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UK COLD WEATHER ALERT LEVEL 2

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46 minutes ago, yamkin said:

UK COLD WEATHER ALERT LEVEL 2

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Courtesy of UK Met Office

I know, Times are crazy now a days , I mean for gods sake a cold warning ⚠️ . It’s a frost in winter 🤪🥺😮. Oh well , bring on the next 2010.

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Another case of cry wolf so many will be less likely to take appropriate action for a a real threat. 

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It might not seem much like winter to most of us but for those less fortunate a cold spell of weather is not particulary welcoming.

Thankfully Hastings Borough Council have recognised this and are extending the opening of their overnight shelter and whilst the link hasn't updated I believe its going to remain open for the next few nights.

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The council is providing a night shelter for the rough sleepers tonight (Monday, January 13) and tomorrow (Tuesday, January 14).

 

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Quote - Mark Wheeler: 

"I know, Times are crazy now a days , I mean for gods sake a cold warning . It’s a frost in winter . Oh well , bring on the next 2010." 

Couldn't agree more with Marks', sentiments above!! :oldgood:

Morning all,

Up early again, to have Breakfast with my Wife, before she set off for a 12 Hour shift, in Chislehurst. I waved her off at the front door and a strange layer of "shimmering white", has descended overnight.

"Well, I'll go t' foot of our Stairs". Heaven forbid, it's a Frost.

Coming in Mid-January and Mid-Winter, whatever next Snow??

Was reminiscing with my Wife over Breakfast, about the Good old, Cold old Days, of the 1960's.

Cold Weather Alert, you're having a "giraffe".

Has "Downside" Darren (at least it will be mild) Bett, taken over the Met Office??

Both myself and my Wife (Colette is 10 Years younger than me), spent our childhood and teenage Years, in the same area, the northern part of the Borough of Bromley. We both went to the same Primary School, that of Burnt Ash, Colette was in my younger Sisters' class. 

Colette lived on the sprawling Downham Estate (the largest Social Housing Project in Europe, at the time). According to her Brother, I'm "posh" because I lived in the new Housing Estate, around the corner from Colette. But I come from a very definite, Working Class background.

I had a "Paper Round" back in the 1960s. I can remember a Winter back in the late '60s, possibly 1968 or '69. There was thick Snow and Ice on the ground. For those of you that know the area, the Paper Round stretched from a few Roads on the Downham Estate along Burnt Ash Lane and finished, a couple of Roads short of Grove Park, just short of a Mile, in distance. Went on my Paper Round with Temps around -5c (23f). Got home, teeth "chattering", Mum said I turned white. But a hot cup of tea, put me right, before I set off for School. Probably had a touch of hypothermia.

Even Helen Willetts suggested that the single digit Temps, that we'll experience for the next few Days, of around 7c/8c were, around normal!! How times have changed, back in the 1960s, that would have been firmly, in the mild Category. January average then, around 3c/4c (37f/39f). 

We also reminisced about our childhoods, in the area. My Paper Round was with local Newsagents Martins and Colette had a Saturday Job with them but like a lot of that Parade of Shops, closed down a few Months ago. Another recent "casualty", was our Waitrose Supermarket. Very sad, for myself and Colette, as it was in Waitrose that I first "clapped" eyes on the willowy Brunette, looking very chic and tanned with sun glasses perched on top of her head, standing next to the Baguettes. Her own Baguettes, looking long, slender and tanned!!:shok: 

It's amazing what you could pick up in Waitrose, in those Days, even a prospective Wife. :oldgrin:

My Italian Mother, shopped in Waitrose, as much as three times a day. Mainly because she had to buy huge bottles of Mineral Water, for my pain of a fussy Father. But Mum, had it "sussed", she kept a Waitrose Trolley hidden behind a Forsythia Bush, in our Front Garden. Mum was known as the "Cat Lady" in Waitrose, due to the fact she often bought her beloved Cats, cuts of Chicken and Turkey approaching their "sell-by-date". She also bought them John West Salmon. They ate better than the Family!!(Not strictly true and just a bit of "Artistic License"). Mum was a fantastic cook, English and Italian, alike.

Anyway, enough of my reminiscing and back to the Weather.

A little earlier, whilst typing, heard Mr.Bett state again, "the downside of this dry, sunny Weather, is that it will be cold". Pfft! :oldangry:

The 00z Overnight Model Runs, not very inspiring again. GFS, to my "untrained eye", has a "limpet-like" Azores High dare I say it, venturing into "Bartlett" Territory with the Jet Stream, raging to our North.

ECM, not great again either, until another t240 (Day 10) tease:

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But, I wouldn't hold your breath!!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I'm off to seek solace, on my Horse Racing Competition Thread.

Hope you all have an "upside", Saturday.

At least it will be colder and dry!! :oldgrin: :oldgood:

Regards,

Tom.  :hi:

 

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Got down to exactly zero this morning and think this is the first frost of January here so shows how mild it has been sadly for a coldie like myself.At least it will be sunny today after a pretty week down here.Just taken the dog for a walk in our local woods and there are literally lakes of standing water that will take weeks to disappear.

Its been a really disappointing winter so far in terms of no snow as both October and November being below average temperature wise and the first 10 days of December were still chilly but since then the above average temperatures have come back coinciding with a raging PV and the rest is history.Unless we get a SSW (unlikely) it is not looking good for the rest of winter sadly..That said we can live in hope that the patterns shift from mid February and we only have to go back to TBFTE IN 2018 Which occurred late feb/early March which proves anything is possible

 

Enjoy the sunshine today and tomorrow👍🌞

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34 minutes ago, TomSE12 said:

Quote - Mark Wheeler: 

"I know, Times are crazy now a days , I mean for gods sake a cold warning . It’s a frost in winter . Oh well , bring on the next 2010." 

Couldn't agree more with Marks', sentiments above!! :oldgood:

Morning all,

Up early again, to have Breakfast with my Wife, before she set off for a 12 Hour shift, in Chislehurst. I waved her off at the front door and a strange layer of "shimmering white", has descended overnight.

"Well, I'll go t' foot of our Stairs". Heaven forbid, it's a Frost.

Coming in Mid-January and Mid-Winter, whatever next Snow??

Was reminiscing with my Wife over Breakfast, about the Good old, Cold old Days, of the 1960's.

Cold Weather Alert, you're having a "giraffe".

Has "Downside" Darren (at least it will be mild) Bett, taken over the Met Office??

Both myself and my Wife (Colette is 10 Years younger than me), spent our childhood and teenage Years, in the same area, the northern part of the Borough of Bromley. We both went to the same Primary School, that of Burnt Ash, Colette was in my younger Sisters' class. 

Colette lived on the sprawling Downham Estate (the largest Social Housing Project in Europe, at the time). According to her Brother, I'm "posh" because I lived in the new Housing Estate, around the corner from Colette. But I come from a very definite, Working Class background.

I had a "Paper Round" back in the 1960s. I can remember a Winter back in the late '60s, possibly 1968 or '69. There was thick Snow and Ice on the ground. For those of you that know the area, the Paper Round stretched from a few Roads on the Downham Estate along Burnt Ash Lane and finished, a couple of Roads short of Grove Park, just short of a Mile, in distance. Went on my Paper Round with Temps around -5c (23f). Got home, teeth "chattering", Mum said I turned white. But a hot cup of tea, put me right, before I set off for School. Probably had a touch of hypothermia.

Even Helen Willetts suggested that the single digit Temps, that we'll experience for the next few Days, of around 7c/8c were, around normal!! How times have changed, back in the 1960s, that would have been firmly, in the mild Category. January average then, around 3c/4c (37f/39f). 

We also reminisced about our childhoods, in the area. My Paper Round was with local Newsagents Martins and Colette had a Saturday Job with them but like a lot of that Parade of Shops, closed down a few Months ago. Another recent "casualty", was our Waitrose Supermarket. Very sad, for myself and Colette, as it was in Waitrose that I first "clapped" eyes on the willowy Brunette, looking very chic and tanned with sun glasses perched on top of her head, standing next to the Baguettes. Her own Baguettes, looking long, slender and tanned!!:shok: 

It's amazing what you could pick up in Waitrose, in those Days, even a prospective Wife. :oldgrin:

My Italian Mother, shopped in Waitrose, as much as three times a day. Mainly because she had to buy huge bottles of Mineral Water, for my pain of a fussy Father. But Mum, had it "sussed", she kept a Waitrose Trolley hidden behind a Forsythia Bush, in our Front Garden. Mum was known as the "Cat Lady" in Waitrose, due to the fact she often bought her beloved Cats, cuts of Chicken and Turkey approaching their "sell-by-date". She also bought them John West Salmon. They ate better than the Family!!(Not strictly true and just a bit of "Artistic License"). Mum was a fantastic cook, English and Italian, alike.

Anyway, enough of my reminiscing and back to the Weather.

A little earlier, whilst typing, heard Mr.Bett state again, "the downside of this dry, sunny Weather, is that it will be cold". Pfft! :oldangry:

The 00z Overnight Model Runs, not very inspiring again. GFS, to my "untrained eye", has a "limpet-like" Azores High dare I say it, venturing into "Bartlett" Territory with the Jet Stream, raging to our North.

ECM, not great again either, until another t240 (Day 10) tease:

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But, I wouldn't hold your breath!!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I'm off to seek solace, on my Horse Racing Competition Thread.

Hope you all have an "upside", Saturday.

At least it will be colder and dry!! :oldgrin: :oldgood:

Regards,

Tom.  :hi:

 

Good Morning Tom, it is lovely to see you.  It is a cool Saturday morning and it was 3 Celsius at 7:30 am.  There was a light frost on the lawns of the back and front garden,  as well as the roofs, and tops of vehicles.  Then the sun came and the frost on the quickly disappeared when the sun's rays reached the lawn.  It will be colder tonight.  I hope that this won't be the last of the cold weather and that we see more later on. I love the cold fresh feeling of frost as I feel more energised.  Sadly it is not as beautiful as the frosts that we had in the late 60's in Ashington in NE Northumberland. When it was cold and snowy in the 60's my cheeks would go very rosy but even in the past winters that never happened to me.  I think it was part due to the fact that Ashington was three miles away from the sea. Yes, the winters in the 60's were very memorable and I have a lot of happy memories. Except I do not remember the winter of 1962 and 1963 as I was in production (as my mother was pregnant with me in Edinburgh, Scotland) she was worried that snow would not have gone by the time I was born at the end of July in 1963. It is very sad when shops close down, especially Waitrose as it is a very good quality of supermarket. Living in Ashington, it was the co-operative stores for us, along with the co-op butchers who even delivered groceries to my grandparents as well as the large co-op arcade department store with the many shops inside. Sadly there is only one co-op grocery store left as the rest of them closed even the co-op arcade department store which had it's own ball room and bank. Winters were definitely colder in the 60's and even in the 70's in London during the snow-less winters but if there was no snow, there would be frost or hail. I wish the jet stream would park itself further South down to North Africa and the Azores high would disappear.

I am having Cheese Rigatoni with asparagus for breakfast and it is quite delicious. 

I hope Collete will have a good day at work. Take care Tom and Collete and I hope you will both have an upside Saturday.

 

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Frost on cars and roofs today. wall to wall sun.

 

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-0.2c last night. First time since 12 December the temp got below freezing.. (and even that was -0.2c!)

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Picture doesn’t do it justice, but a very pretty sunset this evening!

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Mr freeze visiting -6C brrrrr! Got down to 0.9 this morning not quite managing an air first no problem tonight. 

 

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what a surprise. Cold and dry. mild and wet. 

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I keep getting my posts moved...here to my solace home..The South East thread where I can relax

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A chilly and frosty early morning here at 0°C, feeling a little more seasonal. 

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On 18/01/2020 at 01:19, Mark wheeler said:

I know, Times are crazy now a days , I mean for gods sake a cold warning ⚠️ . It’s a frost in winter 🤪🥺😮. Oh well , bring on the next 2010.

Whatever next MET OFFICE ISSUES DRIZZLE ALERT BECAUSE IT MIGHT MESS WITH PEOPLE'S HAIR😮

Level 4 warning issued for Sunday 19th January Severe hair disruption predicted due to drizzle please prepare accordingly.😋

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A frost wow! -0.2C the last was on 3rd December, finally feeling more like winter -0.1C right now.

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Morning all,

Up early again, to have Breakfast with my Wife.

Was a bit annoyed with Colette last Night, when she informed me that she'd been talked into working a 3rd 12 Hour shift, in a row. Especially after all the Care Home Staff were given a very generous Christmas Box of, wait for it...………….a £5 Amazon Gift Voucher (didn't realise they came in such low values) What an insult!:oldangry:

The Care Home Manageress was so embarrassed and disgusted with this that she gave all the 30+ Staff , £5 in their Christmas pay packet, out of her own money. Shame on you Bupa!! 

I hardly had the heart to remind Colette that during the last few Years of my time for working for a Credit Bookmaker in Croydon, between 2010 and 2014, all the Staff (inc. my Daughter, who worked for us as well), if Results and our resultant Profits had been good, we  received, 10% of our Gross Annual Salary (excluding O/Time). We had to pay Tax and N.I. on this but it still was a very tidy sum and very welcome, at Christmas time.

Colette seemed delighted that Todays' O/Time Rate, would mean an Hourly sum, of just over £11. Again reminded her, that 10 Years ago, I was earning £16 an hour on Sundays for taking a few bets on the Phone.

It's a very sad indictment of how little importance we attach to those who work in the Care Sector, in this Country. It truly is a National disgrace!! :oldangry:

My Wifes' role as a Senior, entails giving the Residents their medication (gets that wrong and she could kill them). Liaising with G.Ps and Hospitals, to decide whether or not a Resident needs specialist medical attention. Writing up Care Plans and the reordering of Drugs and being responsible for a potentially very dangerous, Drugs Cabinet. Also showing prospective new Residents and their Relatives, around the Care Home. All that responsibility for a flat Rate of a little over £9.50 an Hour. Pfft!! 

Waved goodbye to Colette at the Front Door at 6.20 and that white substance has descended during the Night again (more noticeable than yesterday Morning). More Weather thoughts, in a short while.

Having worked in S.E.London and Croydon for the majority of my Adult life, the sight of a smattering of a white substance on the ground at the Weekend, wasn't an uncommon sight. :shok: Nothing to do with Yours Truly, I might add.

Would like to thank Katrine, for her kind words above. Can't think, I've eaten Italian for Breakfast though?

On the subject of Shop closures, one of that parade of Shops that still remains is Minns the Hardware Store. As I stated yesterday, both myself and my Wife spent our childhood and our teenage Years, in the Burnt Ash Lane area. When it snowed, I eagerly offered to go to that Store to buy a gallon of Esso Blue Paraffin, for Half a Crown or,              2 shillings and sixpence (12 and a half pence, in new money!!).

I can vividly remember, experiencing one of the only "True White Christmases", I can remember, that of 1970.

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Didn't realise at the time but I was experiencing a "Thames Streamer", in all its glory. Heavy Snow Showers were accompanied by a huge crack of thunder, during the early hours, of Christmas Morning. I can remember listening to the Shipping Forecast at 12.30 AM - THAMES - Heavy Snow Showers, prolonged at times. Aah, music to my ears.         I was 14 Years old and it was at this time, that I would retune Mums Radio to Radio 4, to listen to the Shipping Forecast.

One Day, Mum came out with the classic line: "Whya youa wanna listena toa thata s...a, whena wea dona evena hava a shipa herea ina Bromleya!! (When speaking English, Mum would always add a non existant "a", on the end of every word). But always delivered in her lilting and beautiful, Italian accent. She had myself and my two Sisters in fits of laughter at her poor pronunciation and incorrect intonation, of syllables. We called her, the Italian Hilda Baker!! :oldgrin:

My poor Italian Mother, must have found it hard to acclimatise to the colder and gloomier Weather on "offer" in England, compared to her Southern Italian Homeland. She also had to endure some horrendous taunts from the Women in the area (Downham Estate). For the first few Years of their Marriage, they lived with my Grandmother, in Downham. Mum was spat at and told to, "go home you Wop" and stop snatching our Men. In truth, Dad had stolen his Wife, from her Southern Italian homeland.

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Mum and Dad at their Wedding in April 1947.

Dad stayed on at the end of the 2nd World War, to marry his Italian Fiancee (Mum was 23 and Dad 25). They spent a Day of their Honeymoon on the Private Beach (along with a couple of other British Soldiers and their Italian brides), of English Singer, Gracie Fields (who was also married to an Italian), at her Villa, on the beautiful Isle of Capri.

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Mum in her prime at 21, at the end of the 2nd World War. Think those Downham women were suffering from "Green-eyed Monster" Syndrome!!

Anyway, enough of my Family History ramblings and back to the Weather!!

So "Downside" Darren Betts' intense High Pressure has arrived and looks like sticking around for a few Days, to give us a few Frosty Nights and a more Seasonal feel.

Some Faux cold (under an inversion High) and "Virtual" Snow (well Frosty white anyway), on the Menu.

I'm not sure, I share our own Steve Murrs' optimism, expressed on the Model Thread, 4 Hours ago.

I freely admit, Steve is much More technically gifted than myself but IMO and to my untrained eye, the Azores High doesn't want to retreat and even looks to move East and take up a "Bartlett" type, position. Heaven forbid!!

With a reinvigorated Jet Stream, raging away to our North.

Can't believe that MeteoGroup, via Stav Danaos, think that 7c/8c is around average for our Region , at this time of the Year. Crikey, has the CET mean, changed that Much since the 1960s/1970s? :cc_confused:

Need to go and escape this depressing Winter and spend some time, on my Competition Thread.

Hope you all have an enjoyable Sunday.

At least it will be dry and a little on the cold side (evidently).

Regards,

Tom.   :hi:

 

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14 hours ago, FiftyShadesofSnow said:

I keep getting my posts moved...here to my solace home..The South East thread where I can relax

Post as in royal mail or posts lol

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Stunning day! Frost and ice lingering in the shade, with a deep blue sky, and a remarkably high pressure of 1043mb!

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Still waiting for my first god damned air frost!!! never happened in my 36 years odd of winter recording, got down to 1.8c here last night/this morning and a frosty lawn but no ice on bird baths etc. - sad times!...I suppose at least we've got some settled sunny weather, better than the rubbish so far this winter.

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2nd day of frost and it's a miracle. This time even the grass had a look in, woohoo!

4c and sunny. 

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Another super Weekend of Sunshine, temps up now to 8C. thats 46F. plenty of bulbs coming up. First daffs at the bottom of the garden. Sitting in the greenhouse it felt warm. Have a nice weekend all. Lets hope we have a dry week. The Lawn needs cutting again.

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