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DarkSky 01-07-2013 02:27 PM

Open chit-chat thread - no weather talk :)
 
'Just creating a thread here for general chit-chat. Doesn't have to be weather related.

Temps here in St. Catharines have risen. It was in the negatives yesterday, I think today is supposed to be around +1, and going up to +5 throughout the week. No snow left on the flat ground anymore. Just some drifts in corners and whatnot.

Eabie 01-07-2013 05:22 PM

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The weather's been dull and dreary in England lately. We had a lot of rain starting about a week before Christmas and leading up to New Year's Eve. Since then, the "tap" seems to have finally shut off, but we still have a lot of cloud. Highs of around 10 C lately and lows only a few degrees lower, so it's been mild and spring-like temperature-wise. It's supposed to get a bit colder later in the week.

Derecho 01-08-2013 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5638)
The weather's been dull and dreary in England lately. We had a lot of rain starting about a week before Christmas and leading up to New Year's Eve. Since then, the "tap" seems to have finally shut off, but we still have a lot of cloud. Highs of around 10 C lately and lows only a few degrees lower, so it's been mild and spring-like temperature-wise. It's supposed to get a bit colder later in the week.

Eabie, your signature says Kitchener but you live in England ;)

Eabie 01-08-2013 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Derecho (Post 5639)
Eabie, your signature says Kitchener but you live in England ;)

Thanks - changed it!

obwan 01-08-2013 07:21 PM

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Wintry Weather on the Way??? KBUF has some promising signs of real winter weather in long range discussion, mid next week. Could really crank up the lake snow machine.

Quote:

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD...MEDIUM RANGE OPERATIONAL AND ENSEMBLE
PACKAGES ARE IN UNUSUALLY STRONG AGREEMENT THAT A SIGNIFICANT
GREENLAND BLOCK WILL BECOME ESTABLISHED OVER THE NORTH ATLANTIC.
THIS WILL TELECONNECT TO A POLAR VORTEX OVER EASTERN CANADA...
WHICH THE ECMWF ATTEMPTS TO CENTER OVER EASTERN QUEBEC/CANADIAN
MARITIMES WHILE THE GFS ANCHORS A VORTEX OVER HUDSON BAY. IF THE GFS
WERE CORRECT...WE WOULD BE LINE TO EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE COLDEST
WEATHER IN RECENT YEARS. IN EITHER CASE THOUGH...THIS HIGH LATITUDE
BLOCKING PATTERN WOULD LEAD TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE
SECOND HALF OF NEXT WEEK...WITH THE STRENGTH OF BLOCK LIKELY HOLDING
IN PLACE WELL INTO THE FOLLOWING WEEK. THESE BLOCKS TYPICALLY
PERSIST FOR 10 DAYS TO TWO WEEKS.

DarkSky 01-10-2013 03:10 PM

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Forecasts are anywhere from 12-15C for here on Saturday. It's been 5C yesterday and today :)

Eabie 01-13-2013 11:07 AM

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Since I posted, it has indeed gotten a lot colder here in England. Highs are only a degree or two above 0 C, with sub-zero nightly lows. I believe later in the week and possibly into next week we could be seeing sub-zero highs. I *vastly* prefer days like today - cold (or at least chilly) but clear and sunny - to the mild, cloudy, misty murkiness we had before. It's a bright, beautiful day out there for a change.

There's talk of snow possible tonight, but as usual in the UK the snow risk is very marginal and it could end up falling as rain instead. It's always a matter of great debate. We'll see! :)

DarkSky 01-14-2013 03:45 AM

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According to EC forecast, temp is going to drop back down to around 0C tomorrow. It was up around 10+ today. Rain though.

DarkSky 01-17-2013 02:35 AM

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Anyone planning on adding any new gear for the upcoming storm season?

I was looking at the GoPro Hero video cameras when they were on sale (but out of stock) around Boxing Day, but money is tight. 'Thought it would be neat to strap on to the front or roof of the car while entering a storm and getting that 'right in your face' perspective. But then again, the last few years the storm seasons have been pretty week in this area.

davefootball123 01-19-2013 10:52 PM

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Might as well add this now. Been working on a site for a while now...not done...not really even close. http://www.sowx.ca/
A lot is working...there are a lot of bugs and broken links. EC warning map is made ever 2 minutes with colour coded warnings...lost of other great stuff as well.

obwan 01-20-2013 01:48 AM

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nice line of storms across michigan or maybe a band of thundersnow as the cold front is crossing??? winds gusting to 50k so far here and temp of 8C

DarkSky 01-20-2013 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by davefootball123 (Post 5653)
Might as well add this now. Been working on a site for a while now...not done...not really even close. http://www.sowx.ca/
A lot is working...there are a lot of bugs and broken links. EC warning map is made ever 2 minutes with colour coded warnings...lost of other great stuff as well.

Lookin good. Nice clean layout.

Derecho 02-09-2013 04:08 PM

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Anyone know how long the WxServer is supposed to be down for?

Eabie 03-03-2013 04:49 AM

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Not much to update about the weather here in England lately. We got "remarried" on February 9th so that friends and family here could attend their own ceremony, something we'd been planning to do for a couple years. It snowed that morning but didn't settle, and soon stopped. The rest of the day was damp and cold (using relative terms) with a solidly overcast sky of white cloud. At the party in the evening it started to rain lightly... that continued for the rest of the night, the rest of the following day, and most of the night afterward without stopping (so far as I noticed), amounting to about 35 mm or so. After that, the weather went extremely dry for England -- I think it rained another 8 mm or so a few days later, but nothing measurable since that time. Cloudy too. There were a couple 5-7 day stretches without so much as a peep of sunshine; was nearly beginning to forget what the sun looked like. :P

Thankfully it's brightened up considerably the last couple of days and though it's still a bit chilly (highs around 7 lately), it's definitely a little warmer and feels more like spring. Yesterday there wasn't a cloud in the sky and this morning it's the same. Bright, blue, and happy. Hope it stays this way for a while yet!

Eabie 03-05-2013 02:29 PM

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Absolutely gorgeous day today. Highs of 14 C, just a gentle breeze, wall-to-wall hazy sunshine, flowers blooming. Not a speck of cloud in the sky. People take advantage of days like this in England too, because they're only once in a while -- everyone was outside today. Sadly, the rain is back as of tomorrow with lots of cloud and showers for the next several days according to the forecasts, but at least it'll stay pretty mild (around 10 C or so).

Derecho 03-05-2013 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5751)
Absolutely gorgeous day today. Highs of 14 C, just a gentle breeze, wall-to-wall hazy sunshine, flowers blooming. Not a speck of cloud in the sky. People take advantage of days like this in England too, because they're only once in a while -- everyone was outside today. Sadly, the rain is back as of tomorrow with lots of cloud and showers for the next several days according to the forecasts, but at least it'll stay pretty mild (around 10 C or so).

Eabe's, it's almost Spring 2013!! How's the move coming along?

Eabie 03-06-2013 02:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Derecho (Post 5755)
Eabe's, it's almost Spring 2013!! How's the move coming along?

Still waiting for my husband's Permanent Residency application to get approved. It can take a long time (months) and we sent it back in November. I'm still hoping for a May/June time frame but we'll see. :)

Derecho 03-08-2013 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5758)
Still waiting for my husband's Permanent Residency application to get approved. It can take a long time (months) and we sent it back in November. I'm still hoping for a May/June time frame but we'll see. :)

Hopefully you get it by May/June would hate to see it take longer than 6 months. Welp, how's the weather today in Conventry? We had about 3-4cm of accumulating snow yesterday morning with a max aft temp of 2.7C. It's 0.6C... loving all these above freezing temps.. spring is in the air!! :D

SlideShowBob 03-08-2013 03:46 PM

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Yahoo! it's 4 degrees in Barrie now. I can see my back deck...time to rev up the BBQ!

davefootball123 03-08-2013 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by SlideShowBob (Post 5762)
Yahoo! it's 4 degrees in Barrie now. I can see my back deck...time to rev up the BBQ!

Had about 3 or 4cm of snow yesterday evening into the overnight. Made scraping the windshield of my car a nightmare this morning. Up to 4 degrees now...let the melting commence.

Eabie 03-08-2013 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Derecho (Post 5761)
Hopefully you get it by May/June would hate to see it take longer than 6 months. Welp, how's the weather today in Conventry? We had about 3-4cm of accumulating snow yesterday morning with a max aft temp of 2.7C. It's 0.6C... loving all these above freezing temps.. spring is in the air!! :D

Me too! I'd love to be back in time for most of thunderstorm season at least, but it's out of my hands. :P

The weather today is best described as *murky*. Damp and cloudy with mist and fog all day long, occasionally spitting a bit of drizzle. Probably the stereotype of what people imagine English weather to always be like. I think highs were around 7 C, but it's supposed to get a bit colder over the weekend and into next week with frosts at night and possible light winter showers.

Derecho 03-09-2013 09:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5765)
Me too! I'd love to be back in time for most of thunderstorm season at least, but it's out of my hands. :P

The weather today is best described as *murky*. Damp and cloudy with mist and fog all day long, occasionally spitting a bit of drizzle. Probably the stereotype of what people imagine English weather to always be like. I think highs were around 7 C, but it's supposed to get a bit colder over the weekend and into next week with frosts at night and possible light winter showers.

Yep sounds like Britain :D I watch a lot of British television and it's amazing how steep ratings fall on fair-weather evenings during prime-time. A show can lose half it's viewers on a sunny day.

Eabie 03-28-2013 12:27 PM

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So, as some of you know, I'm living in England and planning to return to Ontario by this summer. I was hoping to move in June (in time for the height of thunderstorm season), and had a subletted apartment in Toronto seemingly sewn up with a nice retired lady, but she emailed me a couple days ago to say that she's not leaving the country for three months after all and thus not subletting her apartment. I've been too annoyed to reply to her as yet but I have been busy looking for alternative arrangements the last few days - not much success so far but hopefully we'll work something out. I'm hoping to find a sublet for about 3 or 4 months so that we can find work, then move into a more long-term place of our own. Of course doing this from England is tricky!

DarkSky 03-30-2013 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5794)
So, as some of you know, I'm living in England and planning to return to Ontario by this summer. I was hoping to move in June (in time for the height of thunderstorm season), and had a subletted apartment in Toronto seemingly sewn up with a nice retired lady, but she emailed me a couple days ago to say that she's not leaving the country for three months after all and thus not subletting her apartment. I've been too annoyed to reply to her as yet but I have been busy looking for alternative arrangements the last few days - not much success so far but hopefully we'll work something out. I'm hoping to find a sublet for about 3 or 4 months so that we can find work, then move into a more long-term place of our own. Of course doing this from England is tricky!

If you're a Cdn citizen it shouldn't be hard. Just check the online ads. Heck, you don't even have to tell them you're in England. You could just be another Torontonian for all they know.

Good luck on the move and hopefully we'll have an active season for you to enjoy! :)

Eabie 04-30-2013 01:57 PM

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So, I won't be moving to Toronto this summer after all. I was operating under a misunderstanding - I won't go into it in detail, but basically I thought you had to be in Ontario to get into this particular academic program at Humber College. That *used* to be the rule, but it isn't anymore. Knowing that now, it's obviously not worthwhile to move to Toronto - a potentially very costly mistake has been averted. We'll be moving back to Winnipeg instead to save money, though I may be back in Ontario eventually - we will be applying to that program at Humber. But it could be a while and it's not even a sure thing.

That all said, I'm not sure what my presence on this forum will contribute, seeing as how it's about Ontario storms. I suppose I could create a thread in the "Canada" section and update it with comments on Manitoba's storm season from time to time though.

DarkSky 04-30-2013 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Eabie (Post 5886)
That all said, I'm not sure what my presence on this forum will contribute, seeing as how it's about Ontario storms. I suppose I could create a thread in the "Canada" section and update it with comments on Manitoba's storm season from time to time though.

There's sections on here for Canada storms!! :D Please share any words/photos of storms out in Manitoba!

DarkSky 05-14-2013 06:28 AM

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