Month: January 2010

Coldest winter for decades, so whats causing it?!

Tonight is being reported as the coldest night of the winter so far with temperatures expected to drop to -20 Celcius. Snow and ice have been widespread in the UK for weeks now with temperatures is Glasgow rarely reaching above freezing point, at the time of writing this at 8pm its already -9C outside. So with pretty much the entire UK blanketed in snow and ice, what’s causing it? After all, isn’t global warming, sorry “climate change” meant to be the end of the traditional winters in these parts? Firstly, as I pointed out here, if there was going to be a negative Arctic and Northern Atlantic Oscillation (AO and NAO respectively) then we could be in for a cold winter, but I did think that the El Nino would negate the effects of these pressure differences. These oscillations represent the opposing pressure differences at certain latitudes. Basically my understanding of these setups if they are both negative at the same time, a blocking pattern occurs. This stops the usual warm wet south westerlies from reaching into western Europe and instead high pressure sits around Europe sucking in the cold air from Russia, some places in Russia sink to -70 during the winter, hence why this air is so cold at the moment! The negative AO allows the cold polar air to sink further south further chilling the air....

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Snow on Arran

Snowy Scenes on the hills of Arran during the long cold spell Brodick, Isle of Arran [googleMap name=”Brodick, Isle of Arran” description=”Brodick, Isle of Arran” width=”500″ height=”400″ directions_to=”false”]Brodick, Isle of...

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. My motto for the year!

First of all, a very happy new year to you all! It’s been too long since my last post, but how awesome is this cold snap that the Northern Hemisphere is going through?! Enough of the winter weather chat. Its a new year, that can only mean one thing. Time for my Resolutions. This years motto is Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Harder… This year I will push my self harder, both job wise and swimming wise. Hopefully won’t be long till the pool which is just about on my doorstep is open, that will be rather handy! 5 maybe six solid session a week will get me back into top form in no time. I have pretty good natural endurance capabilities but the key thing I need to work on is speed… Better… This year I will get a better job, and make some better websites, the aim of the game is still to make enough money to eventually go to flying school. Ideally I’d like a job in Sweden, Dubai or Australia, there is not much happening in the UK at the moment and there are just no jobs for my skill set so that is why I’m looking further afield. Faster… Hopefully the harder training will make me faster in the water, hoping to compete in some rather big swims around the UK this year. Also want...

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