Weather (Or Not)

Here is the UK Radio or TV weather forecast.
It’s going to be:-

Too hot (People dropping in the streets),
Too cold (Arctic and blizzard conditions),
Too dry (Drought conditions),
Too wet ( Floods and torrential rain)
Too windy (Hurricane conditions)


Everything the most extreme it’s ever been since records began.
Which as a survivalist is no help what so ever. So what to use that is helpful?

The UK doesn’t have four seasons anymore so we have to put up with long drawn out blurred periods.
For example, The key dates are meant to be:- 

Key Date Season Daylight Hours
20 March Spring 06h-18h
21 June Summer 04h-22h
22 September Autumn 07h-19h
21 December Winter 08h-16h


Whats important to me is when I can see i.e. Daylight hours.
Also, the longer the day, the warmer (ish) and it allows me to do more.

Rain stops me from working yet in the UK it’ll rain irrespective what time of the year it is so I’m a great fan of cloud watching.

Here are a list of clouds that can make rain and / or snow: 

Altostratus – Altitude 4 miles 
May Rain or Snow.
These clouds usually cover the entire sky. Thin layers halo the sun.
Often form ahead of storms that will produce continuous rain. 
Altocumulus – Altitude 4 miles 
May Rain
Gray, fluffy, occasionally in waves
If they form on a warm, humid summer morning often means thunderstorms may occur by late afternoon. 
Stratocumulus – Altitude 2.5 miles, 
Light rain or drizzle
Large dark, round, usually in groups or lines 
Nimbostratus – Altitude 1.3 miles 
Continuous light to moderate Rain
A dark gray, “wet” looking layer,
Long lasting wet stuff. 
Stratus – Altitude LOW to 1.2 miles 
Maybe Drizzle
Uniform grayish clouds that often cover the entire sky. 
They resemble fog that does not reach the ground. Damp air.
Cumulonimbus – Altitude Dark bases LOW, 300 yards, Tops 5 miles often “Anvil topped
They grow quickly hence the danger.
Heavy bursts of rain, high winds, thunderstorms. Flash flood makers. 

Wind.

It’s simple really, the harder the wind blows the colder you feel. Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter.
Temperature control is so important yet people get hypothermia on summer days if they are “sweaty” enough and the wind blows hard.
I covered this in Cold Injury Avoidance but I feel it’s worth a recap.
If you can feel the wind, not just a kiss but REALLY feel it, then you need to seek cover.
So I’m thinking round the YELLOW figures.

A few indicators of wind speed would be:- 

Bearing this in mind, using an online calculator, and working in Celsius and MPH, 
Here’s the wind chill chart.
Yellow sort of coresponds with the wind speed chart.
Average temperatures round me during last winter -5 to -12 Celsius.
Wind speed averages 5-15 MPH Max gusts clocked at 53 MPH.
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