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  1. Yes, I accept that other Meteorological Agencies haven't faired any better, but I class the Met Office as one of the best agencies around and so hold them to a much higher standard, so it is a real shame that even they have succumbed to this Winter.
  2. Thank you for the post Crewe, although I would absolutely love snow and cold (all year round if possible) I have given up and thrown in the towel. The Winter has passed us by delivering nothing more than a one or two dozen frosts (although I believe the UK recorded its coldest temp since 2010), a week of snow (nothing substantial although for a minority did result in some of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade), and we didn't really have any 'mega' windstorms as well to compensate. If we are to get cold now which I doubt then it will have to be some potent cold, I won't stand for maxes of 3/4/5C by day and a wintry mix (That won't cut it!) I would then rather have sunshine and temps in the teens. What makes it all the more worse is the supposed 'excellent' background signals and long range model eye candy...I think we could do with a Winter 2018/19 Post Mortem Thread, I for one would have a lot to say! 👍 I hope the Met Office also do a full review into their shambolic 30 day and 3 monthly forecasts. Having said all of that though: As I said I believe we recorded our coldest temp since 2010 - though localised is rather impressive. Some places did receive nearly 30cm of snow, the heaviest falls of snow in a decade, which makes this Winter even more peculiar.
  3. Doesn't this help us though - I thought the more ice lost in the Arctic in summer, the greater the chance of blocking?
  4. Certainly looks like less, but I do wonder how good the resolution was for past decades.
  5. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Yes Matt sometimes we can lose sight of the bigger picture, it is not as dire as people often make out. Let's also not forget that this is yearly snowfall as well so although we may see below average snowfall for the rest of this season you never know, we may see some snowfall later on this year meaning that overall snowfall is not too far from average.
  6. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    The Midlands is not a bad place for snow, I'm afraid you are mistaken. Look at the map below from the Met Office, you can clearly see the Midlands is NOT the least snowiest place in the UK. You can also see the darker blue on the Days of Snow falling map over the Birmingham/Black Country area noting the higher ground in some parts of the Midlands. Talking about Birmingham specifically: "Birmingham is a snowy city relative to other large UK conurbations, due to its inland location and comparatively high elevation."
  7. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Yes but to say that we 'always' miss out on these systems and that those south of the M4 get all the snow is frankly untrue. If you think the Midlands is a 'bad' place for snow then I wonder what you would think of those in the SW,SE and Isle of Wight.
  8. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    They don't 'always' get snow statistically speaking the Midlands get more snow each year than locations south of the M4, just because we missed out during the last event doesn't mean we will always miss out!
  9. I would agree Mike, a highly variable Winter so far but some locations such as yours have been very lucky, reminds me somewhat of December 2017 where the Midlands got very lucky but elsewhere the amounts of snow recieved were highly variable. If we are to get widespread snowfall such as during the BFTE then we likely need something more sustained in terms of cold and at the moment we are not seeing that.
  10. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Exactly we can’t expect to be the ‘sweet spot’ every time.
  11. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Indeed Nobble just because we’ve missed out on this event doesn’t mean the Midlands is a bad place for snowfalls as you say we can get snow from many directions and being well inland does definitely help in marginal situations.
  12. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Think it is important to remember the Winter of 2013/14 when even in my location a relatively high area we saw no accumulating snow what so ever. We are still a far cry from that. Although latest GFS runs don’t hold much hope for further snowfall in my opinion latest model output is the worst so far this season.
  13. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Birmingham isn’t the most snowless place this Winter, there are other places which haven’t seen any snow as well, think your exaggerating it a bit. For example this season I have recorded 8 days of snowfall with 4 days accumulating snow.
  14. AppleUK 123

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Indeed Matt, just because we have missed this event doesn't mean the Midlands is a bad place for snowfalls, far from it.
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