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Toggy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes another one here who wants the thaw to set in, really sick of this weather now Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another 1" of snow this morning.

Then at the footie (Cov) it was so c-o-o-o-l-l-l-d-d-d-d I've caught a chill, feel crappy now. Mrs W's quiche has helped a bit but need anoter paracetemol. Sad


More snow tomorrow predicted. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, maybe you need some of my 'Old Brass Monkey' winter brew, or perhaps a hot toddy or two!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha, acatually I've been drinking Rockin Rudolph up oiur local!

Anyway, the thaw has started! All the snow has fallen off our shrubs, parts of the patio have cleared, the front drive too, and poor snowman at grand-daughter's some of his bits fell off! While repairing him I noticed he was getting a bit slushy round the edges!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a very slow thaw, and sleet most of the day. It'll be fun if it freezes tonight.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thaw set in today - positively tropical at midday, +5C on the car trip computer, even the ice warning light went out!

Only danger today was from the three-foot long icicles falling from the guttering. I should try and post some shots of them that I took yesterday!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
Ha ha, acatually I've been drinking Rockin Rudolph up oiur local!

The beer with the flashing antlers on the pump clip. They usually get that one in for the run-up to Christmas at one of my locals. A nice beer.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherskiy wrote:
Thaw set in today - positively tropical at midday, +5C on the car trip computer, even the ice warning light went out!

Only danger today was from the three-foot long icicles falling from the guttering. I should try and post some shots of them that I took yesterday!


That would be good to see.

There's a wind turbine "farm" at Whittlesey near Peterborough. One of them is so close to the A605 Peterborough to Wisbech road that it has to be turned off in weather such as this, because it tends to shower traffic below with large, and sharp, icicles.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps because i'm on the coast but the snow we had has thawed and its now very boring
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A slow thaw has started here and now its raining. Still its going the right way, I hope it keeps going.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really grey old day here today but no snow, hooray! Apparently the temperature might get up to +5 by the end of the week, positively boiling!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:43 pm    Post subject: Salting Roads Reply with quote

With the Transport secretary saying he wants councils to cut salting roads could turn into a national disgrace.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8452701.stm
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to put a few things in perspective...

The first frost this winter did not occur until almost December, one month later than last winter. There was no reason to assume that we would experience a particularly long spell of frost and snow.

County councils and the Highways Agency have used more salt/grit in the last month than in the whole of last winter, when temperatures, in January at least, were just as low - the main difference was that it was relatively dry.

If they always assume that winters are going to be as hard as this one appears to be, then larger stockpiles of salt, grit and equipment would have to be maintained, at some considerable cost, to us.

We have the wrong kind of snow. Don't laugh! It's very wet, so it sticks to everything and is very slippery (Example - a very small amount of sleet fell and settled overnight here; this morning traffic was slewed across roads with the slightest of inclines, and buses were diverted off their normal routes to avoid getting tangled up in it. To the west of Nottm, on the M1 there was a huge jam as traffic slowed to a careful crawl). In places like North America, where it is much colder, snowfall is dry and powdery - yes, it does drift, but that means that it doesn't adhere, and roads are not as badly affected.

It is a popular perception that the UK is unique in experiencing chaos when it snows and that every other country copes far better. Read well inside the newspapers and you'll learn that France and Germany, at least, are suffering just as badly as we are.

And another thing:-
What do you think happens to all these hundreds of thousands of tons of salt and grit which is being spread on our roads? Where does it end up, or down? Think about the wear, tear and cost of cleaning out the drainage system as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, after all the headlines about shortage and rationing of grit, on Friday, just as the rapid thaw set in and we went off for the weekend, our local council came round and dumped loads of the stuff all over the side roads and pavements (but none in the grit bins). Most of it is still lying there, like the loose dressing they put down as a cheap resurfacing job on minor roads in the summer, clogging up your tyres and wheelarches. Come the snow tomorrow night it will be useless. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I predict Snow falls every Wednesday in the winter months:lol:. The white stuff seems to have come every Wednesday since the beginning of 2010. Although the roads are so wet it's not laying thank-god in Sussex.

It's just very WET SNOW Laughing Famous weather forecaster saying.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No snow here yet but a pretty raw day, compared with a springlike one on Monday.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The snow has nearly all gone from here now, lots of rain today instead.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all gone here in Sussex, just a few lumps in fields. Hopefully it's gone for at least the rest of the year.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We woke up to a fresh covering of snow this morning.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Practically no fresh snow here.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No more snow, but yesterday's is still hanging on. Our windows upstairs had ice inside them this again morning, we don't have double glazing - just secondary. My hubby refuses to change the windows!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A light sprinkling of snow this pm-didn't settle thank heavens.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: US Hit By Snow Reply with quote

You think we had it bad in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8502700.stm
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: US Hit By Snow Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
You think we had it bad in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8502700.stm


Yes, but in other countries people are more prepared, it seems bad to us because it doesn't happen very often and we are not prepared!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know whether Canada was affected?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it was just the Washington DC area that got it this time LEE.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Aitch. You just never know, to our media, Canada is on another planet in another universe. It seems as though someone only has to pass wind in the USA and it's front page news!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean, my Niece lives in Canada, it often snows there and has been somewhere between -15 and -25 for the last few weeks, no mention of this on the news over here.
I don't think Canada really mind about not appearing on our news bulletins though Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They mentioned Canada on BBC Breakfast News this morning... apparently, they are having to bring in snow by the truck load due to a lack of it around the resorts as opposed to the upper east coast of the US where they have real snow problems.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My daughter flew back to New York yesterday, so no doubt I'll get the full US weather bulletin later today from her! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coud be some more to come here. We had a dusting earlier on.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got some coming down here in Sussex. It's not laying.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:50 am    Post subject: 23 / 11 /2010 Reply with quote

Here we go again. Snow has been predicted to sweep the country by the end of this week.

Wonder if we will have as much this coming year and into 2011.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
We got some coming down here in Sussex. It's not lying.


I would hope it's telling the truth, Mark!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 23 / 11 /2010 Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Here we go again. Snow has been predicted to sweep the country by the end of this week.

Wonder if we will have as much this coming year and into 2011.


I do hope not! We bought a snow shovel today, just in case. They were like gold dust when we needed one last winter. My parents bought one when they moved north and didn't need it for ten years, I'm hoping for the same!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard it arrived in the Newcastle & Northumberland area sweeping down from Scotland. Could the Weather person from up there give us an up date!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had snow in Newcastle this morning - it's not lying (on the ground!), well at least not by 4pm. The A1 was fine until just north of Morpeth then the conditions worsened, lying snow on the minor roads between Felton and Amble (interesting driving, plenty people looking as though they'd never seen the white stuff before). At the coast - nothing. Here in Hadston, we've just had snow falling on top of a layer of hailstones. Should liven things up tomorrow morning!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Snow is nice when it falls, but it's dangerous afterwards when it freezes. I wish the councils would grit side roads and paths. It can be an health and safety issue. I wonder how many claims the local authorites get for this?


Don't expect any increase in expenditure on side-road gritting now that we have a ConDem (or is it "ConDim"? Or even "ConDom"?) government committed to slashing public expenditure to the bone - ice or no ice.

This is Call Me Dave's "Big Society" we're talking about now!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have dealt with quite a fair number of personal injury claims over the years and recently I was talking with a member of a Local Authority legal section and she told me that many Councils now do not clear snow from pavements or grit them since apparently if they do nothing they can defend claims more easily than if they do something but are negligent and don't do the job properly

It all seems a bit back to front to me but I wouldn't like to disagree with her and that might be a factor in explaining the situation and it may not all be down to saving money though I suppose that's a bonus for them
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Left home for work @ 0640 this morning - got into the office @ 0950. Three hours 10 minutes to travel ~27 miles.... Evil or Very Mad

None of the main roads had been gritted, the dual carriageway from Ashington to Newcastle ("the Spine Road") was one sheet of ice from one end to the other and I didn't see one single gritter vehicle during the whole trip.

The local papers and TV have recently ran reports from local councils saying "Yes, we're ready for this winter" - oh, really? Apparently County Durham was even worse.

Leaving the office @ 5pm - what chance I don't get home until 9?
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