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Kent, Home counties and south London general weather discussion 25/02/2018 onwards

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15 minutes ago, Cat Clark said:

Do you also live in Folkestone? 🙈

Not far from you in Hawkinge!

Full on gale force gusts at times round the house now and horizontal snow flurries.

Currently -0.2c, DP -6c (high was 0.0c in the end)

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24 minutes ago, Daniel* said:

There’s significant variation from place to place some areas have done seriously well. Fellow Londoners I’m sure @Sno' problem will say it’s been exceptional cold spell. :) 

I can relate to all you said in your previous post. It has been exceptionally cold - three ice days and a decent amount of snow.

Like, you, i was amazed by that streamer snow on Wednesday morning, it was the heaviest snow i'd ever seen in my life- and i thought i'd witnessed that in 2010.  I've really enjoyed walking around in it.. I will also be sad to see it go. We may not see it again in our life time

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7 minutes ago, abruzzi spur said:

Ok, you've gone a little off plan there, but I remain deeply sceptical that Brighton will get 5-10cm tonight.

If central London has more snow than Reigate then great, happy days, I'm 52 years old and am very pleased that although I love the drama of snow I don't give a monkey's about where it falls as long as it doesn't make peoples' lives a misery.

No. Just correcting really! Judging by the radar me too, unless something develops. Well around here, I’ve seen happy faces many young children playing in snow, who have never experienced it really. My mum loathes the cold she doesn’t go out, I don’t really blame her, it is fairly treacherous. You’re always going to get people who love it or hate it. You can’t please everyone, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. 

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18 minutes ago, Bob Lee said:

I thought people said BBC Weather was pants now? Not having go honest but read its not so good after split with Metoffice yet when it's forecasting snow for us It's ooops forget that Yahoo we love BBC Weather Most confusing 

Well BBC Weather all week was saying it was going to be DRY this week, they also said on Saturday... Wintry Showers :p

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1 minute ago, John Stevens said:

This week has highlighted many thing for me. 1) That modelling, even in ths digital age, is still remarkably unreliable depsite what the “public’ are told about the increasing accuracy of forecasting. 2) the population as a whole are do not have the resilience that they had 5 years ago, let alone 27 years ago. To here a man virtually crying in tantrum on the SE news that he couldn’t get his train to Tonbridge was laughable. Prevously there would have been a typically British shrug of the shoulders and gone to the pub instead after helping their neightbours out first. In all honesty, if the freeze of 87 or the great storm in 87 happened today, those of us that were there, got on and enjoyed those events, would be laughing at todays “managers” for the handling of such crisis!! Perhaps thats why so many us who grew up then love weather!!

 

Sorry to drag on...and also I am aware that I didn’t politely introduce myself the other day when I joined the forums (i got carreid away in the snowy moment!). Watching, and occasionally commenting, this week has been enjoyable, frustrating (especially being too close to Horley, Horsham, Dorking, Reigate clearly to get proper snow 😂😂) but most of all illuminating that the spirit of the 80’s community feeling still exists throughout the SE!!

 

Quite understand if no-one responds!

Are you active on TWO by any chance?

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Arpege goes for snow from quite early tomorrow across the region. Hirlam has it from lunchtime, both have fairly light stuff but you never know

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2 minutes ago, steveinsussex said:

Arpege goes for snow from quite early tomorrow across the region. Hirlam has it from lunchtime, both have fairly light stuff but you never know

Looks similar strength to this mornings front but likely to take longer to move on. I'm guessing 3-5cms roughly.

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2 minutes ago, Kent Blizzard said:

Are you active on TWO by any chance?

No this is my only active forum? Why?

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Well I e enjoyed the last few days. We only got a few CMS But when we did, it was great! Wednesday evening was probably the best for Epsom. Dragging the car out tomorrow, it’s  been stuck there all week. What’s the betting it’ll all come down the second I leave the house? 🤔

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12 minutes ago, stainesbloke said:

It’s all a bit vague. Personally, I think you’ll be fine, doesn’t look too severe, unless we get freezing rain, of course! Now I’ve said that, we’ll get a right dumping lol

Lol 😂 yeah, exactly! Wife's a teacher and her school has been closed in anticipation of tomorrow 

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15 minutes ago, stainesbloke said:

Mixed feelings about this cold spell here. The depth of cold has been pretty remarkable, 2 consecutive ice days near Heathrow, that’s very rare. Nice to see some heavy snow showers, too. Am disappointed with snow amounts here though, at most have got to about 3cm laying snow which is pathetic, had much, much more in 2010 and 2013.. Not expecting much more before the milder air arrives so my interest is rapidly waning. Good that so many have had a decent spell, however.

Agreed,been a 6/10 round here,huge potential though!Mores the pity given the dewpoints have been consistently so low,they have always been our downfall round London/SE in otber cold spells.One thing that I have never seen before is increasing snow amounts the closer you go to central London.Certainly the most interesting thing about recent days.Earls Court looked resplendent,who'd have thought!! Another thought that I have had over the last few days is that its early March now and winter had its chance for the last 2/3 months ago,time to look forward to a bit of spring warmth and getting the allotment sorted.

Now that I've said that we ll be buried in snow tommorow evening.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, John Stevens said:

No this is my only active forum? Why?

I know another John that's all, he does long posts, indepth etc

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16 minutes ago, saint said:

The reality is that we probably wont know until tomorrow... Lot's of uncertainty. 

Thanks, Saint... I know..keeps the interest going though 😀

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Snowing lightly here now

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16 minutes ago, Darkcloud said:

Incredible to watch. Makes a mockery out of our 5 day cold spell! What did you make of their explanation about why it occurred? Hawaaii?

Yes, they thought it was something to do with unusually warm waters over the N Pacific around Hawaii   altering the jet stream to a more convoluted or merdional pattern that stuck and kept UK in the freezer all winter. Given their understanding of teleconnections back then was primitive, it may have been other drivers that are more well known, such as solar cycle, QBO, ENSO, though there could be some truth in the sea surface temperature anomaly they suggest affecting upper patterns too.

Thank goodness another 1962/63 winter is unlikely to happen in our lifetimes, it is like this week but all winter long!

Edited by Nick F

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4 minutes ago, Wimbledon88 said:

Agreed,been a 6/10 round here,huge potential though!Mores the pity given the dewpoints have been consistently so low,they have always been our downfall round London/SE in otber cold spells.One thing that I have never seen before is increasing snow amounts the closer you go to central London.Certainly the most interesting thing about recent days.Earls Court looked resplendent,who'd have thought!! Another thought that I have had over the last few days is that its early March now and winter had its chance for the last 2/3 months ago,time to look forward to a bit of spring warmth and getting the allotment sorted.

Now that I've said that we ll be buried in snow tommorow evening.

 

 

Haha, well there’s a chance we'll get more snow tomorrow than forecast, would be good! 

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9 minutes ago, Whereisthesnow? said:

Lol 😂 yeah, exactly! Wife's a teacher and her school has been closed in anticipation of tomorrow 

People these days have to travel further for work or school than they did when i was a kid in the 80's - better to close the schools and save the heart ache of visiting the morg the next day as a parent or teachers wife/husband - Plenty of nutters out there in warm cars without a clue!

 

better safe than sorry.. and al that

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If you can have freezing sleet then that is what I have here presently. Small flakes of snow that some have melted and rather than become supercooled water droplets have actually frozen into minute ice balls when they arrive at the surface. Makes a pinging noise everywhere. And the moon is shining through!

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4 minutes ago, Kent Blizzard said:

I know another John that's all, he does long posts, indepth etc

I'm guessing not me... I'm not prone to long posts... Normally

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Just driven from Worthing to Horsham. Mostly rain with more of a sleety mix the closer I got to Horsham. Conditions weren't too bad for driving really, I was expecting more ice.

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TBH from a selfish point of view, I've had my snow fix now, 4 days of snow potentially a 5th day tomorrow, road a nightmare, causes issues with work, its blooming freezing.......roll on the BBQs :D

 

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3 minutes ago, yamkin said:

Snowing lightly here now

Last time I looked out the window recently the moon was dimly shining through the cloud, so must be thickening again

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tommrrow starting from around 2pm 

could be quite a dump for the London area after looking at a few charts 

2-7cms quite realistic totals 

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Just now, Lampostwatcher said:

tommrrow starting from around 2pm 

could be quite a dump for the London area after looking at a few charts 

2-7cms quite realistic totals 

That's not really a dump is it? More a smattering

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