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trickydicky

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  1. Now that its March?! On Monday it will be April. Considering that November was cold and March has been cold we have now had 5 months of winter. I have absolutely no enthusiasm for a 6th. As someone with an outdoor hobby (cycling) that involves spending hours outside in the weather I literally cannot wait for it to warm up, at least to the point where I wont be uncomfortable.
  2. I don't keep stats but my impression is that it has been a good and enjoyable winter of fairly varied weather. I think the Netweather forecast of 'a winter on a knife edge' sums it up pretty well as we have constantly been on the edge of the cold air, the further north you are the longer you have spent on the cold side. Here I would say I have had more nights with frost than not, with a good cold dry spell at the start of December, a coldish spell after Christmas into early January and a generally cold February with a lot of falling snow which until this last week never hung around very long. Lowest day time max was in the -3/-4 range on Wednesday and Thursday last week and the lowest minima have been a couple of -10's, one at the beginning of December and one in early February which in the grand scheme of things for a valley in-land in the north of England are not very impressive.
  3. Cumbria probably has the widest range in terms of potential snowiness of all counties depending on where you are. The coastal strip from Barrow up to Silloth is probably as snowless as anywhere in the country in terms of decent settling snow, whereas Alston and Nenthead are the snowiest places in the UK outside of the Scottish highlands. The boundary between pretty bad and pretty good is around Keswick from my experience.
  4. I don’t think you can compare a week long cold spell to an entire month of cold like January and December 2010. I’d say this spell has been most notable for the wind and suppressed daytime maximums. Other cold spells even this year have given lower night time temperatures here. We needed it to hold on long enough for the winds to drop and the skies clear. I think it compares best to January 87 as that was also notable for low uppers, low daytime maximums, drifting snow and not exceptionally cold night time minimums. And it didn’t last that long.
  5. Prior to this recent cold spell the record low maximums for March were -4.6 (UK/Scotland) and -3.3 (England). Were either of these broken? As for here ive had 5 days of falling snow, 6 days lying, 3 ice days, around 8-9 inches total snow and incredibly strong winds. My overall impression of the cold spell is that it wasn’t that extreme in terms of temperatures (low of around -9 on Wednesday morning), indeed there’s already been 2 spells this winter when night time minimums were lower. But the strength of the wind and windchill made it feel much more extreme than a normal cold frosty morning, and stripped a lot of the snow off the ground. Also there has been pretty much no sun here since Tuesday afternoon. I would say it’s been an interesting spell of pretty hostile weather, but it loses out to Dec/Jan 09/10 and December 10 in terms of duration and night time temperature extremes, December 95 in terms of generally extreme low temperatures and February 96 in terms of snow amounts.
  6. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Ever so slight light snow falling. Still just below freezing. It would be nice if the end of this cold spell came with high pressure and increasingly warm sunny days, rather than the damp greyness forecast. Still, it’s been a good week.
  7. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Under slate grey skies
  8. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Despite temps and dew points below freezing there seems to be a very slight thaw at the edges of the snow. Why would this be so?!
  9. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    The odd thing here was the wind would seem to stop for as long as 5 minutes at times but then you’d hear it coming like a train approaching and there’d be a huge gust. I wish I got a video when I went out to thwart my bins bid for freedom.
  10. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    What a wild night. Incredibly windy here at the foot of the western lee slope of the Pennines. My 8-9 inches of level snow is now probably less than an inch generally, but huge drifts that I haven’t had the chance to go and inspect! There’s bound to be structural damage in places, and the drifts on the Pennines and lakes fells must be truely monumental.
  11. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    I’ve always lived too far west to be properly affected by easterlies and have always viewed them as something for southerners to get excited about and a poor relation to a northerly. But after this I’m going to be a fully signed up member of the easterly fan club. It’s snowed for 3 consecutive nights, on and off for the last 36 hours, in very low temperatures giving 7 or 8 inches of powder snow. Moving east was a good move!
  12. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Snowed on and off all night here in a very strong wind, looks like the arctic outside! Isolated farms in the Pennines must be pretty close to cut off now.
  13. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Full blizzard here. Hard to tell what’s falling snow and what’s blowing about. The most severe winter weather I’ve seen for a good few years.
  14. trickydicky

    North west regional discussion

    Living in western Lancashire you need to pray for whatever the synoptics were in December 2009/January 2010 and December 2010. I lived just outside Preston at the time and got conditions very similar to what I have experienced today here with constant showers of dry cold snow. I lived down that way for just over 10 years though and those were the only occasions that I saw decent snow.
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