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Spring is here... and so is the sun

 

A MONTH of warm weather with plenty of sunny spells is on the way, forecasters said yesterday. Saturday marks the start of spring – according to the Met Office’s calendar – and experts say that although it’s too soon to put away your brolley, temperatures should stay above normal for several weeks. The mercury hit 59F (15C) in London on Monday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “By the middle of next month we could be looking at highs in the low-60s. A definite shift in the weather is on the way. “There are some showers around for the remainder of this week, but after the crossover into spring at the weekend it is a very pleasant picture. It will be much drier than of late, and it is going to stay warm through the month – a very spring-like picture indeed.â€

 

The Met Office said temperatures in the South are expected to remain in double figures this week although more wind and rain is expected from tomorrow. In the North, the mercury is expected to hover nearer to the seasonal average at 8C. However, its three-month contingency planner suggests temperatures are likely to stay above- average until April. A spokesman added: “The first part of March is likely to remain unsettled, particularly across the north of the UK with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, or longer spells of rain.â€

 

The Environment Agency warned yesterday of an ongoing risk of river flooding from the Thames and Severn although water levels are slowly falling. It has issued two severe flood warnings in the South-west region, while there are 22 flood warnings and 95 flood alerts across the rest of the country. A spokesman said: “River flooding on the Somerset Levels will continue for at least the next three days where there is a high overall flood risk. “There is an ongoing risk from groundwater flooding in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Kent and Greater London for the next three days. Significant impacts are expected such as flooding to properties and roads, and travel disruption.â€

 

Recent storms have led to a record number of dead sea birds washing up along the coasts. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales says species affected include puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Conservation manager Dr Lizzie Wilberforce said. “Together with storm impacts and pollution events, we have reason to be very concerned for these iconic species.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/461870/Spring-is-here-and-so-is-the-sun

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Spring has sprung! Weather forecasters say heatwave is on its way to Britain

 

THE weather looks bloomin’ good for battered Britain after two months of storm hell. Hannah Walker, eight, played among daffodils in Titchfield, Hants, yesterday as forecasters said March will be sunny and warm. With spring just a week away, the weather will be in marked contrast to last winter, which saw a freeze grip the UK until mid-April. Temperatures will be above average for the rest of this week and have already reached 12C in places. And thermometers will stay in double figures for the next few days in many areas. However, there was bad news for flood victims as experts predicted rainfall would remain above average.

 

The Weather Channel’s Leon Brown said the south-west would have scattered showers tomorrow. He added: “Friday looks like an unsettled, wet and showery day across England and Wales. “And in the next week Wales, central and southern England can expect between 20 and 50% more rainfall than average. “This is part of a westerly weather pattern which will bring unsettled weather but above-average temperatures into March.†The forecast was cold comfort for Somerset flood victims, who are now receiving essential supplies from special aid warehouses.

 

And in Padstow, Cornwall, there was another reminder of the winter storms. The remains of a German ship from the First World War have been exposed after sand was washed away in Booby’s Bay. The nation isn’t quite out of the woods yet. Icy winds from the east are set to chill some areas into the weekend, the forecasters warned. Leon added: “The best weather will be in the west and north-west.â€

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/367210/Spring-has-sprung-Weather-forecasters-say-heatwave-is-on-its-way-to-Britain

 

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A "heatwave"? not only is that not going to happen, but the article doesn't actually mention that anywhere - just "above average temperatures" which in itself doesn't look especially likely during the first part of march - at least not significantly so.

 

I don't know why I didn't consider journalism as a career - it seems to be incredibly easy and doesn't actually require a knowledge of anything or the ability to read, understand and process information that is provided. And, the best bit is there is no obligation to report anything accurately to the people who actually read it. Brilliant!

 

The old Viz magazine image of journalists sitting about drinking at lunchtimes and having daily heart attacks in the afternoon seems about right to me. 

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Forget all these single figure temperatures the temperatures this morning hit 99c Posted Image

 

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Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull get the giggles as Carol Kirkwood predicts 99 degree temperatures in on-screen char. tLow pressure is on the way for the UK – but Wednesday looks set to be a scorcher, according to BBC Breakfast. Forecaster Carol Kirkwood accidentally "clicked her clicker" twice while on-screen about 7.30am, resulting in the temperature chart showing "99 degrees" for six cities identified just as "Town name". Kirkwood quickly realised her mistake and gamely tried to cover up the mistake, saying "I'm going to block this chart." Susanna Reid had a fit of the giggles as Bill Turnbull joked "It's going to be boiling in town … I've heard of scorchio, but that's ridiculous." None of the trio made heavy weather of the slip-up – it must be their sunny dispositions.
 

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Cameron Criticised On Flood Defence Spending

 

The boss of the country's biggest insurance firm, Legal & General, has told Sky News he is concerned about a lack of spending on flood defences. As the industry faces Government pressure to pay out quickly on the costs of the winter storms, Nigel Wilson also spoke out against policy on home building in flood-prone areas. He said: "We've had a housing policy that has encouraged too much building in flood plains area. And we've been on and on about this. "There's an issue in the UK. We're not building enough and where we're building them is in the wrong place. "So we've got a multi-phased approach in actually increasing housing supply.

 

"The Government needs to focus much more attention on housing supply and where that supply is." He was speaking hours after David Cameron's boast that flood defence spending will increase under his leadership was contradicted by the UK's statistics watchdog, which claimed the budget had actually been cut by £250m. Sir Andrew Dilnot, head of the UK Statistics Authority, called on the Government to publish its real-term figures "in the public interest." Mr Cameron claimed at Prime Minister's Questions that spending between 2011 and 2015 would be higher than in the previous four years under Labour.

 

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson went further, saying the Government is "providing more than any previous government in this spending review". The discrepancy stems from the Government including money spent by private firms and other third parties in its figures. Flood defence spending was £2.37bn between 2007 and 2011, according to House of Commons library figures. Between 2011 and 2015 it will be £2.34bn - a £247m cut in real terms. Sir Andrew believes the House of Commons numbers are more credible than those being stated by Mr Cameron and his colleagues. He said: "We agree with their finding that, as of January 2014, government funding for flood defences was expected to be lower in both nominal and real terms during the current spending period than during the last spending period.

 

"Our analysis also supports the conclusion that the statement 'over the current spending review period, more is being spent than ever before' is supported by the statistics if the comparison is made in nominal terms and includes external funding, but is not supported by the statistics if the comparison is made in real terms or if external funding is excluded." Labour and Friends of the Earth say the cuts contributed to the damage endured across swathes of the country this winter - and the issue will be debated by MPs on Wednesday.

 

Mr Paterson has already apologised for "any offence" caused by his flood defence spending claims, but denied there had been any "manipulation of figures". A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: "Figures on flood defence spending are published. The Government is spending £2.4bn on flood management and protection from coastal erosion which is more than ever before. "The Prime Minister also recently announced £130m extra for flood defence repairs following the extreme weather." All this comes as the Institution of Civil Engineers called on Chancellor George Osborne to use next month's  Budget to return spending on flood risk management to pre-2010 levels.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1217473/cameron-criticised-on-flood-defence-spending

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Daily Express Tomorrow's Headline says: Britain is on Snow Alert. Meh.

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It appears the BBC let their YTS graphics trainee loose on their mid-range forecasting. On Monday they popped up on the radio to announce an end to the wet weather after this week, but sure enough all the charts for next week are showing the jet stream continuing to roar over the UK. On Tuesday they went back to failing to forecast 4 hours of rain on the graphics. Sack the YTS trainee!

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Winter's final ferocious comeback: Britain is braced for EIGHT inches of snow this weekend

 

WINTER is about to make a final ferocious comeback with Britain braced for eight inches of snow by the weekend. Much of the country faces wintry showers over hills and on low ground as temperatures plunge to -5C (23F) tonight (Thursday) The Met Office last night (Wednesday) issued its “first proper†snow warning of winter across the south with Wales, central and northern England all at risk. It warned commuters to prepare for  travel disruption on Friday morning when the heaviest snowfall is expected.. Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “The worst of it is going to hit on Friday morning during drive time so it could have some impact. “At the moment it is still uncertain of what will happen but because of the expected timing there could be some impact, hence the warning.

 

“There could be flurries of snow on low ground and depending on the path of this system, snow could fall in more southerly parts of the country. “This is the first proper severe weather warning for snow we have issued for the south.†BBC forecaster Carol Kirkwood said a “potent low pressure†system hurtling towards Britain will trigger the turnaround to the bitterly cold. She said: “As we move from Thursday into Friday there is a bit of uncertainty in the forecast. “It looks like there is going to be some wet and windy weather possibly with some snow across some southern areas.†Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel, said parts of the country could see up to eight inches of snow fall over the next 48 hours. He said: “A wetter period is coming up for southern Britain later this week and at the start of the weekend.

 

“Colder too with overnight frost and ice this weekend. There is also a snow risk over higher ground, even over the south. “There is also a snow risk over the south with some model solutions giving 10 to 20cm [8ins] across South Wales to the Midlands on Saturday.  “This may be at the extreme end of the range, but don’t be surprised to see some sleet and snow by Saturday.†Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said Britain faces another “flirtation with winter†with a bitterly cold weekend ahead. He said temperatures will sink below freezing in the south from Friday while the north with shiver in lows of -5C. He said: “Thursday is looking grim with blustery winds and showers but after that there is another vigorous flirtation with winter on the way with things turning much colder. “We could see a covering of snow quite widely across central and northern parts and Wales by Friday with temperatures sinking comfortably below freezing.

“There is also a risk of ice with wet ground freezing over, and maybe the chance of snow over high ground in the south west Devon and Cornwall.â€

 

However after the weekend things are set to get warmer with temperatures in March expected to be above-average, he said. He added: “After the weekend it is back to the mild conditions. March is still looking warmer than average, and drier than we have seen.†The Met Office three month contingency planner also suggests it might be warmer than average across the UK until April. However it is likely to remain unsettled with more wind and rain on the way through spring. A Met Office spokesman said: “The first part of March is likely to remain unsettled, particularly across the north of the UK with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, or longer spells of rain.  “Showers may be heavy at times, and will be wintry over high ground.  “Winds in the north will often be strong, reaching gale force at times.†Vast swathes of the southwest are still recovering from devastating floods triggered by storms which set in at the end of last year.

 

Worst hit has been Somerset where communities have been cut off and hundreds of homes damaged by the flood waters. The Environment Agency warned of an ongoing risk of flooding from the Rivers Thames and Severn although levels are slowly falling. It has issued two severe flood warnings in the region while there are 20 flood warnings and 91 flood alerts across the rest of the country. A spokesman said: “Two severe flood warnings remain in place on the Somerset Levels.  “Across the rest of southern and central England river levels continue to fall, including along the Thames and the Severn, although properties could remain flooded from some time - including those in Windsor and Maidenhead, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Wokingham and West Berkshire. “The weather outlook remains unsettled over the next few days and so the reduction in flood risk across the south will be slow.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/462046/Winter-is-NOT-OVER-Eight-inches-of-snow-to-hit-UK-this-weekend-in-ferocious-final-freeze

 

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Polar Vortex: Great Lakes Almost Fully Frozen

 

It looks more like a scene from Antarctica, but this striking image shows the United States' heavily frozen Great Lakes. As the polar vortex bites the country for the third time in just two months, ice cover on the vast pools of water is at its highest level for four decades. On average, around half of the surface freezes over during the bitterly cold winter months. However, ice coated nearly 90% of the lakes on February 12 and 13 - only the fifth time it has extended beyond 80% in the last 40 years.

 

The unusually high ice coverage seen in the image from Nasa's Aqua satellite is caused by bitterly cold temperatures, coupled with extremely cold air that removes heat from the water as it barrels over the surface. As the water temperature falls below freezing, a thin layer of ice develops at the surface, thickening when temperatures fail to rise. The latest bout of winter weather has bought Arctic conditions to much of the United States. It is triggered by the polar vortex - a rotating pool of cold, dense air held in place by a belt of strong winds. That belt has loosened this year, letting polar air slip as far south as Alabama.

 

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city used to shivering through winter, temperatures fell to -4F (-20C) on Wednesday night, but even in cities on the east coast, such as New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the mercury plunged to 20F (-7C). According to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group, this winter will be the state's coldest for 35 years. Local meteorologist Paul Douglas told the Star Tribune newspaper: "Old Man Winter doesn't seem to care. He's stuck in a supernaturally persistent rut and the jet stream remains locked. "Natural atmospheric variability, the natural ebb and flow of warm and cold, has been replaced by perpetually polar air, while much of the rest of North America runs a low-grade fever."

 

Alerts remain in place for parts of Minnesota, as well as Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan, as a storm system tracks southeast across the country. Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said there was "no real let-up" in sight, adding: "It does look as though it'll stay cold throughout the weekend, with snow at times, too."

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1218133/polar-vortex-great-lakes-almost-fully-frozen

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EIGHT INCHES of snow to hit Britain tomorrow: Flurries expected across country on last day of winter which has been wettest in 250 years

  • Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow sweeping across England and Wales tomorrow
  • Forecasters said the Midlands and north of England as well as some parts of Wales, will be most affected
  • Experts find 517.6mm - 20.3 inches - of rain fell this winter. Previous highest total was 485.1mm - 19 inches - in 1995

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569174/EIGHT-INCHES-snow-hit-Britain-tomorrow-Flurries-expected-country-day-winter-wettest-250-years.html

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Winter's final ferocious comeback: Britain is braced for EIGHT inches of snow this weekend

 

WINTER is about to make a final ferocious comeback with Britain braced for eight inches of snow by the weekend. Much of the country faces wintry showers over hills and on low ground as temperatures plunge to -5C (23F) tonight (Thursday) The Met Office last night (Wednesday) issued its “first proper†snow warning of winter across the south with Wales, central and northern England all at risk. It warned commuters to prepare for  travel disruption on Friday morning when the heaviest snowfall is expected.. Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “The worst of it is going to hit on Friday morning during drive time so it could have some impact. “At the moment it is still uncertain of what will happen but because of the expected timing there could be some impact, hence the warning.

 

My favourite comment on that article

 

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, infamous for consistently incorrect weather forecasts and/or saying whatever Nathan Rao wants him to say said "Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"

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EIGHT INCHES of snow to hit Britain tomorrow: Flurries expected across country on last day of winter which has been wettest in 250 years

  • Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow sweeping across England and Wales tomorrow
  • Forecasters said the Midlands and north of England as well as some parts of Wales, will be most affected
  • Experts find 517.6mm - 20.3 inches - of rain fell this winter. Previous highest total was 485.1mm - 19 inches - in 1995

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2569174/EIGHT-INCHES-snow-hit-Britain-tomorrow-Flurries-expected-country-day-winter-wettest-250-years.html

 

Why is it always 8 inches of snow!! they've mentioned that already this winter a few times and I bet the only place that has had that is probably Cairngorms/Aviemore and no where else. That paper spouts absolute drivel!

 

Last month they were going on about a pill that could completely destroy most cancers - now why don't I believe that?

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No idea whether it will contain anything informative or not, but Channel 4 has a programme starting at 9 - "The storms that stole Christmas".

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No idea whether it will contain anything informative or not, but Channel 4 has a programme starting at 9 - "The storms that stole Christmas".

bugger, and why am I seeing this now? :lol:

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What a load of rubbish the express churn out day to day whenever they headline with a weather story. 8 inches where did they get this from? mmm perhaps a couple of inches might fall above 400m or so in south Wales but nothing more.

 

and since when have temperatures in the low teens suddenly been defined as 'heatwave' - absolute codswallop. For its worth I see a very average start to March, maxes of 7-10 degrees for many - hardly what I would describe as 'warm' - indeed preety much what we have seen during Jan and Feb and I don't remember anyone describing conditions such temps recently as heatwave and warm.

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Northern Lights Aurora Borealis Illuminate UK

 

The Aurora Borealis, normally only visible inside the Arctic Circle, has been seen lighting up skies as far south as Essex. People across Britain and Ireland have been taking in some of the stunning views and sharing their photos on Twitter. Last night, the lights were clearly visible in Glasgow, Orkney and Aberdeenshire in Scotland, at Preston in Lancashire and in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. However, the brilliantly coloured natural phenomenon lit up skies as far south as Gloucestershire, Essex and Norfolk.  Alex Green, who was on the Norfolk Coast, said: "Clearly visible with the eye even this far south!"

 

Richard Wilson, from Guildford, Surrey, saw the aurora from the air. He tweeted: "Great view of the northern lights from 30,000 feet over Scotland tonight. Awesome sight!" The fantastic display is caused by collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the Sun's atmosphere.  It comes after a major solar flare earlier in the week.  The variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles colliding. The Northern Lights were discovered in 1621 by French scientist Pierre Gassendi, who named them Aurora - after the Roman goddess of dawn - Borealis, the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1218656/northern-lights-aurora-borealis-illuminate-uk

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Snow and ice warning from the Met Office as winter slides out

 

WINTER, already the wettest for 250 years, refused to give up its cruel grip yesterday and whipped up one final blow to already battered Britain. An Arctic blast cast a white blanket of snow across north-east England and left forecasters warning there will be more ahead. The Met Office issued an official alert for more icy conditions today – the last day of the month and officially the final day of winter. Forecasters put out a yellow warning meaning there is a “strong possibility of snow†ready to sweep across parts of the UK with severe weather possible. Those areas most at risk include the Midlands, the South-east, the South-west and Wales. The Met Office said anyone planning to travel over the next few days needs to be aware of potentially dangerous conditions.

 

A spokesman added: “Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.†The snow comes just as the country recovers from the torrential rain that has been battering homes for the past three months. Record rainfall has hit much of the UK, with parts of the South seeing well over double the norm. Some 17 inches have fallen since the beginning of December making it the soggiest winter since records for England and Wales began in 1766. Across the whole of the UK, there were more than 20 inches of rainfall compared with an average of just 13 inches.

 

The previous record has stood for nearly 100 years after 16.6 inches fell in 1915 – five years after official national records began. But the wet weather means that it has been warmer than expected with temperatures averaging 1.5C above normal. The average temperature for the winter is 5.2C making it the fifth warmest since records began. More than 6,500 properties across the country have been flooded since December and experts are already warning of longer lasting and more severe storms in the future. Violent storms over the past few months have caused major damage to buildings and natural features along the coast, especially around the South- west and Wales. Cornwall’s only rail link was broken and thousands of homes inundated. The strongest gust of wind hit 108mph in Aberdaron, Wales, on February 12. The worst–hit areas include the ­Somerset Levels, where 25 square miles of land were inundated, and the towns and villages along the Thames to the west of London. An unprecedented pumping operation is still in place to try to clear the Levels.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/462262/Snow-and-ice-warning-from-the-Met-Office-as-winter-slides-out

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The Daily start must have a crystal ball as Easter is going to be freezing even though its 7 weeks away! Posted Image

 

SNOWMAGEDDON: Expect a freezing Easter as temperatures drop to -3C

 

DRENCHED Brits face more weather hell with snow blasts set to smash the nation. Blizzards will continue today and freak ice storms are expected to batter the UK into next week. The wettest winter in history will continue today - the first day of spring - as a biting cold snap sees temperatures fall to -3C this weekend. Northern England and Wales will be hit hardest as snow flurries sweep in from the west. The surge has sparked fears for the Cheltenham Festival, with Coral giving 2-1 that the horse racing meeting will be covered in snow. But the picture for Easter looks even worse, with the cold surge prompting bookies to offer evens the holiday will be ruined by snowfall.

 

Coral's Nicola McGeady said: "We thought we had escaped the worst of the weather. But March's forecast has made for grim reading, with the odds on snowfall suggesting it's an absolute cert." It comes as this winter was revealed as the wettest since records began in 1766. Statistics from the Oxford Radcliffe Observatory show 17.1in of rain between December 1 and February 24, smashing a previous high of 16.6in in 1915. But it is not all over yet, with the entire country due to be hit by heavy downpours tomorrow following today's icy chill. Early next week will see sunshine and scattered wintry showers with overnight frosts, forecasters at The Weather Channel said. It will warm up by the middle of the week but some parts of the UK will be hit by strong winds.

 

By Thursday, temperatures could reach 14C in central and eastern England, before another cold snap moves in, causing a freezing finish on Friday. Meanwhile, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has warned horror floods will continue to batter already underwater parts of the UK for months. He said: "Further groundwater flooding is unfortunately expected over the coming days in the south and south east, and may be an issue for some months to come." Pickles' fellow Tories have been heaping pressure on Environment Secretary Owen Patterson to protect swamped communities. Eight of the 10 areas most battered and at risk of flooding are represented by Tory MPs, who are now urging the Government to do more to prepare for disasters. Neil Parish, MP for swamped Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, said: "The recent floods are a wakeup call on the need to do more to protect households from severe weather events." He also demanded a fresh approach to tackle climate change.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/367715/SNOWMAGEDDON-Expect-a-freezing-Easter-as-temperatures-drop-to-3C

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Spring is here! After the wettest winter in recorded history, Britain bathes in sunshine the first day of March (but there's more flood misery for some)

  • Most parts of Britain saw sunshine today despite chilly temperatures, following three months of rain
  • But the pleasant conditions will not last long with heavy rain set to hit most of the country by tomorrow evening
  • Family rescued in Ingatestone, Essex after overnight rain causes further flooding on the roads

Britain today saw a sunny start to spring as the rain which has blighted the country throughout the winter was finally driven away. Yesterday winter went out with a bang as hills were carpeted in snow and other areas saw heavy rainfall thanks to two storm systems moving over the UK. But when the first day of March arrived today, the sun shone across the country, heralding the arrival of spring.  'There's plenty of sunshine, it's very spring-like,' said a spokesman for the Met Office. 'A good day to kick off spring.' Continued sun was forecast for the rest of the day across central and southern England and Scotland, with some showers in the North of England.

 

However, despite the sunny scenes temperatures will remain relatively low, peaking at just 8C (46F) in the South-East. However, some flood-hit areas have still not recovered from the damage they sustained over the winter, and rainfall yesterday brought further suffering.  A father and his two sons had to be rescued near Ingatestone in Essex after their transit van was stranded in deep floodwaters. Essex Fire and Rescue Service sent an inflatable boat to the scene to retrieve the family. And the pleasant conditions elsewhere will not last long - heavy rain is set to sweep across the whole of Britain by tomorrow evening. Earlier this week it was revealed that this winter had more rain than any in the past 250 years.

 

Records dating back to 1766 - the oldest weather data set in the world - show that the winter months this year have been the wettest ever recorded in England and Wales. The weather series, which is compiled by the Oxford Radcliffe Observatory on behalf of the Met Office, started recording data from 50 weather stations in the 18th century. Today the information comes from thousands of hi-tech stations, which feed powerful computers. The information shows 17.1in (435mm) of rain fell between December 1 and February 24 this year, beating the previous highest total of 16.6in (423mm) in 1915.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570849/Sunshine-day-March.html

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Daily Star - blizzards today? where exactly? Another freezing snap on Friday after a very mild Thursday? - who writes this stuff a 5 year old? What utter rubbish and an insult to the general public.

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Very upsetting to hear of the amount of sea birds that are being washed up on beaches, this winters Relentless storms haven't just been devastating for all the flooding that's been happening, wildlife had been impacted hard and the amount of sea birds that have died is appalling.

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Very upsetting to hear of the amount of sea birds that are being washed up on beaches, this winters Relentless storms haven't just been devastating for all the flooding that's been happening, wildlife had been impacted hard and the amount of sea birds that have died is appalling.

Sad yes, as for weather reporting in the tabs just avoid them.

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Wide range of wintry conditions affects half of US

 

A round of wintry precipitation blasted across much of the U.S. on Sunday, bringing a mix of freezing rain and heavy snow to central and eastern states as the workweek gets underway. Authorities warned of possible power outages and flight disruptions across much of the mid-Atlantic region. Much of the worst weather was expected to pound the East Coast. The National Weather Service was calling for six to eight inches of snow across parts of southern Pennsylvania, while areas along the New York border were expected to receive one to two inches through Monday. Nearly 1,600 flights in the United States were canceled and another 1,515 delayed Sunday afternoon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were in Dallas, Chicago and Newark, N.J. Another 1,115 flights for Monday were also already canceled. There are more than 30,000 flights in the United States on a typical day.

 

In Pittsburgh, snow began falling about dawn and was expected to taper off before another band of snow hits early Monday. Forecasters are expecting three to six inches total. Philadelphia was expected to get four to eight inches through Monday. More than six inches would make it the city's second snowiest winter, surpassing 65.5 inches that fell in 1995-96. In Ohio, among those braving treacherous conditions was Patty Lee, who drove some 20 miles from Cincinnati to suburban Blue Ash for a job interview. She joked that her first job test was making it through the icy parking lot without falling down. "The roads are deteriorating pretty quickly," she said after returning to Cincinnati.

A suspension bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Kentucky was closed Sunday because of ice covering its hard-to-treat metal grid deck.

 

Some of the worst weather was predicted for the Washington, D.C., area with a layer of ice and 8 to 12 inches of snow possible, which could be enough to shut down schools and offices on Monday. Freezing rain and sleet moved across Kentucky, making road travel treacherous on Sunday. Officials warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Power outages could result if falling tree limbs laden with ice hit power lines. Parts of the state could receive up to 8 inches of sleet and snow through Monday. Churches throughout the state canceled services. The eastern West Virginia panhandle could get up to a foot of snow. That sent residents on a hunt for food, water and other supplies. Nearly a foot of snow was expected in some parts of New Jersey.

 

In the Midwest, parts of northern Arkansas could see up to 2 inches of sleet, while St. Louis could see several inches of snow. Arctic cold temperatures hit Nebraska. Forecasters said Sunday's single-digit high temperatures could set records across the state. And wind chills 20-to-35 degrees below zero were reported Sunday. Snowfall amounts across Indiana range from nearly 9 inches in northwestern Indiana to 1.7 inches at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis. Nearly 9 inches of lake-effect snow has fallen in Portage, about 8 miles east of Gary. The same weather system inundated California with rain. Four hikers were rescued overnight after they became trapped by rising floodwaters in Malibu Creek State Park. Authorities were warning of mudslides and swollen creeks and drainage channels.

 

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/wide-range-wintry-conditions-affects-half-us-150202483.html#NS17Wue

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