When snow means speeding up not slowing down

Posted on: January 31, 2017

The thirst for speed on snow
For most of us in this country, when the snow falls it means things slow up or even come to a standstill, especially on the roads. But whilst driving conditions are potentially treacherous before the snow clearance begins, there are some individuals who see snow as a challenge to go as fast as they can. Fortunately, they’re not on the road.

We are talking about speed skiers. If you thought World Cup downhill skiers were fast, you should check out this elite bunch of individuals who regularly hit speeds in excess of 250kph (150mph).  

Faster on snow than terminal velocity
Speed skiing is the sport of skiing downhill in a straight line as quickly as possible. The current world record holder is Italian Ivan Origone who recorded a speed of 254.958kph (158.424 mph) in March 2016 which, amazingly, is faster than the terminal velocity of a free-falling skydiver in the belly-to-earth position - about 190 kph (120 mph) – and he’s the fastest non-motorised human on earth.

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Seeing out through the ice

Posted on: January 25, 2017

January has proved to be a very cold and icy month so far, giving drivers a frost to start to the day. Dealing with a frozen windscreen and windows first thing in the morning can create an unwanted delay on the daily commute or school run but it’s vital to make sure that you can see clearly before driving.

The Highway Code is very clear on what you should do before setting off:

You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from ALL your windows
You MUST ensure that your lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
You MUST make sure your mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

Because not all roads are gritted, it also warns that stopping distances can be up to ten times greater on icy roads compared to dry roads so keeping your distance from the vehicle in fro

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Thundersnow expected in UK

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Earlier this week, the Met Office issued a yellow warning for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West England, that could then extend further south into Wales and the East of England, about the potential for high winds and snow. As well plummeting temperatures, up to 75 mph winds and blizzard conditions, it forecast the potential for ‘thundersnow’.

This unfamiliar condition occurs where rain that is normally associated with a thunderstorm falls as snow because the air temperature is so cold. The Met Office reported that cold air originating over Arctic Canada is responsible and that it will create very active, vigorous wintry showers that could be accompanied by thunder and lightning to make quite a spectacular sight.

Because the snow will fall in showers it makes snow clearance much more challenging and could lead to some very tricky driving conditions. Overnight frosts will also contribute to what promises to be a very icy end of the week underfoot.

Councils up and down the country, especially where the mor

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