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Weather warnings

Posted on: November 23, 2016

At this time of year, in the UK, we can pretty much expect any sort of severe weather be it high winds, heavy rain, ice on the roads, fog or snowfall. To help us to plan and prepare for the potential disruption this weather can bring, the Met Office issues weather warnings that are now included in all the major weather forecasting broadcasts. But do you really know what they mean?

We decided to take a look at the different warnings to see exactly they refer to and what it means for all of us.

The first thing to mention is that the warnings are given a colour coding depending on a combination of both the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have.

The messages associated with each of the colours are:

Green (Very low risk) – Be aware that here is a very small risk of severe weather 

Yellow (Low risk) – Be aware that there is a small potential for severe weather
Severe weather is possible over the next few days

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Odds good for White Christmas

Posted on: November 15, 2016

With the John Lewis and Marks & Spencer’s TV ads now being aired, we can (un)officially say that the festive season is in full swing! And, with snow having already fallen in many parts of the country last week - snowploughs and gritters were needed to re-open Leeds Bradford airport - we thought we’d look at the latest odds for a White Christmas.

The definition that the Met Office uses to define a White Christmas is for one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December. Traditionally, it uses a single location in the country to define a White Christmas which is the Met Office building in London. 

However, with the increase in betting on a White Christmas, the number of locations have increased and can now include sites such as Buckingham Palace, Belfast (Aldergrove Airport), Aberdeen (Pittodrie, Aberdeen FC), Edinburgh (Castle), Coronation Street in Manchester and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff!

Last week’s snowfall prompted William Hill to cut the odds on a White Christmas to 3/1 for c

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Weather influence n US vote

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Not only does bad weather affect the mood of a nation it can also have a profound effect on the fortunes of a country. With Tuesday’s US Presidential election only around the corner, will the weather forecasts favour the Republicans or the Democrats?

No significant snowfall or extreme weather is forecast on Election Day but a swathe of downpours may deter some voters in central states. But with tranquil weather forecast over much of the country, voter turnout could well be boosted among some demographics

"Weather was found to be, on average, nearly 20 percent of the change in voter turnout based on our analysis," according to AccuWeather’s Tim Loftus who has conducted research that analyses the weather trends and voter data for primary elections dating as far back as 1996. His conclusion is that the weather does have an impact on how some voters respond when making a decision to head to the polls.

Loftus said, “Democrats are more weather-sensitive, when compared to Republicans and among the most weather-sensi

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