Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…….

Well the forecast snow certainly showed up!  Sunday saw the first flurries, although we didn’t really have any lying snow until Monday/Tuesday, when we had around 2-3cms.  After that we had a dry and very cold week, temperatures in NE32 fell as low as -6.6, before the snow made a huge return yesterday!  If you follow us on twitter you will have seen our predictions from as early as last Monday that South Tyneside would see heavy snow on Friday night, and we certainly did.  Around 6 inches fell yesterday, giving a lovely covering with snow that was just perfect for snowballs!  Ireland/Wales and the Mildlands were forecast significant amounts of snow from a front coming in from the west, and a lot of people thought as this was not going to reach as far as us then we would not be in for snow; this was not the case, as our snow all came in from the North Sea.   When the North Sea machine kicks off we tend to do really well snow wise, if the conditions are right the warm sea and the cold air make a great combination for us.  We tend to do less well from frontal snow, (coming from the west) as by the time it gets over the Pennines there isn’t a lot left for us at times!

This weeks forecast will be put up tomorrow on the website, and we will also be returning to photo of the day, so if you have any photos of snow/sun whatever feel free to send them in to info@southtyneweather.co.uk

Wet and mild gives way to cold and snow?

Well we began the new year the same as we left the old one, damp, mild and quite frankly a bit depressing!  All that is set to change over the coming days as we are set for quite a cold spell.  The hold the Atlantic has had over us for quite some time has finally given way to colder air from the east, which will result in freezing temperatures, and snow is possible for most regions.  I think as this winter has been mild for the majority we will really feel the difference as the temperatures begin to drop.  Already the past 2 days have shown lower temperature readings on my weather station, after balmy temperatures 10-12c that we have regularly saw over the past weeks we are now seeing 5c, and that is set to drop to minus figures before long.  Saturday is looking to be the first chance of snow, with more possible on Sunday, and then a higher chance again on Monday.  Remember though, snow is really hard to predict, as the model runs nearer the time give us their output I will be able to predict a bit better where it will fall and how much.  Because the cold air is coming from the east/north-east it will interact with the relative warmth of the North Sea (I say relative warmth, you wouldn’t want to go for a dip!!) which can cause significant snow showers along the east coast, so i think a lot of radar watching will be taking place to see where exactly the moisture is and whether or not it will blow as far inland as to hit us.  You may have heard or read recently about the “ssw event”, ssw stands for Sudden Stratospheric Warming, and is a factor in the cold weather, a good explanation on this can be found here:

http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/what-is-a-sudden-stratospheric-warming-ssw/

Also, for anybody who would like to know what exactly “the models” are that forecasts are based on, a really good explanation can be found in the info bible that is Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensemble_forecasting

For now I am personally getting the sledges and windscreen scrapers out, and looking forward to hopefully out first real snow in quite a while.  I will leave the weather station on as much as I can over the next few days so the temperatures etc are available for anybody who would like to view them, but I am still having problems with the laptop over heating so I won’t be able to leave it on 24/7

 

First Snow of Winter

Well the first snow of this winter has fallen, and boy did it seem to take people by suprise, despite being talked about for days previously.  My personal experience of the roads wasn’t too bad, there did seem to be a lack of grit about as the roads were sheets of ice, but some people’s journey home from work yesterday were of epic proportions – some journeys took over 5 hours by all accounts.  I think questions have to be asked why as a country we seem quite unable to cope with any kind of extremeties in the weather; not that yesterday was extreme, it is winter after all, therefore generally it will be cold with the possibility of snow.  The massive rainfall we have had this year has been extreme, and I think people are starting to realise we need to be better prepared for these kinds of weather patterns.

With the cold weather looking set to last, and with more snow forecast this winter is looking set to be colder than average, which after last years quite mild one may seem out of the ordinary, but it isn’t!