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  • Location: Failsworth, Manchester - alt: 93m
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunshine and thunderstorms. Mild in winter.
  • Location: Failsworth, Manchester - alt: 93m

    In your opinion what would you say are the best high and low pressure systems?

     

    For me, the best high would be the UK high, and the best low would be the Euro low, especially in summer as it has the potential to import thunderstorms from the continent.

     

    As for the worst low, it definately has to be Atlantic lows that just come swinging in day-in, day-out, and for the worst high, I can't say I really have one as I just enjoy settled weather when it comes, but I would suppose just any high that brings anticyclonic gloom.

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  • Location: North York Moors
  • Location: North York Moors

    Will always remember a prolonged High Pressure spell in May - probably 1980 - which brought about 10 days of almost totally cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid-teens. 
    It was classic late springtime weather with every day things getting greener and greener.

    Winter highs are more often endless gloom and chilly with little interest beyond perhaps snow flurries.
    In the spring they will often take up residence to the NW of Scotland.
    There and often into NW England e.g. the Lake District get glorious sunny weather but the east coast gets endless days of chilly mist and drizzle from the North Sea still at 6C. 

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  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.
  • Weather Preferences: Heavy disruptive snowfall.
  • Location: Manchester Deansgate.

    My likes -

     

     

    Greenland highs - all year around.

    Scandinavian highs in winter (my favourite)

     

    Wintertime lows over France / spain.

    Summertime lows directly over us.

     

     

    My dislikes -

     

    UK Highs - anytime,  unless they retrogress to Greenland.

    Bartlett / Euro highs unless the Euro high is threatening to ride north, having a go at the PV through wave breaking.

     

     

     

    To sum up -

     

    I like Northern blocking any time of year unless its a hot continental air mass in summer,

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  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and Thundery, Cold and Snowy
  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

    Best high in summer is the euro high, greeny is the worst. Then the complete opposite in winter time!

    Surface heat lows over France are my faves as they're the ones that bring the real proper storms up. A channel low in winter would be a favourite.

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  • Location: Ashbourne,County Meath,about 6 miles northwest of dublin airport. 74m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Cold weather - frost or snow
  • Location: Ashbourne,County Meath,about 6 miles northwest of dublin airport. 74m ASL

    My fav high pressure -would have to be a greenland Hp hands down.

    Least fav HP- would be a Bartlett hands down,cant stand euro "trash" highs either.

     

    My fav lows -rare as hens teeth but a Polar low!

    Least fav low- Those big LPS that just sit out in the Atlantic bringing up mild muck from the southwest with bands of rain.

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    Best Highs - Scandi/Siberian High in Winter bringing in the beast from the east, affected by the occasional low coming up the Channel :)  

     

    Continental High in Summer bringing in South easterlies, bringing in hot cloudless weather :)

     

    Worst Highs in Winter - Bartlett Highs - cold and miserable with nothing much to show for it :( - mid Atlantic Highs which often bring coldish weather but nothing to show for it where I am :(

     

    Best Lows in Winter - Polar lows, swinging down on a Northerly - if you are in the right spot they can bring quite a bit of snow within a short space of time :)

     

    Worst Lows in Winter - Those which get stuck in the tramlines of the westerly jets and we end up getting one after the other :(

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  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
  • Weather Preferences: obviously snow!
  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl

    Best highs, winter a high settling over the UK after a cold spell, similar to Xmas day '10, and new year 2001 into 2002

     

    worst high winter, probably centered over Ireland, bringing cloudy skies in from the NW

     

    worst low's winter, bombardment Atlantic on a southerly tracking jet with temps in rain around 5C

     

    best low's winter, fantasy but tracking over southern UK with -10 uppers in place

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  • Location: Dundee
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunderstorms, gales. All extremes except humidity.
  • Location: Dundee

    Best high in Winter Greenland to Iceland. Summer anywhere but there as Easterly winds here mean haar so either over UK or to. SW. Worst in Winter the Euro High.

    Polar Low best like Christmas 1995 followed by W to E through the Borders area with us in very cold air to the North as in Jan 1984.

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  • Location: Alresford, Near Colchester, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: As long as it's not North Sea muck, I'll cope.
  • Location: Alresford, Near Colchester, Essex

    Best high in summer is the euro high, greeny is the worst. Then the complete opposite in winter time!

    Surface heat lows over France are my faves as they're the ones that bring the real proper storms up. A channel low in winter would be a favourite.

    Agree with this. :)

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  • Location: Yorkshire Puddin' aka Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
  • Weather Preferences: cold winters, cold springs, cold summers and cold autumns
  • Location: Yorkshire Puddin' aka Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

    For me the worst lows in all seasons are the Mid-Atlantic Lows.  The Icelandic Low and its little Secondary Low friends is also a bad low in all seasons if it bring Mild Zonality or heatwaves but if it brings Cold Zonality it's one of the best.  For me the worst high in all seasons is the Azores High and its friend the dreaded Bartlett High aka Eurotrash High. :bad:  The Scandi/Siberian High is also bad if it brings Continental Tropical air as it always does in summer and even most of the spring and autumn too but if the Scandi/Siberian High brings Continental Polar air it's one of the best. :good:

     

    For me the best lows in all seasons are the Scandi Lows and Euro Lows and the Azores Lows and their little friends the Polar Lows and Channel Lows.  For me the best high in all seasons is the Arctic High and its friends the Greenland High and Mid-Atlantic High as long as Mild Zonality doesn't return around the latter.

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