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It's official!

Post by stephenprudence » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:03 am

Well Meteorologically speaking.. Winter is over!! Roll on Spring!
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Re: It's official!

Post by Nigel » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:18 am

So does my 0C I got last night count as winter ? At midnight it was still above freezing so i am guessing its a spring frost and I had a frost free winter.
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Re: It's official!

Post by Blairs » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:38 am

I told my family that it is the end of winter. Sunny here now and getting on for 11 hours of sunlight, so it does feel like spring with light mornings and evenings. The 13th (wife's b-day) tends to be the very last day we get the possibility of snow and after that is when I put the non-hardy stuff in the GH and clear out from the house.


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Re: It's official!

Post by stephenprudence » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:49 am

In terms of Meteorological winter yes, your 0C occurred in Meteorological Spring. We could open a can of worms, as there are people who swear by astronomical seasons, but in terms of the weather, I don't believe astronomical necessarily works any better than meteorological. Besides, Met-office use meteorological seasons when dealing with the weather.
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USDA equivalent average temperature zone: 9a/RHS zone 3
AHS Heat Zone: 1
Last 5 winter minimums:
2007: -0.1C, 2008: -4.2C, 2009: -5.7C, 2010: -10.5 (record), 2011: -4.9C, 2012: -5.3, 2013: -4.5C (so far)


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Re: It's official!

Post by kata » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:02 am

Another reason to cover my Peony last night, frosty when I woke but good sunnny day now.

Roll on 20th of March.

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Re: It's official!

Post by GoggleboxUK » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:16 am

It's like we never had a winter here. Still got 3ft of unprotected Basjoo stem standing :DD

AOL forecasts snow and I'm not counting my chickens until May after last year's awful Aprol.
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Re: It's official!

Post by cordyman » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:19 pm

Stonkingly warm here today, i'm going for a bike ride to celebrate the drying out trails :D


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Re: It's official!

Post by pdid » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:36 pm

cordyman wrote:Stonkingly warm here today, i'm going for a bike ride to celebrate the drying out trails :D
Nipped up to Grizedale yesterday!
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Post by Exotic Life » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:09 pm

I really hope the developments like GFS is going trough next week. GFS and also EC have shown some really first sign's of springweather for next weekend. If this will come true (Depending on sunshine) lot's of people will be outside that weekend to have some drinks. :)

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Re: It's official!

Post by kata » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:17 pm

Still got 3ft of unprotected Basjoo stem standing :DD
Hope I have left what I planted G, both were new last autumn.

I expect some snow.

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Re: It's official!

Post by multim » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:14 pm

I agree that Spring is here! Oh there are some out of date people that believe Spring comes with the equinox but c'mon folks, let's just get on with it...... nature has!
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Re: It's official!

Post by cordyman » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:43 pm

pdid wrote:
cordyman wrote:Stonkingly warm here today, i'm going for a bike ride to celebrate the drying out trails :D
Nipped up to Grizedale yesterday!
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Today was the first bike ride of 2014, and its only been rain free for a week, but I was very impressed at how dry the trails were! very little gloop! Only had a tshirt and fleece on, down to tshirt at some points as sun was very warm! Look how shiny the bike is still :lol: Even after a frosty winter this isn't usual after a March ride, normally head to toe in mud!
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Re: It's official!

Post by pdid » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:58 pm

My second but been off the bike 18 months before that with family commitments.

There was still plenty of gloop up in the Lakes, we took the extended route over the moor and ended up cycling through puddles 2 and a half foot deep! It's all part of the fun though :D


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Re: It's official!

Post by otorongo » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:46 pm

I don't put much importance in any of those official dates arbitrarily chosen to mark the end or beginning of something... spring, a year, etc.

Spring is when it gets warmer, the sun shines stronger and life wakes up icon_sunny It has no sharp beginning, but rather evolves slowly from winter. And I can happily say that spring is quite advanced now.

I understand you guys wanted that frost to occur after midnight, as that's what will be recorded in the 'winter' and 'spring' MetOffice stats, but to the plants it doesn't matter ;)


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Re: It's official!

Post by GREVILLE » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:18 pm

So does my lone -0.5c minimum in November and snow-flake free December to February mean I have endured an unofficial winter?


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