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  1. The snow is pretty compacted here on the footpaths - time for a top up!

  2. Beautiful scenes outside this afternoon now that the snow has stopped and the sun is glistening off the pristine cover :)

  3. During the evening of November 28th 2010, milder uppers moved in from the North Sea, tied in with a weather system, and the lying snow began to turn quite wet. By late evening there was even a bit of sleet and I had resigned to the fact that the snow was likely to turn slushy, although there was over 20cm of powder snow by this point anyway from snowfalls on previous days. By midnight however some extremely heavy snow moved in from the North Sea, accompanied by thunder and lightning. This continued for the whole of the 29th, giving an additional 15cm of lying snow, with lots more thunder as well. By the end of the day there was about 40cm in Newcastle, and reports of twice that in Northumberland. That was the pinnacle of the cold spell here, despite starting off quite sleety, and I even thought we were about to see the end of the snowy weather. In fact, that whole cold spell was a shock as I though we would just see something along the lines of February 2005 with some heavy snow, but also thawing in between, whereas we ended up with what was probably the deepest snow since 1979. I suppose it wasn't a total shock as the cold spell had been forecast well in advance, but the severity certainly took me by surprise. December 28th(ish) 2005 was very good as well - the easterly hadn't delivered very much snow, but a lone snow shower dumped 10-15cm on Tyneside during the evening as the easterly fizzled out, and the following day was severely cold with clear blue skies. February 12th 2009 was a great day - drizzle had been forecast with a quick end to the cold spell, but by 10:00 it was snowing lightly, and by lunchtime it was coming down thick and fast with a few inches lying. Unfortunately some drizzle that evening initiated a gradual thaw, but a few days later I went up to Rothbury in Northumberland and there was about 8 inches lying there, which was the deepest snow I could remember at the time. A good end to an otherwise disappointing cold spell (Not counting 2nd Feb) And finally, December 5th this year was a pretty nice surprise. I woke up to frozen scenes with a thick frost, but the snow showers were moving NNW-SSE just offshore in the North Sea, so I fully expected the frustration of seeing anvils out to my east all day whilst I remained dry. However, by mid morning a trough allowed the showers to spread inland, and this change occurred so quickly it couldn't be seen on any of the free radars before the snow started. It snowed for the best part of 6 hours as the showers merged to form some prolonged spells of snow, and the NE ended up with 5-10cm generally. I think the 12th Feb 2009 has to be my favourite, simply because it was completely unforecast.
  4. We have a covering of snow this morning - what a lovely surprise!

  5. Considering there was nothing at 9am this morning I am quite happy to have 4cm of snow now!

    1. Alex95


      Haha, 8cm final depth on the grass, 4-6cm on concrete surfaces.

    2. Bolton67


      Alza, i was in newcastle today. heavy showers started about 9.45, was still snowing hard when i left Gateshead @11.30. got some good pics.

    3. Alex95


      I thought today was going to be really frustrating with showers skirting by to the east - how wrong I was!

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  6. IT'S SNOWING!!! A very light sugar dusting so far :D

  7. Still snowing heavily, but the covering I have is very slushy. Had this happened in a couple of months we would have seen a significant snow event!

    1. Isolated Frost

      Isolated Frost

      Well you never know, the SSTs would have been higher then so the convection would have been lower. But yes, we would have had lots of snow regardless.

  8. Nice dusting on the grass now - pretty decent for October!

  9. First snow shower of the season!

    1. Summer Sun

      Summer Sun

      nothing here yet the the sky is grey and its bitter out

    2. Isolated Frost
    3. Thundery wintry showers

      Thundery wintry showers

      Showers have penetrated inland to Sandhutton- just had a moderate shower, though only rain so far.

  10. My parents remember that one, they got stuck in Durham. 50cm apparently fell in Newcastle, which would be exceptional in mid winter never mind March!
  11. Another warm and very humid sunny day in Penrith - the forecasts have been very innacurate re. the weather front which was supposed to affect Cumbria.

    1. I Cumbria Marra I

      I Cumbria Marra I

      its horrible in west cumbria, maxes of 15c, overcast, foggy and rain on and off.

  12. According to the Met Office, yesterday's storm in Newcastle WAS a supercell. This explains the rotation I saw! http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/06/29/was-the-newcastle-storm-a-dreaded-supercell-72703-31288685/

    1. Alex95


      No idea, they probably said that had supercellular characteristics (rotation, large hail, funnel clouds) or something, then the paper reports it as fact :S

    2. Paul Sherman

      Paul Sherman

      Ah ok, Sorry thought the Met Office had actually said that, Sensationlist Journolism at work - Lolz

    3. Alex95


      Well they may have actually said that, I'm just speculating whether the newspaper was stretching what they said a little.

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  13. Wow, half of Newcastle is a mess this morning! Generally we're getting back to normal, but I feel sorry for some of the businesses in the town which are wrecked.

  14. Gone very achy, and my brother has said the same - could that be caused by these thunderstorms?

    1. Costa Del Fal

      Costa Del Fal

      I felt like this earlier. More notably I started feeling quite numb in my fingers. Very odd. All down to the very electrical atmosphere I think!

  15. Going back to Florida next Summer - I can smell the lightning already :D

  16. Got off the ferry in Hull to torrential sleet - welcome back to the UK!

    1. Isolated Frost

      Isolated Frost

      Haha! Not much different up here in Wearside.

  17. Off to Paris for a week! :)

    1. Aaron


      Mind the dog poo

    2. Dorsetbred


      A friend of mine is off to Paris today, I wonder if she'll see you?

    3. DiagonalRedLine


      Have a good time.

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  18. The snow has started in Newcastle :)

    1. Thundery wintry showers

      Thundery wintry showers

      Even at Cleadon near the coast it's turning sleety with a temp of 3C- I didn't expect wintry precipitation this soon!

    2. Costa Del Fal

      Costa Del Fal

      This is promising for down here later. Looks like there is a very sharp temperature drop once it hits. :)

    3. Summer Sun

      Summer Sun

      The wind is now picking up the air temp is 5.5°C but factor in the wind chilly it feels like 3.4°C

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  19. It's raining here on the edge of the Lake District this morning

    1. karyo


      Dry here but I am looking forward to some frost tonight and rain next week.

  20. The 21°C-23°C I've had this week would have been like getting 30°C-32°C in July - just incredible! Ah well, here comes the next 9 months of rain...

    1. Snowy Easterly

      Snowy Easterly

      probably no rain more like cool and cloudy, meh

    2. Costa Del Fal

      Costa Del Fal

      Indeed Snowy Easterly. Dry and Cloudy. Yep...going to be so much better...not. :(

    3. Eugene


      Yep summer comes back in september as usual

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  21. Caught the sun today down the park. Silly me.

  22. BBC showing widespread 20C in the north - great! Today was much better than I expected too.

  23. Looks like another day ruined by North Sea fret.

    1. Eugene


      no problems with fog or low cloud this week, only day i saw some fog in the morning was yesterday and that cleared just after 11 am to leave a very warm feeling day

    2. Summer Sun

      Summer Sun

      The cloud is burning away now set for another lovely spring afternoon here in darlington :D

    3. Alex95


      It's been slightly misty all day, but we reached 18C in the hazy sunshine, and the car thermometer read 20C near Durham this afternoon.

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  24. What a difference a day makes - 9°C here this afternoon with fog, though it was sunny for a couple of hours this afternoon as the sea fret briefly retreated.

    1. Summer Sun

      Summer Sun

      16c reached in darlington today the cloud cleared around 12pm and didn't return to around 16:30

  25. It sounds lovely! Many people commute for over an hour in large cities anyway through heavy traffic, so I suppose an hour or so along a quiet road wouldn't be very stressful at all.
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