Increased chances for a cold blocked February

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xmetman

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Feb 2, 2018, 4:41:33 AM2/2/18
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Smartie

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Feb 2, 2018, 5:27:38 PM2/2/18
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Splitting vortex predicted by the operational ECMWF 12 UTC 1 Feb. Don't know if this supported by the EC ENS. GEFS large scale skill has gone AWOL last week but it has been producinng the odd SSW as well.


Jack Harrison

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Feb 3, 2018, 11:06:29 AM2/3/18
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Bruce.  Why "improved chances"?  I hate cold these days (maybe worsening circulation in old age). 
For those like me who don't enjoy cold, I would prefer the terminology "increased" chances for cold blocked.....etc.

I've stayed indoors on a thoroughly dreich day, central heating on, wood burning stove alight - even so not feeling overly warm.
I have to admit though that 17C is a compromise with my wife who likes the temperature much lower than I do.

I have a remote reading thermometer (not quite sure how it works - measures infra-red wavelength perhaps?).  The wood burning stove registers an amazing 180C!

Jack

Keith (Southend)

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Feb 3, 2018, 11:18:54 AM2/3/18
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Jack, bad circulation all my life Raynaud's etc, but what is worse is cold raw and wet. Below freezing things feel much drier and the joints don't suffer. As far as warmth goes, 20°C and above I like.

I have the same problem with the Wife, must be a woman thing :-)

We have a country park walking distance from our house and we love doing the hour and half walk any time of the year, I can't remember when I last did it in crisp powder snow, but the weather ain't like what it used to be back then :-)

Anyway, both my anemometers are telling me the wind is now from the east, albeit 1mph.

Keith (Southend)

Dave C

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Feb 3, 2018, 8:02:51 PM2/3/18
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From what I've been reading lately Jack your wood burning stove could be improving (increasing?) your chances of warmth long term ;-)

Jack Harrison

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Feb 3, 2018, 10:15:00 PM2/3/18
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Dave C : wood burning stove could be improving (increasing?) your chances of warmth long term ;-)

I too had read that.  Whatever you do, eating a particular food for example, it is a good idea one day and then next day that same food is bad for you.  Diesel cars were supposed to be better for the environment than petrol. That was then turned on its head and diesel was frowned upon.  But yet again as per this week's New Scientist, diesel might be the better option.

Wood burning stove was a sensible idea when installed in 2015, now it seems a bad option.  But I wouldn't be surprised in the future that it isn't back in the good books again.

As for other forms of heating: we can't get mains gas here out in the sticks so CH is by LPG (huge ugly tank in the garden).  Suppliers Calor were overwhelmed with orders, largely because of the cold winter.  Despite placing our own order in good time when still at 35% capacity, delivery was a month later by which time we were being cautious about usage - didn't want to lose the hot water if we ran out of LPG.  An old electric fan heater was brought out of retirement.  So to be honest, the "is it a good / is it a bad idea to use the wood burner" hardly entered the equation.  I find it a bit of a fag in any case to build the fire and keep it going - wife is the expert.  Most appreciative users are of course the cats!

Jack


xmetman

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Feb 4, 2018, 5:32:23 AM2/4/18
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