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  2. SSTs, and in autumn the northern hemisphere in general has more heat left over from the summer months.
  3. That marginal setup often brings the best snowfalls here. While ironically the more severe cold setups tend to leave Stoke high and dry.
  4. The good thing about living in Stoke is that even in a ‘zonal’ pattern there are often snowy spells. I don’t have to pray for an exceptional setup anymore like when I lived in London!
  5. Sounds 'seasonal' if not deeply cold. Anything is preferable to the nuisance, unpleasant wind, rain and mild garbage that plagues the majority of many a winter.
  6. The end of October 2008 cold spell is one that sticks firmly in my memory. Walking from my uni dorms in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, to a friend's house in an unexpected winter wonderland after the evening BBC weather forecast said 'A cold night with outbreaks of rain and some sleet over the hills'.
  7. Damn. I'm so gutted I'm not being soaked and frozen and falling ill whilst having all my outdoor plans disrupted.
  8. I'm liking the talk of a weakened SPV leading into winter and La Nina conditions favouring a 'front loaded' winter, but then I've seen this talk many times before and it's failed to deliver wintry weather. Also though I'm liking the Met Office contingency planner which reckons October is likely to be settled and mild but November and December likely to bring cold north to north westerlies - Often good around the Cheshire Gap! Pretty sure there'll be Snow-on-Trent at some point, anyway!
  9. Wonderful to be able to walk to work without the threat of getting soaked through, this morning. Absolute monsoon, apocalyptic rain last night which coincided with my running group session. The Met Office contingency planner update of a largely settled and mild October followed by cold north to north westerlies in November and December, sounds ideal. Good riddance to the wet and windy rubbish.
  10. Timed perfectly with my running club group session. Honestly, half of the group nearly drowned.
  11. Another ‘if only it was winter’ kind of day.
  12. Endless grey skies and rain for days on end. Really failing to see where the interest or variability is. A weather enthusiast getting excited over this rubbish is like an art enthusiast getting excited over watching paint dry, only the paint drying doesn't disrupt plans and or make one ill.
  13. Because grey sky, wind and rain is so interesting A coat hasn't stopped me getting sick from this crap. Doesn't stop disruption to all my outdoor plans (hiking, running etc) either.
  14. Another vile morning. I don't know how some people like this rubbish. It's a complete nuisance and there is nothing interesting or pleasant about it. Fed up with being soaked, frozen and subsequently full of cold.
  15. Perfect Cheshire Gap streamer this morning. Shame it's not winter.
  16. Another thunderstorm over Stoke a short time ago. This one dumped quite a lot of hail ⛈
  17. Only had one jab. I would hate to pass it onto someone who might be vulnerable. Although I don’t hang out with many people. Just my social group, many of whom are also isolating at the moment. It is frustrating.
  18. 1 week to go after testing positive on Saturday. Had very mild symptoms which I get with hay fever anyway so not even sure they’re down to the virus It’s been depressing stuck on my own and not able to go outdoors but, like the snow during lockdown, the weather has at least kept me entertained! Fingers crossed for some storms this weekend!
  19. Quite a bit of loud thunder still ongoing, and a brief downpour of rain. Very, very close to the main core of the storm but at least it’s kept me briefly entertained and cheered me up a bit whilst self isolating.
  20. Fairly heavy rain but really just a glancing blow. Missed the main core of the storm but I’ll put it down as my second thunderstorm of the year. Must be a lot of hail just to my south.
  21. It’s gone much darker, wind has picked up and there have been a few distant rumblings. It’s so close I can smell it!
  22. UKV still has temperatures approaching 30’C on Friday. Thundery breakdown doesn’t occur until Friday night/Saturday.
  23. A very hot week ahead. Quite common to get one or two such spells per summer in my birth town in London but pretty extreme for up here. Can’t enjoy it though. I’ve got COVID
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