The question is often asked whenever Hurricanes make the news and this year is no different.
So first and foremost Irma is heading into the States and will weaken rapidly to become a general area of low pressure.
Jose is expected to head north and curve back towards the UK. However this will lead to significant weakening as the cooler water temperatures will prevent Jose maintaining the strength is has right now.
Aside from this high pressure is trying to establish itself nearer to the UK over the next week which if established will divert any remnants (Which by this stage will be no more than a general area of low pressure) to the north west of the UK.
Finally just to clear up, Can the UK get Hurricanes?
The answer is a resounding “NO”.
Yes we can get hurricane force winds as many experienced in 1987 however that was not a hurricane. For an area of low pressure to be classed as such they have to form over warm waters far higher than that around the UK and have sustained winds of at least 74MPH. The later is potentially possible but the sea temps will never be high enough.
Hurricane Harvey is set to batter the US with three feet of rain, 125mph winds and 12-foot storm surges.
Harvey continued to intensify as it steered toward the Texas coast, with forecasters saying early Friday that it had strengthened to a Category 2 storm.
The hurricane with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges could be the fiercest such storm to hit the United States in almost a dozen years. Forecasters labeled Harvey a “life-threatening storm” that posed a “grave risk” as millions of people braced for a prolonged battering that could swamp dozens of counties more than 100 miles inland.
Landfall was predicted for late Friday or early Saturday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile (48-kilometer) stretch of coastline about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi.
In preparation for the storm, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for 30 counties, including Austin, Harris and Brazoria.
With cold air filtering across the UK our inbox tends to get busy and one question that is asked the most is of course, Will it snow in my back yard…
With that in mind and to answer everyone in one go we have decided we will take a look at when and where snow is most likely to fall.
Well first and foremost we look at this evening. Snowfall is expected over high ground in the Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors, Southern Uplands, Cairngorms and Grampians.
Of course most of us dont live on the top of a mountain so the first prospect of snowfall for lower areas will be wednesday morning.
Due to the battle of air masses West Vs East the band of precipitation pushing west to east on monday bringing snowfall for high ground will do a U-Turn and head back west as the coldest air wins out. As it does so the back edge of this looks like bringing the first snowfall for low lying areas.
Following on from Wednesday we see a continuation of possible light snow for those down the eastern coast until the weekend where the models are hinting at more widespread and potentially disruptive snowfall with places further inland seeing snow. At this stage its to early to firm up on the detail on that.
So to summarise. Cold for all. Snow most likely in the East. Potentially disruptive as we head into the weekend.
We will have an update tomorrow.
A second bout of icy weather is set to blast in and this time its all the way from Siberia.
Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said…
“Cold will last into the weekend before it turns slightly milder on Sunday and into Monday, but then we are expecting another dip as cold air heads back towards the UK, this time from the East.”
This will bring the possibility of the coldest spell the UK has seen this winter with overnight temperatures falling as low as -15c!
Pensions Minister Richard Harrington said: “I would encourage everyone to check on elderly relatives or neighbours and make sure they are warm enough and claiming the support they are entitled to.”
Whilst the RAC warned drivers grit becomes less effective below minus 5C and stops working below minus 10C.
It still early days with regards to the next blast of cold weather so we will have another update in a few days time to pin down the important details.
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.”
The ‘experts’ at The Daily Express weather HQ are today warning that due to unforeseen weather patterns, Known to many of us as ‘Seasons’, We are faced with cooler weather conditions with the potential for stronger winds and an increase in rainfall during December, January and Incredibly February aswell.
The Meteorologists who have just been awarded a degree in complete nonsense say we should be stockpiling food & water as getting to the shops could be near to impossible if Britain gets the expected arctic conditions.
When questioned about the past forecasts of impending Weather ‘CHAOS’ which went as far as to say we would get 100 days of snow and had just 15minutes the Chief General forecaster said “We cant be expected to be 100% accurate all of the time”,
“However new signals from the Global Nonsense System ‘GNS’ used by The Express, (Not to be confused with the far more accurate Global Forecasting System ‘GFS’ used by credible Weather Organisations) insist we have got to be right this year due to low solar output, an increase in fresh water into the North Atlantic and the fact the UK has drifted a cm further north since this time last year”.
Whatever the weather it looks like we are sure to be in for some interesting reading/BS once again.