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Fair day in Dudley. Not particularly hot. About 22c. No rain until a few spots this evening. As for Spiders. I once ushered one out of my house via the front door. With a brush. I kept it going to the edge of the drive . Turned round and walked back to the front door. And the spider was coming back. Once again ushered away with the brush. 

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OK @damianslaw you've tempted me into it.  Mike's forecast for summer 2020: In my view, the building blocks are already built now given the exceptional spring we have had this year in the UK

Beautiful noctilucent clouds this evening here in Prague 

This seems to be a facet of our changing climate - in the 1970s and 1980s, it took exceptional synoptics like those of late June 1976 to get temperatures approaching the mid-30s Celsius, and most heat

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Worst day for some time here today with constant drizzle all day. Sounds a bit like what those in North Sea coastal areas were complaining about last week. 

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49 minutes ago, NEVES SCREAMER said:

Fair day in Dudley. Not particularly hot. About 22c. No rain until a few spots this evening. As for Spiders. I once ushered one out of my house via the front door. With a brush. I kept it going to the edge of the drive . Turned round and walked back to the front door. And the spider was coming back. Once again ushered away with the brush. 

I find that amusing. 😁

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6 hours ago, qwertyK said:

TBF I started noticing this back in July which was very autumnal. It's like someones swapped August with July and vice versa. Interesting outlook for autumn and winter - suggesting midler than average but last time they said average to cooler, and they originally predicted july would be above average when it wasn't. wait and see I guess

Would you mind linking to that autumn and winter outlook please?

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5 minutes ago, Bradley in Kent said:

Not too close, of course!

Haha, i have been close before but never as close to see a big CG hit a tree in front of me.  I’d like to experience that as I’ve seen a few videos of it happening on youtube by storm chasers.  
 

i would really like to go storm chasing in the states! 

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Another horrible day. Can’t wait for this storm to rattle through and clear all this humid muck out of Europe, it’s long outstayed it’s welcome.

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Seventh consecutive day of thundery outbreaks warnings. This only verified on two days, last week, with moderate thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Guildford missed the heaviest rain and I only measured a paltry 0.3 mm on Wednesday 12th while nearby Wisley had 20 mm, and 6.6 mm on Thursday 13th while Alice Holt Forest area not too distant had 19 mm. Thunder was never too close or too loud and indeed, most of the 'discharges' did not even show up on the lightning detector. Despite 9 rumbles in 4 minutes on Wednesday 12th, only 3 strikes showed for a 10 minute period. No forked lightning was observed on either days. Although it was good to finally have some thunder after such an atrocious year to date, the novelty has soon worn off with the annoyance of unexpected severe storms just to the north of the area on Thursday evening followed by two days of dull, damp and miserable 'post-thunderstorm hangover' weather on Friday and Saturday. The persistent drizzle on Saturday was an additional nuisance. Despite warnings still in position there was absolutely no convective activity on these days with the usual resignation that there will be no storms again. The forecast for Saturday looked hopeful with the suggestion of 41 mm between 10 pm Saturday and 1 am Sunday forecast on one occasion. We got 0.6 mm falling as drizzle on Saturday morning and another 0.2 mm in the late morning. The surprise of seeing S.E. London have a 57 mm deluge on Saturday evening was not a pleasant one. Today, Sunday, has been just as frustrating with another hopeful area of rain moving north to yield about 0.5 mm and no thunder and only to explode over the north yet again! I am beginning to think 2020 is shaping up to be the most boring and frustrating year for weather and is now even worse than 2015. 

When the rain does arrive, it can be guaranteed to be small amounts over long periods. Even Atlantic depressions are a joke and waste of time with a day of drizzly rain, typically coinciding with planned outdoor activities which are ruined or have to be postponed or cancelled. Forecasts of 'nuisance' rain seem regarding timing seem to be set in stone days in advance especially if it is destined to coincide with a planned outdoor event , yet a thunderstorm outbreak or if this rain was a thundery setup or an interesting high total, failure can be guaranteed. 

Tomorrow is the last chance to have any thundery outbreaks before the Atlantic dross returns with more days of wind and silly nuisance bits of rain despite the synoptic map for Thursday suggesting what would once have been considered a decent situation for heavy and even thundery rain in the S.E. / central southern areas.  I don't hold out much hope for tomorrow and sure it will be another letdown with the usual northern areas experiencing the lion's share of the storms while Guildford and nearby areas miss out completely yet again.

I am also getting concerned as I go on holiday in September and long periods of dry weather often get get compensated. The local area must be the driest part of the UK at present especially after July's Atlantic dross just brought rubbish rainfall and I feel the wet weather compensation is due shortly. Firstly, I wish the washout could come now and not when I am in Cornwall as I don't enjoy trudging around the coast paths in blinding drizzle, wind and freezing temperatures. Secondly, I am fearful of missing the long awaited thunderstorm event at Guildford when away in Cornwall. Missing interesting events happening at home while on holiday has ruined many holidays in the past, especially with the knowledge that no one will bother taking notes about what I missed while I still have to write it up in my end of month report. The inevitable tedious long wait for a repeat and having to suffer months more of the kind of disappointments experienced in recent years adds to the annoyance, especially if the holiday weather is lacklustre and disappointing as well. After missing severe storms on 14th June 2014 and 15th/16th September 2016, the latter not really been repeated since, I really do not want to add 2020 to my list of over 40 major weather events missed while on holiday in the last 35 years or so. I really do not understand how I can be resident in Guildford on 348 days of the year (356 days this year) when it is an endless procession of let-downs, busts and seeing other areas get all the storms yet I still miss the big event which develops on the 17 days (10 days this year) that I am absent from Guildford. I feel I have suffered far more than my fair share of this bad luck now, especially as I have never experienced a severe outbreak in Cornwall.

I have written a report detailing the reduced incidence of thunder in the last 12 years based on data for 53 years and the evidence is very clear. This will be uploaded when the disappointment continues through this next week. This post will also be available on the 'No Storms' thread. 

       

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3 minutes ago, Snowyowl9 said:

Summer came in spring this year as summer in summer was poor for dry spells longer than 2/3 days

It’s was the opposite here in terms of poor for wet spells, Consistently dry here, like a different country 

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Thunder has been rumbling on and off for over half an hour now. Not sure where the storms actually are. I’m in west London. 
 

Actually they’ve been rumbling away since after 8ish. 

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2 minutes ago, NEVES SCREAMER said:

Strange day in Dudley. Downpours this morning. A few hours of dry weather this afternoon including a brief slice of warm sunshine and then rain setting in about 6.30. Quite cool now. 

Visited Dudley once, the whole day was strange.

 

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42 minutes ago, CreweCold said:

You feel summer is slowly ebbing away now...

Usually get the same feeling with winter in mid February.

Agreed. I consider the beginning of late summer on the first evening I really start to notice the nights drawing in, and that was yesterday. From that point, the process speeds up a bit as we head into the next season.
And likewise with the days getting longer from mid February.

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54 minutes ago, CreweCold said:

You feel summer is slowly ebbing away now...

Usually get the same feeling with winter in mid February.

Whether it's summer or winter, near the latter part of it, I do tend to feel a bit 'down' (if that's even the right word) that a season is ending and even though my interest in summer or winter extends for another month after it ends offficially, by then it's a case of looking forward to the next major season we all interested in. That said, since moving to the North West, my interest in winter has gone down quite a bit due to a lack of snow opportunities but my interest in summer has gone up due to getting actual hot spells which you don't get in the North East. 

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2 minutes ago, Geordiesnow said:

Whether it's summer or winter, near the latter part of it, I do tend to feel a bit 'down' (if that's even the right word) that a season is ending and even though my interest in summer or winter extends for another month after it ends offficially, by then it's a case of looking forward to the next major season we all interested in. That said, since moving to the North West, my interest in winter has gone down quite a bit due to a lack of snow opportunities but my interest in summer has gone up due to getting actual hot spells which you don't get in the North East. 

Yep, likewise. Love both seasons and the extremes they can bring, but absolutely hate their last knockings when you know the inevitable slide into spring or autumn is just around the corner. Takes me ages to get over their passing knowing how long it will be before they come around again. 

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5 hours ago, Mac_SE said:

Yep, likewise. Love both seasons and the extremes they can bring, but absolutely hate their last knockings when you know the inevitable slide into spring or autumn is just around the corner. Takes me ages to get over their passing knowing how long it will be before they come around again. 

I never feel down about the winter coming to and end, but never feel like the end of winter really comes into play until March 1st.

Mid August does have that late summer feel, and tells me I need to make the best of the lighter days. I don’t mind September, but I do find it hard to adjust to the darker mornings and evenings, which really start to kick in from mid to late September. 

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Interesting stats for those that say we have good summer down here in London definitely not. Sunshine is main metric I go off and it’s not good enough. 

 

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