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When Did Weather Become "Bombs"?

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ToraToraTora | 14:58 Fri 02nd Feb 2024 | News
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It seems we are going to be snow bombed! FGS none of this is new, I remember all sorts of weather half a century ago when I was a saucepan. Why do we have to get so dramatic? .....and while we are at it every time the wind exceeds one of my jam tarts the day after a ruby it get's a kin name! I can just about understand naming Hurricanes but every light breeze? Perlease they'll be giving them non binary pronouns next! ......rant over!



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They recently had 100 inches of snow in Alaska in 2 days! I don't think we'll get that much.

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we're doomed!

"......rant over!"

If only!

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gets not get's

I was at junior school so it musta been in the 50s, 54 or 55 & a double decker bus driving past our school went through a snow drift that was higher than the roof of the bus! 

Tell that to the kids of today...

PS - we've had NO snow here so far this winter - W. Mids.

The 'weather bomb' term dates back to the 1970s, so it's far from new:

"According to the Met Office, a weather bomb is "an unofficial term for a low pressure system whose central pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours in a process known as explosive cyclogenesis".

A snow bomb is just a weather bomb but with snow in the forecast. A weather bomb can bring potentially damaging winds, but a snow bomb would be accompanied by cold air and the possibility of heavy snow.

A snow bomb would be very dramatic and generate lots of interest. It is, however, unlikely to happen in the next week or two"


Heavy snow fall, would have done!...

“By February 12, snow will be covering most of the British Isles, with only a few regions spared the icy wrath. London, the South East, and South West appear to be the only areas to escape in England.

Newcastle could be one of the worst-hit areas, with up to 18cm of snow expected. Manchester will also be similarly snowed under as up to 9cm is set to fall.”

Someone needs to tell the BBC. Their forecasts for 12th February:

Newcastle:  5 degrees C, sunny intervals with a gentle breeze. 
Manchester: 6 degrees C, drizzle and light winds.
John O’Groats: 5 degrees C, sunny intervals with a gentle breeze. 
Lands End: 7 degrees C, light showers and a moderate breeze.

In fact there is no sign of any snow (of the “bomb” variety or any other) or significant sub-zero temperatures anywhere in Great Britain that I can make out for the two weeks of their forecast. Of course, when you bear in mind that, unless the UK is enjoying a set high pressure spell (which rarely lasts more than a few days at this time of year) then forecasters struggle to forecast even a day in advance with any accuracy, this could well change. 

A term probably coined to please the snowflakes.

Does anyone else remember when we had snow in June, 1975 I think. I remember sitting in the office typing with my coat on.

My 'Met Office' app struggles to predict an hour in advance. (I think that may be why it never shows the present hour, just their prediction starting the next.)


If ever I needed to forward an excuse as to why I don't, now, no longer, bother with weather forecasts the following is it.

It is totally ambiguous and reliant on computer data that tells us precisely zilch except loads of uncertainty.

With a few weather ships and balloons a Group Captain Stagg of the RAF Met Squadron was able to forecast a long enough gap in the English Channel storms to land thousands of men and vehicles with several thousand ships on D.Day June 6th 1944 before the seasonal storms in the channel returned. They can't do that these days. The Met Office is a farce.




Using silly rhyming slang all the time - why indeed do we have to get so dramatic ?

"It is totally ambiguous and reliant on computer data that tells us precisely zilch except loads of uncertainty."


"The 10-day forecast from the Met Office from, 6 -15 February, describes it as "unsettled", saying: "Cloud and rain being pushed in from the Atlantic may well be forced to track further south across the south of the country where it may remain milder but with more persistent rain, especially in the west. Exactly where the boundary between these two regimes lies is still rather uncertain at the moment.

It adds: "However, there is a chance of wintery conditions developing more widely across the northern edge of this boundary through the second half of next week for a time.

A Met Office spokesman told Yahoo News UK that temperatures could drop to -8C in parts of Scotland next week - though only on higher grounds where there is snow cover. He said that is not particularly unusual for this time of year,..."

I'm glad I was told that. I would otherwise have been flaberghasted to have seen sub-zero temperatures over higher ground in Scotland in early February.

They need to make a big drama out of any weather event in order to keep their climate change agenda going.

Yeah, nothing dramatic about last year hottest ever recorded.

I'm still waiting for the sand storm, my block pavers could do with dusting.

//I think that may be why it never shows the present hour, just their prediction starting the next.)//

O-G. A friend of mine runs a weather forecasting site & all current/previous predictions get deleted. They don't like to be proved wrong!

Warm weather in Summer shocker - hold the front page.


I can remember the Beast from the East a few years ago and it was treacherous - where I lived we had a whole two inches or so; I honestly don't know how we survived.


NJ's post reads like astrology. In the next 10 days it could be mild, could be a bit chilly, could be sunny, could be drizzly - could they hedge their bets any more?

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