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  1. One of my few summer posts, but the 18z is a cracker with settled conditions and increasingly warm temps. Looks a virtual nationwide event as well. If the 00z follow suit then the bbq will be out for its 5th outing of the season
  2. The next few radar frames could be telling. As Nick S alluded to just now the precip off the Belgium coast seems to be growing every frame. Snow here is gradually intensifying as well. Nothing significant yet but this definitely has my attention now!
  3. Indeed, I was just looking at that myself. If it keeps and building intensity, we could be looking at something rather good. Still precip building in the estuary too.
  4. Nature's fridge SK, very environmentally friendly!
  5. I've been ooop north today and got home about 2 hours ago (apparently it has been snowing here lightly most of the day). When I got home it was snowing lightly but turned heavy about 6.00pm and has remained that way since. All surfaces nicely covered, measured 5cm on the wife's car which hasn't been moved today. All in all, excellent stuff.
  6. Moderate snow being driven around by a strong wind here. Settling on cars and grass but not pavements yet, although the temp is dropping quickly. Down to 0.7c now.
  7. Could be a snowy Sunday evening if the GFS precip charts are anywhere near accurate? Cracking end to winter, 2018 is going to be one of those years talked about in future winters
  8. Well I didn't expect to be back on here this winter but the emergence of the Beast MkII has flushed me back out of my hibernation. Looking great at 114 with the cold in around 12 hours earlier than the 12z
  9. Impressive temps for southern England on the eve of March. It would have been interesting how cold conditions would have been had there been slack winds with the associated cold uppers?
  10. Wow, brilliant post Bottled Snow. What I'd give to experience your Thursday 1 March!!!
  11. That's a bullish statement Crewe! However, for what it's worth, I am in total agreement with you. Not just the solar minimum, I think the recent massive SSW could also have ramifications for the PV next winter (certainly the early part anyway). 9 months until it gets interesting again!
  12. It's been a fantastic end to winter and last nights snowfall was a welcome surprise, the Beast's 'encore' if you will. I would say that whilst 1987 is still the gold standard of winter events, this spell stands alongside 2010, 2009, 1996 and 1991 for my money. But it's only the 3rd March and I have a feeling that this place could get busy again in about 10 days time as winter may not have quite finished with us just yet.
  13. Now that this spell is coming to an end and the beast is returning to Siberia, I thought it would be useful for members to log their stats for this event for us to refer back to in future years. When there is cold on the cards for late Feb / early March, there are often exclamations that the sun is too strong/the days are too long etc, for any meaningful winter event. However, this spell has certainly proved that early March can produce as severe winter weather as December or January. So before the last few days are lost to memory, I thought it would be useful to log your headline stats in one place, here are mine. Total Ice Days: 4 (Tuesday 27 Feb - Friday 2 March) Lowest daytime Max Temp: -2.7 Wednesday 28 February Lowest nighttime Min Temp: -8.1 Tuesday 27 February Days of falling snow: 5, Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March Total snow depth: Difficult one as the wind and sublimation has taken some depth away, estimate around 7 inches of falling snow. 2-3 foot snow drifts around the fields Days of lying snow: 6 (and counting), Monday 26 February - Saturday 3 March Interested to hear the thoughts of other members.
  14. Probably the heaviest snow of this cold spell, really unexpected.