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2013/2014 Winter - Should we be getting ready for 'snowmageddon'?

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johnworf Wed 04-Sep-13 20:28:38

According to this article, based on past winters and other factors, this winter could be a very chilly one.

I don't understand half of the things used to predict why this may be but I'm wondering if I should start making sure we're ready for it, should it come?

pepperrabbit Sun 20-Oct-13 13:43:17

We're having a lot of weather here at the moment! (NE Hants)
Woken before dawn by thunder, loads of sunshine mid morning and now thunder, lightening and really heavy sporadic rain again. Very mild though...
It's more like April than October hmm

leesmum Sun 20-Oct-13 13:45:42

Quite an average day so far (Manchester) should be be expecting storms, it looks ok outside to me!

johnworf Sun 20-Oct-13 14:01:39

leesmum yep, same weather here just north of Manchester. Very mild outside.

leesmum Sun 20-Oct-13 15:26:08

johnworf I have washing out now, its lovely here.....I know it won't last, where in nth manc are you? I'm New Moston

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 15:31:03

Been pouring down for the last 10 minutes. Sky all the same shades of grey. No thunder - yet.

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 15:32:11

Now 14 degrees.

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 15:34:31

Just heard a loud rumble of thunder. The 2nd since before 10am

Blu Sun 20-Oct-13 15:35:09

Read This! Is YOUR council getting ready??

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 16:12:44

The rain has stopped for now. Should make hay while the rain stops and take dog out for walk now instead of waiting an hour?

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 16:14:09

Bother, it is still raining but more lightly. Will wait[confused}

digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 16:16:08


digerd Sun 20-Oct-13 16:41:20

The sun came out - hurrah- and had a dry dog walk. smile

OhYouWickedWickedWitch Wed 23-Oct-13 07:53:07

at the end of a month I'll have another look at the met office long range, nao forecasts etc and update smile

OhYouWickedWickedWitch Wed 23-Oct-13 07:55:02

that is splendid blu grin

FunnyRunner Thu 24-Oct-13 15:52:52

I love weather predictions. They're my porn blush. And those Snowmageddon type front pages are irresistible, I even bought the Express once at a petrol station to my eternal shame blush

FunnyRunner Fri 25-Oct-13 12:35:55

Have I killed the thread? confused

OhYouWickedWickedWitch Fri 25-Oct-13 14:23:44

We are all focussed on the storm thread smile bit too busy to look further ahead at the moment but I'll be back!

FunnyRunner Fri 25-Oct-13 16:13:34

Sorry OYWWW blush We get gales here all the time, so big storms are no biggie for us.

But SNOWMAGEDDON on the other hand...!!! grin

OhYouWickedWickedWitch Fri 25-Oct-13 19:24:42

You can come and console us all then if things go a bit pearshaped on Monday grin

FunnyRunner Tue 29-Oct-13 17:03:27

<Grumbles at all this stormy weather>

<Sweeps up fallen branches and stocks up on batteries and wine >

<Dreams of animated snow discussions / predictions in the near future grin >

AchyFox Sat 02-Nov-13 01:35:56

I would have thought with the North Atlantic being 1-2 degrees warmer than normal and NAO is pretty neutral that there is a good chance the UK winter will be a degree or so milder than normal.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 02-Nov-13 07:19:03

I reckon that's very possible achyfox. I'll be getting to an updated discussion over the next couple of days or so.

Perihelion Sat 02-Nov-13 09:24:24

Snow forecast above 500m for the Highlands and Grampian today.

lisaloolibell Sun 03-Nov-13 16:17:29

I have been reading this thread with some interest, as someone who is part of the preparedness community I wanted to share our motto with you which is "its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it" Please don't wait to prepare for severe winter weather, start now. There's some really good advice here
Some people think its crazy when in fact its common sense to store the things you may need in advance. I mean how many of us have items in our handbags or stuff in the car just in case the kids need it at some point. Whether we have a snowmageddon scenario or not please make sure that you and your family are prepared ahead of time because once the thought of stocking up enters your mind I can guarantee everyone else will be thinking the same thing.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 03-Nov-13 16:21:18

Good link - thanks Lisa. I'm interested to hear more about the preparedness community. (and have you got any hints about where I can store my excess logs, dh is starting to get a bit exasperated with me as our log shed was full before our storm)

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