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  • Plot70
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    We are heading for the hail stone season.
    It is normally when the daffodils are in flower. There is a lot in bud and a few open in my area.

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  • Penellype
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    It is very easy to think that winter is over when the weather warms up at this time of year like it has at the moment. It is looking distinctly possible that by this time next week it could be cold again with quite severe night frosts and some wintery showers possible in the east. This is still a week away and therefore subject to change, but at the moment the high pressure looks like drifting north or north west, which would turn the wind into the east or north. There is unlikely to be a lot of snow as high pressure is likely to still be in control, but a distinct drop in temperature is probable.

    You have been warned!
    Last edited by Penellype; 27-02-2021, 09:48 PM.

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  • Penellype
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    Originally posted by Nicos View Post
    Brill gardening weather then to look forward to!
    Thanks Pen.
    Yes, I am hoping it will dry up enough for me to finally plant my fruit bushes.

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  • Nicos
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    Brill gardening weather then to look forward to!
    Thanks Pen.

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  • Penellype
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    A very windy afternoon and night coming up, especially in Scotland and the western half of the UK, where it will also be very wet. There are multiple yellow and amber warnings, the amber ones for rain and yellow for wind and rain.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather...ate=2021-02-23

    After this storm (which I don't think has been named) there will be a change to higher pressure with much less wind and rain. Temperatures will be pleasant during the day especially in any sunshine, but nights will be colder with a risk of frost and possibly fog.

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  • Nicos
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    Good to know Pen - thanks, much appreciated!

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  • Penellype
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence! Remember, I am self-taught and have no meteorological training whatsoever. I can, therefore, misinterpret things or misunderstand what I am looking at.

    I think it is fairly clear that the rest of February is likely to continue to be mild (sometimes very mild especially in the south) and often windy with bands of rain and showers crossing the country from the west. This is similar to a typical weather pattern of low pressures following the jet stream in a westerly flow and results in warm and muggy sectors (one coming up over the weekend) and cooler, often clearer and showery sectors following the rain as the low moves away (like yesterday). The wind is generally coming from the south west, with a long sea track, hence the air is generally mild and wet. I say it is "similar to" because the jet stream is behaving somewhat oddly at the moment, with very steep loops, which have resulted in the catastrophically cold conditions in the southern USA and snow in Saudi Arabia. There is high pressure to the south of us which will build to the east over the next few days, a process called warm air advection. The flow around this high will draw cold air into Eastern Europe down the eastern side of the high.

    As always, forecasting further into the future becomes less reliable. As usual the weather will depend on where the high pressure goes. Warm air advection has a habit of swinging the wind round from the south to the south east and then to the east as it inflates the high further north. The further north the centre of the high goes the more likely we are to find ourselves in a cold easterly wind. The models are flipping between scenarios where the high remains over or to the south of us, drawing up mild air (although if the skies are clear under high pressure in February it will be cold enough for night frost) and the high moving to Scandinavia and turning the wind back into the east, with upper air temperatures plummeting to various degrees depending on how far north the centre of the high goes. Worst case scenario would be the high going far enough north for the easterlies to tap into the very cold air that has sunk into eastern Europe, which would give us another "beast from the east". Yesterday's midday run of the GFS model produced exactly this scenario at the end of the run (3 weeks away), whereas this morning's midnight run keeps us in a generally westerly flow, cooler than the current south westerlies, but with the very cold air well away to the east. Looking at the models is therefore not giving any sort of consistent guidance into March.

    So, expect mild but often wet and windy weather for the rest of the month, wettest in the west, with some flooding likely, probably becoming drier especially in the south later in the month. After that, at present the possibility of another very cold (and possibly snowy) spell cannot be ruled out, although on balance staying milder looks slightly more likely.

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  • Nicos
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    ^^^ very true!!!

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  • sandspider
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    Things seem to be warming up now, but getting wetter.

    If you have time for a wee update that would be appreciated, Pen? Your efforts are more reliable than my various weather forecasts!

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  • Penellype
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    Originally posted by Nicos View Post
    My daughter is due her first baby any time now and she lives in rural Cumbria

    Lets hope she doesn’t get snowed in!
    Fingers crossed. Initially at least the worst of the snow is likely to be east of the pennines, so Cumbria may be out of the firing line somewhat. Always hard to be specific with showers though.

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  • Nicos
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    My daughter is due her first baby any time now and she lives in rural Cumbria

    Lets hope she doesn’t get snowed in!

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  • burnie
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    We are still free of snow on the Angus coast, but go inland and up a few feet and there's a foot of snow apparently.

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  • Nicos
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    Oh wow! Thanks for warning us Pen.

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  • Penellype
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    After a lot of uncertainty we finally have a definite answer to what happens next. The weather is about to turn MUCH colder from the north with some places seeing large amounts of snow.

    Expect temperatures to plummet on Sunday with daytime maximums around or below freezing and severe and penetrating overnight frosts. It will be windy too, with a bitterly cold easterly wind adding significant wind chill. Snow showers are very likely to arrive from the east, and expect these to penetrate significantly inland. Any snow that settles is likely to stay as it will be too cold for it to melt (although snow does sometimes slowly evaporate). Weather apps are likely to be appalling at predicting where and when the snow will fall, so use the radar eg https://www.netweather.tv/live-weather/radar to see what is heading your way. Because of the nature of showers, some places may see very little snow, others may be under "snow streamers" - bands of showers merging into longer spells of snow. The south coast may be mild enough to see sleet or rain rather than snow.

    A more organized area of snow is likely in the southeast on Sunday. There are Met Office warnings of snow in the east from Saturday lunchtime through until Tuesday (likely to be extended), and already an amber warning in Scotland, which is already buried in places.

    The models are still divided about when it starts to get milder. The GFS model, on which many weather apps are based, has a low pressure introducing warmer air from the west on Thursday. Other models delay this until the weekend or later, with only western areas becoming milder before the end of the weekend (too far ahead for any certainty anyway). Whatever happens, when a low moves into the freezing cold air that will become established over the country, there are likely to be further large falls of snow before it turns to rain.

    So in summary, expect it to become bitterly cold with windchill making it feel like minus double figures and the potential for disruptive snow for at least 5 days, possibly much longer.

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  • Chippy Minton
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    Definitely been winter here, most snow we've had for years, chilly but not proper cold (-3C minimum I guess). A beast from the east would not be welcome as we hope to start getting out more.

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