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  1. 24cm of level snow here in Chapmanslade Wilts. (snowed from 18.00 yesterday until now) Working today and driving on anything other than trunk roads was hard going. Country lanes, especially around Maiden Bradley had over 30cm on them and car was dragging along the surface most of the time.
  2. What a load of rubbish. The forecast was correct, the warnings appropriate. It was never forecast to be snowmageddon, in fact 1-3cm was forecast for most people and that is what they have had, or will get. There have been significant impacts on higher routes that completely warrant the warning. Don't bash the Met Office when it is exactly as forecast
  3. I'm afraid the first line of your post is fundamentally wrong. They have and are improving all the time - Met Office stats are there to demonstrate this. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/open-days Well worth a visit and lots of info on model performance given in some of the talks when I went
  4. I think there are far better chances of heat records going next weekend because this time France is properly hot rather than just late 30C's. There is a very real risk of the French record high (44.1C) going either Sunday or Monday according to the GFS around the Bordeaux area with 850's of 28C or more. The big question is how much this advects North and the timings.
  5. That heat could result in some temperature records falling next weekend. It all depends on timing of the uppers and exactly where they end up, but the French record of 44.1C must be under threat. I'm in the Charente next weekend and just to the south around Bordeaux GFS is suggesting figures of around 42C at 14.00 which must give 43C or 44C a real chance around 17.00 French time. In all honesty with that and minima of 26C, outdoor activities are going to be restricted. Nice hot BBQ anyone ?
  6. Seriously people - 40C needs a huge amount of extra energy over even 35C. There has been no suggestion of anything like that in the UK. You really need everything lined up with a southerly feed of extreme heat over several days to manage it - hence it hasn't happened in recorded history. Plus the source needs to be even hotter and France just isn't that hot where it is only mid 30's anyway.
  7. Second night of intense storms here in the Charente (storm mentioned above). By far the most electrically active storm I have ever witnessed with constant lightning (and I mean constant). Pretty gusty wind and virtually no rain reached the ground. Rinse and repeat tonight. Heat is very oppressive.
  8. Significant storms here in the Charente overnight but little rain. Elevated in nature, started at midnight and ran on until 08.00 this morning. Minimum temperature last night was 22C after a max of 35c yesterday. Oppressively hot and humid today means going outside is unpleasant.
  9. Had a meaty storm here this afternoon in the Charente (after a small one this morning) This picture taken as it was arriving and left about two hours later. Formed in about 30 minutes from two discrete cells which merged into a bit of a beast leaving everywhere flooded and a lot of lightning damage.
  10. Had a meaty storm here this afternoon in the Charente (after a small one this morning) This picture taken as it was arriving and left about two hours later. Formed in about 30 minutes from two discrete cells which merged into a bit of a beast leaving everywhere flooded and a lot of lightning damage.
  11. Fog means no surface based convection but higher level convection can happen independent of ground conditions such as happened on Saturday night when it was very misty here
  12. Currently watching the lightning from the storm over Gt Missenden where I used to live from 80 miles away and my son driving down the A303 rang to say he could see it in his rear view mirror and he is at least 120 miles away. The storm is back building quicker than it is moving north
  13. http://www.lightningmaps.org/?lang=nl#y=49.7966;x=-2.4666;z=8;t=3;m=sat;r=0;s=0;o=0;b=;n=0;d=2;dl=2;dc=0; This is even better with 'thunder' sound rings that are remarkably accurate
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