How's your weather?

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby pwa » 14 Jan 2021, 3:26pm

thirdcrank wrote:It's snowed here (Gildersome, South Leeds) without let-up all day. Judging by the neighbours' cars gone to work, it didn't start much before 6am. Last week's snow had gone so today's is all new. It's not the typical large snowflakes which float down and settle but very fine. There's no wind so no drifts but I just measured it as 4" deep. By the standards of round here, that's a lot of snow.

By the standards of round here (S Wales coast) that is a lot of snow too. We haven't had snow this winter, and today is mild and grey again. Not even frost last night. A hint of rain this morning but just grey now.

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby Cowsham » 14 Jan 2021, 6:02pm

A bit wet and miserable here but not too cold so we took the road bikes out today since the full mudguards keeps most of the water from drenching our feet. Mountain bikes have been great on the frosty/snowy dry days.

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 14 Jan 2021, 6:22pm

thirdcrank wrote:It's snowed here (Gildersome, South Leeds) without let-up all day. Judging by the neighbours' cars gone to work, it didn't start much before 6am. Last week's snow had gone so today's is all new. It's not the typical large snowflakes which float down and settle but very fine. There's no wind so no drifts but I just measured it as 4" deep. By the standards of round here, that's a lot of snow.

There is saying in Welsh:-
"Eira mawr Eira bach,
Eira bach Eira mawr"

Which means;
" big snow little snow,
Little snow big snow"

It is often very true.
When the flakes are small and fine the actual snowfall is often large.
And when really big flakes fall, large accumulations are rare.

The really big falls in my lifetime have nearly always been from fine snow often associated with Easterly flows. It's then the drifting snow that really makes "life" difficult.

In 1947 the drifts on the Denbigh Moors were 30' deep. Though winter didn't start until the very end of January but then lasted until the end of March, almost without any thaw.
Cattle starved to death in the hills of Wales. It was a terrible hard winter that went on and on and is still in the memories of old folks.

Things have warmed up globally since then though.
Maybe the UK will never see such weather for millennia, though weather and climate are rather different phenomena!!

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby rjb » 14 Jan 2021, 7:12pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:
thirdcrank wrote:
In 1947 the drifts on the Denbigh Moors were 30' deep. Though winter didn't start until the very end of January but then lasted until the end of March, almost without any thaw.
Cattle starved to death in the hills of Wales. It was a terrible hard winter that went on and on and is still in the memories of old folks.

Things have warmed up globally since then though.
Maybe the UK will never see such weather for millennia, though weather and climate are rather different phenomena!!


When the beast from the east struck Somerset in 2018 the snow drifts were so deep at the top of Porlock Hill it was easier to put in a temporary road through a farmer's field to enable the reopening of the main North Devon coast road the A39. So the chances of such weather phenomena may not be distant as you imagine.
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Re: How's your weather?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 14 Jan 2021, 7:38pm

rjb wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:
thirdcrank wrote:
In 1947 the drifts on the Denbigh Moors were 30' deep. Though winter didn't start until the very end of January but then lasted until the end of March, almost without any thaw.
Cattle starved to death in the hills of Wales. It was a terrible hard winter that went on and on and is still in the memories of old folks.

Things have warmed up globally since then though.
Maybe the UK will never see such weather for millennia, though weather and climate are rather different phenomena!!


When the beast from the east struck Somerset in 2018 the snow drifts were so deep at the top of Porlock Hill it was easier to put in a temporary road through a farmer's field to enable the reopening of the main North Devon coast road the A39. So the chances of such weather phenomena may not be distant as you imagine.

Oh you misinterpret me.
Hence my last comment.
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Re: How's your weather?

Postby pwa » 14 Jan 2021, 7:58pm

I must admit, I've not cycled at all so far this year, preferring long walks instead. The thing that puts me off when the question "A walk or a ride?" comes up is all the wet salt on the roads. The bike is sitting in the garage, nice, dry, well lubricated and very clean. Five minutes on the road would have salt all over it, so I get the walking boots out instead and go for a hike. It isn't as if I am in training for anything.

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby fausto copy » 14 Jan 2021, 8:46pm

We set off for a short ride this afternoon as it was nice and dry but with a cool northerly wind.
Cycled down to the coast and the sun came out, which instantly lifted the temperature.
Instead of doing our planned short ride, we extended it by a few miles and enjoyed warmth on our backs all the way home (though the cold north wind was chilly on our fronts :wink: ).

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby peetee » 14 Jan 2021, 10:53pm

pwa wrote:I must admit, I've not cycled at all so far this year, preferring long walks instead.


I am doing the same following one painful ride in January and a visit to the chiropractor for attention to my neck. “Stay off the bike and walk for the next two weeks at least” was the instruction. Rather now than in the summer is my view and it’s giving me an opportunity to absorb a lot of local history that has passed me by.
Winter had arrived in the land of Kernow. Along with it came wet roads and cool winds.
“Oh, my wheels and coupling rods!” Peetee exclaimed.

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby Mick F » 15 Jan 2021, 9:11am

I'm off on my second ride this year this morning.
Weather mild (for January) and dry.

My first ride (on Tuesday) had an average temp of 9degC but it was drizzly and windy.
Seems very different this morning. Dry and calm, temp is probably 5 or 6degC.

We have a couple of great tits hanging around the nesting box high up on the back wall. I took the box down late last year to clean it out and repair it, as it's been in place for ten or fifteen years. First occupants were nuthatches, but since then it's been blue tits.

Only put it back up at the end of last week, so it's nice to see prospective new owners so soon.
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Re: How's your weather?

Postby Paulatic » 15 Jan 2021, 9:17am

Enjoy your ride Mick still waiting for favourable conditions. it got above freezing here yesterday, for the first time, but rained with snow on't hills. . Today is dry but back in minus numbers and iced up again.
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Re: How's your weather?

Postby al_yrpal » 15 Jan 2021, 11:14am

Off for my 3rd ride of the year shortly in bright sunshine. The lanes have lots of running water and wet leaves so care will be needed.. Doggy walking pm. I tend to take them short distances to avoid mud in the fields but stick throwing and retrieval gives them the exercise they need.

Al

EDIT ps... It was so cold when I set out (4 degrees apparently) that I turned around after a mile and came home to collect a Buff to protect my ears which were nearly falling off with the cold.
Doggy expedition went well but lots of mud around.
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Re: How's your weather?

Postby Audax67 » 15 Jan 2021, 11:53am

Our weather is like this:

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby peetee » 15 Jan 2021, 4:03pm

You lot are going to hate me for this but I have just finished a three hour walk around the north coast. It was a light southerly breeze so I was sheltered for a lot of it and it was very nearly t-shirt weather walking along the beach towards Hayle Towans.
Left a little message in the sand for anyone feeling that the present social climate is getting them down.
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Winter had arrived in the land of Kernow. Along with it came wet roads and cool winds.
“Oh, my wheels and coupling rods!” Peetee exclaimed.

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby Mick F » 15 Jan 2021, 4:17pm

I was cold on my ride this morning.
I was dressed ok, but after 15miles my feet were freezing and I was glad to get home.

Fine and dry with light airs, but with temps of 4degC.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: How's your weather?

Postby colin54 » 15 Jan 2021, 11:35pm

Dry,cloudy and frosty here in West Lanc's, lots of frozen standing melt-water in the fields from the recent snow, nice enough if you wear 'suitable clothing'.
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