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Badkitten's 'will it snow at Christmas?' thread

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OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 09-Dec-12 17:48:11

Just for fun smile

GFS had Christmas Day in sight now. Of course it's massively a long way off in forecast terms and it can't even make its mind up what is going to happen on Friday yet!

disclaimer: am only an amateur and this is my hobby. Please don't rely on it for any crucial decisions - I don't want you to get into pickles cos I got it wrong!

And now for the forecast......


OhYouMerryLittleKitten Thu 13-Dec-12 19:49:34

Poncy, very high winds unfortunately. Fortunately though there's loads of times for the models to change and I don't think I've ever known them to be anything like accurate for that sort of event so far away in time.

Singing, at this point in time I'm sure. Scottish hills would be lucky at this rate!

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 21:28:54


Do you think people would like it if I asked mn to sticky this thread or would it be massively big headed and go horribly wrong given that I'm just an amateur?

Sorry we don't sticky stuff that isn't from MNHQ. So no worries about any inaccuracies.
Do keep it bumped please?
(any thoughts for the Herts area for the 25th? DS1 is convinced it is going to snow)

tak1ngchances Thu 13-Dec-12 21:45:55


tak1ngchances Thu 13-Dec-12 21:46:22

<sticks a post-it on thread>

ZebraInHiding Thu 13-Dec-12 21:52:29

Oooh! Olivia! So glad you asked! I was coming in to see what Herts was doing over Christmas too. Now with an MNHQ'er asking, we are sure to get snow! grin

NorksAreTinselly Thu 13-Dec-12 21:52:32

Sticky type bump.
I think OYBBK should be employed by MNHQ as official weather witch smile

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Thu 13-Dec-12 22:08:47

That would be a great job!

Olivia, at the moment your ds would be rather disappointed I'm afraid. GFS looks positively soggy. HOWEVER, tonight one of the models is starting to break ranks and go for cold 3 days before hand. Is this going to be the break we are waiting for? Update tomorrow........

TwoSillyHatsWithBellsOn Thu 13-Dec-12 22:09:33

Mainly just posting so this keeps appearing in threads I'm on, I've always found kitten more accurate than BBC.

Still hoping things change and we get a white Christmas though (SW and it's never going to happen). grin

ZebraInHiding Thu 13-Dec-12 22:24:05

OYBBK - can I please ask what sites you browse for your forecasts? I have recently found netweather, which is so much more accurate than bbc etc. Would love to look into it all a bit more. THanks!

mumat39 Thu 13-Dec-12 22:45:56

It didn't get much above zero today. At 7.30 I popped out to do some late night shopping. I got back in the car at 8.30 and the car temp thingy said it was +5 degrees and it was drizzling.

I'm in SW London, so I think the warm up has started, here at least.

I was so hoping for snow. sad

Kitten, here's a hot chocolate brew and some thanks. <gets kitten a few magazines, the remote control and tucks her in emoticon>

DamnDeDoubtance Fri 14-Dec-12 08:22:37

Come on kitten, you left us on a cliff hanger.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Fri 14-Dec-12 10:14:42

give me a chance....

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Fri 14-Dec-12 10:26:52

GFS still going for a wet and mild Christmas. I've started looking closely at the Ensembles too which are a collection of GFS runs with slightly different starting points, for a crumb of hope but couldnt find any!

Horrific Boxing day storm has gone now. Phew!

Sadly ECMWF is looking quite similar to GFS, no swing to colder weather. How mean of it last night! Tomorrow Christmas Day itself comes into ECMWF range.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Fri 14-Dec-12 10:30:54

for ensembles I use netweather

for general charts I use wetterzentrale

for a quick glance at the recent synoptic situation you can't beat met office surface pressure charts

mumat - thank you smile

ajandjjmum Fri 14-Dec-12 16:27:29

Captain Nancy
P & O - Oceana - hopefully clear of Norovirus and looking lovely after a makeover grin. Should be nice - family group of ten, so something for everyone - fingers crossed.

CaptainNancy Fri 14-Dec-12 20:43:03

Thank you smile Hope you have a wonderful time!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sat 15-Dec-12 07:02:53

Morning all.
Today GFS shows wet and mild for Christmas Day. No Boxing Day storm again though, phew! Something might be afoot though as the control run for the GFS ensembles goes out on a limb and just after Christmas does a rather nice dive into cold. ECMWF takes a similar theme to GFS.

ArielTheBahHumbugMermaid Sat 15-Dec-12 09:30:40

Oh rats. I have gone and told everyone I know to beware of the Boxing Day apocalyptic storm, including a very high up geologist at the National Oceanographic Institute grin. Now I'll look like a twat <gloomy>

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sat 15-Dec-12 11:50:34

Oh no Ariel!!!! Never mind, it might reappear!

Don't worry, I look like a twat loads.

LillethTheCat Sat 15-Dec-12 18:40:18

Just marking place in thread as we have to travel down to York Christmas day and back up Boxing day. Looking good so far. Will not be buying christmas dinner in just in case just yet then.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 16-Dec-12 10:32:59

Morning all,

Slightly more interesting GFS chart this morning, which shows things starting to cool down on Christmas Day, still quite mild and wet (but maybe white stuff for northern Scottish hills) but after that things continue to cool down. showing potential for more widespread snow on the 27th with northerly winds!

Cold Spell doesn't last for long at the moment, but its early days and of course if it came in a bit earlier...... (Which sadly they tend not to in my experience)

Looking at ECMWF it actually shows a similar picture, but maybe not quite so ready to keep more than a days or twos worth of cold.

So, chin up folks, game isn't over yet! (And other patronising statements like that!)

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 16-Dec-12 10:38:28

Worth mentioning though that ECMWF does show a rather nasty low pressure over northern Scotland Christmas Day which would bring the risk of high winds to much of southern Scotland and perhaps northern England.
Probably be gone on tomorrow's model though!

tak1ngchances Sun 16-Dec-12 11:43:12

Swings and roundabouts!! I am trying not to get my hopes up after that terribly disappointing show from the Beast

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 16-Dec-12 11:53:57

I wouldn't get your hopes up yet, but at least the models aren't all doom and gloom today!

And we have lovely sunshine here this morning. smile

tak1ngchances Sun 16-Dec-12 11:58:59

Yes it's a glorious day!

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