The first day of spring and another red warning

A red severe warning for snow has now been issued for some parts of SW England and Wales for later today and tonight –  but what an odd shape and area it covers (fig 1). At the moment I seem to have the power to preempt anything the Met Office does, because in my last blog I was complaining that more, and larger areas of the country, should be included in a red warning of snow that’s being compounded by strong winds and very low temperatures. For what it’s worth I would have thought that the red area should have been aligned  W-E with the frontal system, rather than SSW-NNE with the orography of the higher ground of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Brecon Beacons. The area of light snow that’s been affecting the south overnight is now starting to edge further north into the Midlands as the steering wind starts to veer more southerly.

Figure 1 – Courtesy of the Met Office

Author: xmetman

An ex-metman passionate about all things to do with weather, climate and clouds

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