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Autumn marks colder weather

Posted on: September 25, 2014

We hate to be the bearers of bad news folks, but summer has officially been and gone. Monday signified the beginning of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, with the long summer days now set to shorten and temperatures gradually falling as we enter the winter months.

Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal equinox, or September equinox as it is also known, is simply described as one of two points in the year where day and night are of equal length worldwide - the term ‘equinox’ coming from the Latin for ‘equal night’. It is a result of the Earth's tilt on its axis and our never ending journey around the sun.

Some argue that this is an oversimplification and that this astronomical event is actually far more complicated. They point out that ‘night’ is regarded as the point at which the sun is below the horizon, though this ignores twilight. Atmospheric refraction generates an optical illusion; so whilst it may appear the sun is sitting on the horizon, it is in fact already below it.

Forecast

Now we had hoped that the arrival of aut

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Silver charter for Ice Watch

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Around the world more and more people are becoming conscious of their energy consumption, with many actively putting in place measures to change their working habits and practices in an attempt to reduce their energy use. As a company we are very aware of the impact our work has on the environment around us and in recent years have been actively making changes to our working practices to limit this.

To demonstrate to our customers the measures we have put in place we chose to join the Suffolk Carbon Charter awards scheme. As a member of the scheme Ice Watch were recently required to undergo an annual onsite audit and, as a result of the measures we have put in place to become more energy efficient, we have been recognised with a Silver Charter.

Suffolk Carbon Charter

The Suffolk Carbon Charter recognises Suffolk's small and medium businesses, those with fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff, who have put in place carbon reducing measures. Each year those companies taking part are required to undergo an independent audit from a Groundwork East of England qualified advis

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Difficulty in forecasting for microclimates

Posted on: September 10, 2014

In previous blogs we have made mention to the fact that weather conditions can vary greatly, even across a very small area. These microclimates mean that whilst it may be necessary to carry out gritting at one client's site, another client just a few miles down the road may not be at risk.

Microclimates are local atmospheric zones where the climate differs from the surrounding area. These zones can range in size from a few square feet to several square miles and are influenced by a number of contributing factors including:

Altitude

The higher you are above sea level, the colder the temperature will be. This occurs because the air is thinner at higher altitudes, thus it absorbs and retains less heat. The temperature usually decreases by 1 degree Celsius for every 100 metres in altitude that you climb.

Distance From The Sea

As a result of oceans heating up and cooling much more slowly than land, coastal locations tend to be much cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter compared to inland locations at a similar latitude and altitude. Fo

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Be prepared for cold weather

Posted on: September 4, 2014

With the best part of summer now behind us and the autumnal equinox just a couple of weeks away; it won't be long before temperatures start to fall. Once that occurs you don't need us to tell you that it can be a very difficult time of year, especially for the elderly. Whilst winter deaths have been declining steadily since the 1960s, statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that there were over 31,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales during the winter of 2012/13.

To help raise awareness and encourage people to take precautions against prolonged periods of cold and icy weather, The Met Office works in conjunction with Public Health England to provide Cold Weather Alerts. In operation between 1st November and 31st March every year, the alerts are provided to NHS Trusts in England and the charity Age UK; as well as being issued to the general public through the Met Office website, w

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