UK 2011-12 Winter.
I thought I'd depart from my usual stuff and offer you an Oldrightie winter forecast. Like all weather interested individuals I will say it's a joyously unpredictable science so a pinch of salt on any slippery moments is quite welcome! I shall cover a general picture of the whole of The UK and Ireland. Wish me luck! I have had a lifetime in aviation and from there a general interest in both climatology and meteorology. Here goes.
Most pundits are saying an even colder winter than the last. I disagree. November will be less frequently cold and sustained than last year. Wetter, milder air will be the theme for the middle of this month, bracketed by high pressure, frosty periods, though not long lasting. Scotland will experience longer spells of cold dry air, with the South wetter but milder.
December will be drier throughout The UK with very cold air for many days. Later in The Month some snow will be seen but again less significant and disruptive than 2010. A white Christmas South of The Scottish Highlands patchy.
January will be much breezier than normal. Dominated throughout by high winds. Short respites will bring wetter, milder Atlantic air with only patchy Arctic air dominance mostly later in January.
The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone will begin its Northerly migration late in February and much earlier than normal. A very cold start to February will rapidly give way to hints of an early Spring later and into March. Should these thoughts be reasonably accurate, a very warm Spring and Summer but with frequent heavy rains will follow!
If this turns out utter b****cks please don't shoot me for trying!