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4:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

Stop Press!!

Residents of Val Thorens, Europe's highest village at 2300m above sea level, are up in arms at the failure of their local authority to do anything to help with the amount of snow that has fallen since the winter started.

Despite the best efforts of the Environment Agency, the 45 x 3-bar electric heaters installed around the village are not only failing to melt the snow but also failing to prevent any further snow from settling and the villages are worried more may come.

Their local MP is demanding an answer as to why so much snow is falling during the winter across the mountains and what the Government plans to do about it. He is also pushing for more electric heaters to be installed to ensure the residents of Val Thorens don't have to put up with more snow settling during the winter as some of them have cold toes and can't sit in their gardens anymore.
Stop Press!! Residents of Val Thorens, Europe's highest village at 2300m above sea level, are up in arms at the failure of their local authority to do anything to help with the amount of snow that has fallen since the winter started. Despite the best efforts of the Environment Agency, the 45 x 3-bar electric heaters installed around the village are not only failing to melt the snow but also failing to prevent any further snow from settling and the villages are worried more may come. Their local MP is demanding an answer as to why so much snow is falling during the winter across the mountains and what the Government plans to do about it. He is also pushing for more electric heaters to be installed to ensure the residents of Val Thorens don't have to put up with more snow settling during the winter as some of them have cold toes and can't sit in their gardens anymore. Guy Smiley
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4:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

.....and in addition to the shock news that the Somerset Levels and wetland areas of Somerset have flooded after heavy rain we head to Rome where it is announced the Pope is Catholic.

Join us later for more stories involving bears defecating in the woods and amusing footage of a one-legged duck swimming in circles.
.....and in addition to the shock news that the Somerset Levels and wetland areas of Somerset have flooded after heavy rain we head to Rome where it is announced the Pope is Catholic. Join us later for more stories involving bears defecating in the woods and amusing footage of a one-legged duck swimming in circles. Guy Smiley
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4:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

BUT - it is worth noting that the respective Environment Agencies of Germany, Denmark, France, Austria and Sweden have a COMBINED budget less than 2/3 of the UK's EA!!

UK Environment Agency budget £1.2bn (for just England alone!)
All the above 5 countries total only ~£800m!!

Must be all that flexi-time....!
BUT - it is worth noting that the respective Environment Agencies of Germany, Denmark, France, Austria and Sweden have a COMBINED budget less than 2/3 of the UK's EA!! UK Environment Agency budget £1.2bn (for just England alone!) All the above 5 countries total only ~£800m!! Must be all that flexi-time....! Guy Smiley
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9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Rocky Rex says...

The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars.

The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare?

Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years:

http://onlinelibrary
.wiley.com/doi/10.10
02/wea.20/abstract

(this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently)

I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again.

And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK.
The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars. The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare? Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years: http://onlinelibrary .wiley.com/doi/10.10 02/wea.20/abstract (this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently) I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again. And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK. Rocky Rex
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