Triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90% confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met. This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
See the other day parts of SW England were flooded after "The Met Office meteorologist Martin Combe said 32.8mm (1.3in) of rain had fallen in three hours in Farnborough, Hampshire, nearly half the 70mm average for the whole of September."
Thats not rain !!
Just on the receiving end of 3" or so in the last 2 hours with quite a bit more heading our way in the next couple of hours. Glad I live on a hill ..........
Ground white this morning, no no not that S..... stuff but a hard frost. Did bring all our tender plants into the greenhouse yesterday, mostly geraniums but even a pepper growing in a 5gal pail that is still flowering and setting fruit. Forcast says temps are going back up this week so this was just a little preview of what is to come.
To-day we lit the wood stove. Although being a heating engineer we do not have gas anywhere near us....so our heating is very primitive. A woodstove with a back burner and five rads. The house feels too hot. By December we will struggle to get the temperature above 18oC so the wooly pullies will come out. But for now I am too hot....
Have lit the stove a few mornings now, Just throwing a log or two on first thing and then letting it burn out is sufficient to keep it comfortable but if the sun comes out later it can get right 'cosy' and get up to 75f inside!! Just +6c outside this am so should prob throw a few sticks in with some flame..... Funny how whilst I have converted to Centigrades for outside temps but I still think in Farenhites for house temps.....
Thats the stuff that Americans, who like to spend hundreds of dollars getting carried to the top of a hill so they can strap a couple of boards to their feet and slide down said hill directly into a tree, come up to Canada looking for in July.
It had to happen sooner or later but winter has now truly arrived with a bang here in SW Ontario, about a foot of snow in the last 18 hours or so and about the same forcast for the next 24 or so. High winds yesterday closed many roads and school buses canceled so country kids stuck in school. Job for today will be to find driveway provided that snow and wind lets up enough to see where I am going. I just love winter ....... NOT!
After 3 days of steady snow we are out from under that lot, looks like the sun may even make an appearance today. Even managed to get driveway cleared and only had to fix the blower twice, and the roadside mailbox clobbered by the snow plow once!
You will have seen me whining about the snow and lack of sunshine over the winter months but at least now I know I am not imagining it. I am not SAD but I am defiantly grumpy and a little pissed off, but a little less so today as one of those rare partly sunny days has shown up....... no sunbathing outside though at -12c!
OWEN SOUND - If you suffer from the winter blues, you might want to consider moving to the prairies. Owen Sound has the fewest hours of sunshine in the entire province over an average winter, and is 86th out of 100 cities in Canada. Calgary and southern Alberta have the most sunshine in the winter, and Calgary averages more than 2,400 hours of sunshine all year around. Prince Rupert, B.C. is the cloudiest and wettest city in Canada, with only 250 hours of sunshine a year. The dubious distinction for Owen Sound means our winters are very grey, and so are the moods of people who suffer from a lack of sunshine. “If you were looking for a place where you could do a study on depression or mood changes based on the lack sunshine, well, I think Owen Sound would be a good place,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. While “we all get the winter blues” and love to complain about winter, a “Canadian affliction,” Phillips says, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be serious.
We have seen little of the sun here for a few days or more. Those days of an almost permanent twilight that make you wonder what the time of day is and did the sun actually rise at all that day. To-day a bonus of around twenty minutes of sun but a few snowflakes in the air.