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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    The meteorological spring is about 6 weeks away now. What will it bring this year?

    It's 20 years since the spring of 1995, one of my favourite springs because of its variety: snow, hail, thunder, lightning, warmth. Further, each spell for each variety was not too prolonged.

    I am hoping for a similar spring this year.

    The worst type of springs are the homogenous ones. I find them boring, IMO.

    Spring 1996 was basically chilly and often cloudy. Springs 2002 and 2014 were tedious

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  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

    I love changeable springs. Where you get a cold snap one week and then a warm spell the next. The best thing about spring is that it can have weather types to suit all.

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  • Location: Winter=Gloomy Manchester. Summer=LV-426. Other=Azeroth
  • Weather Preferences: Cold, cold, cold and errrr......cold. I am, unashamedly, a cold fan.
  • Location: Winter=Gloomy Manchester. Summer=LV-426. Other=Azeroth

    Hoping we get a cool /cold spring. Not too warm.

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

    cor! cannot think about Spring yet! we've only just started winter, but 2013 for me baby! snowy march cold April with snow

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    I like spring (2nd to summer of course) and its transition as we go from the dull dark days of winter to the warmer (hopefully!) brighter longer days of spring and the emergence of spring colour

     

    Saying that late February can and has felt quite spring like over the years its only 3 years ago since I got a high of 16.1c and Coleshill, Warwickshire,  hit 18.7°C

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    cor! cannot think about Spring yet! we've only just started winter, but 2013 for me baby! snowy march cold April with snow

     

     

    lol we're just past the half way stage now, still wintry weather doesn't automatically finish on March 1st so plenty of time yet for your beloved cold ;)

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  • Location: Stockport
  • Location: Stockport

    I'm hoping for the same as always: a cold March, a changeable April and warm, but not hot, May. Large diurnal ranges and plenty of sunshine would be a bonus.

    Really don't want a reverse spring, with southerly winds in March and Northerlies in May.

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    WSI's3 monthly forecast now covers March and April

     

    WSI Europe: Hopes of Sustained Cold Weather Decreasing Heading into Late Winter

     

    Atlantic Blocking Continues to be Elusive

     

    Andover, MA, 19 January 2015 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects slightly below-normal temperatures to generally be confined to Scandinavia, UK, and parts of northwestern mainland Europe for the February-April period, with above-normal temperatures common elsewhere.

    According to WSI Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford: “Neither the weak El Nino nor the recent stratospheric warming event appears to have been able to conquer the prevailing pattern of low pressure and strong westerlies across the North Atlantic as we head into February. At this point, it appears that the chances for sustained or extreme cold weather are rather limited as we head into the back half of winter. We feel that the pattern for the next couple of months will be characterized by very mild temperatures across SE Europe with near to slightly below-normal temperatures confined to northern/western sections.â€

    In February, WSI forecasts:

     

    Nordic Region – Slightly colder than normal
    UK – Slightly colder than normal
    Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal east, slightly colder than normal west
    Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

    In March, WSI forecasts:

     

    Nordic Region – Colder than normal
    UK – Colder than normal
    Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal east, colder than normal west
    Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

    In April, WSI forecasts:

     

    Nordic Region – Colder than normal
    UK – Colder than normal
    Northern Mainland – Colder than normal
    Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

     

    http://www.wsi.com/4a12a845-d496-48e1-8047-b0fa41469531/news-scheduled-forecast-release-details.htm

     

    Jamstec model also going for slightly below average surface air temp anomaly

     

    temp2.glob.MAM2015.1jan2015.gif

     

    Precipitation generally looks around average

     

    tprep.glob.MAM2015.1jan2015.gif

     

    The met office ens mean maps show the 850's temps slightly below normal

     

    2cat_20150101_t850_months35_global_deter

     

    2m temps are slightly above normal with slightly above normal precipitation and lower than average pressure

     

    2cat_20150101_temp2m_months35_global_det2cat_20150101_prec_months35_global_deter2cat_20150101_mslp_months35_global_deter

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    I love spring heat, the air is so dry compared to the summer sweatfests. 

     

    March 2012 and April 07 will do me.

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  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Hot sunny , cold and snowy, thunderstorms
  • Location: Weston-S-Mare North Somerset

    Love Spring, but not cold Springs.

     

    Hoping we don't get cold weather this Spring, especially as Easter is a little earlier this year (Beginning of April)

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

    March: cold and wintry first third with some snow and frost, stormy wet middle third, mild and sunny springlike final third

    April: mixture of bright fresh anticyclonic weather and typical sunshine/showers convective weather

    May: any unsettled weather in the first half with emphasis on lengthy dry, sunny and warm conditions in the second half, with some thunderstorms thrown in

     

    That's my desire for spring. Normally I don't take much interest in any wintry attempts in March but as December and January have failed, I won't say no to a snow day in early March. 2005 and 2006 were good for this. After about the 10th, snow in March becomes pretty pointless unless exceptional like 2013.

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  • Location: Keyingham, East Yorkshire
  • Weather Preferences: Spanish plumes, hot and sunny with thunderstorms
  • Location: Keyingham, East Yorkshire

    You know Spring is just around the corner when a Spring discussion opens on netweather lol. In a lot of respects i prefer Spring to Summer, with my liking for the season increasing as time passes. I love the fresh growth of May and especially the woodlands with a carpet of bluebells catching the sun until the canopy fully closes for the summer. Therefore some nice Spring warmth is preferable to enable me to go on walks in the countryside.

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  • Location: Newton in Bowland
  • Location: Newton in Bowland

    I see on CFS v2 that March looks cold and blocked with a trough right over us, April looks slightly milder and wetter and low confidence for May. Wondering if the declining sunspot activity maybe enhancing more trough activity into the spring as we go into it?

    I would say it's certainly a big factor, lets hope it doesn't bring about HLB from May onwards. Of course it can return come November for 20 weeks.

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    A warm spring would be most welcome, lighter days, new growth, return of colour to the garden and countryside, not so long now.

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  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and heatwave
  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft

    My forecast for spring

     

    March............if only we had synoptics like this in January

    April..............if only we had synoptics like this in January

    May.............   Long range forecasts are suggesting a colder then average winter

     

    Unless its late May spring doesn't hold much for me

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  • Location: Leeds
  • Weather Preferences: snow, heat, thunderstorms
  • Location: Leeds

    A cold, snowy March followed by a warm April and May will do me nicely. March 2013 + April 2011 + May 2008. Obviously very unlikely, but you can dream.

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    The meteorological spring is about 6 weeks away now. What will it bring this year?

    It's 20 years since the spring of 1995, one of my favourite springs because of its variety: snow, hail, thunder, lightning, warmth. Further, each spell for each variety was not too prolonged.

    I am hoping for a similar spring this year.

    The worst type of springs are the homogenous ones. I find them boring, IMO.

    Spring 1996 was basically chilly and often cloudy. Springs 2002 and 2014 were tedious

    Very much the same here.  

     

    A couple of statistical oddities: according to my records, in Cleadon in Tyne and Wear, Spring 1995 had no thunder-days and no days with snow lying at 0900 GMT, despite having lying snow or hail at some point on several days, and having an unusually large number of "impressive convection days" including 11 with hail.  But it had pretty much everything else that I would want. 

     

    May 1997 also stands out for variety, but it followed a March/April that were pretty homogeneous.

     

    Another spring that I have fond memories of is Spring 2008 in Norwich, which had some wintry spells in late March/early April, impressive convective storms during 6-15 April, and then a hot sunny first half of May, though I recall the second half of both April and May not producing much of note.

     

    The springs of 1935, 1955 and 1975 were also pretty eventful/varied so on that basis I should have high hopes for Spring 2015.  However, sequences like that are notorious for abruptly terminating, like the "dry sunny Junes ending in 0" one that stopped in 1980.

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

    March 2013    -     Other notables,    1995, 1987

    April 1981       _                "                2012

    May 1996

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  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, storms and other extremes
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire

    Personally I'm starting to get that 'march will be a cold one' feeling I had before 2013. No good for anyone.

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  • Location: Home: Bournemouth (Iford) Work: NE Hants
  • Location: Home: Bournemouth (Iford) Work: NE Hants

    Statistically speaking it won't be a "repeat" of 2013 - especially not two years later. The first half of that "spring" was absolutely amazing. I'd settle for average, really. What's wrong with that? A bit of everything. I would not welcome a repeat of April and May 2012, though. Cold, wet and thoroughly miserable.

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Statistically speaking it won't be a "repeat" of 2013 - especially not two years later. The first half of that "spring" was absolutely amazing. I'd settle for average, really. What's wrong with that? A bit of everything. I would not welcome a repeat of April and May 2012, though. Cold, wet and thoroughly miserable.

     

    The only thing I liked from May 2012 was the final week to 10 days when we had some hot weather Scotland also broke its May record when a high of 30.9°C was recorded at Inverailort on the 25th England's high was 28.4°C at Treknow on the 26th

     

    The summer what followed was poor bar the 2 weeks when the Olympics were on when some hot weather arrived

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  • Location: Home: Bournemouth (Iford) Work: NE Hants
  • Location: Home: Bournemouth (Iford) Work: NE Hants

    The only thing I liked from May 2012 was the final week to 10 days when we had some hot weather Scotland also broke its May record when a high of 30.9°C was recorded at Inverailort on the 25th England's high was 28.4°C at Treknow on the 26th

     

    The summer what followed was poor bar the 2 weeks when the Olympics were on when some hot weather arrived

     

    that final week was fantastic - I remember some really warm nights as well but it really was a blip in a truly horrific April - July.

     

    I really would like to see a proper country-wide freeze before the end of February so we can put that to bed before spring. I think all 3 spring months were above average last year (most of the year was, actually) so I can't see that being repeated.

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