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So, it turns out this is going to probably be another strange winter in this part of the world. This is the next few day forecast according to the BBC Site for my local area...

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Notice how on Monday it hits -4C (24.8F) yet the following day it hits temperatures no lower than 8C (46.4F). Another strange thing is how it is expected to be sunny and no cloud (very rare to have outside of summer here). I did laugh when i saw that the max temperature is actually colder than the expected minimum temperature on Tuesday! :lol:

A few days ago i was driving out in my car, i sat in it for a few moments at the end of my journey as i was listening to the radio for a bit. In the few minutes i was sitting idle the temperature climbed from -1.5C to +1C.

Last year was one of the coldest winters on record here, we had an unusually large amount of snow fall (nothing in comparison to what some people get in the US and Canada i have to admit) and there is word of this coming winter being the same.
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Don't listen to any forecasts. They are totally worthless. It's all guess work. Meteorologists should only get minimum wage. They aren't worth any more.
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Pretty standard weather for around here this time of year. Lots of rain and no sun shine with snow just outside of our grasp.
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Don2007 wrote:
Don't listen to any forecasts. They are totally worthless. It's all guess work. Meteorologists should only get minimum wage. They aren't worth any more.

I don't know... the forecast I get in my area is always on the spot...
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It snows everywhere around me, just not on me :( Its amazing how much a couple hundred feet of elavation does.
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SpooF wrote:
It snows everywhere around me, just not on me :( Its amazing how much a couple hundred feet of elavation does.

Kind of removes the "global warming" theory I would imaging :lol:
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Its really neat looking out my window right now because as I look up the mountain behind my office you can tell exactly where above-freezing ends and below-freezing begins because there is a very straight line where the snow stops.
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Bogey, if the forecasts in your area are they good, you're very lucky.
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Did you know that when a weather forecast says there's going to be a 25% chance of rain, what that means is for the area they're providing a forecast for, 25% of that area will get rained on during the day ?
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Don2007 wrote:
Bogey, if the forecasts in your area are they good, you're very lucky.
Yeah, the forecast in my area are good. I haven't had a forecast that was wrong yet.

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Did you know that when a weather forecast says there's going to be a 25% chance of rain, what that means is for the area they're providing a forecast for, 25% of that area will get rained on during the day ?
I did not know that. That is interesting though.
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Don2007 wrote:
Don't listen to any forecasts. They are totally worthless. It's all guess work. Meteorologists should only get minimum wage. They aren't worth any more.


Although weather can at times be unpredictable, meteorologists do a hell of a lot of work inputting current data into extensive models they've built, and are generally on or around the mark, here at least, so I find your view a little ignorant. Of course, it all depends on the money behind it.
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Ignorant? I don't care how much work they do. Maybe Australia has better meteorologists. Right now the sun is shining here & it was supposed to be raining. They are good for the next 12 hours at best. After that, it's anyone's guess. I rarely look at forecasts anymore. I've wasted too much time already.
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Don2007 wrote:
I rarely look at forecasts anymore. I've wasted too much time already.


It took me a split second to scan over what they believe the weather to be in this area. As it turns out the forecast changed as time progressed, however it wasn't too far off the original prediction posted above.

I'll agree with Breeze regarding the Australian forecasts, when i was in Australia a few years back i saw the forecast alot after the news and it was almost always correct. Temperature was very often spot on.
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Most meteorologist are full of *plum*. Back in the day when I worked in a tv station the weather guy had his fancy weather modeling computer that made all the maps and stuff, then he had a subscription to some online weather predicting service, but for his forecasts he used data from the National Weather Service website. So during every news show he would say "So depending on which model you look at....." meaning "I don't have the slightest clue so I'm going to just use a bunch of big words and hope you believe me."
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I don't know about that... the forecast for my area is usually spot on even if it's for a day that's 7 days from now.

I don't check the temperature, so I'm not sure if that is usually correct, but if it tells me that it will rain 6 days from now... it rains 6 days from now. I never have noticed a weather that was anything different from the forecast.

So you can imaging that I fill differently from Don2007 and kc0tma about meteorologist. I guess this area actually has real meteorologists rather then wanna-be meteorologists.
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Not all of them are bad. We had another one at the tv station that set up his own little weather monitoring thing up on the roof and would go check that and make his forecasts based on what he recorded. He made graphs of the barometric pressure and temperature and stuff and compaired it to past years so his forecasts were educated guesses rather than wild ass guesses.
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I don't understand why more people don't just look at the doppler and pressure maps and plan their days around them. When a giant low pressure system is heading your way, and the doppler looks like a Christmas tree, it's going to rain.
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Some people do that & it's more reliable than listening to those actors on TV.
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Snowing here today! It has been a long time since I remember our first snow being in November!
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We're getting dumped on with snow too. Yesterdat me and my uncle went up high looking for elk, we did about a 1700ft vertical climb and came back down, and at the top the snow was thigh deep.
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Heavy snow predicted here this week. We should really get it worse because we get the cold weather from Russia and across "the pond". It got to the point where if there was snow in the east coast of US/Canada it quite often meant we would get some of it.
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That snow from Seattle hit over here about 9 PM or so last night. Only got a few inches though.
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I just realized they have us in a winter storm warning for the next 30 hours with 8-10 inches of snow in the valleys. I think fall is over and winter is here.
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Our power just went out here, for just long enough for me to turn off all the servers and then it came back on. Thats irritating, if I would have waited 5 minutes I wouldn't have had to go through my shutdown check list and then bring everything back up again. I figured that the snow probably knocked out a power line or something and it would be out for a while but we were only in the dark about 10 minutes or so.
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It snowed here yesterday but didn't stick. This morning it's snowing and looks like it's going to be hanging around for a while.

My friends in NY are making fun of me as they haven't seen any snow yet.
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It's already snowing at your place? I'm still not getting snow here in Kansas :lol: It's actually quite warm here...
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More snow today here in the Seattle area, sticking around too as temperatures are in the 20s. Many schools have closed down today. On the news it said that tomorrow will likely be the coldest November day ever in 25 years. Here are a few pictures:
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I hate snow to tell you the truth... I can't go anywhere on my car

If I only still had my truck :(
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They upped our winter weather warning to a blizzard warning late yesterday and pushed the ending time to three hours later. This is the same storm that BWM got but we're also getting really cold air from Canada, so our daytime high today is only going to be 8 degrees, and with wind chill its going to feel far below zero.

The good thing about it being so cold is that I haven't had to run the a/c in my server room in days! Its staying right at 70 degrees here, normally if I don't run it the temp in here gets up and over 80 real fast.
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Ya that storm pasted over here. We got 12 inchs still have a white sky, right now its 20f out.
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Well our weather guy was...wrong. The guy on tv said that it would be really windy and blowing snow and up to 10 additional inches on top of the 6 we already have all day today. But right now outside my window it is bright blue sky and not a whisper of wind.
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People in Seattle do NOT know how to deal with snow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZCyQ3emQg
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Forecast was correct from a few days ago. Today we were hit with some snow, originally not as bad as i thought then as the day progressed it got worse. Had to remove near an inch of snow off my car at the end of the day. Supposed to be bad overnight and continues tomorrow.

I am actually now having to wake up earlier than usual to get out at the car earlier than usual to scrape the snow (then ice) off the car before i hit the rush hour traffic in the morning. My usual 30 minute commute is now taking at least 45 minutes.
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Particularly made a point on being up earlier on today to clear the snow and get ahead of all the traffic. It turns out other people had the same idea and as a result i joined slow moving traffic which tailed back a good 5 miles. I left for work (9am start) at 7:45am and arrived at 9:20. It usually takes me no more than 30 minutes during rush hour traffic.

I took this photo before i cleared the car from snow this morning. The way things are going it'll be the same tomorrow morning...

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It's more or less been snowing non stop for the past week now. I cannot remember a time when it was ever this bad in November, usually it's after the new year we get this sort of stuff. It sort of makes me wonder what it will be like then if it's this bad now!

A few days ago across the UK we experienced record low temperatures hitting as low as -17C (1.3F). I've given up digging my car out and will probably look at other ways in which i can get to work on Wednesday if things don't improve.

At least the penguins in Edinburgh Zoo are enjoying it...

http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/EZPenguinCam.html
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I found out that it is possible to elk hunt in waist deep snow over the weekend. Its really slow moving and cold and wet and you get tired fast. That day was written off as interesting but not productive.
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I almost got myself an elk this morning going 55 into work :D, would of done terrible things to my car though :(
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I hit a deer at about 65 last year in my jeep. I was passing another slower vehicle on the highway and the deer ran in front of the other guy then the front passenger corner of my jeep hit it in the head, and the other vehicle drove over it. Damage to each of our vehicles was minimal and it took a couple months for the blood and guts spatter on the road to wear off.
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There were numerous times when a deer ran in front of me while I was driving at 60 at night. Luckily my headlights were strong enough to let me see the deer and break.

I'm still not getting snow... just colder and windier, but no snow... that's good because I don't want snow :lol:
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Finally got our first snow overnight. Not much...a bit less than an inch on the cars, but a fitting way to begin December.
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We got another 4-5 inches but it was really light and fluffy without much moisture in it. Our total is up to about 14 inches on the ground if my estimation is correct.
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That's us had snow for 7 days now. It's not often it lasts this long. We almost always never have much in November. I've worked out that I don't dislike snow, I just dislike the fact that it will be gone soon and we then have all the pot holes on the road and it just gets silly wet.
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It has snowed pretty much every day for the last two weeks here, so it feels like one big snow storm but really it has been a bunch of smaller ones.
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We were covered in snow today but everyone managed to get in so was business as usual really:
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Coldest start of December in some parts of the UK for 20 years...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11883714

...and still snowing. I am not used to this, it's probably something you are used to in some parts of America and Canada but not in the UK. We don't often get more than a week of solid snow.

One of the things mentioned in the article is that the Forth Road Bridge, which is the main bridge linking Edinburgh to the north of Scotland, was closed at one point for the first time in it's 46 year history.
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Here are some cool ice cycles hanging on my back porch. We have been getting snow pretty steadily for a while, and we have a metal roof, so the heat from the house has been slowing melting off the snow which made the ice cycles, and the melting snow gradually started sliding off the roof which made the ice cycles start to bend. Then today we got up to about 36 degrees which made the snow start melting even faster, which made new ice cycles perpendicular to the other ice cycles. I don't have a picture, but on my front porch there is about a four foot tall curtain of snow hanging from the eaves.
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It's finally getting really cold here in Kansas :lol: Took me two tries to start my car and 15 minutes to warm it up enough to start driving slowly, but no snow yet :D so no awesome pictures like that.
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Our whether is so hot to any other country. so every one can come here and enjoy winter.
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Excitement, I had some this morning! I was sitting in my office this morning when my wife calls and says she got her car stuck, so I went out to help her. Stuck was an understatement, she was plowed down into a ditch! She was on her way to work and was on a long flat stretch of road and there was another car coming from the other direction. She looked away for a second to get a tissue and blow her nose, and when she looked up she realized she had drifted onto the wrong side of the road. So she steered back into her lane and her car went ssshhhoomp down into the ditch into about 2.5 feet of soggy wet snow. The other car stopped and tried helping her dig out and put kitty litter down for traction but the snow was just too much so she let her use her cell phone to call me and I went out there and dug some more and then yanked her out. I love doing manual labor like that way too much, I think a tech support desk job is all wrong for me.
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That photo would make a cool desktop background, especially if there happened to be a 1920x1200 version. Just sayin' ;)
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I still have the full size so I might, MIGHT link it. Its on my camera at home.
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Full size unaltered ice cycle photo.
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I think the weather is quick-change, and it is impossible to forecast every time!
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The big freeze continues here. Temperatures dropped to as low as -20C (-4F) which is the coldest i've experienced (that i am aware of). It has been such a bizarre cold snap.

It doesn't have to be frustrating and boring though, one of my friends decided to have a bit of a laugh today...

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