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Re: Winter forecasts from the Daily Express

#41 Post by CharlieOneSix » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:46 pm

Yes, it’s self-driven with a dual-stage blower. 6 forward and two reverse gears. As well as a battery it also has a mains connector to start it which is a real boon.
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#42 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:59 pm

I have something almost identical, a Husqvarna, as my backup/pathway blower. It dispenses with the battery (important with our severe cold), and starts by pullcord or mains connector. Since it starts second pull every time, I've never used the mains connector.

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#43 Post by CharlieOneSix » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:13 am

My bad memory - mine hasn't got a battery - you jogged me into remembering it's a pull start like yours but with a mains option. It's a Stiga. We get nothing like your amount of snow but our problem is the wind causing drifting across the fields. Further down the driveway in the photo it drops below the height of adjacent fields so that can fill up to about 6 or 8 feet. That's when my farmer neighbour digs me out with his JCB. Most of the farmers hereabouts have contracts with the local authority to fit snow blades to their tractors and they supplement the snowploughs. Ours is a Category 3 road so has the lowest priority for snowplough clearance. Not bad though - we usually get one through here about 1100 on most days that we have snow.
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#44 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:04 am

My road has the snowplow director's mum living on it, so the official Category doesn't matter a bit - it gets done sharpish! ;)))
I am on a corner, so my driveway can get a 7 foot barrier across the start when the plow makes the turn. Fortunately the local farmers are like yours, and in passing will take 3 huge scoops out of it in 30 seconds and massively reduce my workload. The previous owner of this house had a plow truck, an old unlicenced heavy duty pickup with a big blade on it. I may eventually get one, but am going to try snow fences this year.

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#45 Post by Woody » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:33 pm

Get down to your local supermarket and stock up on supplies :ymdevil:

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#46 Post by CharlieOneSix » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:54 pm

I find that the guy who runs The Weather Outlook is fairly accurate in his long range forecasts. Here is his winter forecast published on 1 December: https://www.theweatheroutlook.com/fore ... r-forecast .Somewhat different to the forecast of Nathan Rao’s replacement in the Express!
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#47 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:37 pm

-8 HORROR FREEZE !!!!!!!
Try -48 mate.

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#48 Post by Rwy in Sight » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:05 am

I always favour a longish harsh cold winter and a really hot with frequent heat-waves summer. In the last few years we get mild ones.

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#49 Post by Slasher » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:35 am

In North Thailand we have to suffer Winter dawn temps down to a frigid 10-12C but fortunately it only lasts a month, give or take a few days.

In Maun I understand it can get even lower, which is snow blizzard conditions by comparison.

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Try -48 mate.
How in blue blazes do you get out of your nice warm bed every friggin’ morning? I’d just stay in it and hibernate with the lecky blanky on 3 until mid Summer!

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#50 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:16 am

Well, in -48, one mostly does stay in, to be honest. -40 is OK for a walk if it's sunny and there's no wind, which is generally the case in the Prairies. The question is whether it's worth the bother getting dressed and undressed*. It's very important to both dress completely before stepping outside or you get frostbite, and undress immediately getting inside or you are a ball of sweat. Once the temperature is warmer than about -20, then one can just put on one outer layer if one is doing something active. It's only rarely worse than -20 in the Maritimes, though it's a lot windier than the Prairies. -40 and no wind is nicer than -20 and gusting 30kph.
The big thing for me is the sunshine - I get twice as much sunshine as the UK in winter here, and mostly the sunny days are completely clear skies and little wind under a high pressure. The snow and icescapes are endlessly fascinating, and I shall be getting some kind of snow vehicle next winter. On stormy days, of course, you can die just trying to get 50 yards to the barn, so then one does stay inside also. That said, it is deeply pleasing to be sat in a warm house with the woodstove going and looking out the window at wild weather.
I also like the people, pretty much all of them. There's something about a country with a proper winter that makes people more pleasant, I've found. Nobody thinks twice about lending someone a hand, I think partly because you know they are already putting their best efforts in themselves. I found the same way up in the Yorkshire Dales too, where there are only single track roads and one gets snow.

*The trick is layers. How do you know if you have enough layers? Pat yourself down. If you can still tell what gender you are, you don't have enough layers ;)))

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#51 Post by Slasher » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:28 am

Fox - when you’re able to amble out of the house in just your underdaks at 7am to fetch the paper, and walk back again while waving at next door’s 20yo daughter wearing a skimpy top, you’ll appreciate how I can’t fathom anyone willing to live in a climate like that unless they get generous trading stamps or tax credits.

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#52 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:39 am

I do know what it's like. I have spent winters in southern Arizona, Oman, and Florida/Caribbean. Interestingly, snowbirds from here seem to prefer heading south in March/April, which is after proper winter when there's a lot of grey skies and slush. People from the Prairies go south in Jan/Feb to escape the extreme cold. On balance, I prefer 4 seasons, but will probably take a two week vacation somewhere sunny in late March/Early April. I am getting my barn rebuilt so I can do workshop stuff in future winters (there'll be a woodstove in there too).

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#53 Post by Rwy in Sight » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:00 am

it is deeply pleasing to be sat in a warm house with the woodstove going and looking out the window at wild weather.
So true.

However Slasher is usually right on a warm hot day you can see directly and clearly the assets of a lady to brighten your day. Although some ladies are so good that no coat can cover their best points.

Also Fox3WheresMyBanana has a point about end of winter blues if I read it right. I got there a lot while I was in Belgium.

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#54 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:59 pm

Both forecasts today.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/ ... snow-alert
UK snow warning: Polar storms blast in as Britain gripped by -5C FREEZE
Actual conditions: -5 temp, 40 mph winds, -14 windchill

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"A sunny day with a brisk wind keeping things cool"

Actual conditions: -7 temp, 60 mph winds, -18 windchill.

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#55 Post by CharlieOneSix » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:01 pm

From the Gloom and Doom Sun today.....
HERE WE SNOW AGAIN UK weather forecast – 14in of snow to blanket Britain later this month as NORDIC BLAST hits
The Sun - January Weather Forecast

Note their own forecast shows +12C in Aberdeen on the 7th. I shall have to find my shorts and t-shirt....
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#56 Post by Stoneboat » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:22 am

Not a nice evening in Ye New Founde Land...

METAR CYYT 180100Z 36062G//KT 1/8SM +SN BLSN VV002 M05/M06 A2866 RMK SN8 /SO3/ WND ESTD SLP713=

TAF CYYT 172339Z 1800/1824 35055G75KT 1/8SM SN +BLSN VV002 TEMPO
1800/1803 0SM +SN +BLSN VV001
FM180300 33040G60KT 1/4SM -SN +BLSN VV004
FM180800 31030G50KT 1/2SM -SN BLSN VV006
FM181100 31025G40KT 1SM -SN BLSN VV010
FM181300 30022G38KT 2SM -SN BLSN OVC020
FM181500 30020G35KT 3SM BLSN BKN025
FM181800 30020G35KT P6SM BKN025
BECMG 1822/1824 30015G25KT
RMK NXT FCST BY 180600Z=

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#57 Post by Slasher » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:11 am

Minus 5 is for poofters ‘boat. Try Yellowknife for real cold bloody wx!
CYZF 180700Z 01003KT 15SM SKC M34/M38 A3071 RMK SLP438

TAF CYZF 180539Z 1806/1906 35005KT P6SM FEW020
TEMPO 1806/1815 5SM IC SCT020
FM181500 13005KT P6SM FEW020 RMK NXT FCST BY 181200Z
And today is a warm pleasant day there too!

I think Fox3 lies frozen under a mess of snow compressed by 1043.8 mb give or take. Might splain his absence.

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#58 Post by Stoneboat » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:24 am

Yeah Slash, but Yellowknife's a dry cold. :D

'Course it's gonna hit -30 here tonight. Par for January.
The pressure at the center of that low that gave the Newfs all that wind and 75 cm of snow was 28:20 in Hg.

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