Prepare for snow and ice

Posted on: December 19, 2014

Well who would have thought it? Just a week to go until Christmas and yesterday some areas in the south enjoyed temperatures of around 13 degrees Celsius. This has come about due to a tropical maritime air mass from the Atlantic which has brought with it warm moist air, rain and milder conditions in recent days.

Did You Know? 13 degrees Celsius may sound tropical for December, but the highest temperature ever record in December was 18.3 degrees Celsius at Achnashellach in Scotland on the 2nd December 1948!

At the same time we have seen much drier and colder conditions further north, especially in Scotland and as a result the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the possibility of snow and ice in the days ahead. These warnings cover the following areas:

  • Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • Grampian
  • Strathclyde
  • Central, Tayside & Fife

The Chief Forecaster at the Met Office predicts that a cold and unstable west to north-westerly flow which became established in Scotland late on Thursday evening will persist through until the early ho

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Still dreaming of a White Christmas

Posted on: December 11, 2014

So we have reached that time of year when many of us are frantically scurrying in and out of shops trying to find those last minute gifts, stocking up on festive supplies and taking a punt on whether we can expect a white Christmas.

For many of us snow is synonymous with Christmas; with cards depicting a white carpet scene and songs portraying a ‘white Christmas’. Before the Julian calendar was replaced by its Gregorian counterpart in 1752, white Christmases were a more frequent occurrence. However, with Christmas falling right at the beginning of the winter period and climate change causing warmer temperatures over land and sea, the chance of a white Christmas has been reduced. Instead we tend to experience our heaviest snowfall during January, February and March.

What constitutes a white Christmas?

Many people believe that for it to be declared a white Christmas there needs to be a complete covering of snow at some point between midnight and midday on 25th December. In fact all that is required is for a single flake of snow to fall during the 24 hours of Chr

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Richard House Children's Hospice

Posted on: December 2, 2014

As we have mentioned previously, following the retirement of our cleaner we have been incredibly proud to support the work of three charities - St. Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, the East Anglian Children's Hospices in Ipswich and Cambridge, as well as Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton, London.

Those of you who regularly follow our blog will know that we recently presented the first of three cheques for £500 to St. Elizabeth Hospice. Well last week our Sales Manager, Andrew Henry, was delighted to travel to London and present the latest cheque and a festive tin of Roses to the staff of Richard House Children's Hospice.

About Their Work

Richard House support the families and loved ones of children and young adults who are at risk of death from life-limiting, life-threatening and complex health conditions; the majority of whom live in North and East London. The work of the Hospice ensures that the children, young adults and their families have the opportunity to enjoy positive experiences which can become good memories in the future.

The services they offer ar

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