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  1. Time is running out for this to drop much now, it may end up higher than many people were predicting a few days back. The last 3 days have been milder than initially forecast.
  2. Just had a recount and yes there were in fact 6 within the winter period. I hadn't realised 2013-14 was quite that frostless. There can't have been many worse than this winter for air frosts though. That said, there were a few in November and we've also had a few already in March.
  3. I disagree with this, there were lots of mild feeling days around these parts. Also a few with the elusive combination of sunshine and mild temps- particularly in December and January. There were hardly any cold mornings around these parts at all. Only 4 air frosts in the entire winter recorded at Manchester Airport- which is actually a fairly frost-prone location. It's low lying, flat and it's inland in a semi-rural location. I imagine areas nearer the coast have been totally frost free all winter. Exceptional really. It has also been virtually snow free in Manchester as well. That said, the last few weeks have been extremely wet and windy which may lead people to believe it hasn't been particularly mild.
  4. If only it wasn't 15 days away... Wishful thinking really. With things as they are, there is next to no chance of any prolonged cold. Unfortunately it also seems there is little chance of any prolonged settled weather. There is the possibility of a few milder days here and there though during the southwesterly interludes and the GFS shows this for early next week on this evening's run.
  5. Surprised it's not the worst- there can't have been many more frost-free winters than this one. There were only 4 air frosts recorded at Manchester Airport between December 1st and February 29th. The lowest temperature was -2C as well. Remarkable. Also no lying snow at all in most low-lying areas in the Manchester area all winter.
  6. Impressive that there was another rise despite some northern areas having snow yesterday- unfortunately for the coldies, most of the CET zone was in the milder air
  7. Very similar charts, can only hope that this year now follows the pattern of 1995 after the horror of the last few weeks.
  8. I actually don't like the winter weather in Central Europe- I don't like the lack of breeze in some parts. I find it uncomfortable for some reason. I was in southern Germany last month, east of Munich and not too far from the Czech border. It was cold, extremely still most of the time and lots of fog. I was very uncomfortable there. Perhaps I like being on an island. Relentless fog is worse than relentless rain for me. I do agree however that the UK can be too much the other way- too windy during winter. But at least this keeps things moving and gives the prospect of something slightly interesting. If Central Europe is snowless with high pressure during winter, it can extremely still and boring.
  9. What about Euro 1976? Seems to disprove the theory slightly perhaps! Definitely seems to have been something in that in recent years though. 1996 was somewhat better than many of the others though. Decent weather during the tournament in England for the most part.
  10. Noticeably warmer than the 1981-2010 average in some months. The winter averages are remarkably high- there can't be many places at London's latitude with such mild winters anywhere globally? Only a very tiny reduction in sunshine- 14 hours annually? That's the equivalent of one clear summer's day! There have been a number of cloudy Augusts in the last 10/15 years which may account for that to a degree. That July average is now very close to 24C, which is higher than some cities on the continent. Very similar to Munich, Warsaw, Prague and Berlin and warmer than Lille and Brussels.
  11. Cooler but not hugely so, probably won't take it down that much. No really cold nights forecast which makes it hard to see where big falls are going to come from. There will also be the odd very mild day here and there over the next week.
  12. I remember it well, quite a cold month too if I remember rightly. Lots of cold, clear frosty days with sparkling blue sky
  13. I'd be interested to know the sunshine stats for the first few days of the month- it has been extremely sunny here with another day of almost unbroken sunshine today. I can't remember many sunnier starts to December. The last 2 days have felt fairly mild as well with clear sky and little wind.
  14. Great post, I agree 100% on this. The guidelines are far too low both in the US and UK- I think Dr Mercola talks a lot of sense on this.
  15. That's very different from other studies I've read which suggests that white British people are also overwhelmingly Vitamin D deficient on average, although less so than other ethnic groups with darker skin. Vitamin D deficiency warning: Three-quarters of Britons lack enough of the vitamin | Express.co.uk WWW.EXPRESS.CO.UK VITAMIN D deficiency warning: Almost three-quarters of adults in the UK have...
  16. Totally agree, I take a Vitamin D3/K2 combination by Nutri. It's drops so more easily absorbable. I had my levels tested last year and it does really work.
  17. One word- darkness. Biologically we need light and sunshine to regulate mood and also to generate Vitamin D which is needed for optimum health. It's little wonder that so many people suffer from SAD in this country and also why the majority of people are Vitamin D deficient. On the rare occasions when the sun does come out in winter in the UK, it's generally too weak to boost your mood and certainly far too weak to generate Vitamin D. Being stuck inside is another big issue for me with winter. With it being dark at 4 pm it really restricts your activities and if you work a 9 to 5 job it's very likely you'll be commuting in the dark, morning and evening for some time. Our bodies are telling us that we should be in bed when it's dark (even if it's 8 am) so it causes a lot of stress on both mind and body. I certainly echo other people's thoughts about Christmas. It definitely makes things easier. Imagine if we no longer had Christmas- now that would be truly depressing!
  18. Unless you're DAVID SNOW and you have access to the official data from the other stations that isn't public?
  19. I would be surprised if there is a drop now, it's been so cloudy across the CET zone that minima have been relatively high and it has still reached the mid teens today across most of the zone. With it being so late in the month it will take a really cool day to bring it down. As for corrections, it's guesswork as always as the final figure comes from a different set of stations to the running mean.
  20. Perhaps I am swayed by the fact I was in the west of the country during the Feb 2012 spell. I was living in Cheltenham at the time where there was very little snow and it was above freezing during the day in that spell. Generally dry and cloudy with a bitter wind chill.
  21. I really don't understand what you're trying to say. I wasn't referring to the competition anyway as I haven't entered it for years. You can always look at what might have been either way, warm or cold. That's what I was saying.
  22. You could say the same about the warm weather, at one point it seemed it would go on for much longer. We could have recorded a notably warm second half of the month. Under 14C would not be a fair reflection of how this month has felt- particularly further south where there has been a lot of warm sunshine. Also 27.4C in Anglesey doesn't happen every September- very impressive!
  23. Just seen this, very surprised you recorded so many ice days in February 2012. There was only one day at Manchester Airport that failed to get above zero. As far as I remember that spell was a bit of a non-event for much of the UK. Just mostly cloudy and raw feeling. On the Continent it was a different story however. The second half of the month was mild almost all the way and there were some very high temperatures recorded. I remember 2011/12 as being a mild and sunny winter- one of my favourites in fact.
  24. Just one run and an outlier. The odds are still strongly favouring a warm up rather than a cool-down.
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