United Kingdom & Ireland

100 mph winds generate whiteout & worst conditions of winter for Scottish Highlands

Written by on February 16, 2018 in United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
100 mph winds generate whiteout & worst conditions of winter for Scottish Highlands

The vicious combination of gale-force winds and snowfall created white out conditions across parts of the Highland road network Wednesday. Atrocious conditions were observed in the hills where gusts exceeded 100 mph over the Cairngorms. The worst affected area was along the A82 between Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. The A9 was also subject to serious […]

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SSWE has occurred, we now await the response… Worst of winter still ahead?

Written by on February 15, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
SSWE has occurred, we now await the response… Worst of winter still ahead?

According to ITV weather guru Liam Dutton, the UK experiences a prolonged cold period 66% of the time following a sudden stratospheric warming event. The last time it occurred was January 2013. So happens February was cold and March was the UK’s coldest in 50 years. The time before that? 2009 and our coldest December […]

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SCOTLAND: Today’s ‘low level’ snow forecast was a bust! What about tomorrow & Thursday?

Written by on February 13, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
SCOTLAND: Today’s ‘low level’ snow forecast was a bust! What about tomorrow & Thursday?

I can’t deny that yesterday’s snow forecast for overnight and this morning was a complete bust at low levels. There was nothing when I had thought there would be a lot. Certainly further north and higher roads further south didn’t escape. Snow disrupts flights at #Inverness Airport, travel on #A9 and #A82 and also shuts […]

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SCOT & UK: Snowy Sunday night/Monday to be followed by worse Monday night-Tuesday

Written by on February 12, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
SCOT & UK: Snowy Sunday night/Monday to be followed by worse Monday night-Tuesday

It’s been another snowy night/morning across much of Scotland including the Central Belt thanks to hefty snow showers blowing in on a cold WNW wind. Milton of Campsie last night. Kilsyth around 5.45am this morning. Lengthy clear spells in between the showers mean icy conditions and a freeze of the snow on the ground with […]

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STU OSTRO: Science and semantics of The #PolarVortex

STU OSTRO: Science and semantics of The #PolarVortex

Blog post by Stu Ostro Is the relatively recent attention warranted? Is this meteorological term becoming part of the vernacular a good thing or not? Is it always the culprit of frigid arctic outbreaks? For that matter, what the actual heck is the polar vortex? The answer? Like many things in our world, #ItsComplicated. The […]

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The Atlantic parade continues and so does the UK snow threat

The Atlantic parade continues and so does the UK snow threat

The next Atlantic front is pushing across the UK over the next 24 hours and guess what, there’s polar maritime air in it’s wake so the 7-10C of today will be more like 2-7C tomorrow with any snow to all levels across Scotland. Note the difference in 850 temp between 12 noon today and tomorrow! […]

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Moscow gets biggest 24/36-hour snowfall, 2nd greatest for Paris since 1987

Moscow gets biggest 24/36-hour snowfall, 2nd greatest for Paris since 1987

After what’s been a pretty mild season across Europe, winter weather continues to dominate much of Europe so far this February. That’s despite a +NAO. The GFS 850mb chart says it all, note the coverage of arctic air stretching from Russia all the way to Morocco. The biggest deal for the current cold isn’t so […]

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SSWE (sudden stratospheric warming) is one thing, where it affects is another

SSWE (sudden stratospheric warming) is one thing, where it affects is another

Whether you love weather, cold weather or both, we all get excited at the thought of a sudden stratospheric warming event. No question it’s a truly spectacular event and awesome to watch on the many incredible graphics we have at our finger tips these days. While they only occur every so many years, there is […]

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Wave of Arctic air to sweep across Western Europe bringing widespread snowfall this week

Wave of Arctic air to sweep across Western Europe bringing widespread snowfall this week

As we leave the weekend and enter a new working week, bitter cold shall spill out of Scandinavia drifting southwestwards across Germany, Low Countries, SE UK, France and Spain where snow and cold shall dominate. It’ll be cold across the rest of the UK too with widespread snow likely but the core of continental cold […]

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First ‘Beast from the East’ to briefly pay a visit to UK early next week

First ‘Beast from the East’ to briefly pay a visit to UK early next week

Back at the beginning of last month we had a few folks screaming ‘beast from the east’ but without a cold source for that ENE to blow from, it’s nothing more than a cool easterly wind. However, the setup appears good for a true biting easterly to develop early next week as cold air builds […]

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