Britain to be hit with FREEZING Arctic winds and Heavy Snow to start 2017!

The weather models are starting to firm up on the first proper blast of Freezing arctic air for some time with the whole country set to see temperatures tumble with heavy snow a real possibility.

The cold air is set to become established across the UK on New years days as a cold front bringing a wintry mix heads south leaving the entire country in frigid air by the end of the day.

This will then see us stuck in bitterly cold air for a fair number of days. Initially the flow of arctic air looks to be cut short after just a day or two before a second bout brings temperatures down once again with an increased risk of heavy snowfall as areas of low pressure try to make in roads.

It still to far off for any detail of exactly who may or may not see snow so we will have an update later in the week.

So from what was an incredibly mild Christmas to a very cold new year. Don’t you just love the British weather.

Mammoth Super-storm to bring Damaging winds on Christmas Day!

A MAMMOTH super-storm will rip through Britain on CHRISTMAS DAY unleashing powerful winds in excess of 70MPH .

A violent weather system currently hurtling across the Atlantic will hit hours before the festive season kicks off.It is likely to be the biggest storm to hit Britain in more than a year and will smash into the west coast during the early hours of December 25.Powerful gales could generate the second named Storm of the season – Barbara – although the Met Office has not confirmed this.

A separate low pressure system will start to stir things up on Christmas Eve after a wet and windy week ahead.The dismal prediction comes as experts warn temperatures will plunge in the next few days with Christmas Day snow almost certain.After weeks of mild weather thermometers will drop to more usual for the time of year with Scotland and northern England most likely to see a festive flurry.

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Unsettled weather will set in towards the middle of the week

Experts say unsettled weather will set in towards the middle of the week with the weekend megastorm shaping up to be the strongest ever to hit Britain over Christmas.The deep low pressure system currently hurtling across the Atlantic will make landfall at around 6am on Christmas morning.It will see air pressure drop more than 24 millibars over 24 hours – a so-called explosive cyclogenesis, or ‘weather bomb’.

Powerful gales could generate the second named hurricane force storm of the season
The storm will gather speed as it tears across the UK through the course of Christmas Day before heading out towards Scandinavia on Boxing Day.Britain is on alert for damaging gales, colossal waves and torrential rain or snow depending on how low temperatures drop.The Met Office said a flurry of snow is likely across high ground in the north on the big day although for most it will be wet and windy.

Forecaster Steven Keates said: “There is the potential for some quite wet and windy weather particularly across the north of Britain as some deep low pressure systems come in from the Atlantic.

“One weather model indeed shows a drop in central pressure of more than 24 mb, an explosive cyclogenesis.

“People will notice a contrast from the recent weather with the risk of gales or severe gales in parts of the country.

“In terms of snow on Christmas Day – we might see some over higher ground in the north, but for most places it is likely to be wet rather than white.”

Look up! The Geminid meteor shower peaks at the same time as the supermoon tonight!

November saw a staggering supermoon that was the closest it will be to Earth until 2034, but it wasn’t the final supermoon of 2016. On December 14, there will be another.

The moon will appear bigger in the sky when it becomes full on the same day as the perigee – when the orbit of the moon is closest to Earth. The moon appears to change size due to its orbit being elliptical rather than circular.

According to Space.com, the moon will visibly be at its largest on December 14 at 00:05 GMT (19:05 EST) but will also appear to be larger the day before and after its peak.

December’s supermoon will be the third of 2016, following the giant views in November and an earlier occurrence in October. “A supermoon, or perigee full moon can be as much as 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an apogee full moon,” Nasa says.

The Geminid meteor shower

There’s an additional treat for space-gazing fans this week: the Geminid meteor shower is also due to take place at the same time as the larger-than-normal Moon.

The meteor shower originates from the 3200 Phaethon comet. Its peak activity will be 120 meteors per hour, with each of the comets travelling at 22 miles per second.

Nasa says the shower will be active from December 4 to December 16 with its peak activity happening over December 13 and 14. “The Geminids are typically one of the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers,” the space agency says.

However, the supermoon is likely to make it harder (if not impossible) to see the meteor shower. “Bright moonlight will reduce the visibility of faint meteors five to ten fold, transforming the usually fantastic Geminids into an astronomical footnote,” Nasa says.

“Sky watchers will be lucky to see a dozen Geminids per hour when the shower peaks. Oh well, at least the moon will be remarkable.”

Will it be a cold & SNOWY Christmas day?

So in just two weeks time the big man will have been and gone, The turkey will be roasting nicely and the hope amongst many young and old is that snow will be falling to round off a fantastic Christmas.

So what are the weather gods saying. (Weather Model Outputs).

Before we start its worth noting at two weeks out the verification stats are not fantastic and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Regardless its still possible to look at the trends that are being thrown out to try and gauge the most likely outcome and with that in mind the initial signals are pointing to a relatively settled period of weather with the potential for a frosty start. This would likely lead to a Stunning day with many of us enjoying a bright, sunny and some what cool day.

So if its a white Christmas your after, This year might not be the one, but until we get to next Sunday there is plenty of scope for change so watch this space. We will have an update then.

 

Solar-Panel Roads to Be Built on Four Continents Next Year

Electric avenues that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.

A subsidiary of Bouygues SA has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstand the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018.

Wattway’s solar road in Tourouvre

Source: Wattway

“We wanted to find a second life for a road,” said Philippe Harelle, the chief technology officer at Colas SA’s Wattway unit, owned by the French engineering group Bouygues. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.”

As solar costs plummet, panels are being increasingly integrated into everyday materials. Last month Tesla Motors Inc. surprised investors by unveiling roof shingles that double as solar panels. Other companies are integrating photovoltaics into building facades. Wattway joins groups including Sweden’s Scania and Solar Roadways in the U.S. seeking to integrate panels onto pavement.

To resist the weight of traffic, Wattway layers several types of plastics to create a clear and durable casing. The solar panel underneath is an ordinary model, similar to panels on rooftops. The electrical wiring is embedded in the road and the contraption is topped by an anti-slip surface made from crushed glass.

A kilometer-sized testing site began construction last month in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy. The 2,800 square meters of solar panels are expected to generate 280 kilowatts at peak, with the installation generating enough to power all the public lighting in a town of 5,000 for a year, according to the company.

For now, the cost of the materials makes only demonstration projects sensible. A square meter of the solar road currently costs 2,000 ($2,126) and 2,500 euros. That includes monitoring, data collection and installation costs. Wattway says it can make the price competitive with traditional solar farms by 2020.

The electricity generated by this stretch of solar road will feed directly into the grid. Another test site is being used to charge electric vehicles. A third will power a small hydrogen production plant. Wattway has also installed its panels to light electronic billboards and is working on links to street lights.

The next two sites will be in Calgary in Canada and in the U.S. state of Georgia. Wattway also plans to build them in Africa, Japan and throughout the European Union.

“We need to test for all kinds of different traffic and climate conditions,” Harelle said. “I want to find the limits of it. We think that maybe it will not be able to withstand a snow plow.”

The potential fragility joins cost as a potential hurdle.

“We’re seeing solar get integrated in a number of things, from windows in buildings to rooftops of cars, made possible by the falling cost of panels,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Pietro Radoia said. “On roads, I don’t think that it will really take off unless there’s a shortage of land sometime in the future.”’

Wet & Windy or Cold & Snowy? Find out the weather for the next 5 days

UK forecast for the next 5 days
Sunny, dry and rather cold.

Today:
After a frosty start, today will be fine and dry for most of us, with plenty of long sunny spells. It will be windy in the southwest, and there will be more cloud in parts of eastern England.

Tonight:
A cold cloudless night for many, will allow frost to develop widely, with some fog patches too. Thick cloud in south-west England and south Wales will curtail frost there.

Monday:
After a frosty start, Scotland and northern England will have another dry, cold and bright day. However, it will be milder, but rather cloudy and grey further south and west.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
The next few days will see milder weather, with rain and strong winds at times, particularly in the north and west. South-east England is likely to stay dry until Thursday.

Arctic Outbreak to bring FREEZING temperatures on a widespread scale through the U.S!

The record warmth that much of the U.S. experienced this fall will just be a distant memory next week. A change is coming, courtesy of the first arctic blast of the season, arriving just in time for the beginning of meteorological winter.

Many cities from the East to the Pacific Northwest saw temperatures this fall rank in the top five warmest, and November 2016 was one of the three warmest Novembers on record for locations from the Midwest and Plains to the West Coast. A few cities in the Midwest even set records for latest first freeze.

As we head into early December, a pattern change is finally expected to allow arctic air to spill southward. Below is a look at where the coldest temperatures are currently located.

Current Temperatures

Current Temperatures

This change to colder temperatures will begin to evolve late this weekend and into next week.

A southward dip in the jet stream, or upper-level trough, will dig southward from the Gulf of Alaska and western Canada into the western U.S., and will then slide eastward as the week progresses. High pressure at the surface will then dive southward, allowing arctic air to spread into parts of the Lower 48.

Cold Setup

This will be the first arctic air mass of the season for the U.S., just in time to start December.

How Cold Will It Get, and When?

The coldest temperatures of the season so far are expected to arrive next week. Big temperature drops are ahead, with highs and lows dropping 20 to 30 degrees.

These very cold conditions will first be felt in the northern Rockies on Monday and will spread through much of the West and into portions of the northern and central Plains by Tuesday.

(FORECAST: Great Falls, Montana | Salt Lake City | Denver | Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Weather.com

The first sub-zero temperatures of the season for some locations are expected Tuesday through Thursday mornings from the Rockies to the northern Plains.

Forecast Morning Lows

Forecast Morning Lows

High and low temperatures will be as much as 30 degrees colder than average. This translates to high temperatures below freezing for much of the West and into the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest. In fact, highs will struggle to reach double digits midweek in parts of the northern Rockies and northern Plains.

Even with these very cold temperatures, widespread record lows are not expected.

(FORECAST: Bismarck, North Dakota | Omaha, Nebraska | Chicago | St. Louis) – weather.com

It will be windy as well, which will make it feel even colder than what the thermometer reads, resulting in brutal wind chills.

In addition, snow will accompany the cold temperatures, but it is too early to determine exactly where, when and how much snow will fall yet.

Forecast Highs Compared To Average

Forecast Highs Compared To Average

Arctic air will continue to plunge through the Plains and into the Midwest midweek. Above-average temperatures will be replaced with below-average readings. Highs will drop from the 40s to the 20s for much of the Midwest.

Late in the week, the colder conditions will reach the East Coast.

(FORECAST: New York | Washington, D.C. | Atlanta | Orlando) – weather.com

At this time, it appears that temperatures will not be as cold for the East as for the West and Plains. However, it will feel more like winter.

Next Week's Forecast

Next Week’s Forecast

The first freeze of the season may arrive for New York and Atlanta by next weekend, as lows will dip into the 20s and 30s.

High temperatures will drop from the mid-40s to the low to mid-30s for much of the Northeast, and many areas of the South will see highs in the 50s and 60s be replaced with highs only in the 40s.

The chilly conditions will reach all the way to Florida. Temperatures in central Florida will only reach the 60s by late week, compared to 80s early in the week.