>29 December, 2010

Written by on December 29, 2010 in Rest of Europe with 1 Comment

>Today’s Top Weather Stories
On Weather & Climate Through the Eyes of Mark Vogan

NORTHERN IRELAND TURNED INTO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY AFTER WORST COLDWAVE IN LIVING MEMORY. WHO’S LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE WATER?

Pacemaker Press 28/12/10 Bottles of water are filled up outside Westland House in North Belfast after homes across Belfast run out Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker (Belfast Telegraph) 

Water shortage pushes Northern Ireland to brink of health crisis
Belfast Telegraph

Leaders ‘let down’ as 36,000 struggle in water crisis
BBC

Coldest Swedish December In 110 Years – Contradicts Recent “Detailed” Projections Of Warm Winters

No Tricks Zone

Did your central heating break down in the big freeze? Here’s why…

Daily Mail

Grey skies see 2010 end with a whimper: Drizzle expected until January with freezing weather returning in New Year

Daily Mail

A Depressing end to 2010 as Britain blanketed under a heavy, misty cold blanket as mild Atlantic air flows over a cold, icy, snowy landscape creating that dull, gloomy stagnant sky!

Foggy London town: The capital’s most famous landmarks are almost obscured by the gloomy weather
(Daily Mail)
Today’s Weather across America

From AccuWeather

New Jersey State Snowfall Record Worth a Closer Look
AccuWeather

Severe Weather Returns to the South Friday
AccuWeather

Watching For  A Northern Plains New Year’s Blizzard
AccuWeather

Warmer Air Has Wings For The East
AccuWeather

Weather Talk
By Mark Vogan

AMERICA TO COOL IN WEST, WARM IN THE EAST

As you can see from the AccuWeather graphic below, a new trough will dive into the heart of the Great Basin around New Year bringing a surge of frigid air down from the Arctic. At the same time, ridging will counteract the western trough and thus 60s and even 70s will rule the Southeast with 40s and 50 stretching northeastwards into the Northeast.

AFTER BRITAIN FLIRTED WITH NORMAL TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, COLD AIR WILL RETURN FOR NEW YEAR AND NEXT WEEK

The AccuWeather graphic below shows the milder Atlantic air that has brought some relief this week to the UK and western Europe, albeit, modest since the ground is frozen and there’s a lot of snow which has refridgerated the Atlantic’s southwest wind flow and meant that though southwest England and western areas of Britain have seen highs top between 8-12C, as those winds have blown across the frozen, snowfields of the UK and melted much of the snow, by the time they reach Manchester the air’s only mustered 2-3C for highs, 1-2C east of the Pennines in places such as York and Newcastle. Easterlies blowing in off the North Sea has certainly made the thaw only noticable with snowmelt, certainly not the feel of the air.

The ECMWF graphic shows the current upper-atmospheric pattern across the UK, noteice the yellow blob over Britain? That’s the milder Atlantic air pushing up via ridging. The blue blob over central-eastern Europe is the Arctic pool of air which was over us at Christmas.

 Unfortunately, not only does Scandinavia, which in areas has endured it’s coldest December in 110 years, it is once again filling with Arctic air and like Norway, Sweden and Denmark, it appears the trough will drop back over us just in time for January 2nd! More on this in the coming days…

What’s Reaching Today’s Blogs?

More Florida and Caribbean Cold
Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather

What Will Your New Year’s Eve Weather Be Like?
Ken Clark, Western Expert, AccuWeather

A Big Snowstorm for Many Areas from Denver to Minneapolis
Henry Margusity, AccuWeather

The Extremes of the Day

Today’s US Extremes
Courtesy of AccuWeather

High: 85 degrees at Edinburg, TX
Low: -5 degrees at Berlin, NH

Today’s UK Extremes
Courtesy of the Met Office

High: 52 degrees (11C) at Ballykelly (Co Londonderry)
Cold High: 35 degrees (1.7C) at Strathallan (Perthshire)
Low: 31 degrees (-0.7C) at Albemarle

Today’s Extremes here at my house

High: 37 degrees
Low: 33 degrees

TODAY’S CONDITIONS
Snowcover: non officially, old snow/ice piles remain
Mild Atlantic air clashing with a cold ground continues to produce a very misty, murky and heavily overcast and damp sky with off and on rain showers. Remaining modestly mild.

Thanks for reading.

-Mark

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  1. Anonymous says:

    >Fife Report

    A calm, sunny day has prompted locals to hang their washing out.

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