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Wind Clodagh To Strike UK

November 27, 2015

By Paul Homewood


h/t 1saveenergy  




This is the sort of article that the Met Office were getting squeamish about earlier.

The Star reports (but please avert your eyes from the rugby!):


The country is set to be buffeted by the third named Met Office storm this weekend, with Clodagh following Abigail and Barney in attacking British shores.

Clodagh is expected to linger for TWO WEEKS, with Atlantic systems bringing gales and snow until December 9 or even later.

Charities are warning that temperatures over Christmas and New Year could plummet to -14C, which could see as many as 50,000 Brits killed by cold weather.

Scottish mountains could be coated in half a metre of snow at the weekend, while gusts will buffet Black Friday shoppers tomorrow as the frenzy to grab bargains gets into full glow.

Colder air will start flooding south on Saturday, the Met Office says.

Winds will reach 50mph in the west on Friday, 60mph from tomorrow, 65mph in the south on Saturday and up to 100mph in Scotland on Sunday.

Snow of between 30 and 50cm will fall in the Scottish Highlands, while a Met Office forecaster said snow was "likely on northern hills".

MeteoGroup forecaster Laura Caldwell said: "With indications of stormy weather, keep an eye out for Clodagh, the next named storm."

The Met Office said: "Storm Clodagh will become the third storm named by the Met Office when a storm is next forecast to have an impact on the UK.

"From Friday, it will be very windy, with gales possible, especially on Sunday.

"Monday looks like hill snow in the North and a windy day, with a risk of gales.

"From Tuesday to December 9, a succession of Atlantic weather systems are likely to spread across the UK.

"Northern areas are likely to bear the brunt, with the strongest winds, heaviest rain as well as sleet or hill snow.

"Temperatures will feel colder due to the strength of the wind."

The Met Office’s forecast to the end of January said El Nino means a greater risk of New Year freezes due to the bitter easterlies that helped cause December 2010’s -21.3C Big Freeze and January 2013’s -13.6C chill.

Energy Bill Revolution director Ed Matthew said: "This winter’s toll could be far worse, thousands higher than 43,900 deaths in last years mild winter, due to freezing weather forecast this winter."



The Met Office 5-day outlook is rather more muted:




Expect a wet and windy weekend, but, as the Met Office told us in their blog, nothing unusual for this time of year.

Time to take the dog for a walk, I think!

  1. November 27, 2015 2:06 pm

    The MO are going to look even more stupid (if that is possible) if the have to use the name after all!

  2. CheshireRed permalink
    November 27, 2015 2:11 pm

    That’s one hell of a zit.

  3. Ian Magness permalink
    November 27, 2015 2:17 pm

    But… but…. but…., I thought it was that catastrophic global warming that was supposed to cause all those deaths, not cold!
    Oh my, we’re just all going to die. Thank you Met Office for warning us!

  4. AZ1971 permalink
    November 27, 2015 5:09 pm

    This is an example of sheer Brit lunacy – that in last year’s mild weather, there was nearly 44,000 deaths. And they want to do away with fossil fuels to rely on intermittent wind and solar to keep people alive???

    Imagine if 44,000 people died here in the U.S. due to exposure. The outrage would be so vociferous that heads would roll in our state and federal government!

  5. November 27, 2015 5:17 pm

    Yawn. Do people really pay good money for such tosh

  6. Donald Freeman (@Belasarion) permalink
    November 28, 2015 1:59 am

    I had to look that figure up. Last year the attributed a lot of the deaths to the failures of the NHS; last year the flu vaccine failed. It only protected 3% of the people that got it. The 43,900 figure is “excess” deaths that happen in the winter months for over 65’s. The measure the four winter months against the four preceding and 4 succeeding months.

    Every year they have excess deaths. its just that some years are more excessive than others, right? They list cold, poor housing, damp and wet, poor medical care as the causes. It affects more people in the northwest which is right where this storm is coming from.

  7. johnbuk permalink
    November 28, 2015 7:54 pm

    Yeah, but what’s the name of your dog?

  8. November 29, 2015 12:31 pm

    According to Helen Willetts, on BBC news channel this morning, storm Clodagh has been named, by the Irish Met. Service!
    I guess that gets the UKMO of the hook?

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