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    Doesn't really matter, I've been called all sorts of things.

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    Mostly Watford but 3 months of the year at Capestang 34310, France
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    Weather, climatology,aviation, reading and staying at our place in Languedoc.
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    Continental type climate with lots of sunshine with occasional storm

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  1. The Climate of Cheddar Man?

    Cheddar man lived some 10,000 years ago, the ice caps still covered part of the UK, though they were receding and the UK was still attached to continental Europe via 'Doggerland'. This, I would venture to say would have given us a cross between a maritime and a continental climate. Not too far to the north tundra would still have existed but I would imagine that by the time Cheddar man and his forebears reached the Cheddar Gorge forests have started to re-establish, otherwise the area would not have been so attractive. Personally I would have expected much colder winters than we have now with snow for most of the winter season but depending very much on the wind directions, with the northerly and easterlies bring more snow, whilst the southerlies and westerlies bringing milder conditions bringing intermittent thaws. I would have expected that in the summer there would have been quite a difference in temperatures, again depending on the wind direction with the warmest conditions coming from the continental south east. One thing of which I am not quite sure is whether at that time there would have been sufficient melting to decrease the salinity of the north Atlantic, thereby slowing the Gulf stream but there again I have no reason to think that Cheddar man was stupid, so if the climate were to be too onerous, I doubt that he would have settled in that area. Just wondering what thoughts people had in relation to this.
  2. The chart of Catacol for the same date shows a different set up to mine, (preceding post) though a similar set of circumstances but it is an example of how the models can vary.
  3. Looking forward to 28.02.2018 there is an interesting feature of the Scandy stretching over as far as Greenland. With quite respectable uppers as well. Something which I think is a relatively rare, a contraflow jet stream over the UK with SSE over Scotland Though not exceptionally cold considering the chart - we would have done with a similar set up a couple of months ago. Yet it appears that snow is forecast - still another 10 days to go and many a slip twixt cup and lip!
  4. Make us laugh

    A Welsh farmer drove to a neighbours farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door. “Is your dad or your mum home?” said the farmer. “No, they went to town.” “How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?” “No, he went with Mum and Dad.” The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself. “I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give dad a message.” said the boy. “Well,” said the farmer uncomfortably, “I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It’s about your brother, Howard, getting my daughter Susie pregnant”. The boy thought for a moment… “You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges £500 for the bull and £50 for the pig, but I don’t know how much he charges for Howard.”
  5. During the winter I keep an eye on what is happening in Russia and eastern Europe in the winter months hoping that some will be shared with us and over the years a max of -18C at Moscow has been fairly common. I have not seen anything like that for this season, in fact quite a few days during the earlier part have been above freezing and most of the cold days have not really been much worse than we have had in the UK during some of our colder spells, particularly 1963. Is this perhaps one of the mildest winters on record so far for that part of the world?
  6. Isn't this really what we need for the summer months - the problem with this winter is that the HP's have been in the wrong place.
  7. France weather

    Some tweets relating to snow above 300 metres in Herault in the South of France: https://twitter.com/MeteoHerault
  8. That's where I think the stories relating to Noah's Ark got it wrong - back in those days I would suggest that the people of the Middle East had not made a scientific study of the melting of the ice from the last ice age and strongly suspect that they did not know about the Laurentian ice field which has a lot of fresh water dammed within it, releasing it as the dam melted causing a sudden upsurge in sea levels and consequently the inundation of low lying areas. At the time their main experience of flooding would have been from rainfall, so they invented the story of rain for 40 days and nights.
  9. Mostly white with wet stuff here now, we've just has a session of heavy snow which has now eased off and the temp is now 0.9C.
  10. We've had a mixture of rain sleet and snow for the past coupla so hours now, may be more but I was in the land of nod earlier - just come a bit heavier, most not settling though just starting to get a whitish tinge - temp 1.4C with a 92% humidity. Looking at the radar we are at the southern end of the snow.
  11. '47 did not start until late Jan but that year they had a good Greenie setup which extended to Scandy. We live in hopes - recently the Scandi high has teased for a short while then though better of it and in any case the continental temps were far too high to do any good. Though at the same time we had December 2010 which at one time I thought could have exceeded 1963 but was cut short by us getting revisited by the jet streams moving north. But as you say by the time March and April arrive I start to get anxious for the Spring with balmier temps - the snow is for winter. Watford is still well below the freezing level.
  12. I am starting to get quite pessimistic about the chances of a good old Scandi/Russo high - we are now mid way through the season that the temps in Western Russia and Scandinavia appear to have been exceptionally mild with a number of days at Moscow being above freezing when quite often at this time of year we see max temps often down to -18C. The cold does not really seem to have set in until the other side of Urals is reached. Until now much of Scandinavia has been on the mild side with temperatures near the seasonal average starting to drop in the northern parts. No doubt there is still time for this but as the season advances the chances become less and less. The northerly outbreaks from the Arctic north are all very well but they tend to be relatively short lived and in our part of the world give rise to wet snow rather that the lovely dry stuff. Come back 1963 - all is forgiven!
  13. Make us laugh

    I went into Boots this afternoon and asked an assistant where the Germoloids ointment was. She pointed and said, "Over there, on the bottom shelf."
  14. France weather

    And we thought we had it bad: http://www.midilibre.fr/2018/01/04/tempete-eleanor-un-agriculteur-retrouve-mort-sous-une-coulee-de-neige-en-savoie,1610030.php A farm worker found dead buried in the snow in Savoy - 4 others are injured.
  15. Make us laugh

    A few chuckles from the bar - not altogether sure if it is the legal one or the liquid one from some of the remarks: