As I write, the third official air frost of this winter has now been recorded at Edinburgh Gogarbank with the temperature down to -1.4°C as at 4am GMT (04:00 UTC) this morning.
We haven't yet had any snow here and haven't even come close to getting any snow here as per usual, going by other recent winters.
However, this means that despite the fact that we are only just over a week into this winter, we have already had as many air frosts during this winter as what we had during the entire months of January and February put together.
In terms of the minimum temperatures, this winter is therefore starting off on a much colder note than what last winter did and I can have no complaints about that.
Apart from the usual lack of snow though, our daytime maximum temperatures are very much also letting this winter down as we have still to record a maximum temperature of less than 5.7°C at Edinburgh Gogarbank during this winter.
One of the main factors which determine whether or not we are experiencing a "decent" winter overall in my books is that it should be colder than average overall but until those daytime maximum temperatures come down a bit, that isn't really going to happen.
However, if you take into consideration the very hot summer which we had this year and the fact that this was followed by an exceptionally mild autumn, I would bet you that very few people would have expected us to anything more than a snowball's chance in hell of us getting a cold winter just now, especially with all of the ongoing issues regarding climate change.
In addition to that, all of the northern blocking which is around just now and which had led into this relatively cold start to the winter is happening despite all of the warmer than average SSTs which are around us in the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, and despite the fact that we are also in a westerly QBO.
Those are two factors which would normally be expected to go against us getting a cold winter, so we're not actually doing too badly when you take all of that into consideration.EDIT
Forget what I was saying about a lack of snow here, as it is now snowing here as I write with that snow now lying.
This winter is getting better over time at the moment and hopefully, that trend will continue.
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08 December 2022 09:26:40
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