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The weather
23-Dec-2004, 04:43 PM
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The weather
The eastern states are being hammered with a huge snow storm, currently hitting the tornado corridor, from Texas up to Ohio, and forecast to move toward New York state, and New England in general. They surely will have a white Christmas.
We here in southern California have a forecast of sunny and 71F after a chilly night. However, just east of the Pomona Valley there is a phenomena taking place today that will rake the eastern end of the valley with very high winds, with gusts estimated up to 90 miles per hour. They are known as the Santa Ana winds. The winds build up on the Mojave desert then come roarind through the mountain passes and down the mountains to cause havoc, particularly on the Interstate 15 freeway which is the main road, Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
That freeway will be closed to high profile vehicles until the winds subside. The winds simply blow those massive trucks over on to their sides. Even caravans, and people carriers are at risk today.
The strange thing is that just a few miles further west, 15 to 20 miles, it is calm as can be....
Is there anything strange like that in your area ??
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24-Dec-2004, 02:28 AM
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David, yesterday it was 75F [23C] here and I was walking around in T shirt and shorts, the temp has been dropping all day today and very windy with it, we're expecting a hard freeze tonight. I see that the expected low in central Canada is expected to drop to -38F [surprisingly -38C] tonight. The northern states got a years supply of snow today at around 2ft. Lots of people stranded in cars and airports suffering long delays. One snowflake down here and everything stops, but we may get some tomorrow.
John
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24-Dec-2004, 05:24 PM
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John; I just saw the news on TV. There is a forty mile traffic back up, (snow related), on one of the freeways in Indiana.
The winds have calmed down here now. It's a bright, cool, sunny morning, temp heading up to the low 70's by early afternoon.
Merry Christmas.
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25-Dec-2004, 10:51 AM
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Although snow was forecast (and indeed, many areas had some)we in Central Lancashire missed it all again, as usual. There is something about this area that protects us from the extremes of weather - at both ends of the scale.

Jim
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25-Dec-2004, 11:43 AM
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we had a very light dusting of snow here in Whittle le Woods, but thats all.
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25-Dec-2004, 12:48 PM
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Hail stone here in Farington Moss overnight. It's white over now at mid-day , a mix of hail and snow.
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25-Dec-2004, 02:44 PM
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It's a lovely sunny morning and - 14 C here in Southern Ontario, with 6 to 8 inches of snow. Towards mid day the outer layer of ice on tree branches begin to melt and the tees then radiate the pinky red reflection from the sun, its a beautiful sight.
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25-Dec-2004, 02:45 PM
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It's a bit cooler here today with a high temp of 65F forecast. There isn't a cloud in the sky.
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25-Dec-2004, 04:51 PM
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Finally about 3pm it snowed for the first time in living memory in Farington Moss. <[:-)--
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25-Dec-2004, 07:25 PM
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Its interesting reading Noels ' first time in living memory' account!
How the Lancashire climate has changed, we used to get plenty of snow in Lancashire each winter.
I recall driving back to Surrey in Early Jan.1961, the M6 wasn't yet built and driving all the way thru Warrington south on the A6 and down the M1 it was single line traffic only, the snow was piled higher than the cars on each side !
Likewise rambling over Parlick and Fairsnape in winter jumping over the walls and finding oneself up to the neck in snow, walking from Chipping to Longridge over the fells again snow several feet deep , welcoming a warming drink at the Derby Arms at Thornley ( when it was still a simple pub).
How the weather, likewise almost everthing else, has changed !
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