum, especially the more knowledgeable members as the knowledge they thanklessly pass on is invaluable. Plan on taking a break from the forum for a while to study for exams and await the inevitable updates from a coldies perspective (the only way is up from here... surely ). GM.