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A lovely frosty morning and a nice crunch underfoot (rather than the normal muddy squelch) when our walking the dog this morning.  It got down to -2.9c last night and now under the blue skies the pressure is up to 1049.2 which is the highest it’s ever been since I got my weather station back in 2006. 
I hope everyone gets to enjoy the afternoon sunshine ☀️ 

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Lovely, crisp winter’s day today! Frost and ice lingering in the shade, with the current temperature at 6c.

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3 hours ago, TomSE12 said:

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:

 

Good Tom and everyone,

It was a frostier morning with the back lawn frost saying until well after 11 am along with frost on the roofs. Yes, I agree that the Care staff who are paid miserly for their dedicated and caring work.  The frosts of the 60's would give me rosy cheeks but not any-more. It is good to hear that wear finally going out of a Westerly QBO and into an Easterly QBO. I wish the dreaded Azores high would disappear and that the Atlantic ocean would calm down and the jet stream travel further South as South as it can get as well as SSW that will obliterate the polar vortex winds. I wonder mind going back to the seasonable weather that we had in the 60's even if it meant to have cooler summer.  Thank you Tom for your kind compliments and I hope that you will have a lovely Sunday.  

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Feels absolutely great in this afternoons sunshine, feels much warmer than the actual temperature, smoke from whittlesea brick yard chimneys and the wind turbines saying dead calm, all the birds seem to be singing lovely roll on summer

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Near perfect winters day after that frosty start, lovely clear blue skies and barely any wind, currently 7°C. 

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Lovely day out there and we got down to -2.3 this morning with a heavy frost that didn’t melt until 11.30-11.45 in North facing areas.Currently 5.3 but feels warmer in the sun.It is a sad indictment that this morning was the third coldest of the winter so far and only second frost this month.I think the period mid feb-mid March will be the time winter will arrive for this part of the UK and if we had a 5-7 day cold spell with some snow I would bite your arm off lol!!I freely admit I had higher hopes for this winter and we were close in early December to getting a taste of winter but like the previous 5 years things didn’t go our way and since then it has been a fruitless winter in terms of snow.That said there are more important things in life and you win some you lose some.

 

enjoy the glorious sunshine this Arvo and Jack Frost looks like making a 3rd consecutive appearance tonight so don’t forget to put the cover on your cars this evening🤣👍

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Interesting to see brickyard chimneys smoke is only reaching a very low height before being deflected back down

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Well the sun and the temperature are in the way down now. The only thing still riding is the air pressure which has broken through the 1050 barrier to currently stand at 1050.4

thats what you call high pressure. 

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Evening all, as I have no idea of what this all means, can someone explain what this high pressure breaking through 1050 all means? 
 

Thank you 

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13 minutes ago, Bazza118 said:

Well the sun and the temperature are in the way down now. The only thing still riding is the air pressure which has broken through the 1050 barrier to currently stand at 1050.4

thats what you call high pressure. 

I think you may need to adjust your stations elevation and relative slp - that's way too high for your location.

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Hi Everyone,

 

lunchtime here in Montreal and it’s -10c with light snow falling. 
 

Seen 2 incredible snow events here since arriving and snow pretty much falling everyday from light showers to full on blizzards and it’s set to turn frigid cold tonight with -22c expected. 
 

I fly back next week and I’m glad to hear it’s finally stopped raining but not so glad to hear the 10 day chase is, as it were in November. 

Thankful to see snow this winter just a pity it wasn’t outside my own front door (Can’t beat snowfall at home) 

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A glorious end to a beautiful winters day. 

It was nice to see so many people out and about in the town making the most of it. The seafront cafes with outdoor seating were particularly busy. 

Pressure reached 1046.1 locally, that's some rise since Tuesdays 996.9!! 

 

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What a super super Sunday. And it looks set to be dry right up till next weekend. Chilly tonight, so the fires roaring away. Was nice in the garden today. Hopefully might get a few chores done tomorrow in the potting shed. But probably spend time in the engine shed instesd. High Pressure so nice to see after the constant lows rattling in from the west. It was a superb sunset this afternoon and still light up till 4.50. Spring is just around the corner.  41 Days.

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I've had this little barometer for a good few years now and I'm not sure how accurate it is,  but this is what it's currently reading.

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Our barometer is fed up with this crappy winter and has broken. Stuck on 'Changeable' but goes down a little if tapped. 

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Shame the high pressure which is close to record breaking (my Barograph is at 1046mb) isn't centred near Scandinavia or further north of us then that would be something to talk about but in it's current position it really is nothing remarkable synoptically other than keeping us dry and sunny and going by the latest ECM not lasting that long!

This winter has been woeful to date...

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1 hour ago, Hurricane Debby said:

Does anyone know if we reached or broke the high pressure record today ?

I don't think so Debby. Here's a tweet from the Met Office this evening stating 1053.6hPa is the record set in Aberdeen in 1902 and is not likely to be broken "tonight".

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Edit: I forgot to mention the excellent blog from our own Nick F this afternoon:

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Central pressure of intense anticyclone centred over SW England Sunday night could reach 1050 hPa, last time this happened was 16 Jan 1957.

 

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1 hour ago, Hurricane Debby said:

I've had this little barometer for a good few years now and I'm not sure how accurate it is,  but this is what it's currently reading.

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That's a really nice barometer but unfortunately I think its overeading, it looks to be showing 1052. The official readings from nearby Herstmonceux on Weathercast are currently reporting 1048.0 and still rising.

Edited to add that Herstmonceux still hasn't recorded an air frost this month although this morning it came the closest it's been at 0.3c. This morning saw another ground frost here though, only the 2nd one this month, yesterday was the first.

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1 minute ago, SenlacJack said:

That's a really nice barometer but unfortunately I think its overeading, it looks to be showing 1052. The official readings from nearby Herstmonceux on Weathercast are currently reporting 1048.0 and still rising.

I didn't think it would be accurate but heh, for it's age, it's not doing bad and still kind of working ! There's a little screw at the back to adjust it and I just found one of those little miniature screwdrive sets that I got out of an Xmas cracker. Result 😊

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 Current temp NAG -1.5c @825 

aiming for -3.5c tonight

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Currently the readings I’m getting here in Redhill, temperature 0, and pressure at 1048.4. 

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I see the 12z ECM Op,  is at it again at Day 10 (t240):

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 Is it yet another trip up the "Garden Path", tease?

But as our Snowray suggests, evidently not, as it's a clear Mild Outlier, at the end of its Run.

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We shall see!!

Regards,

Tom.  :hi:

 

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