>While The Sun Shines Across Parts of Ireland and Northern Britain, Heavy Rain & Snow Impacts The South!

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While The Sun Shines Across Parts of Ireland and Northern Britain, Heavy Rain & Snow Impacts The South!

GFS Precipitation chart for today

Well, if you live in the South, Midlands or East of England, you’ll not need me to tell you it was a wet, cold and windy day out there. Many did see snow, some areas it was heavy and this is all thanks to a low over the Southeast which will be literally stalled for the next 36 hours, keeping East Anglia wet as high pressure to the east stops this system from pushing into the continent.

While E. Anglia remains cold, wet and windy throughout Monday, skies shall be sunny for the majority of the UK thanks to high pressure. The NW flow will keep the temps seasonable for early March with highs between 5-9C, always feeling much cooler in the breeze.

GFS Surface pressure chart for Monday

In the above surface chart off the GFS for tomorrow, you can see the high pressure dominating the UK with the pesky low just off the Dutch coast, trapped between the UK high and high over Europe,  continuing to feed rains across East Anglia and this may linger here well into Tuesday.
The reason for today’s snow is all thanks the colder air flowing down from the northwest and meeting the heavy rains which pushed across the South and Midlands of England. It’s ironic that the warmth of the last 5 days has been generally centred over in the East of England while the cold at the start of the month was focused over this same area.

By later Tuesday and particularly Wednesday, high pressure over the UK eventually breaks down, allowing the low over the UK to push southeastwards, relieving E. Anglia of persistent wet, cold and windy weather. Ireland will see winds and bands of rain push in from the Atlantic Tuesday and this will push into western Scotland and North of England later Tuesday and into Wednesday.

GFS Surface pressure chart for late Tuesday

TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT BETWEEN AZORES & ICELAND TO BRING WINDY DAY ON WEDNESDAY

I expect a fairly windy day Wednesday and it’s all thanks to the pressure difference between a strong low near Iceland and a strong high over the Azores. This strong pressure gradient will force strong westerlies across Ireland and the UK. Winds I believe will average 15-25 mph with gusts to between 40-60 mph, especially from Cumbria northwards.

Weather for the week ahead
BBC

Video of the snow falling today in Pentre, S. Wales

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Snow from Clipper Aims for Ohio Valley, Appalachians
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Springlike Warmth Builds East This Week
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Recapping Friday’s Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Tornado Outbreak: As it Happened
THE WEATHER CHANNEL

The Science Behind the Tornado Outbreak
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Vicious tornadoes kill 37 people across the Ohio, Tennessee Valley’s and South.
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WOW! Baseball Sized Hail Severely Damaging A Van Just Half Mile From Henryville, IN Which Got Levelled By Tornado

Thanks to David Saurer via Danny Murphy

Asia Latest

Israel Sees Snow!

Snow carpets West Bank and Jerusalem
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Australia Latest

Tough Past Week Of Weather Across Australia With Many Rainfall Records Broken

Major Australia Flooding as Record Rain Continues
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THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 95° at Fullerton, CA
LOW: -13° at Bemidji, MN

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 50° (10.2°C) at St James Park (London)
LOW: 26° (-2.1°C) at Loch Glascarnoch (Highland)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 46°
LOW: 34°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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