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  • #76
    Trying to snow a bit here just now

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    • #77
      I seem to have lots of deconstructed snowflakes sploshing down here today!
      Feels cold enough to snow though.
      "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

      Location....Normandy France

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      • #78
        I have SNOW!!!!

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        Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds!
        Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

        Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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        • #79
          ^^^^ beautiful! ...that"ôs even put a huuuge grin on my face too!
          "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

          Location....Normandy France

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          • #80
            Your snow does look pretty Peanut we've also got snow but luckily ours isn't settling.
            Location....East Midlands.

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            • #81
              We have wind and rain, apparently there's snow in Arbroath and further in land.

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              • #82
                We had some snow but it did not settle.
                Near Worksop on heavy clay soil

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by Penellype View Post
                  As always, any forecast for more than about 5 days in the future must be taken with an appropriate dose of salt and everything could look very, very different in 4 weeks time.
                  Huge pinch of salt taken and applied to the drive

                  Really quite chilly here, greyhound dragged me home and has been ensconced on the sofa for the afternoon, not a lot of gardening going on....

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                  • #84
                    Not a lot of gardening going on here either. We have had so much rain over the last couple of days that the garden is under water in places. Not great considering that it is about to get wetter!

                    Cold weather is likely to last for a few more days, with potentially some more snow in the north, after which the models are in disagreement about where the high pressure goes. Some have more lows diving south with higher pressure building to the north, keeping us cold and unsettled, while others favour the lows breaking through bringing milder, wet and windy conditions before high pressure builds over the top of the UK, which would be drier with the potential frost and fog.

                    Personally I think the models haven't much of a clue because things are very, very unusual at the moment. The temperatures high up over the north pole are very cold, which should give us weather like last winter - mild, stormy and with low pressure to the north, but there is a "disconnect" between what is going on in the stratosphere and on the surface, with high pressure trying to develop to the north. In addition, one of the standard atmospheric drivers, the QBO, should be in its easterly phase now but has gone into reverse and is westerly. I think it highly likely that the models don't know how to handle this at all.
                    Last edited by Penellype; 06-12-2020, 07:58 PM.
                    A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. - Leonard Nimoy

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                    • #85
                      Do you have time for a wee update, Pen? Very very wet here, not very cold. Would be nice it if was a bit drier in Jan so I can mow my meadow to help the yellow rattle germinate!

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by sandspider View Post
                        Do you have time for a wee update, Pen? Very very wet here, not very cold. Would be nice it if was a bit drier in Jan so I can mow my meadow to help the yellow rattle germinate!
                        I can try, although there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment (which seems to be par for the course nowadays).

                        Very mild at the moment, and continuing mild and wet at times especially in the west, windy at times too, until mid week. By Wednesday a ridge of high pressure in the atlantic starts to push north towards Greenland, with low pressure to the east. It is the behaviour of this setup that is causing the forecasting headaches. The further north the high goes and the further west it is, the more likely we are to be caught in cold northerly winds between the high and the low. Some model runs have us in a screaming northerly by Christmas eve, others keep the high further south and slightly closer to us, with the wind coming round the top of the high from the north west. This is not particularly mild, but it wouldn't be as cold or potentially snowy for northern and eastern areas as the first scenario. There seems to be a consensus that Christmas day is likely to be chilly but probably mainly dry under higher pressure, although frost and showers (snow if cold enough in the north) can't be ruled out.

                        Beyond Christmas most of the models seem to be staying chilly or cold, with some building the high over Scandinavia and turning the wind into the east. if this happens it could set up a prolonged cold spell with potential snow, especially in eastern areas. An alternative scenario is for the high to keep to our west, with bouts of northerly winds as low pressures dive south. The amount of rain or snow would depend how close we were to any low pressure systems. A third possibility is that the ridge topples over us and flattens out, letting in a milder, westerly flow, typically wet and windy - this appears to be a minority view at present.

                        A complication is the presence on the model runs of a predicted sudden stratospheric warming over the north pole by the end of the month. This often leads to colder weather but it can take weeks or even months to propagate down into the troposphere where weather takes place. This year there has so far been a notable disconnect between what has been happening in the stratosphere and the troposphere, about which I have my own theories, but as I have no scientific basis or evidence for them I won't expand on that!

                        With so much uncertainty in the medium range, attempting a forecast for January is virtually impossible. My feeling about this winter has always been that there is more potential for cold than in recent winters, and I think it is likely that we will continue with cold spells and milder interludes for some time yet. It is possible that the Christmas cold will become locked in and extend well into the new year, and this is most likely if the high forms over Scandinavia. However, there is simply too much uncertainty in the models to make any firm predictions at the moment.
                        A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. - Leonard Nimoy

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                        • #87
                          Thanks very much for typing that out, P, lots of food for thought there. We shall see!

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                          • #88
                            Thanks Pen!
                            "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                            Location....Normandy France

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                            • #89
                              It looks like the cold scenarios are winning out and we could be about to set up a few weeks of cold and potentially wintery weather. Current model runs have the high pressure ridging up to Greenland and joining forces with the huge Siberian high, pushing the jet stream south. There is no sign of the Azores high, which normally sits to our south and south east, so all the signs are that once it gets cold it will stay cold until something changes the setup.

                              Tomorrow looks wet, as cold air moves south for Christmas. There may or may not be some snow, most likely in the north and along north and east facing coasts. Boxing day looks likely to be slightly milder but wet as a large low pressure area dives south, pulling in a northerly wind behind it. The low then becomes effectively trapped over and to the south of us, pulling the wind in from the north, north east or east. This setup is cold and likely to stay cold, probably getting increasingly cold as time goes on. Any disturbances within the low pressure could result in areas of snow - these are incredibly hard to predict. We are not talking feet of snow and temperatures in the -10s, but it will be freezing at night and possibly near freezing during the day, particularly if there is any snow cover.

                              Be prepared to have to sit this out for a while!
                              A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. - Leonard Nimoy

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                              • #90
                                Aww...thanks Pen! ...Frost is the next best thing to snow for Xmas morning!
                                "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                                Location....Normandy France

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