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East Lancashire has darkest January in 40 years

EAST Lancashire saw just 19 hours of sunshine last month - and more wintery weather is on the way.

Amateur weatherman Roy Chetham recorded the dullest January for more than 40 years, and although temperatures were around normal for the time of year, snow lay of the ground for 10 days.

According to Mr Chetham’s statistics, the maximum depth of level snow cover was 8cm on Saturday 26.

He said: “Last month was a strange one.

“It started mild and then there was a cold spell and then it ended mild.

“The temperature map was a big ‘U’ shape and the air pressure map was so low it looked like a sick patient in hospital.

“It was not unusual weather for the time of year except for it being the dullest in 42 years.

“It is depressing and it is no wonder we are all sad.”

And Charlie Powell, spokesman for the Met Office, said it was likely we were in for another cold snap over the coming days.

He said: “We have already seen some snow showers in Scotland and some of that cold air will start to drift down to Lancashire.

“Temperatures were expected be down to freezing overnight so it will be frosty today (Sat).

“Today (Sat) will be generally quite dry and sunny with a bit of a breeze, but it will turn cloudy in the afternoon, with highs of 4C.”

Tomorrow (Sun) is expected to be less cold with temperatures reaching 9C with some outbreaks of rain.

However from Monday and into the next working week, some snow is predicted.

Mr Powell said: “We will pick up a stronger wind with one or two showers which in East Lancashire may include some flurries, but nothing too substantial.”

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9:59am Sat 2 Feb 13

burner says...

t's WINTRY . . . . . most 9 year olds can tell you that !
t's WINTRY . . . . . most 9 year olds can tell you that ! burner
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11:45am Sat 2 Feb 13

BIG BOSS says...

I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!!
I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!! BIG BOSS
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1:47pm Sat 2 Feb 13

mavrick says...

BIG BOSS wrote:
I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!!
I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer.
[quote][p][bold]BIG BOSS[/bold] wrote: I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!![/p][/quote]I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer. mavrick
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1:57pm Sat 2 Feb 13

BIG BOSS says...

mavrick says...


BIG BOSS wrote:
I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!!
I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer.

I totally agree, with what you are saying, maybe more money should be put towards creating people with better paid jobs, like doing lost of houses up in run down areas, instead of tarting them up to the tune of 1.3 million of tax payers money, with still nobody able to live in them, i reckon druggies or not the only one high on something.!!!
mavrick says... BIG BOSS wrote: I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!! I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer. I totally agree, with what you are saying, maybe more money should be put towards creating people with better paid jobs, like doing lost of houses up in run down areas, instead of tarting them up to the tune of 1.3 million of tax payers money, with still nobody able to live in them, i reckon druggies or not the only one high on something.!!! BIG BOSS
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6:41pm Sat 2 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

mavrick wrote:
BIG BOSS wrote:
I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!!
I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer.
Well said, mavrick.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIG BOSS[/bold] wrote: I think it will be a lot darker in April, cometh the benift changes.!!![/p][/quote]I don't think people realise how serious this is. I know many think it is time that people on benefits should suffer, However I would suggest that very vulnerable people will go hungry and cold after April. I don't think the majority of people want that. They just want the scroungers sorted out. The big problem is the politicians dont know how to target the scroungers so the innocent suffer.[/p][/quote]Well said, mavrick. happycyclist
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8:14pm Sat 2 Feb 13

davidinburnley says...

The article is about the weather - not benefits changes. Can't folk stay on topic anymore?
The article is about the weather - not benefits changes. Can't folk stay on topic anymore? davidinburnley
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4:58pm Sun 3 Feb 13

woolywords says...

If you wish to brighten up both your home and life, why not get daylight flourescent bulbs for you kitchen. They are particularily beneficial for those whom suffer from the Winter blues. Few people realise the bodies need for sunshine, for production of vitamin D or the lack of it can induce depression.
They cost a little more, use the same amount of electricity but are worth every penny where health is concerned.
If you wish to brighten up both your home and life, why not get daylight flourescent bulbs for you kitchen. They are particularily beneficial for those whom suffer from the Winter blues. Few people realise the bodies need for sunshine, for production of vitamin D or the lack of it can induce depression. They cost a little more, use the same amount of electricity but are worth every penny where health is concerned. woolywords
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9:00pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Jack Herer says...

Although you have a serious number of head in the sand types who deny climate change, sooner or later we have to accept that our weather has now altered, and unfortunately that change is for the wetter.

If memory serves correctly this summer would be our sixth wash out in a row. It's generally dry May-ish, then a little dry bit after a mostly wet summer; sometimes horrendously wet though. At the same time 3 out of the last 4 winters have seen serious snow - some of the very best I've ever seen and I've lived on the edge of the moors for coming up to 40 years now.

The upshot is that we've moved to a monsoon style climate. We should therefore adapt accordingly. I don't know what that means on an agricultural level other than we have to change. On a technological level I see no reason why we shouldn't be investing in small scale hydro electric power, for homes for instance - research into using the power of rain water to generate electricity on a small scale, just as solar panels do on people's roofs - or don't do as this article illustrates!

We need to play to our strengths, and that strength unfortunately now seems to be rain.
Although you have a serious number of head in the sand types who deny climate change, sooner or later we have to accept that our weather has now altered, and unfortunately that change is for the wetter. If memory serves correctly this summer would be our sixth wash out in a row. It's generally dry May-ish, then a little dry bit after a mostly wet summer; sometimes horrendously wet though. At the same time 3 out of the last 4 winters have seen serious snow - some of the very best I've ever seen and I've lived on the edge of the moors for coming up to 40 years now. The upshot is that we've moved to a monsoon style climate. We should therefore adapt accordingly. I don't know what that means on an agricultural level other than we have to change. On a technological level I see no reason why we shouldn't be investing in small scale hydro electric power, for homes for instance - research into using the power of rain water to generate electricity on a small scale, just as solar panels do on people's roofs - or don't do as this article illustrates! We need to play to our strengths, and that strength unfortunately now seems to be rain. Jack Herer
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