Winter has finally arrived this week with a particularly cold day expected across the UK on friday. Daytime maximums will struggle to get much above 2-4c for many of us with a widespread sharp frost expected Friday evening.
On Saturday a weather system off the Atlantic will attempt to shunt the cold air to our East. Whilst eventually this mild air will sweep right across the UK there is expected to be a spell of Heavy snowfall.
The Met Office warning issued today covers the following areas (Central Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, Grampian Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Yorkshire & Humber) And warns of 2-5CM of snow for low levels and 10-20cms above 2-300M.
Everyone loves Christmas right? And everyone loves a real Christmas tree aswell.
Well a lot of you do and that might not be so great after all.
It turns out bringing the outdoors indoors also means bringing in the creepy crawlies to share your home aswell.
The most common insects using your Christmas tree as its home are Aphids. These 6 legged creatures will generally remain on the tree however should they produce offspring then you could find a winged variety around the home.
Its not just these that will be entering the home as you bring the tree in. Mites & of course spiders also enjoy a nice Christmas tree to call home.
It is recommended, And i will be honest ive never known anyone do this, But buy your tree, Then let it stay in your garage for a day to give these bugs time to vacate, Then finally shake the tree before bringing inside.
Many reading this will probably be thinking, 5.4c hotter, Bring it on!
As we all know the UK is not the first place you think of when summery weather is what you are after with many of us heading to the Mediterranean to get that glorious sunshine.
With that in mind the prospect of saving a few quid and taking a sunshine holiday here in the UK may be a welcome prospect.
However whilst it might sound good the risks it would bring could cause more harm than good with a rise in Heat strokes for example especially for those most vulnerable.
Extreme heat during summer will also lead to Forest/Grass fires and a rise in the number of severe thunderstorms. These severe thunderstorms will result in an increased chance of major flash floods, Severe hail and damaging winds.
As for the cooler side of the year an increase in Sea levels will put homes and businesses at risk of flooding particularly during wet stormy weather with sea levels potentially rising over 1 metre!
Despite all the warnings the Met Office report does state that this would be a worse case scenario by the year 2070 and should the world reduce harmfull emissions the temperature rises expected are likely to be around 2c by 2100.
The relative calm of the last week or so is due to come to an end today as a series of powerful Low pressure systems takes aim at the UK.
By midday Tuesday wind speeds will be on the rise as will the amount of rain fall. Temperatures are also expected to rise up to 15c however given the significant wind speeds it won’t feel that pleasant.
The biggest concern for travellers on Tuesday will be that rainfall which is expected to be heavy at times.
As we go into the period for Wednesday through Friday the winds become the main concern with a chance that the fourth named storm of the season is announced by the UK Met Office (Currently a yellow warning for the period Wednesday to Thursday has been issued).
Update: The IPMA Portuguese weather service have since named this Storm Diana so it will take that name rather than the next on the list of UK Met Office named storms.
An area of Low pressure to the North West of the UK is expected to intensify bringing wind speeds of up to 80MPH across high ground in Northern England and parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.
An additional risk for parts of England which itself will face strong winds up to 50MPH and Wales up to 60MPH come in the form of a sting jet which could Amplify wind speeds considerably for a short period of time. Should this occur wind speeds could hit 80-90MPH with damage to trees, Fences, Roof tiles etc.
Beyond that the UK is given a brief respite before further wet and windy weather is expected Sunday into Monday.
Remember last years snowy winter? You know the one, The ‘Beast from the East 1 & 2 etc’ Well it seems as though many councils have taken that on board when considering the potential risks this winter.
Currently 94% of them have ordered either as much or more salt than they did last year in an effort to ensure all roads and pavements remain ice free this winter.
A lot of this salt will be placed in yellow bins to allow residents to grit the pavements themselves. Of course there is the option not to and see if you can watch people slipping and sliding in order to send a video in to you’ve been framed but councils are recomending you make use of them.
So it seems as though when the North wind does blow the roads & pavements should remain clear. Well thats the plan.
The U.S is on the eve of another major winter storm. This one named Bruce is expected to bring severe conditions across a number of states with upto 12″ of snow and 2″ of rain leading to a high risk of flooding.
As we go into the early hours of Sunday snowfall will begin to intensify for Nabraska, Northern Kansas before moving into Iowa later on.
Storm Bruce will then advance North through Sunday evening and into Monday affecting northern Missouri, the far north of Illinois (Chicago 2-4″), the far South of Wisconsin and eventually Michigan during Monday.
The storm will then rotate and deliver heavy blowing snow for North Eastern areas of New York state, Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and parts of Maine on Tuesday with a risk of huge snowdrifts given the considerable wind speeds expected.
Thanksgiving is finally here and its a day of good food and family get togethers. However, Whilst the Traditional turkey dinner may be piping hot the temperature outside wont be so toasty.
A bitterly cold Arctic blast has swept into the U.S with the North Eastern states feeling the full effects today. Cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington could all see the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly a century with temperatures at or below 32f.
Adding to the bitter conditions will be the strength of the wind making the real feel minus 5 to minus 10!
Fortunately for those that dont enjoy the cold the temperatures will be on the rise by the weekend with a return to near normal values.
The new week is almost upon on us and with it a spell of significant and disruptive snow for some in the U.S with as much as 12″ falling.
Heavy snow will fall from around midday today for Denver and much of Colorado before spreading into Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma later on in the day.
The largest falls will spread from Denver down to Pueblo and South East to Amarillo with many areas hit by 3″ minimum and up to 12″ in the worst hit areas, Some of which will experience whiteout conditions.
Many of these areas will then see an exceptionally cold night with temperatures 20-30 degrees below the expected normal for November.
The band of snow will progress North East over the course of Monday and Tuesday bringing further significant accumulations for parts of New York State, Vermont and Maine before affecting Montreal and Quebec City in Canada.