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Snow and gritting services pay off

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Just when you thought the worst of the winter weather was behind us, Mother Nature gave us a reminder yesterday that we are yet to see the last of the snow this winter. With parts of Scotland and northern England experiencing several inches of the white stuff on Tuesday, forecasters have reminded us that whilst meteorologically spring is set to arrive on Sunday, there may still be more snow to come.

“Spring technically starts on 1st of March, however this doesn't necessarily mean that this is the last big snow fall we have seen this winter” - Met Office Spokesman.

Homes and businesses were forced to shovel tonnes of snow, with several main roads left almost impassable due to snow and ice. The unpredictability of snow means it always pays to be prepared for the unexpected. At Ice Watch we provide a 24/7 nationwide gritting and snow clearance service to reduce the impact of snow and ice on your business.

Gritting:

It goes without saying that snow and ice can create hazards for both pedestrians and motorists attempting to navigate your business p

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Frost come in many different guises

Posted on: February 20, 2015

After what has been a relatively mild few days here in the east, it looks set to turn chillier again next week. Having spent long periods of the week basking in mild and sunny days, it would appear we can expect colder nights once again with a strong risk of a frost.

Frost can be a tricky thing to forecast, mainly because there are so many variables to our weather that will determine whether frost has an opportunity to form. For that reason it is often difficult for experts to forecast a ground frost more than a few days in advance.

Frost is actually quite a broad term and can take several forms.

Ground Frost

We experience a ground frost when the temperature of the ground, objects and trees falls below freezing, causing water to freeze and ice to form. To measure for a ground frost forecasters place a thermometer 5cm from the ground and if the temperature at this point hits 0°C then a ground frost is recorded.

Gardeners will often take a keen interest in the chances of a ground frost occurring, as well as those of a grass frost. This occurs when natural surfaces, s

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Measuring wind chill

Posted on: February 11, 2015

There is a good chance, especially during winter months, that you will have seen a weather forecast in which the forecaster predicts the temperature and then goes on to talk about the ‘wind chill factor’. This is because the temperatures we see on TV and published in newspapers represent the temperature of the air, but do not take into account how we actually experience the temperature.

When a forecaster goes on to talk about wind chill, or the ‘feels like’ temperature as it is also commonly known, they are referring to the temperature felt by the body on exposed skin. This is calculated by taking into account a number of factors, including:

  • Relative humidity
  • Wind speed at 5 feet (average human head height)
  • How the body loses heat on a cold day

As an example, the air temperature here at our offices in Saxmundham in Suffolk this morning is currently 4°C. However, if we were to step outside, the temperature we would feel on our skin would be closer to 2°C.

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How snowflakes form

Posted on: February 9, 2015

So how are you all coping with the snow? Here in East Anglia we have been fortunate to dodge the worst of it, but we know that other parts of the UK have seen considerable snowfall. Many of you will have been delighted to see some of the white stuff, but for others it can be a big inconvenience. Every year the country seems to come to a stand-still at the first sign of a snowflake; but if you put that to one side snow can be an incredibly beautiful thing.

In our opinion, what makes snow so special is that every snowflake is unique. They are formed when moisture in the air freezes to create tiny ice crystals. These crystals collide with one another, gradually getting heavier and heavier until such a point that their weight sees them fall to the ground as snow.

What is the difference between ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ snow?

Each snowflake can be a different size depending on how many ice crystals group together and this is influenced by air temperatures. When snowflakes fall through dry, cool air they form small powdery snowflakes that do not stick together.

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