Weather warnings part 2 - will they fade away, or is bad weather set to remain?

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new thread. other one full.

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 14:41:18

Can you explain very simply to me whether there is any snow on the way OYBBK?

met office warnings

this time rain isnt quite so much of a feature though there may still be enough to add to the issues. Tomorrow the focus is back on the wind down the west coast and the risk of coastal flooding.

As demonstrated on another thread swell will be up

As for further down the line, it does start to look calmer mid week with cooler temps but it doesnt look especially wintry other than northern hills at the moment. It still looks unsettled with more rain to come.

sparkling, not yet I think, maybe some transient wet snow. Perhaps more over northern higher ground but looking more like a normal winter rather than the snow fests of recent years.

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 14:45:43

I feel lucky to be in the landlocked Midlands at the moment. Even thought the Cricket Ground and Racecourse are under water.

I can do rain-I just can't do snow.

StripyPenguin Sun 05-Jan-14 14:49:09

It must be bad where you are then Sparkling, I hope your house is OK.
I don't do snow either, nasty horrible stuff if you have to be out looking after animals.

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 14:51:23

We are a few miles from the underwater places Stripey, it's the pesky River Severn and it's burst banks, floods Worcester every time. sad

There are a few local roads closed due to flooding that may affect me getting DS1 to his bus stop on Tuesday.

schilke Sun 05-Jan-14 14:53:28

I like a bit of snow. I think I blew the chance of snow when I bought my dds snow boots in October. Damn it they'll have grown out of them by next year and they've not even worn them yet! Just bought the weather pro app...I like it!

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 14:59:04

As far as i am concerned the snow has had two weeks to appear while I had no school run to do and it didn't. It had it's chance and blew it.

We've had a light shower so far now it's stopped

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 15:10:15

It's just grey and drizzly and depressing here.

Geckos48 Sun 05-Jan-14 15:17:15

Hello just returning for weather chat

Much as I adore snow/cold, I'd quite like it to wait until a)things re dried out so all of our soggy bricks dont shatter with the frost and the massive floods dont turn to ice
b)til I've got a few stressful things out of the way.

The rain will hugely improve tomorrow as I'm off out with dd to buy her some new wellies as not even mine fit her any more <scientific>

mscnile Sun 05-Jan-14 15:24:20

We've been in this house for 10 winters now and this is the first year without snow at this point. We're in s durham, so tend to get snow if there's any around.

Geckos48 Sun 05-Jan-14 15:25:02

I don't think it will snow this winter.

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Jan-14 15:31:07

If it does snow, it can be Feb Half Term, but six foot deep- none of this 'can I/can't I drive in it nonsense.

Sounds like a splendid plan Sparkling! And we need a good weeks warning so we all have enough wine in.

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 05-Jan-14 15:40:24

Thanks for this new thread kitten Hope there's no more flooding for anyone.

I'm hoping that there is no snow this year as I start a new job tomorrow which I have to drive to. Next year it can because by then I will have been there a year so having to have a snow day won't make them think that I'm a skiver as I would have proved how ace I am by then.

WorraLiberty Sun 05-Jan-14 15:44:07

Oh please please can we have a bit of snow in East London/Essex OP? sad

I've been lurking on your threads and I've now come to think of you as Mother Nature grin wine

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 15:48:55

Was just watching the weather (not sure if it was bbc or sky as I'm half asleep) and they said that this weather will continue for at least 10 days but looks like the end of the month will get a lot colder, no mention of 'snow' but we can hope smile.

Rain is still quite light her which is a relief after yesterdays heavy rain (in the morning), seems to be light showers rather than stormy weather.

They have access to models that the public dont. I hope they are right.

Its also rather good that the rain this afternoon isnt too bad at all smile

<chokes at Mother nature>!

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 15:59:08

I'm not holding out much hope after the predicted a cold winter starting as early as the end of October grin, we have hardly had any frosts let alone and (what I call) cold weather. I thought it was almost impossible to predict the weather that far ahead?

I looked at several forcasts yesterday (for today), one predicted very heavy rain and storms for the south, another said 'light rain, getting heavier and then clearing and another said showers smile so chances are we wont get any cold weather at the end of the month, will probably still be raining.

OodlesofOods Sun 05-Jan-14 16:00:44

The floods locally ( sea floods) haven't been seen anywhere near this level for at least 20 years. We aren't in one of the worst hit areas or even making it on the national news ( made in on NW tonight though.

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 16:03:34

Would be interesting to see the pattern of weather from last time the floods were this bad (20 years ago), was it followed by a hot dry summer? did it snow that year? would love to think we were going to get a nice summer to make up for all this wet weather smile.

youarewinning Sun 05-Jan-14 16:34:47

Been raining her for a few hours but more the fine drizzly stuff and big raindrops interspersed than anything I'd call torrential! South.

Marne - that was the express and its dubious 'forecasters'. The met office were going for a rather average winter in October. See 6th October on this thread - which is a little hilarious given the deluges we've had.

They were right to go for a warmer than average/average temp though as December was 1.8C above the average. Of course we still have Jan to go from that Oct prediction but I cant see that it will go below average.

WorraLiberty Sun 05-Jan-14 16:56:44

I read a long range weather forecast the other day that was written in November (might've been Netweather, I can't remember).

It predicted a 'dryer than average' December! hmm grin

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 05-Jan-14 17:10:13

I bought snow boots this autumn too, boys also got a snow scooter each for Christmas from their granny. We've jinxed it.

TwllBach Sun 05-Jan-14 17:12:30

<shivers> brrrr it's rather chilly here in North Wales, and the rain is rather ferocious sad that and the wind is having a good old howl as well.

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 17:23:35

We bought snow boots and I bout dd1 some new ski trousers (as she hates the cold), all are still wrapped in the back of the cupboard and will probably stay there. When I was a child (a long time ago, maybe 25 years ago) if it was going to snow it would snow towards the end of Jan or first half of Feb, its only really been the past 5 years where it has snowed in December, maybe this year will be like it was many years ago? we never got much snow down south though (just enough to built a tiny snowman) sad.

LostInWales Sun 05-Jan-14 18:03:00

I don't care what it looked like on the radar I have never been out in anything like that in my life before shock. Driving back this afternoon it was like someone was standing on the roof of the car directing a pressure hose at the windscreen. That was horrible.

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 18:14:39

Its chucking it down here now sad, thought we had got away with it.

LostInWales, nothing worse than driving in heavy rain, glad you got home safely.

This winter feels more like a boringly extended autumn.

I am praying for 6ft of snow, or at least some nice dry weather with sparkly frost....

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 05-Jan-14 18:46:52

I like dry and sparkly, so all the mud freezes and you can crack the puddles. It's impossible to go geocaching at the moment as the mud is knee-deep everywhere.

GobbySadcase Sun 05-Jan-14 18:54:07

Right, a bit of drying up time then a properly cold snap please!

oldsilver Sun 05-Jan-14 18:54:14

Yea gods and little fishes, it's torrential again, a bit windier than it's been for a couple of days and thunder too ... ho hum. Soggy soggy Bristol.

Wet and windy here now sad

There's a puddle on my kitchen work top from where it's running down the wall sad

sad Spotty. That is really rubbish.

I don't think any forecaster saw the reawakening of the jet stream in the way it has. It seemed rather dead and buried for a while.

hmm The idiot who fitted our extractor fan didn't weather proof it. Poor dp is outside trying to cover the vent as he can't fill it whilst it's dark and raining. I'm sure the neighbours will appreciate the hammering grin

Is it coming round the sides of the vent or through the middle? With the round ones I think a plastic bag tied over it might work.

Round the sides as there's no filler or anything. Dp has stopped it leaking now he's drenched! It's been running straight past the cooker socket though hmm so we've switched it off. Luckily dp is a builder so he will be able to sort it

Good job he could sort it smile

mummylin Sun 05-Jan-14 19:56:17

Not been too bad in Bournemouth today, but now raining quite hard and sounds like the wind is getting up a bit. Lots of flooded areas around us locally.

Why aren't there any weather warnings for Tuesday as my MO app shows rain all day and stronger gusts than tomorrow?

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Sun 05-Jan-14 20:01:57

When will the rain eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeend?
Thunder and lightening here in London just now, and the downpour has begun. The water is coming in through my upstairs windowframe, has saturated the wall, and is ruining the bathroom plasterwork. I only decorated the bathroom in the summer FFS. Now we have to replace the upstairs windows, and quite possibly re-do the bathroom and re-plaster again.

(Sympathies with those who have been flooded out and have much greater problems than mine. Must be blimmin' awful. And I hadn't even thought about the risk of a frost shattering sodden brickwork ...).

Hmm pouring in again. He's going back out hmm

The met office have pretty strict thresholds and at the moment I think Monday is more likely to have gusts exceeding 60mph than Tuesday.

coffeeinbed Sun 05-Jan-14 20:04:47

I'm fucking fed up with this weather.
And I usually like rainy days.

BlanketSky Sun 05-Jan-14 20:18:02

me too coffee. And I'm counting myself lucky as we've not had it nearly as bad as the rest of the country (fens). It was actually dry for most of the day here. It's the wind I can't stand.

Oh ok. What about the heavy rain forecast all day? Our front door is leaking now hmm might go to bed!

coffeeinbed Sun 05-Jan-14 20:25:24

the roof over my bay window's leaking.
Or something, there's wet patches in odd places.

youarewinning Sun 05-Jan-14 20:30:28

Been quite windy here for an hour or so and some really heavy downpours. Hope everyone is keeping safe and dry.


mummylin Sun 05-Jan-14 20:39:06

We have a leak in our conservatory, think the wind is sending the rain under the flashing. But we consider ourselves very lucky in view of others who have floods in their homes !

coffeeinbed Sun 05-Jan-14 20:41:08

I know, I'm not really complaining,
Just a bit of a moan, really!

OYBBK how much longer do we have to put up with this?? (I can totally out myself here as I'm about NC away from my festive name before 12th night.) I live on the southern tip of the Isle of Man, we have been hit by more F10 & F11 gales than I can remember & after loads of flooding on the island on friday we are set for F9 or more plus flooding tomorrow. I've had enough!! & I'm used to manx weather sad

Meglet Sun 05-Jan-14 20:49:34

Wind and rain starting up again in Hampshire sad.

Even with decent outdoor clothes it's been no weather for the kids to play outside. Tempers have been rather frayed these last few days of the Xmas break.

Marne Sun 05-Jan-14 21:04:45

We have been upgrade to 'amber warning' for the next 12 hours, lots of roads already closed and others are barely impassable. I hope enough staff can get into school tomorrow to open ( I think a few of them live in the village but a few live quite far away ), luckily we are close to the school so the kids will be going in if it's open smile not sure if dh will be going to work though.

They may put up warnings for Tuesday tomorrow I guess but the rainfall totals tomorrow look similar to Tuesdays and tomorrow's warnings are purely for wind.

Festive frolics, it does look less stormy from mid week but still unsettled I'm afraid. Just been watching James May going round IOM on his meccano bike smile

It's horrible having leaky houses isn't it sad ours can't be repaired til it dries up a bit so all we can do is watch it get worse.

I think this is making us all fractious.

One day it will end.

digerd Sun 05-Jan-14 21:35:47

Suddenly noticed the pouring rain outside a couple of hours ago and the temperature outside had risen to 9.8.
I don't know why, but the 7-8 degrees on dog walks today felt nasty cold, when it has felt very mild at the same temperature. This was a damp penetrating cold today and don't like it .

Getting on this new thread to whinge about the howling gales and rain with the rest of you! I have the child who does not like to leave the house even when it's sunny, so it is a real challenge dragging him out in this.

OYBBK James May on his bike was hilarious, I haven't seen the program but what was wonderful was how all the bikers cheered him on. Did the TV prog show it took him nearly 2 days to do it?? One of my friends works at the TT control centre

Thank you for the weather update, unsettled I can cope with. Storm force winds & flooding, plus 2 small children & an over excited puppy that need walking in dangerous weather is doing my head in. My normal option is a trip to the beach but with the tidal flooding the local beach just isn't safe unless at low tide

It did show it smile he went through the night apparently.......

MooncupGoddess Sun 05-Jan-14 22:20:52

"Thunder and lightening here in London just now, and the downpour has begun."

I didn't notice any of this! Possibly because I was down the pub blush

Thanks as ever for your sterling reporting, OYBBK. flowers I know it's not been much fun recently... though at least the reservoirs will be full for the summer <looks on bright side>

Cindy34 Sun 05-Jan-14 22:37:29

Wind starting to pick up, can hear it trying to get in the window frames. Local weather stations (wunderground) are not showing much wind speed, 4km/h, but gust showing as 19.3km/h. So guess it's the gust that is trying to get in!

That makes sense grin

Chucking it down here hmm

We were woken at midnight by what sounded like our slightly ajar bedroom window being ripped out! shock

Battled to close it and then it went very quiet. I hate sleeping with the window shut though.sad

We had heavy squally rain on and off all afternoon/evening. Tameside

digerd Mon 06-Jan-14 07:27:03

rained in the night here too, but not atm. It rose to 12 degrees out at 01.30 < was 9 at 10pm>. Now 11. How odd confused

Roads here very flooded. Nursery run is going to be a right pain!

travellingwilbury Mon 06-Jan-14 07:38:42

We have had another downpour here this morning (west sussex)

Looks like the trains into London are buggered again as well .

Getting bored of the drama now .

Morning all,
You are welcome Mooncup smile

met office warnings now include some rain warnings for today.

Wet start today.

gallicgirl Mon 06-Jan-14 07:57:10

Wet and squally again in Essex.

worra I live near a big hill. Bring your sledge out East and we can use the two like a log flume.

None of the models are showing anything particularly cold yet, just cooler. GFS goes out to the 22nd and shows quite a strong storm which would bring a mix of snow (to the northern half) and rain.

Until then generally unsettled with some stronger winds at times to Scotland perhaps.

Weather warnings now for rain today and tomorrow for us. I was way ahead of them winkgrin

shockBlue sky!

Nocomet Mon 06-Jan-14 09:40:10

Just checked Hereford and Gloucester BBC travel maps and all our usual offenders are closed due to flooding.

Dr Foster is stuck in a traffic jam, as he's had to go long way round - River Seven at Gloucester over the A417 at low tide so I guess the heavy rain up country has reached us as well as the spring tides.

pepperrabbit Mon 06-Jan-14 09:50:28

We seem to have had another huge downpour overnight and the wind woke me up a couple of times as did DD for spurious reasons and DH for snoring so an unsettled night, next doors wheelie bin was making an escape bid down the road.
Very glad I went out with a trowel and did some DIY drain clearance of the drain at the end of our drive. Full of leaves and nature rubbish and almost completely blocked. DH is always convinced I'm going to get run over while doing this hmm
After hefty rain on the school run, all is calm now.
(NE Hampshire)

StripyPenguin Mon 06-Jan-14 10:02:26

Windy in middle England, the mortar (or whatever it is) under the tiles has come off at the corner of the roof. Hopefully the insurance will cover it sad

I've just phoned our LL about our leaking extractor fan, leaking front door, blown over fence and bathroom heater I broke would probably be quicker to get dp to fix it all though!

Rooners Mon 06-Jan-14 10:15:21

It is a yellow warning for all of today, all of tonight and all of tomorrow here.

It rained a little in the night but since then, not a sausage.

digerd Mon 06-Jan-14 10:39:39

Am I dreaming? Suddenly the sky is blue and it's sunny and mild. Should have waited intil 10am to take dog out as was raining at 9confused. SE

CCTVmum Mon 06-Jan-14 10:40:19

I had never seen anything like Xmas eve or experienced anything like it again! I will never fly again because if it!

We were few thousand feet up waiting to land as Gatwick winds were 100mph and flooded. We ended up in Newcastle 45 mins later and it was about 70mph winds their too! The landing was frighting to say the least. I thought my little family was going to be wiped out!

I wanted to do the Pope act getting off that plane and kiss the ground!

The 8 hours down to Gatwick on a coach was rough the wind was challenging esp on A1 as so open!

Got to Garwick and it was like a breeze but the devestation left showed it was a monster of a storm. Cars were floating in carparks! No power in Gatwick packed to brim with holiday makers no place to buy a warm drink as no power and all the toilet out of order!

We made it back thankfully to get coach! So the night I booked in The Sofitel was lost. The coach went to go on a short cut and the river had burst! Three cars were floating in water and bungalows were flooded people in their wellies Xmas eve trying to pump water back out! I felt so sad for these families on xmas eve!

A taxi before us just drove into the flood? Why? It got stuck!

seeing houses in real life flooded is just devestating! I prayed and paryed but the weather has not given the land chance to recover as so sodden.

it took 2.5 hours in end for the bus yo get fromGarwick to Heathrow! A total of 8 hours to get home! 25 hours of traveling because of the storms.

I feel blessed we landed in one piece and theirfore the 25 hrs is nothing compared to being alive. I was shocked how effected Gatwick was though! When they built it did they not take into account storms and flooding of the nearby river? Heathrow down the road was fine!

Or was this the worst storm ever to hit Gatwick?

The next morning, Xmas Day I was so thankful to be home safe and dry, I saw the news that said a woman and DD with taxi driver were moments from death nearly drowned in the floodssad
I dont know if this was the same taxi? But taxi driver we saw from coach could not believe that it drove straight into the middle of it! I just hope they were safe and the passengers must have been terrified by this very stupid decision of taxi driver to even try and drive through it.

I will never forget the storms of Xmas 2013!

BlackeyedShepherdswatchsheep Mon 06-Jan-14 10:57:48

storms, what storms? <ignores all the puddles aand sodden grass and windy/rainy noises in the night> the sun is out and it is calm here in the west mids though it is obviously not going to last

off to check on the weather reports.

CCTVmum Mon 06-Jan-14 11:11:35

OYBBK my mum has to now endure another flight after the terror of Xmas Eve! I do not envy her!

Could I have an update for tomorrow late morning from Bristol please. It is flying to Tenerife. Anything she needs to be preparred for? Is their storms tomorrow?

CCTV looks like it will be gusty but hopefully the rain will be clearing out. Your journey sounds horrific.

Today is going to be a mix of drier calmer interludes to trick us all interspersed with potentially very heavy rain and squally winds. Perhaps thunder, lightning and hail. Dont be fooled by the nice bits!

BlackeyedShepherdswatchsheep Mon 06-Jan-14 11:24:38

ha lasted 20 minutes before the wind and rain came...

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 11:36:17

It seems calmer here in salisbury and last night it was mental for a little bit and then seemed to pick up later when I was thankfully in bed!

Not working tonight thank goodness, or tomorrow so hopefully will be calmer by Wednesday.

NoComet Mon 06-Jan-14 11:39:11

Nice and sunny here, but heavy showers likely this afternoon. Just what we don't need, the Seven and the Wye are already over some roads and we have surface flooding on the lanes.

Cluffyflump Mon 06-Jan-14 11:47:09

I'm excited about the huge swell! sounds rude

I'm off to Bude/widmouth latter to watch.

Marne Mon 06-Jan-14 11:55:39

More rain here, popped out this morning to the gp's, took the main roads and all was ok, stupidly tried a back road on the way home and ended up having to reverse half a mile before the road was wide enough for me to turn around, had to go all the way back to the main road and then it started to chuck it down ( very strong winds too). Now the dog is sat next to my feet crying as he wants a walk, do I brave it? It's only water after all and I can see the sun trying to break through the clouds.

digerd Mon 06-Jan-14 12:37:35

Enjoyed a 'nice bit' for a few hours now. The clouds are appearing in the south and moving towards me but it seems like a 'forcefield' either stopping the clouds or disintegrating them. < I am a Starship Enterprise fan>.
Bet the cloud attack triumphs at 2pm when I take little dog for her last walkies.
The battle front is right outside my front window. Sun shining again < cheering the forcefield on> smile

Theoldhag Mon 06-Jan-14 13:04:08

Oh my goodness, shock, I have just seen a really rare phenomenon, it is true it does exist the sun it is there right now <exited>

coffeeinbed Mon 06-Jan-14 13:06:40

I managed a whole dog walk without getting soaked to the bone.
It will be payback time later today, I'm sure.

NK5BM3 Mon 06-Jan-14 13:35:41

there is sun! (east kent). but... many of the roads were flooded. Was driving on the motorway/A roads and there were pockets where water was just flowing - not sure from where, to where, but it was not stagnant. It was flowing, and quite fast too.

Marne Mon 06-Jan-14 14:01:24

I managed to walk the dog ( poor thing hasn't been out for 3 days ), I expect the rain is holding off for school pick up time.

What is happening tomorrow? ITV just said it will be dry in the sw but online weather forecasts are saying rain hmm

GloriaSmud Mon 06-Jan-14 14:02:44

Theoldhag ~ you have that phenomenon too? And I thought it was the drink me seeing things. I'm even thinking of doing some gardening this afternoon in the 11C heat that it's providing at the moment.

jodee Mon 06-Jan-14 15:40:41

I'm also in Bournemouth, rivers are high, I'm not far from the mobile home park that keeps being evacuated, feel very sorry for them.

However, the Great Storm of 87 DH was stuck on a ferry anchored in the middle of the Channel, the ferry was just spinning around for hours! They offered everyone free food - which was chips and mars bars (huge sick bucket passed around instead)!

juneau Mon 06-Jan-14 15:46:58

Reading some of these stories makes me feel very lucky. We live in Herts and have had nothing except wind and rain. We had a small tree down in front in our house, and a few leaks, but that's it, unless you count some large puddles!

digerd Mon 06-Jan-14 15:55:51

S.Herts here and from 10 -2pm it was sunny today, but then rained while out with dog, sun came out 30 minutes later, just had formidable looking clouds and now blue bits of sky again. Rather like April showers in January.

mummylin Mon 06-Jan-14 15:59:29

jodee I too am in bournemouth and saw the mobile home site yesterday, my dd lives near there. Isn't it awful, poor people.

CCTVmum Mon 06-Jan-14 16:19:28

Thanks OYBBK It looks like tail end of storms when they fly thankfully not like 23/24 Dec

jodee that must have been horrific and the smell tooenvy <sick icon>

StripyPenguin Mon 06-Jan-14 17:09:29

Stay safe - or stay away Cluffy I would have liked to have a look too but saw this and was put right off.

Marne Mon 06-Jan-14 17:21:41

When I was out on my walk I had to walk through a large patch of water, on the way back cleared the drain (was bunged up with leaves and rubbish), was quite therapeutic watching the large puddle (which went across the road) vanish down the drain. If anyone has large amounts of water outside their house I would suggest checking the drains and making sure they stay clear, not sure if I saved any houses from flooding but I saved a few people from being splashed by cars driving by smile.

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 06-Jan-14 17:29:50

Our dogwalking business restarted today, and all four of us managed to get all our booked walks done without getting rained on! Nearly got blown away, and had to do the creeping down flooded roads in first gear thing more than once - but - hurray!

What's the next joy on the horizon Kitten?

Sunnymeg Mon 06-Jan-14 17:29:53

We are on the Somerset Levels, we are not flooded, but all surrounding villages are. Had to take a 13 mile detour to get DS to school this morning and same on the way back. Our normal road has water up to the top of roadsigns , so probably about six foot high. Everyone around here is sick to death of it!!

BookFairy Mon 06-Jan-14 19:15:06

I'm expecting the river to flood again tomorrow (NE Surrey) sad Sick of water!

I'm feeling a bit concerned about the rain over the next48 hours. We've got to drive to Southampton Wednesday too sad

HesterShaw Mon 06-Jan-14 19:56:04

Bored of storms. BORED BORED BORED. Bored of hail. Bored of gales. Bored of a crappy chimney which lets rain down it. Even bored of photographing spectacular big waves angry sad

mummylin Mon 06-Jan-14 20:25:45

Very windy at the moment in Bournemouth.

youarewinning Mon 06-Jan-14 20:35:27

Very windy here in South Hampshire ATM. Driving down the motorway was pretty hairy.

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 20:55:52


More rain expected tomorrow, I think salisbury is going to flood!!

Oh for pities sake more rain warnings for tomorrow into Wednesday.

Not for a huge area but where I am

Basically more rain across the south tomorrow and Wednesday. Mostly in the form of sharp squally showers. Not so soggy further north.

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:13:25

I don't think our water meadows can take any more rain!

NK5BM3 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:28:01

Omg it's raining so hard now I can feel the house shake (if that even makes sense!!). hmm And it's hitting the windows vv hard.

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:29:29

Where roughly are you N

NK5BM3 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:34:02

East kent. shock It's horrid!

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:35:27

Ah, just wondering when it will hit us sad

It's not raining here yet confused

NK5BM3 Mon 06-Jan-14 21:43:38

Where are you gecko? Spotty?

Sussex/surrey border smile

NK5BM3 Mon 06-Jan-14 22:09:56

Well it's calmed down now. Maybe that's the squall they were talking about... Or maybe it's heading your way!!

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 22:11:39

south Wiltshire - just on the borders of the west country.

TimeToPassGo Mon 06-Jan-14 22:19:51

It's often stormy where we are but have to say this has been a particularly sustained spell and has caused some damage to the house. Think it is just the repeated nature of the storms causing the problems.

Geckos48 Mon 06-Jan-14 23:34:57

Just had a bit o rain pass us by.

DameDeepRedBetty Tue 07-Jan-14 00:40:38

To be serious... we've got water coming in through bits of the house that have never leaked before. Yes, it's Grade II and therefore likely to be wonky, but it's getting way past a joke now.

NE Wilts.

mummylin Tue 07-Jan-14 01:01:55

Very big gusts of winds here in Bournemouth. I can hear it howling and something being blown around in the garden. Sounds like a chair !

ChippingInWadesIn Tue 07-Jan-14 02:07:02

Sorry to hear so many of you are suffering.

OYBBK I hope it hasn't got any worse at yours?! wine

Friends still 'at risk' but finally being given a bit of help by the water company.

The roads to work weren't as bad today as they were last week, but there's still alot of surface water.

Central South East.

It's very windy here but no rain? confused

youarewinning Tue 07-Jan-14 07:05:03

chipping love your new name!

digerd Tue 07-Jan-14 07:18:11

Heard the rain in the night again but it has stopped atm. 8 degrees minimum last night now 10.

Morning all. We had a night of heavy showers and strong winds. The theme will continue for many today esp in the SE and the West midlands. There may be some respite away from the far SE and the west midlands for a while this afternoon.

Tomorrow may be pretty pleasant until rain moves in from the SW in the afternoon spreading to all areas of the north Midlands south.

insomniarules Tue 07-Jan-14 08:01:28

Incredible hail storm here at 7am . Still floods around the rivers here too. It's hibernating weather but school starts.....

Marne Tue 07-Jan-14 08:19:23

Heavy rain, strong winds and some pretty good thunder and lightning here last night and this morning, some of the loudest rain I have heard (probably because the wind was pelting it against my bedroom window. Not sure if I can get out today, just checked the traffic news and quite a few roads are closed, one due to a land slide, dh has the day off work so I was hoping we could hit the sales but not much chance of getting there sad.

Geckos48 Tue 07-Jan-14 08:28:49

Two people evacuated from the city center last night.

Oh dear...

KateMoose Tue 07-Jan-14 09:59:28

Heavy rain in Hampshire at the moment. We had a terrific thunderstorm yesterday evening. It made the house shake.

HesterShaw Tue 07-Jan-14 10:01:42

We had some incredible thunder in the night as well in Cornwall Kate. I sleep Luke the dead and it still woke me up. There was quite a lively squall with it.

HesterShaw Tue 07-Jan-14 10:04:05

Like the dead not Luke. I don't know who Luke is.

digerd Tue 07-Jan-14 10:08:37

Managed to get to PO at 9am with no rain. Dog walk at 9.15 was drizzly. Now pelting down and so dark in the house.
Plus point - wind is very mild.

MrsClauswearsspanx Tue 07-Jan-14 10:14:18

Marne I wonder if we're close as I had same experience this morn. SW here.

rubycon Tue 07-Jan-14 10:34:46

I didn't understand how being flooded affects more than just your property - until I was flooded at the beginning of last month. I was lucky, just 2ft of sea water through the place - others have lost everything. 3 houses in the road have to be demolished and others in the village will have to be too. Living in a property that's drying out and everything in piles really gets on your nerves after a month!

KateMoose Tue 07-Jan-14 12:02:15

grin Hester.

rubycon- thats terrible. We had a house we rent out flood 4 years ago due to a burst pipe that was undetected as the tenant had gone on holiday and switched all the heating off. The pipes froze then burst. The entire house except the bathroom had to be re-plastered, re-floored etc. It was awful. I can't imagine a whole load of seawater rampaging through. How long did it stick around for? Are you planning to get slot in flood barriers for your doors?

ChippingInWadesIn Tue 07-Jan-14 12:29:14

youarewinning thank you smile

rubycon - Been there, done that - but with contaminated (ie sewage) water. Absolute nightmare and lots of stuff had to be thrown out due to contamination, which would have been OK if it had been 'clean' water sad I hope you can get it sorted out without too much hassle wine

It rained quite a bit here last night and was windy. It has alternated between bucketing it down and blue skies today. Friends still holding the water back.

Central south east.

aintnothinbutagstring Tue 07-Jan-14 12:43:19

We have a lovely sunny afternoon in Essex after a very windy and wet morning. Unseasonably mild, have spotted daisies and spring flowers sprouting up in parks, though they could be frozen off soon enough as I hear its going to get much colder end of the month going into feb.

I've decided not to look at my damage anymore. If it cascades through the ceiling then i will. Ought to send up dh though to make sure its not about to!

rubycon - a real nightmare sad

Marne Tue 07-Jan-14 14:20:04

MrsClaus- I'm in north dorset smile, have had a few heavy showers today but nice and sunny at times too! still feels warm! just quickly walked the dog as the sky was starting to look dark ( managed to stay dry).

Robfordscrack Tue 07-Jan-14 14:33:16

Why does anyone want snow? I can send some over, it is -22 here today. My car was sliding all over the road this morning due to the snow/ice hybrid. Morning driving is an extreme sport it seems.

Rob - its kind of better than your house being under water generally speaking (unless of course you get the more extreme amounts/temps)

Speaking of which. All eyes on Monday. Will it/wont it?????? Looks potentially interesting.

rubycon Tue 07-Jan-14 14:54:29

fortunately our water was clean - I live about 50m from the seafront - so as the tide went out so did the floodwater. We were spared a second flooding high tide, it just came over the wall that time. Others had contaminated water, those with oil tanks and those with cesspits.

I think we got off lightly. I feel desperately sorry for those with rivers close by - the worst we got was a little sand. I lost a lot, but nothing of sentimental value.

What's happening Monday??

Oybbk I need to get to Southampton for 9:30 tomorrow (ffs will probably take three hours!) is it going to be horrendous?

gaggiagirl Tue 07-Jan-14 14:59:12

Will it snow on Monday?. I like snow.

Spotty, it should be fine tomorrow until the evening.

There is a small chance for snow Monday. No details yet. A little secondary low pressure spins up and it might just be cold enough for snow but it looks very marginal.

LaGuardia Tue 07-Jan-14 16:46:09

I love not having to scrape ice off the car windows in the morning.

Thanks. I hate the m27 during rush hour as it is so glad we haven't got to add torrential rain into the mix grin

JillJ72 Tue 07-Jan-14 17:13:24

OYBBK - I've been reading for a long while now, love these threads and the (amateur but brilliant) help you provide.

I'd just like to say I would like dry weather on Monday. Funeral. It won't be pleasant so please please please weather, be just a little bit nice, to make it just a little bit more bearable.


I'm sorry about the funeral Jill.
I'll update about Monday tomorrow to see if the signal has got any clearer...

JillJ72 Tue 07-Jan-14 19:50:27

Thank you! Based on current trends it'll either be blowing a gale and lashing down, or bright blue skies. Hoping for settled weather Fri-Sun as well as DH flying into Europe on business. I think we could all do with quieter weather, dry out a bit and gather some strength!

Varya Tue 07-Jan-14 20:22:15

Heavy snow in US travelling East? Towards UK .....

youarewinning Tue 07-Jan-14 20:37:10

Finally got in and got boy to bed.

This morning we had winds, then rain - read as monsoon! - then thunder and lightening and then a hailstorm with hail like ice cubes. Then sun.

All in the space of half an hour grin

South Hampshire.

youarewinning Tue 07-Jan-14 20:38:41

spotty where in Southampton? Which route? It's been pretty bad when it lashes down as rush hour on M27 east starts about 7.30! Until about 9!

General hospital. Need to be there for appt at 9:45? Clear run it only takes just over an hour but I know from experience it will take us a lot longer.

I was thinking of leaving super early and then just sitting in costa until the appt grin don't think I will persuade dp to leave much earlier than 7:30 though hmm

Oh and we will be coming a3 onto m27 smile

youarewinning Tue 07-Jan-14 20:47:16

The flooding issues around Southampton have been around Redbridge. If you came off junction 5 and into Southampton that way you should avoid that. I tend to come off at junction 2 and go back on myself for shopping etc and tend to use A27 in when I go to Royal South Hants.
I would guesstimate 7.30am being fine - especially now the hind head tunnel is open!

Varya Tue 07-Jan-14 20:51:48

Wild weather and a bit of local flooding not too serious!

I go to the royal south hants, this is for dd though hmm

We won't be joining as far north as Hindhead, I love the tunnel though grin I can't remember which junction we go off at (sat navs stop you paying attention!) but I think it's the one before the ford factory?

Varya they've had lots of snow without it being snow here. It gets warmed up as it crosses the Atlantic. Our cold tends to come from the east or the north east.

youarewinning Tue 07-Jan-14 21:08:39

My DS stops me paying attention! But yes that sounds like junction 5! By the airport grin

GobbySadcase Tue 07-Jan-14 21:51:32

Page I'm following on Facebook is setting a lot of store by the Polar Vortex and some Canadian models?

Which page is that Gobby?

GobbySadcase Tue 07-Jan-14 22:02:08

London & The South East Weather

BlackeyedShepherdswatchsheep Tue 07-Jan-14 23:48:28

we had a reasonably good day here in the w mids. it did rain at school pick up time though.

Thanks Gobby, I'll take a look smile

So today already there is some very heavy rain lurking off the SW. I'm so sorry guys.
By the time it moves to the SE it should be much petered out but for this in Wales and the Midlands including the East Midlands I'm afraid rain is gong to very much be a feature by the end of the day. I think the highest level of problems will be for Wales and the SW where you really don't need it.

There is def potential for snow next week. Not super cold but temps around zero or so perhaps and remaining very unsettled. Am about to go off out but will update properly this afternoon.

It is looking more like we will be sliding into cold next week with the potential for snow there. Not a very long lived affair according to GFS but it s going to be a bit of a shock for sure.

Monday could be rather snowy for the northern half of the UK!

TimeToPassGo Wed 08-Jan-14 13:59:29

Yikes! Thanks for the early warning Kitten!

How far north is Northern? <hopeful>

We have thankfully missed the worst of the weather here in Greater Manchester.

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 08-Jan-14 14:04:59

In Plymouth today, the rain has been constant but not too heavy. However, due to the wet ground and full drains ect there is a lot of surface water on roads, deep puddles and flooding in all the usual places, as well as a few places I haven't seen them before. There is apparently more rain comming overnight and into tomorrow as well as more rain forecast for the weekend.

The ground really needs a chance to dry out sad.

digerd Wed 08-Jan-14 14:23:54

Thames Valley area SE.
5 degrees last night and sunny all morning. Overcast now 11 degrees.
Don't want it any colder.

OodlesofOods Wed 08-Jan-14 15:05:44

Northern as in Scotland <hopeful>

Hard to define this far in advance and with this amount of uncertainty!!

mummylin Wed 08-Jan-14 15:33:32

Raining again here in dorset

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Wed 08-Jan-14 16:10:57

Anywhere from county Durham upwards will do me. I live a couple of miles south of Co. Durham so as long as it doesn't effect me going to work.

mscnile Wed 08-Jan-14 16:24:13

Biscuits according to met office the 'feels like' temp on Sunday is -5 for us shock could be a chilly week next week (and I have to go out to the wilds of n durham!)

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Wed 08-Jan-14 19:31:25

Oooh can't wait mscnile <said in sarcastic tone> grin

Jellykat Wed 08-Jan-14 20:28:21

I can't take it anymore sad

Am in West Wales, and i swear we haven't had a dry day for at least 4 weeks. There's so much water, everywhere, and i have had water dripping through my sitting room walls although they're 18" thick, since Christmas. Apparently Welsh slate stone is porous!
Another thing that's happening is as there's no mains drainage around here, peoples septic tanks and soakaways aren't soaking away - the grounds too waterlogged, and i've got 2 trees lying on the ground in my garden.

Every joint in my body aches from the damp, all i need is for it to get colder and my raynauds can properly kick in. Hooray!

Can you tell i've had enough? Rant over.. I know it could be worse, i could be further up the road in Cardigan or Aberystwyth.

Oh no jelly sad that sounds awful

coffeeinbed Wed 08-Jan-14 20:41:29

Hope things get dryer for you Jelly.

jelly sad you are correct, it has been almost 4 weeks without a dry day.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Wed 08-Jan-14 20:43:21

Sounds awful Jelly, hope it all dries up for you & the others affected soon.

mscnile Wed 08-Jan-14 20:45:27

Oh jelly that's grim sad have a brew to warm you up.

Any more news on the snow potential kitten? I'm travelling across north eastern parts Monday and Tuesday!

Still a lot of uncertainty as to whether the cold air will dig in properly next week, but for those of you wondering about whether you need to do cold weather preps, I'd be thinking about it.

not yet msc - it looks borderline to say the least but I'd say that you probably havent chosen the best part of the uk to be travelling in....

mscnile Wed 08-Jan-14 20:51:33

I have my winter tyres on so I'm at least a bit prepared...!

Jellykat Wed 08-Jan-14 21:04:44

Aw thank you laydees, feel better now just needed a tiny spleen vent smile

Hows it looking for Wales and snow Kitten any idea? My mum seems to think it's coming in early Feb here confused

TwllBach Wed 08-Jan-14 21:22:48

It was such a lovely, bright clear morning here in North Wales, but then it got to about 3 o'clock (just as parents start turning up to collect children) and has tipped it down ever since

<bored of rain>

Snow sounds good for a day or two though!

Jellykat, I'd say there is potential but the models really aren't anywhere near in agreement yet.

Jellykat Wed 08-Jan-14 21:37:59

Thanks Kitten, will get supplies in just in case.. confused

Marne Wed 08-Jan-14 21:39:30

Racing again here, hasn't been to bad all day, just light rain this afternoon, now getting heavy, have got so used to the sound of rain on my windows, I don't think I could sleep without it now grin.

would love some snow though.

Marne Wed 08-Jan-14 21:42:36

That will be 'raining' not racing.

SnakeyMcBadass Wed 08-Jan-14 21:45:14

<marks place>

Meglet Wed 08-Jan-14 21:46:00

I'll be gutted if we miss the snow this year, but plain old cold is better than rain and wind.

42notTrendy Wed 08-Jan-14 22:00:07

Also marking place smile

Nocomet Wed 08-Jan-14 22:02:11

Dr Foster is now totally Fucked Off!

Not only is the nice A road into Gloucester under the river Seven, it's sodding raining again. Dr Foster doesn't like the B road when it's bright and sunny, in the dark with deep puddles makes him cross.

Our lane is turning into a river and the minor river will soon shut it.

nemno Wed 08-Jan-14 22:17:22

Today was quite a nice day, shame it was the one when the Thames decided to visit inside my house. It was expected and prepared for. Now can it fuck off and not hang around please.

Your rain predictions were spot on OYBBK, well done grin

Geckos48 Wed 08-Jan-14 22:31:32

Kitten is it over yet?

Salisbury is just about to flood and I am just praying that there is no more rain coming for a while?

nocomet Thu 09-Jan-14 01:19:12

Crap, absolutely lashing it down again here (north Gloucestershire)

mummylin Thu 09-Jan-14 01:28:00

Also lashing it here in Dorset, quite windy too

ChubbyKitty Thu 09-Jan-14 02:11:01

It's been shutting it down on and off today. The swimming pool at the end of my driveway has doubled in size.

ChubbyKitty Thu 09-Jan-14 02:11:16

Naturally I meant shitting.

caz1010 Thu 09-Jan-14 04:26:53

Just had huge rumbles of thunder, thought the local gas plant had exploded it was that loud for that long. Very rainy sad

NK5BM3 Thu 09-Jan-14 06:58:46

Windy and raining... Vv blowy again. hmm Kent.

Throwing it down here this morning.

Have a discussion with DS1 about whether he will put a raincoat on going to school. hmm

Mild and breezy here at the moment

V. quick one, back in a bit. It looks pretty unlikely that anywhere but northern/welsh hills will get snow Monday. Too warm.

Geckos, there will be probably a little rain at some point each day until Sunday. Sunday afternoon/evening could see some heavier rain moving in.

At the moment, I'd say there isnt a more wirdespread risk of snow until thursday and that is highly uncertain. Until then, any snow looks confined to the usual suspect areas - northern and welsh hills.

PestoStormissimos Thu 09-Jan-14 08:12:17

Oh ok, thanks.

<<puts skiis away>>

Geckos48 Thu 09-Jan-14 09:45:30

Thanks, I am not keen for snow but could do for this rain to stop!

digerd Thu 09-Jan-14 09:56:56

I heard it pouring down in the night again. Cloudy today but no more rain so far. Sun peeping through a blue bit hole in the clouds atm

HesterShaw Thu 09-Jan-14 11:00:52

Sun! Blue sky! No clouds! No gale! <bewildered>

mummylin Thu 09-Jan-14 12:50:14

Sunny and dry here in Bournemouth. How long will it last i wonder, want to get the washing dry at least

Gorgeous blue skies and SUN!!! Just clouded over though with big grey clouds hmm

Sparklymommy Thu 09-Jan-14 12:55:40

Dry here in south devon. For once. I am eagerly awaiting some snow.

caz1010 Thu 09-Jan-14 15:55:10

OYBK, posted last night about thunder, loudest ive ever heard.
local radio now saying it cant have bern thunder as none on the radar for last night.
With your knowledge, is it possible to rule thunder out like this ? and also what else could it have been ?
East Yorkshire area, loads of other people heard it, not just me wink

digerd Thu 09-Jan-14 16:05:58

Sky did clear late morning and has been sunny since with some clouds.
Really want it to cloud over in the night to avoid frost but is almost a clear sky atmhmm

Oh joy. A weather warning hmm

cj1983 Thu 09-Jan-14 18:01:18


I heard it too, it woke me up shock

Apparently, a light earthquake hit uk early hours this morning, according to the daily mail.

cj1983 Thu 09-Jan-14 18:06:53
Geckos48 Thu 09-Jan-14 18:15:06

I blame fracking

the ice warning spotty spotted.
Unsurprising given cold temps and standing water!

caz and cj tell me more about what you heard.

grin Geckos

Hulababy Thu 09-Jan-14 18:32:59

I have been woken by a UK earthquake twice in the past, thugh not the one last night. And yes, it can sound a bit like a long rumble of thunder - though is different too. It seems to build up - we were woken before the shake itself, but the noise. It sounds different to thunder in that is sounds much lower - both in noise and direction - and lasts longer too in my experience. The shaking then happens as it reaches its peak or just after for us. Luckily shortlived in the uk with no real damage - but an unpleasant experience as I think it reminds you of what it must be like for those who have bigger quakes.

cj1983 Thu 09-Jan-14 18:33:37

It sounded like very loud thunder to me, it seemed to go on for ages too.

Even though i was half asleep, I remember thinking it didn't sound like normal thunder.

I'm in East Yorkshire btw smile

Hulababy Thu 09-Jan-14 18:36:15

wonder why the bgs doesnt seem to have the birmingham earthquake?

caz1010 Thu 09-Jan-14 19:17:30

went on for over 20 seconds and just the 1 rumble.
Got louder as it went on. Was raining heavily at the time. Sounded like it was moving. All very strange.

ok. Was there any evidence of tree damage or other wind damage over night?

Meglet Thu 09-Jan-14 19:45:47


Brighter and colder today. But NO rain smile.

caz1010 Thu 09-Jan-14 21:05:32

nope, been quite windy during the day but no wind at the time. ie rain was coming straight down, not sideways as other days this winter.
Local news saying now was not thunder, no confirmation of raf activity but possible, also possible asteroid grin
Sooo loud, sooo long and a one off.

cj1983 Thu 09-Jan-14 21:31:26

Sorry ignore my dailymail link, i think it is an old story blush

See, this is why I should just stick to lurking grin

Not certain what the noise was, it did wake a lot of people up round here though, maybe thunder confused

alcibiades Thu 09-Jan-14 21:48:13

I must learn to type faster. I've just refreshed and seen your latest post, cj, but here's what I'd already typed:

The Daily Mail article doesn't have a date; I think it could be referring to this quake:

Even if it wasn't an earthquake, it still sounds scary. I'm quite fascinated by this event, caz and cj, so if there's anything definitive, please post back. (Especially if it was an asteroid envy.)

Weather report from Winchester: Bright and sunny and mostly dry - that's a novelty grin. From my nearest online weather station I see we've have 111.5 mm of rain so far this year. As I'm old and there's a limit to what I can grasp in metric, I've had to translate that to English - good grief, that's 4 inches!

cj1983 Thu 09-Jan-14 22:10:56

alcibiades This is our local news story about it, if you are interested smile

I promise, this is Today's story grin

LostInWales Thu 09-Jan-14 23:14:26

Ooh, I will phone my mum first thing she is local to that area and a light sleeper. She will have lots of gossip.

alcibiades Thu 09-Jan-14 23:22:56

That's fascinating reading, cj.

I wonder whether it was a meteoroid. A bit of space debris breaking up in the lower atmosphere could well give rise to the sounds that everyone heard. Similar, perhaps, to the event in Russia last year.

Perhaps alci - the time and the weather would limit potential observations.

Or perhaps it was a military aircraft being naughty and going supersonic over land.

So no hugely snowy aspect this week, though I wouldnt rule it out entirely in the usual suspect hilly areas. But next Saturday night GFS has rather a snow fest confused cold pool of air and a low pressure over us.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 08:57:51

shock No snow for me ta. I have just returned from the 12 mile round trip into the countryside to drop DS1 off. VV icy, even though there's floods everywhere. Could feel the car sliding. Scary. sad

Marne Fri 10-Jan-14 09:32:26

I want snow grin. More rain for us on Sunday, have had enough of the wet stuff, I want frozen stuff now.

GloriaSmud Fri 10-Jan-14 09:33:30

It'll be weird if there is a a sort of 'snowmageddon' next weekend because it was about the 18th January last year, that it turned cold and we had a similar snowmageddon situation, with schools closing early/nightmare situation on the roads. I remember it as it's DD2's birthday on the 20th and we went sledging on her birthday. She's now hoping for snow again this year!

Slight frost on the car this morning ~ down to 1.7C overnight.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 09:34:17

No- no snowmageddon. <cries>

GloriaSmud Fri 10-Jan-14 09:53:44

Not even just a little one, Sparkling? Just overnight on a Saturday so we can at least say we've had a bit of snow this winter.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 09:58:30

Acceptable snow scenarios for Sparkling Gloria-

6 foot deep, falling overnight.
Anything less must fall after 4.30pm on a Friday and be gone by 7.50am on the Monday.


GloriaSmud Fri 10-Jan-14 10:07:30

We'll make it so <channels inner Star Trek> and book it in the diary along with acceptable times of the day when snow is allowed to fall.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 13:12:12

Excellent Gloria. I have pre-ordered my weather. grin

Meglet Fri 10-Jan-14 14:04:59

We can do snowmageddon next weekend. DD has a party in the afternoon but it's walkable.

<Looks for 'snowmageddon' sticker to pop on calendar>

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 14:15:18

That suits me Meglet-after Friday around 11pm after the panto though?

Geckos48 Fri 10-Jan-14 15:07:54

its had a few showers in salisbury today.

I am hoping I can get my car out of the lane tomorrow morning!

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 10-Jan-14 17:45:33

I want weekend snow. I am a teacher, weekday snow is too complicated as my school does not close.

Meglet Fri 10-Jan-14 18:42:50

OYBBK how far south is the cold (snow?!) likely to spread? I'm getting my hopes up but I bet it misses Hampshire.

It did occur to to me though that snow on saturated ground is going to cause more flood when it melts, isn't it?

Its def a case of dont count chickens and all that. Looking less like snow now I'm afraid.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 18:57:41

Nooooo. sad


Really havent been able to understand all of the medias enthusiasm for forecasting snow for next week. The possibility is there but it certainly hasnt been a certainty by any means. Even the more respectable outlets have been talking like its a certainty.

Marne Fri 10-Jan-14 19:48:36

Overheard a old man talking in my local shop and he seems to think we are getting rain for most of next week and then it will freeze next weekend and snow. Not sure where he got this info from?

I'm trying not to get my hopes up for snow, chances are we will get more rain.

Geckos48 Fri 10-Jan-14 22:17:35

I am SO confused, our local paper is reporting a hard frost over night and lots of ice on the road. The Met office says there is a yellow warning of ice but also that the lowest temp will be 6 degrees!

I am so confused!

oricella Sat 11-Jan-14 05:53:10

well, very icy here early morning. Walked out of the house to the taxi and went flying onto the ground. It's thankfully a bit warmer at the airport, so hopefully runway is clear.

GloriaSmud Sat 11-Jan-14 07:21:02

No frost here (Leicester) 3.6C at the moment ~ looks like it's going to be a nice day.

digerd Sat 11-Jan-14 07:48:51

Clear skies atm but +5. Assume it clouded over in the night otherwise we'd have had much lower temps and a frost. It is what I wished for, thoughsmile

MiserableJanuaryJerseySpud Sat 11-Jan-14 09:17:28

Clear skies here in Jersey. But nothing like snow or ice or even very cold

No frost overnight here in Greater Manchester, we had a heavy sleet shower about 8.30, and it tried very hard to snow. It's raining and grey here now. DD is relieved because it is too wet to take her out on her bycicle(part of her physio regime) and she hates it.

digerd Sat 11-Jan-14 11:57:14

It had rained in the night, but all day so far has been blue sky and sunnysmile

digerd Sat 11-Jan-14 18:34:13

Oh dear, only +1.8 out and had to put the heating up. Hope it clouds over and warms up in the nighthmm

Brrr I'm going out tonight. I never go out. I'm going to freeze!

digerd Sat 11-Jan-14 19:32:02

Well, just been out with the dog and I saw several stars which I haven't seen for years and a shimmering bright moonsmile. Quite magical really.
Still hope it clouds over soon, though, as now 0 degrees.

GloriaSmud Sat 11-Jan-14 19:48:01

After a lovely day here (had a lovely sunset earlier), the temperature's fallen quickly and we're now at -0.1c. It's going to be a chilly night. I've been out having a quick dig of the garden this afternoon in the hope that any frosts we have, will dry the soil out a bit. It was a squelchy job though!

MiserableJanuaryJerseySpud Sat 11-Jan-14 20:42:42

5oC here

-3.5 here

GloriaSmud Sun 12-Jan-14 07:08:13

-2.4C here at the moment. Has been as low as -3.6 (3.30am)

digerd Sun 12-Jan-14 07:57:04

-3.2 last night now -2.9. Heating struggling again confused.

NK5BM3 Sun 12-Jan-14 08:21:02

Frost this morning!!

ChippingInWadesIn Sun 12-Jan-14 08:22:56

It was a lovely day here yesterday (Hampshire), it was even quite warm in the sun smile

It's a lovely frosty morning - it looks like it has been snowing, without all the hassle grin Skies are becoming blue and the 'plane trails' are catching the sunlight - pretty.

Still haven't put the winter tyres on - holding out as long as possible!

Chipping, doesn't look like you will need them yet. Apart from perhaps some transient snow for the northern half of the UK (more persistent stuff over hills) on Tuesday night it is looking decidedly unsnowy. Lots of rain Wednesday I'm afraid. No snow Saturday.

schilke Sun 12-Jan-14 10:33:39

We've hardly had any frosts this winter. Would like some please. I am hating this dreary wet winter.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 12-Jan-14 11:01:20

Lots of frost here this morning, it's still frosty now and also foggy at the same time (N Yorks). Still waiting for my snow.

digerd Sun 12-Jan-14 11:24:29

Still sunny in SE. and no wind. However, one bit of ornamental grass kept weirdly moving but nothing else. I assumed it could be a cat hiding to pounce on an unsuspecting bird, when suddenly a cat emerged and walked off.

digerd Sun 12-Jan-14 21:13:02

Clouded over after mid-day and drizzled in the afternoon. 7.4 degrees atm SE

Meglet Sun 12-Jan-14 21:30:52

We're down for what looks like more heavy rain on thursday (north hampshire). No warnings yet but the rivers won't like it.

It was a beautiful, bright, frosty morning today. The DC's charged out into the garden at 8am with wellies wedged over their onesies smile. They were doing their usual routine of bashing all the ice in buckets / pots etc with a stick.

MiserableJanuaryJerseySpud Mon 13-Jan-14 00:23:05


Been having a look on Metcheck as i find them to be the most reliable

(they predicted the snow in March for Jersey whilst our local weather poopahed it until the day before. Thanks to metcheck me and sil were ready for the complete shut down of the island)

and anyway, Metcheck reckons the temperature is going to drop majorly in February and we will have snow.

On the long range any sight of this?

MiserableJanuaryJerseySpud Mon 13-Jan-14 00:24:00

oh and its 9.3oC here. Positively balmy

Jerseyspud I'm afraid I don't know. GFS goes out to the 29th Jan and keeps it mild and wet. ECM is keener to introduce an easterly.

4 degrees here. Was 2 when I went out earlier. The grass is so green atm smile

Beautiful morning in Manchester. Sunny and not very cold!

PickleFish Mon 13-Jan-14 10:51:18

Something dramatic must have gone over overnight, as I woke up around 4am with an incredibly painful headache, which I get with rapid air pressure changes. I could barely stagger downstairs to try to get some painkillers. They don't usually wake me up, or come with such suddenness. But it was rainy and foggy last night, and this morning clear and sunny (East Anglia). I hope it's going to be more stable for a while now! I don't mind whether it's rainy or sunny (well ok, I'd much rather it sunny) but I can't cope with these drastic changes. Even this morning I've still got sort of post-headache slightly sick feeling.

Meglet Mon 13-Jan-14 10:59:01

Bulbs are starting to pop their green heads above the soil. This morning I saw clumps of green daffodill shoots confused. Easter is the end of April this year, there won't be a daffodill left by then.

Daffodils?! I love daffodils smile

Oybbk what's it going to be like in November? Because I'M GETTING MARRIED grin

WOW!!! grin Congratulations Spotty!! smile
Its going to be beautiful weather - crisp autumn day, a bit of a frost but warming up in the sunshine. Beautiful coloured leaves drifting gently down.

picklefish I hope it clears up quickly for you.

Excellent just what I ordered wink

mummylin Mon 13-Jan-14 15:10:15

Just had a hail storm here in Dorset

digerd Mon 13-Jan-14 15:17:46

It rained yet again at 2pm just as I took dog for pm walkconfused.
Now it's brightened up.

Marne Mon 13-Jan-14 15:53:51

We had the hail storm, luckily I was in my car, have had some heavy showers today but have managed to avoid them up until school pick up time, even managed to walk the dog for an hour in between showers, looks like another wet week and no signs of snow or anything remotely wintery in Dorset.

youarewinning Mon 13-Jan-14 22:47:27

Hail on and off most of day here with sunshine in between!

South Hampshire

dingit Tue 14-Jan-14 10:21:56

A lovely sunny mild day in Surrey, and spring seems to be springing in my garden smile

Daffodils are about 2 inches up in the pots in the bag garden! shock

It's colder here today, but no frost over night, it was raining at 7 this morning.

digerd Tue 14-Jan-14 12:05:05

0 degrees last night and a clear sky this morning. A pool of rain on my paper recycling bin lid was frozen solid and lay in large broken pieces by the refuse collectors at 8.30 this morning. Been sunny all morning with a cloudless sky.

Meglet Tue 14-Jan-14 21:15:03

I just remembered there were some caterpillars eating my home grown spinach last week. I hadn't been eating the last of it but it was nice to see it still growing in the pot, then I realised it was getting holes in and on closer inspection it was a caterpillar restaurant. In January!!

Very slippy on foot this morning.

digerd Wed 15-Jan-14 07:18:48

Clouded over during the night and temperature rose to 8 degrees from 2.
SE. Suspect neighbour's early blooming Rhododenrun may bloom this month as has done so before but not for the last few years.
My Wallflowers look expectant for February.

There hasnt been a huge amount to say (which is quite nice in a way!). Maybe some transient snow especially down the west coast as far as Lincolnshire on tuesday morning and some widerspread snow on wednesday morning for Yorkshire and further north through Scotland. Its a little tricky as night time temps may start to end up at the right sort of temp for snow next week but the day time temps look too warm for most, so generally a messy affair rather than winter wonderland.

Towards the end of Jan the dreaded winter gales are modelled as making a reappearance - mild very wet and windy.

GloriaSmud Wed 15-Jan-14 10:13:57

Over on met-monkey, they're weeping over the weather charts at the lack of snow. They're pinning their hopes though on the cold over Europe pushing our way, together with some SSW that's being forecast towards the end of the month. All this mild and miserable drizzle is just not winter ~ I'm half expecting our frogs and frog spawn to make an early appearance in the pond if this weather carries on!

I think they are grasping at straws Gloria grin

tbh, I kind of wouldnt mind declaring winter over and moving on to spring now. I feel ready for it!

magimedi Wed 15-Jan-14 11:31:52

Spring is not far off, OYBBK - birds are now singing morning & evening, daffs poking up & only about 6 weeks till March.

And it's getting lighter every day!

Ever the optomist, me!

schilke Wed 15-Jan-14 11:33:09

I feel cheated though. Hardly had a winter. A handful of frosts and that's it. I like dark evenings!

Marne Wed 15-Jan-14 11:47:06

Although I do love snow it would be rather nice to miss it out and skip to spring smile.

Very warm here in dorset today, it has just started raining but doesn't feel like winter at all, yesterday was a bit of a shock with our first heavy frost but it didn't last long.

6 weeks til March - that is splendid smile though I must remember to make the most of life in between!

GloriaSmud Wed 15-Jan-14 14:41:09

I think they are too, OYBBK!
The metoffice have updated their forecasts for the next week or two:

UK Outlook for Monday 20 Jan 2014 to Wednesday 29 Jan 2014:
Remaining changeable at first, with bright or sunny spells and showers. The far northeast may see some persistent rain, still with a risk of gales, while towards the southeast it may be mainly dry. By the middle of the week, a change to more unsettled conditions is expected with bands of rain spreading eastwards interspersed with clearer, more showery spells. There is a risk of hill snow in the north and perhaps also to lower levels at times. It will become windier for all areas, especially in the north and west, with a risk of gales. Temperatures will be near or slightly below average with overnight frost and patchy fog likely in the clearer spells.


UK Outlook for Thursday 30 Jan 2014 to Thursday 13 Feb 2014:
Current indications point towards changeable conditions persisting through the end of January and into early February. The most likely scenario during this period would see northwestern parts of the UK affected by the most frequent bouts of unsettled and windy weather. Meanwhile southern and eastern regions should tend to see the most prolonged spells of drier and brighter conditions. Some periods of colder weather are likely, particularly between weather systems, meaning that temperatures overall may well be near or a little below normal.

Updated: 1212 on Wed 15 Jan 2014

So that's one straw the folks at met-monkey can grasp on to for the moment!

digerd Wed 15-Jan-14 16:41:55

In the dance hall this morning so didn't notice the weather. Got a shock at Gp's yesterday as gained 10 lbs over the 2 week break but the ladies at the dancing couldn't see it and I'm only 5'2" confused.

Walked dog in drizzle at 2.20pm and came back in the pouring rain. Our walks have been very short recently and not the most pleasantsad
We had 11 degrees today so very mild. SE

mummylin Thu 16-Jan-14 12:17:31

Huge outbursts of rain here in Dorset and Jenny spells in between, it's very strange today

mummylin Thu 16-Jan-14 12:17:55

Jenny = sunny !

shallweshop Thu 16-Jan-14 12:22:26

Just wondering what a Jenny spell was ...

I am on the Hampshire/Dorset border so v near you.

digerd Thu 16-Jan-14 12:59:39

Dry so far today and 'fair'. 10 degrees atm. Skies cleared about 9.30 this morning. SE

digerd Thu 16-Jan-14 17:50:29

It certainly turned chillier in the afternoon caused by a chilly wind that came from nowhere?

That was some rain last night shock still raining now....

digerd Fri 17-Jan-14 07:10:59

It poured down for hours but taking a break atm.

Horrendous amount of water on the roads sad

I don't know why there wasn't a yellow warning for the amount of rain we had overnight. Perhaps the met office are getting as bored of the rain as we all are.

yellow warnings issued this morning for parts of the SE and east.

Warnings already in existence for NI.

Marne Fri 17-Jan-14 13:52:49

We are on yellow warning for tomorrow , roads are already quite wet but it's becoming the norm now to avoid certain roads and villages when it's been raining, will this rain ever stop?

HeeHiles Fri 17-Jan-14 13:58:28

Please don't snow!! It's spring in London already - blossom on the trees, my daffs and hyacinths are pushing their way up and we have a snowdrop, all on her own, standing strong!

Well its not looking quite so wet next week. Following week has lots more wet but a cool down is currently being modelled at the end of the month.

Marne Fri 17-Jan-14 17:53:59

Here comes the rain again ..... grin

Was lovely at lunch time, took the dog out, sky was blue and it was quite warm, then we had a few heavy showers, now its chucking it down with rain sad.

digerd Fri 17-Jan-14 18:08:08

The fields have big puddles where the water has not managed to drain away- clay soil here. Roads OK. Rained again this morning during dog walk but afternoon was fine with sunny periods.

HeeHiles Fri 17-Jan-14 20:59:00

Cool down? But no snow? Make it not snow Kitten I know you can do it!

digerd Sat 18-Jan-14 07:51:56

At 11.20 last night it was only 2 degrees so must have stiil been a clearish sky. This morning it is 7 but whether it rained or not I don't know as didn't hear it like the night before.

It was raining when I got up

There are still hints of colder weather at the end of the month and yes potentially cold enough for snow with the disturbed weather pattern still continuing.

It seems that the heavy rainfall in Surrey and other parts of the SE was missed by all of the main models yesterday and around 40mm was delivered. It demonstrates that even very short term the models still miss stuff.

GloriaSmud Sat 18-Jan-14 09:07:12

Glancing around the weather message boards, there seem to be quite a few amateur forecasters (doing their own long range forecasts last November time) who thought that Christmas would be mild but February and March would be really cold.
Will be interesting to see if they're going to be right.

It will be really interesting hope they are wrong

Perihelion Sat 18-Jan-14 14:46:06

Spotty congratulations, November is a fab month to get married in.....It rained solidly for a week before my November outdoor ceremony, then 1/2 hour before the sun came out grin
Just been down to London. Can't believe how sodden the ground is in my mum's garden, we've just not had it so bad up here and don't have clay soil.......

We're not allowed to get married outside because the surrey registrar's won't do it in winter! We're going for quick and quiet though grin

Followed by a big mn party??

Haha yes you can all come along (but you will have to pay for your own meal and drinks wink)

Thats ok - I'll bring a barrel of home brew grin

fog and ice warnings

take care on tomorrow mornings commute!

oricella Mon 20-Jan-14 07:24:54

crikey, it's chilly here.. bit of a shock to the system

Cold here too. Dp took ages to get out of the door so it felt all the coldness hmm cars are frozen solid

It soooo cold! Just went outside to start the car up before we leave in five minutes. Brrrrr car read -3.

schilke Mon 20-Jan-14 09:51:28

Lovely. Just what I wanted - a frosty fresh morning. Off to walk the dog across the crunchy fields! That is not meant to sound sarcastic!!

GloriaSmud Mon 20-Jan-14 09:51:40

Cold morning here (Leicester) as well. Down to -2.6C at 6.59am and is only 0.1C now!

It was cold here at 6 this morning, but not frosty or foggy. Where is winter?

Sparklingbrook Mon 20-Jan-14 10:31:00

Worcestershire is -2. The side roads/country lanes are treacherous.

Are other county councils being as crap as ours? They havent been clearing out the gutters/gratings of leaves, nor have they been gritting the roads. I think budgets must have been cut too far.

This week, generally cooler than it has been. Maybe some snow over higher ground on thursday.

GFS has had an interesting run for the coming Sunday. Looks like fairly widespread transient snow could be a possibility.

Sparklingbrook Mon 20-Jan-14 10:57:55

Sunday snow is fine OYBBK. smile

Sunday fine as long as it's gone by Monday hmm doubt we will get any this far south though smile

Sparklingbrook Mon 20-Jan-14 11:06:08

Oh yes, gone by Monday at 7.50am. smile

JerseySpud Mon 20-Jan-14 11:21:20

Rather nippy this morning, had to defog the car!

ChippingInWadesIn Mon 20-Jan-14 11:49:53

OOoohh is it time to get the winter tyres on?? grin

It looked like it had snowed here this morning, a very thick layer of frost and some very pretty patterns with the thick ice/frost on the car! Fortunately I didn't need to go anywhere - just get some stuff out of the car!

I'd wait another couple of days chipping, the forecast will probably change before we get to the end of the week!

ChippingInWadesIn Mon 20-Jan-14 12:46:05

True - I should go and collect them from my friends garage, trouble is I don't really have anywhere to store them and the boot of the car is FULL of other stuff I can't put anywhere else hmm.

Hopefully the garage will be free soon!

Then of course I need to book in a 'change tyres over' session at the garage... and I suspect one new tyre, or at the very least a repair.

Will see how the forecasts go over the next few days.

digerd Mon 20-Jan-14 13:16:51

-2 last night here too, SE, and was frosty despite skies being overcast. Been sunny since 9am but still only +6 with a real chill in the air but not windyconfused. Sky a little hazy, not bright bluesad

BronzeHorseman Mon 20-Jan-14 13:18:11

Last night must have been bitter, I left my inhaler in the car and it was frozen this morning sad Probably didn't do my epipen much good either, ooops.

digerd Mon 20-Jan-14 20:54:04

It is already 0 degrees but no stars or moon visible so overcast. We could have snow in the night.

Meglet Mon 20-Jan-14 22:26:37

I don't ask for much lie but I do want to wake up one morning this winter and see everything turned white. It's just so bloody grey and damp.

digerd Tue 21-Jan-14 07:42:01

+1.8 now and all misty murky - not even frost like yesterday. Don't like the misty murks at all especially at these low temps as bad for the lower respiratory tract. It was forecast until mid-day, grrrr

forecast has changed for sunday. Any snow will be early on in the day and be a transient affair quickly washed out, apart from for northern and welsh high ground where snow may last longer. Looks pretty windy

An unsettled outlook with the occasional colder night.

magimedi Tue 21-Jan-14 10:45:55

Will the snow reach as far as the South Coast, Kitten? I am hoping to use the weather as an excuse not to drive to Portsmouth (from Eastbourne) on Sunday & stay at home & watch the tennis!

GloriaSmud Tue 21-Jan-14 11:40:32

Some interesting thoughts on the weather for the next few weeks by a BBC weather forecaster here.

And the metoffice forecast for the next few weeks (updated yesterday)
UK Outlook for Saturday 25 Jan 2014 to Monday 3 Feb 2014:

Rain will move eastwards across the UK on Saturday, clearing all but the far east, with showers following, wintry at times in the north. Another spell of rain will then push from the west on Sunday, heaviest on high ground in the west. Cold at first in the southeast, becoming mild in association with the wet and windy weather, though perhaps cold again in between the rainbands. Windy throughout, with gales in the north and west. From Monday onwards the unsettled theme is likely to continue, especially in the north and west. Bands of rain are likely, with hill snow at times, interspersed with clearer, colder, more showery conditions, and brisk winds. The best of any drier, brighter weather most likely in the south/southeast. Continuing risk of frost and fog.

UK Outlook for Tuesday 4 Feb 2014 to Tuesday 18 Feb 2014:

Current indications point towards changeable conditions persisting into the middle of February. The most likely scenario during this period would see northwestern parts of the UK affected by the most frequent bouts of unsettled and windy weather. Meanwhile southern and eastern regions should tend to see the longer spells of drier and brighter weather. Some colder periods are likely, particularly between weather systems, with large variations possible day by day depending on the timings of weather systems, but in general temperatures close to the seasonal average are most likely.

Magimedi, I'd say almost certainly not.

Another mild morning. No sign of winter in this corner of Manchester.

Not mild here this morning. Frozen car and thick fog!

Marne Tue 21-Jan-14 14:08:57

Feeling colder her in dorset, cars were frozen this morning and it's starting feel a bit more colder during the day. Not liking the cold, hoping it won't last ( please tell me it won't last)?

HesterShaw Tue 21-Jan-14 15:29:09

We had actual ice last night for the first time this winter. Was all gone by morning and pouring with rain again, of course.

I can't stress how much I need it to stop raining now! I have so much to do <weeps> Plus I need to move house <weeps more>

digerd Tue 21-Jan-14 17:11:14

We had no rain today and had many sunny periods, we were lucky.
4 degrees atm

Raining here this evening - chilly but not very cold!

Marne Tue 21-Jan-14 21:10:15

Chucking it down with rain here again, still chilly but not too cold.

Helenagrace Tue 21-Jan-14 23:19:03

Oh thank goodness for that! I came on here to read Kitten's forecast because some mad old bat was telling me this evening that we were going to be snowed in next week. I live right on the south coast so I didn't think it was that likely but still...

Er what happened in the night? Why are all the roads flooded again confused I've got to go the long way round. Humph.

Rainy overnight here, but dry now and still not that cold!

Sunday looks a bit grim tbh - heavy rain and a return of the gales. I wouldn't be surprised to hear of a few trees down, the ground is beyond saturated. Plenty of rain before then too and after. Keeping a bit of an eye on Wednesday when a dip in temps may produce a little snow away from coasts.

GloriaSmud Wed 22-Jan-14 19:02:25

Sunday has the whole of the UK covered with a yellow warning for wind and heavy rain. <sigh> Time to 'batten down the hatches' yet again.

Meglet Wed 22-Jan-14 21:29:42

The water levels in our park have risen since yesterday despite no rain. The ducks are swimming under the trees where there used to be grass, it's like a little holiday for them.

GloriaSmud Thu 23-Jan-14 07:57:33

Raining again here (Leicester) and a chilly 3.7C.
Sunday looks really 'orrible and think it's going to be the same places that have suffered enough already this winter, that are going to get it again.
Looks like from Monday things calm down but it gets colder, so then there might be the chance of snow next week.
Goes from one extreme to another.

Heavy rain here this morning - I managed to convince DS1 to put on his lightweight raincoat as he ran out to get the school bus.

Thermometer says 5c.

leesmum Thu 23-Jan-14 08:28:13

Absolutely peeing is down here in is a weird colour too.....very depressing sad

Raining here too now.

Marne Thu 23-Jan-14 11:10:08

Not raining here in dorset but the wind is getting very strong, we have been warned that tomorrow may bring more flooding and Sundays not looking great.

leesmum Thu 23-Jan-14 13:20:00

Just had a ton of hailstones....almost looks like we have a light covering of Snow!

ben5 Thu 23-Jan-14 13:41:18

Hope you all stay safe and dry. I'll exchange a day of rain for a day of sun. Our firefighters need abit of help with the bush fires here in Perth

Weather warning for Sunday has been lifted from most of the uk.

HesterShaw Thu 23-Jan-14 14:54:01

It was supposed to be dry today. It isn't. Not even a bit dry angry.

And tomorrow looks shit as well.

Heavy hail, and we have just had a very close strike of fork lighting, and a massive rumble of thunder.

And some transient wet snow/sleet followed the one crash and flash!

That sounds rather dramatic manky!!

latest warnings including ice warnings over night.

Sunday, those of you in the east make the most of the mornings weather. Turning wet and windy across the UK especially in the SW. Quite possibly northern and welsh hill snow.

Sparklingbrook Thu 23-Jan-14 19:00:23

I have just watched the Midlands weather on the BBC. She said 'deteriorating picture' and what looked like a monsoon on the way. sad

Marne Thu 23-Jan-14 20:30:32

Weather warnings a re mainly for the sw for Sunday ( Cornwall ,Devon, Dorset, Somerset ), tonight and tomorrow not looking great either. I keep seeing suggestions of possible snow next week even a chance of it further south ?

mummylin Thu 23-Jan-14 23:17:20

Snow? Ooh I could wear my snow boots

HesterShaw Thu 23-Jan-14 23:41:51

Snow? HERE? In CORNWALL? Bloody hell.

knittedslippersx3 Fri 24-Jan-14 08:09:17

Aaarrrgghhh - my iPhone has a snowflake symbol for Monday! I'm in East Suffolk, please tell me it's got it wrong.confused

Sorry about the lack of updates, bit over tired and being lazy at the moment.

It does look quite possible as though the Eastern side down through east Anglia may get some snow on Monday. Maybe further in land too and i think the pennines could be a bit interesting. Going to be busy til about 6:30pm but I'll have a proper look later.

I have a few spare minutes.

Sunday night could actually produce some snow showers almost anywhere but I don't think for the majority of people it will last long and will get washed away. Monday the primary risk is down the east.

It remains very interesting through this week into the following weekend, but its going to be a case of short term forecasting. temps are very borderline so it is going to depend on upper air temps and precipitation rates. Some places will be wet, others may be white.

knittedslippersx3 Fri 24-Jan-14 16:47:42

Thanks Kitten, fingers crossed here that it doesn't happen!

you are welcome smile some of the models have a very snowy end to next week.

Sunday night and monday still look very marginal for most and altitude will have a huge factor on those who may see snow. I think people may see it fall, especially in the east, but it wont really accumulate away from higher ground such as the pennines, so at the moment I wouldnt be too concerned about it - flooding is the big story for Sunday in the SW along with gales in the west and along the south coast.

Meglet Fri 24-Jan-14 22:46:02

<Refuses to get excited about snow until it actually happens>.

There was a shot of winter sports on the telly earlier, and the snow was falling heavily. It was magical and about a billion times more beautiful than our rain.

I saw blossom on a cherry tree earlier. And buds on daffodills. They'll be up before the snowdrops at this rate.

Please can we have a bit of snow (weekends only) then jump straight to spring.

HesterShaw Fri 24-Jan-14 22:50:48

There are loads of daffs out here.

Thinking of those poor people on the Levels at the moment sad. Some of them have been cut off since Christmas, and it looks as though Sunday is going to top it all back up again. Sedgemoor district council have pretty much declared a state of emergency, by the sounds of it, or a "serious incident" at any rate, to try and get some outside help. The water just isn't going away.

Beyond hideous on the levels and they seem to have been completely forgotten about til the last couple of days.

Marne Sat 25-Jan-14 08:42:48

Feel so sorry for the people on the levels, cant imagine how it must be for them being under water since Christmas sad, luckily the water has gone down a lot here, the rivers are high and will probably burst their banks if we get the heavy rain forcast tomorrow but I cant imagine it being as bad as Christmas. More worried about the wind as we still have damage from before Christmas (fences down ,damage to the garden) and theres still a huge tree down in the village that came down in some poor womans garden (missing her house by cm's), no one seems to have cleared the mess from last time sad.

I'm not getting excited about snow, can imagine cold conditions could bake standing water freeze and driving conditions will be horrendous, I like snow but this year I would be happy if we missed out and sping came early.

GloriaSmud Sat 25-Jan-14 09:14:28

Today's Daily Mail has some pictures here of what the villagers of Muchelney (Somerset) are going through at the moment.

digerd Sat 25-Jan-14 11:11:36

After a wet night, it is brighter and dry so far today and mild 10degrees. Sun peeping through too and clouds breaking up, but for how long??

Helenagrace Sat 25-Jan-14 12:45:45

Sunny here in Sussex but not liking the look of the rain warnings for tomorrow.

And as for snow well that can just piss right off! So don't need a snow day!

Squall line passed through here about 20 minutes ago. it took out several bins and fence panels a and blew a couple of people off their feet. Some thunder and lightning and torrential rain with it, but it has settled to just very windy with some rain. DH and Ds1 are heading to the football. I hope they are not too wet!

Marne Sat 25-Jan-14 15:01:02

I predict a storm hitting us soon (a have a head ache and the only time I get a head ache is when there's a storm brewing) grin. The sky is looking grey but so far today has been dry (calm before the storm?) I have a feeling its going to be quite bad as by head is killing sad.

Batten down the hatches grin.

Sparklingbrook Sat 25-Jan-14 15:02:59

Thunder and Lightning here in Worcestershire combined with sheet rain and a howling gale. sad

BronzeHorseman Sat 25-Jan-14 15:12:01

Nice....hope it didn't last.

Sparklingbrook Sat 25-Jan-14 15:18:54

It seems to have passed over now. Have drizzle and howling gale now.

It's come over awfully grey here confused Sussex

Marne Sat 25-Jan-14 15:38:03

My head was right grin, wind has suddenly picked up and sky has gone dark, hope we get some thunder and lightning smile.

pinkkoala Sat 25-Jan-14 15:41:10

We have the mother of all storms, huge hail, awful lightning, thunder were we due. It quite scared me.

It isn't often I'm taken by surprise by the weather. Been a bit preoccupied the past couple of days. Where the hell did this come from????

Sorry for the no warnings!

digerd Sat 25-Jan-14 16:39:34

Just had lightning, thunder, wind and rain. Stopped raining now for the momentconfused.


We have had a very pleasant day, sunny, quite mild, been out in the garden (replacing fence damaged in last storm) most of the afternoon.

Then, suddenly, 10 minutes ago, the world ended!
It has gone pitchblack (well, almost), we have wind and very heavy rain.


digerd Sat 25-Jan-14 16:44:04

At its worst the rain was pelting almost horizontally from the North. confused

schilke Sat 25-Jan-14 16:47:11

Surrey - went from grey to pitch black in a matter of seconds. Big rain drops. Chickens ran like mad back to the safety of their run/coop!

shock Power flicking heavy rain strong winds. Dp phoned to say a tree nearly fell on him and now he's stuck five minutes from home in between two trees on the narrowest steepest hill around sad sorry for lack of punctuation

LIZS Sat 25-Jan-14 16:55:56

wow, sudden high wind and hail in space of 10 mins. dh had just left to pick up dd

Schilke, I am in Surrey too! It was sudden, wasn't it??

digerd Sat 25-Jan-14 17:00:36

S.Herts here and it was a 5 minute wonder thunder storm with gale force winds. Never known anything like it, but pleased it was over so quickly.

LIZS Sat 25-Jan-14 17:01:23

Calmer but eerie sky . Thick black cloud above with brighter area highlighting silhouette of the North Downs in the distance.

Dp got a lift home with a policeman who said 8 trees down in five minutes. So weird that there was a policeman there as we really do live in the middle of nowhere!

Still very windy but nothing as dramatic as the squall line earlier. DB is driving up the M6 on the way to Scotland from Germany. It has been an interesting drive!

toomanyeasterbunnies Sat 25-Jan-14 17:04:42

Not surpsised if there are a few more trees down. The wind really pjcked up for 10 mins. It came from nowhere. All calm now though.

LIZS Sat 25-Jan-14 17:08:23

and now the birds are chirping!

A tree has fallen on someone's house sad

LadyCelia Sat 25-Jan-14 17:55:34

Another Surrey resident here, I'm just clearing up the dining room as the flat roof above has just developed a huge crack in that storm which let all the rain through sad It was quite scary, watching the huge squalls go past the window. According to Surrey Roads Police on their twitter feed, there are a lot of trees down blocking the roads round here too.

puffinnuffin Sat 25-Jan-14 18:38:36

Very freaky weather here (SE)- wind was horrific- like in a film, hail, lightening then suddenly calm,

Helenagrace Sat 25-Jan-14 19:28:25

Gosh some scary storm posts on here. It's windy here atm but no freaky weather.

GloriaSmud Sat 25-Jan-14 19:39:59

Thunderstorm hit here (Leicester) as well. There was some amazing thunder ~ almost continuous rumbling going on at one point and the temperature dropped quickly from 8 or 9C down to 3.3C. I took a picture (taken towards the end of the storm) of all the hail that had collected on my car.

LIZS Sat 25-Jan-14 19:47:59

dh had to dodge a fallen tree across the main road. Quite a few blue lights passed our house .

Everyone round here is shouting mini tornado. I'm a bit hmm about it tbh. There are trees down everywhere, miles apart. It doesn't seem likely awaits correction from those in the know

GloriaSmud Sat 25-Jan-14 21:01:10

Met-monkey have got a bit here about the weather this afternoon and the Express have described it as the APOCALYPSE.

Cindy34 Sat 25-Jan-14 21:18:10

Lots of trees down across Surrey. Glad I stayed indoors this evening. Seems dangerous to drive tonight, hope anyone driving around stays safe.

I've had a few people contact me about whether it was a mini tornado. It wouldn't have been everywhere smile (but there isn't such a thing as a mini tornado, they are weak or strong!)

It is possible that there were some tornadic spin ups from the squall line and torro I'm sure will be looking at reports of clusters of damage but the majority of damage will be from straight line winds.

We saw a tree down tonight. We also saw one that had come down without any wind this morning! The ground is so saturated that trees are coming down much more easily than usual.

If you do have a cluster of damage in your area please can you report it to torro. Of special interest will be damage to buildings - at the moment that will give a more accurate indication of strength of wind. Thanks smile

warnings for everything but fog

Main risks are flooding in the south, especially the SW and gales (severe on western and perhaps southern headlands as well as the areas highlighted by the met office). I'd expect more trees down.

Ok, currently looking for damage/weather reports from Nuneaton and Retford please.

MegBusset Sat 25-Jan-14 22:12:35

Had to drive through an extreme storm on the way home from Milton Keynes Ikea this afternoon! Hail, horizontal rain, purple fork lightning, the lot.

That will be part of the squall line Meg.

Kicking myself that I missed forecasting this! I spent my limited forecasting time looking at tomorrow and the end of the weeks snow potential.

Still, it was a nice surprise, probably not for many though!

Feel slightly better that estofex completely missed it though!

BlackeyedSusan Sun 26-Jan-14 00:14:39

my car was covered in smallish bits of dark brown soily stuff. thought it was off the roof at first but h's car was on the road and suffered the same. up to 4 mm in diameter prob.

we had a terrific long thunderstorm with lightning across the sky and many many lightening flashes.

GloriaSmud Sun 26-Jan-14 07:44:11

Blackeyed ~ I think everything got so whipped up yesterday it wouldn't surprise me if soil got mixed in with it all too.

Not raining here (Leicester) yet but it's dull and overcast so don't think today's rain is far away. I see that it's snowing at Braemar already ~ don't think it'll be long before those snowgates are closed!

Oybbk seriously, was it a mini tornado? I'm very hmm about it but don't want to be telling ever ink they're wrong if, in fact, they're right blush

digerd Sun 26-Jan-14 08:41:28

Just looked at trees and arches front and back of garden and all still standing. Will see if any of the trees along the dog walks and fields are down . It did last for only a few minutes though - most strange it was.

Spotty, weak tornadoes tend to be a few metres wide, maybe up to about 40 for a more moderate tornado. They create a distinctive pattern of damage with trees thrown 90 degrees or so to the path of the tornado. The damage forms a straight line, not always continuous. Buildings will also be damaged. If you have a large swathe where trees have fallen in the direction of the wind then it is going to be straight line winds, which can be severe and remarkable. (There have been some famous examples in the states)

It does seem fairly likely that last night there were some weak to moderate tornadoes (never describe them as mini, no such thing!). However the vast majority of damage will be straight line winds as the squall line passed through. There are huge areas reporting significant tree loss from this very interesting event.

Once I'm out of bed I will log onto torro and look at where they are seeking information. In the mean time don't forget today's weather! Rain has started here earlier than the Met office forecast. Flooding will be an issue, especially in the SW. more trees will come down, for most the winds won't be as strong as yesterday's squall, but as I said before, the ground is saturated, trees have been weakened and they seem to be plopping down round here with very little excuse.

Mirage Sun 26-Jan-14 09:35:58

Gusty with light rain in Leicestershire.We got hit by that storm yesterday afternoon,we were about to ride,but dpony was being so spooky that DD2 didn't want to ride her.It was really out of character,so I said to just groom them and we'd turn them back out,as I could hear thunder.I was stuck in the middle of the field when it hit,and the girls had to run for cover in a shed.The hail was like nothing I've ever seen and very painful,I had a full length raincoat on and was still soaked through.I suspect dpony knew something was coming as she is normally very sensible,and thank goodness she did as we'd have been a mile down the road with no cover if we'd gone ahead with our hack.

Hope we don't get snow,we start lambing in a few weeks and we don't want a repeat of last year.

What a fabulous pony!