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Old 28th Dec 2013, 12:03   #1 (permalink)
 
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will there be any snow this winter?

the Daily Express promised me blizzards, snow metres deep, and record breaking cold.

the only cold I have experienced in the SE of the UK is when i open the fridge / freezer, and when the missus opened her presents....

where has the winter gone?
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 12:14   #2 (permalink)
 
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I think the words 'Daily Express' might have something to do with it!

Their normal headlines are either - Miracle cure for .........,
100 mph storms/blizzards to batter Britain, house prices up ........%
or something about immigration.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 13:35   #3 (permalink)

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What Uffington said. Plenty of snow in the Highlands.
Of course that's outside the M25, so the Express has never heard of it
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 14:14   #4 (permalink)
 
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Yes!

Was following in the wheeltracks of an artic up the dual carriageway on Drumochter at 4 am on the 22nd (as one does), but he got slower and slower and stopped. No option but to pull into the deep snow in the right lane, which the traction control didn't like, and we stopped alongside the lorry.
Drumochter blocked!!
But only for the time it took me to switch OFF the traction control, enabling us to accelerate from a standstill up the hill in the deep snow.
Isn't technology marvellous?
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 14:55   #5 (permalink)
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There'll be no snow in East Anglia this winter for I put winter tyres on my vehicle there.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 15:33   #6 (permalink)
 
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will there be any snow this winter?

Wait and see, after checking with the Met Office long range forecasts. In recent years their short-term 5-day forecasts have become irritatingly accurate, so we Brits have had our favourite pastime spoilt (of moaning about how wrong they get their predictions). So with the aid of their state-of-the-art hugely expensive superfast computers plus weather satellite data, it's only a matter of time before longer-term predictions improve as well, I think.

Living as I do "out in the sticks" on top of the North Downs, where minor lanes aren't given priority for snow clearing, I also find that my car's traction control is absolutely useless without fitting winter tyres. Since my normal tyres cost £150 each, I'm certainly not going to waste that sort of outlay (or even more) on a set of special tyres only needed for a few days each year! So during short periods when the lanes and byways are snow covered, I simply stay at home. One of the benefits of being retired.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 15:44   #7 (permalink)
 
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I hope not. I hate the bloody stuff! One of the cats is stupid enough to eat some of it........
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 16:21   #8 (permalink)

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I'm certainly not going to waste that sort of outlay (or even more) on a set of special tyres only needed for a few days each year
Winter tyres could well be a lot cheaper than the normal tyres; whilst you're using them the summer tyres aren't wearing out
When to fit winter tyres Most manufacturers recommend when temps drop below 7C - but they do have a vested interest
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 17:10   #9 (permalink)

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We've had this discussion about winter tyres elsewhere, quite recently too.

Some don't fully understand the difference between "winter tyres" and "snow tyres".

You certainly won't need snow tyres every year in many parts of the UK (because it might not snow!) but winter tyres are designed to give better grip at lower seasonal temperatures, and work better in rain too. The tread pattern is optimised, but also, so is the type of rubber compound they're made from.

The difference is very noticeable indeed. I need to drive fairly long distances in adverse winter weather, so they are well worth it in my book and so my car has them. I have a pair of summer tyres in my loft, they will go back on, along with another pair, later in the year. One minor skid / bump can do thousands of pounds worth of damage to any modern car - the correct tyres for the conditions are relatively cheap and very good insurance.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 18:09   #10 (permalink)
 
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When I moved to Cornwall in 1977 my brother told me I wouldn't need a heavy coat, etc, as it never got really cold here!

Up to then I'd lived in Scotland, Yorks and Cumbria, among other locations, but winter 1977-78 was the first time I'd ever been snowed in in my life!

Locals of my age tell me there's a lot more snow here than when they were kids, so I reckon we will get it at some stage this winter, even on the "Cornish Riviera"!
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 20:36   #11 (permalink)
 
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Heavy BW fall!
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 21:09   #12 (permalink)
 
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will there be any snow this winter?


Hopefully.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 21:52   #13 (permalink)
 
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There's not a lot of snow in Melbourne today. I wonder why. There was lots of snow on the Christmas cards.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 22:08   #14 (permalink)
 
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where has the winter gone?
Give it a chance, it only started on 21st Dec.
There will definitely be snow, that is certain, what is not certain is the location.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 22:12   #15 (permalink)
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What puzzles me is that they are having problems with snow and ice forming in Antarctica - even though it must be 'summer' there.

Thick ice thwarts efforts to rescue ship trapped in Antarctic - Telegraph
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 22:16   #16 (permalink)
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When I turn off VSA the differentials lock, giving me full 4WD. But you wouldn't want to do that except off-road or in snow.
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 22:18   #17 (permalink)
 
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What puzzles me is that they are having problems with snow and ice forming in Antarctica - even though it must be 'summer' there.
It says in the article: Strong winds blew ice into the path of the boat, trapping it. There's a lot of moveable ice around in the summer that, in the winter, is frozen solid.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 03:38   #18 (permalink)
 
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What puzzles me is that they are having problems with snow and ice forming in Antarctica - even though it must be 'summer' there.
Global warming is to blame. It always is.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 09:13   #19 (permalink)

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Back in the UK I used to help out the rellies who were tyre dealers providing service to a large number of trucking companies. In winter one of the vans was fitted with studded tyres if required. Great fun on ice and snow but horrible on cleared roads


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Old 29th Dec 2013, 09:50   #20 (permalink)
 
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Lon, in the right (wrong?) conditions you'd certainly be 'the man' with those fitted.
Don't think I'll bother with winter tyres in the SE of England. Just keep a pair of chains for emergencies; although, it IS about 0C as I type.

A friend with a FWD in an Alpine valley second home just keeps winter tyres on all year. He only plans to be there for a couple of weeks in the summer.
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