Last Ever Updated Weather Forecast?

On this blog it is anyway.  I have decided to open a new blog for my weather forecasts and various thoughts, which will give me more options to put bits and pieces of weather stuff without distracting too much from my main blog.

I will put up links to good weather videos, etc, and update my thinking on weather more often.

This bank holiday weekend should end up pretty decent, though not quite as good as the last one which was quite exceptional.

‘THE DAY’ should start off cloudy with perhaps a little light patchy rain, but it will brighten up and warm up – though this may trigger off a few showers, 19’C if you are lucky with sunshine, 17’C if not so lucky.

Saturday sees low pressure to the south, high to the north, with easterly winds over much of England.  Showers to the south and west – Reading should be too far north and therefore stay dry, it may reach 21’C, though 19’C is more realistic.
Sunday sees only subtle changes, more cloud, again a chance of a shower, probably only 18’C – unless it does turn out to be sunny, but I am expecting cloud to be more likely.
Monday looks a bit more favourable for sunshine, but still plenty of cloud potential and slight shower potential, 18’C.  I would not be surprised though if it turned out better than the current forecast – the very warm air is still over France and it would not take too much to change things markedly for the better.
Tuesday, the low pressure which has been very slowly developing to the west of the UK over the weekend will start to form more and progress towards the UK, rain in the west but Reading should be fine and dry, but cooler air, 16’C.
Wednesday looks likely to see some rain at some point, as the low pressure moves slightly further eastwards towards Ireland.  15’C.
Thursday, low pressure still to the west of Ireland, not really moving anywhere now, and if the rain has clearly it should be bright and sunny, but with showers, also with warmer air again, 18’C.

And from then on, the signal is that there will be more warm air trying to get into the south-east of the UK, with low pressure slow-moving to the north-west.  So a mixed feel to the first half of May.

Comparing Messi To Windass

It probably shouldn’t be done.  But I was quite impressed with Messi’s goal last night as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-0.

He still isn’t a patch on Dean Windass though.  It is like comparing beauty and the beast.  Deano wins hands down every time.  If you don’t believe me, then compare the photographic evidence below, and the video evidence below that.

Messi’s goal – quite beautiful

Deano’s goal – beauty and a beast

Surely there is no comparison?

James Went To Withernsea

Some say it is grim up north.  I am here to try to prove otherwise.

On my recent Easter break in the city of Hull, myself and my sister decided to go to the seaside – it was a very warm 18’C in Hull so we needed to cool down.  Thankfully, Withernsea offered a pleasant sea-breeze from the North Sea, and temperatures of 12’C.

This is the beach.

Then there is the entertainment area, with a variety of amusement arcades.  I spent 44p playing the slots.

We had a walk along the high street too, which was bustling with activity.

And we had a look in the local shops.

We could have stayed the night in the hotel, but being a tiny bit more accustomed to temperatures higher than 12’C it was best that we didn’t spend too long in the lovely sea air.

There used to be a pier in Withernsea, but a few ships crashed into it in the 19th century.

It is a shame that we seem to have missed the biggest event of the year so far, which was reported in the Hull Daily Mail, as a 150m knitted scarf was wrapped around the lighthouse.

So, on my UK 2011 tour, I have been to Watford and Withernsea, I guess I should continue the W theme.  Where next?  Widnes?  Woking?  Wolverhampton?  Who knows…

Back From Hull & Wedding Planning

So in case you hadn’t worked it out, I am back from Hull, and feeling refreshed and re-aligned. Or I was on Monday afternoon anyway until I realised that no bank holiday weekend should go without a bit of a session, shame I picked the night before work to do it, oops.

Anyway, there is nothing like a trip to Hull to remind me of why I live in Reading.  I would like to think that my temporary unsettledness of the mind last week has been put to rest for a while.  The BBC have been writing about how tough life is there, I do have things very easy.  Though perhaps there is a reason that things seem relatively easy and that is the previous years of hard work, good decisions and education.

I don’t have too much to report from Hull, it was just decent time spent with the family, me and my sister went to Withernsea for 30 minutes (I will do a separate blog to show the highlights), I went to watch the most appallingly terrible defending in a football match that I have seen in some time as the play-off hopes for my football team, Hull City, faded very quickly.

Oh and I had a Sunday lunch at a pub. Note to chefs in pubs down south – this is what a roast dinner should look like.  Note the quantity of food.  Stop ripping me off you tight southern bastards.

Oh and I have applied for Olympics tickets. Going with the folks.  Really hoping to see some people running or something.  Should be inspiring.

So back to Reading, all is well and good, as it should, and as it really always was.

Looking forward to this weekend. Friday I do want to go to London to get involved with the Royal Wedding stuff (why I am not invited, being a King, I do not know, but hey), and then afterwards I was thinking about taking it up a notch and going to Public Life, yes Royal Wedding to a toilet, that is the way to do it surely?

Updated Weather Forecast

I do hope that you appreciate this weather forecast, it is coming after the odd beer and a little bit of sunshine, and is therefore taking up more of my resources than usual, but I love doing my forecasts – so here goes.

It may be a case of that we have had the best weather that we are going to have for a while, in Reading, we reached 26.1’C on Saturday.

Tuesday will be fair, more cloud than recent days but still some sun, 17’C but that is noticeably less than we have been used to.
Wednesday I see more sunshine than cloud, 18’C perhaps.
Thursday I will be quite cloudy, perhaps with a light shower, but some sunny breaks too, 16’C.
Friday – the day of the Royal Wedding – 18’C may be reached, but I am pretty sure that there will be a shower or two.
Saturday should be a touch warmer, perhaps 19’C but again more showers are quite possible.
Sunday looks a little more like typical bank holiday weather, some sunshine, but some showers, 16’C.

I think the outlook is downhill.  More rain, less sun, and less warmth.  But I believe that we need this pattern to happen for a good summer.

Remember 2006?  Brilliant April, but disappointing May and June, followed by scorching July and August…

That is what I am thinking.

Updated Weather Forecast

You will be pleased to hear that there is plenty more very warm, warm or quite warm weather to come, with just a chance of a shower and plenty of sunshine.  There are indications of a change during next weekend, we shall see.  By the way, it is pissing it down with rain over most of Spain this weekend, and much less warm than here, he he!

It has reached 25’C here in sunny Reading for the first time this year.

My forecast is as thus:

Friday will again be sunny, very warm, cloud will bubble up and there is a slight chance of an afternoon shower, possibly thundery, 23’C – maybe 25’C if you are lucky.
Saturday will start sunny but cloud will build up quickly I think and some thunderstorms will break out, most people will experience dry and very warm, quite humid weather conditions, but a few will get a downpour which could last a couple of hours, 23’C to possibly 27’C.
Sunday should cool down to around 21’C, it should start sunny but cloud will build up and there is again the potential for a shower or two.
Monday, the wind will come from the east and bring quite a lot of cloud, but it will still be warm, 19’C.  There could be some sunshine eventually, equally there could also be a shower but less likely than the previous couple of days.

The mid-part of next week looks more likely to be cloudy with some bits of rain possible, temperatures around 16’C to 18’C which is still pretty good.  But the warmth to the south is very close so this could be upgraded quite easily.

Royal wedding day is currently looking fine and 18’C.

Though I currently suspect that the second of our bank holiday weekends will revert to the usual wet type.

Impressive Service From Amazon!

It’s nice to be able to report on good service as well as moan about crap service.

I bought Addictaball from Amazon the other week (yes I know I am 31).

Anyway, it should have arrived by 8th April.

It hasn’t.  So I sent an e-mail to Amazon to advise.

I received a response within 15 minutes advising that a new one will be posted.

Unusually impressive customer service.

Time To Go Elsewhere?

I’m pretty sure I have these thoughts every year, or I have done for the last two years anyway, and they are resurfacing once more.  In fact, I first had them in 2006, but then met the most fantastic group of friends I have ever known, had the time of my life for a few years but then things went not so good and these thoughts re-appeared.

The thoughts being – should I go elsewhere?

It isn’t exactly as if I haven’t done it before.  I left Hull in 1998 to come to Reading, for university.  I didn’t regret it for a second.  I have seen other people leave and enjoy life.

I do enjoy life, but I am not getting what I want out of it, especially in terms of my career, and also living situation – I don’t like living on my own.  I don’t see either of them improving in the short term if I stay in Reading.  And also the night-life is crap around here, which being a connoisseur of underground house and techno, is not especially inviting.  The only thing I am really getting enjoyment out at the moment, is going out partying, which I am very good at.  And is ensuring a generally positive outlook.  But I don’t think this is sustainable.

So the question is, is it time to go elsewhere?

These things take planning, of course, and I would need a little bit of money behind me.  And preferably a job to go into.

I hope I am not appearing too negative here, as it is not a negative thought, it is me trying to work out how to get the best out of life.  Maybe I just need a little re-assurance – after all, I seem to have these thoughts every year, normally it is in spring/early summer too.  And every time I seem to conclude that I should stay in Reading.  A life coach would probably tell me it is the lack of goals in my life.

But I do have goals that I am considering setting myself…I am just becoming increasingly unconvinced that I am not going to achieve them whilst living in Reading.

Maybe it boils down to spending most of my life on my own – I am very much a people person in that I really appreciate the company and thoughts of people around me, and it seems that I spend so much of my time on my own – at work (I possibly work in the most silent office in the world), going to work (then again do I want to talk to anyone else on the bus?), living on my own, and often struggling to find people to do things with that I really enjoy.  Very easy to find someone to go for a beer…or five though.

However, I do appreciate myself, I do quite like myself, I may not be perfect but I am quite happy in my own company.  I just prefer to be interacting with others.

So please forgive me if I spend the next few weeks, wondering where I am going in life.  Maybe I need a big change.  Maybe I need a slight re-alignment.  Maybe I just need a little re-assurance, a bit of appreciation, and a bit more love.  I don’t know.

If you have any thoughts to add to the melting pot in my brain, feel free to add to them.

Given the title name of ‘Time To Go Elsewhere?’, I should use this opportunity to plug an event that a good friend of mine is organising in Reading on Sunday May 1st, called Elsewhere.  And another good friend is DJing at.  I am hoping that this might bring a spark to the underground house/techno scene in Reading – and it is free entry.  And I reckon it will be good weather that day.  And I know it will be good music.

And it won’t be long until I get chance to go elsewhere, when I go to Hull for Easter holidays on Thursday evening.  That normally reminds me of why I live in Reading!  As much as I love seeing my family, and I do miss the good parts of the north dearly – though there are many things of the north that are not so appealing!  Such as the lack of opportunities and much higher crime rates.  And distance from London.  Or Europe.  Or Reading?

Updated Weather Forecast

As much as I might enjoy extreme weather, it really does put a smile on my face when I can forecast really good weather.  I am enjoying my forecasts at the moment!

I have to say that I didn’t expect the first half of April to be as warm and dry as it has been, though I did expect it to warm up in the second half with the potential of some heavy showers.  I will be part right on this, if not fully right – the uncertainty is with the chance of rain – the certainty is that there is going be to some nice warm weather coming up.

We might reach 25’C.  It could even be the warmest ever April for average temperatures (that is the average for the whole month, not the highest ever temperature).

Tuesday will be sunny, the source of the warmth is again coming from a much warmer than usual Spain, which is the effect of the big plume of hot air I have been talking about for weeks.  Some cloud will bubble up and there is a 10% chance of a shower in the late afternoon, but at 22’C – it will feel super!
Wednesday will again be very warm, and sunny, some bits of cloud in the afternoon but at 23’C (or maybe more if you are very lucky) this will not matter.  Again a tiniest chance that there could be a shower.
Thursday will see the wind pick up a little from the south, again 23’C, sunny, tiny chance of a shower, and if you do get one it could be thundery.
Friday, the same!  Yes!  Mainly sunny, tiny chance of a thundery shower, and around 23’C.
Saturday sees the wind swing to the east – but fear not as countries to the east of the UK like Netherlands and Belgium are also enjoying this so we will just import their warmth, although perhaps more cloud, but yet it might be 25’C.  Again, small chance of a thundery shower.
Sunday I expect to be sunnier, but feeling a little fresher, 22’C, still very nice.
Monday still to be sunny but with the easterly now fetching in winds from a colder than usual Eastern Europe and Russia, it will be down to 17’C.

I expect something a little more unsettled during the week, but then probably warming up in time for the next bank holiday weekend for the Royal Wedding.

Enjoy!  It may well be quite wet and cool in May, at least for a week or so at the beginning, we shall see.

More Drunken Purchases

It seems that I am increasingly unable to control my spending when inebriated.

Last summer there was the vuvuzela bought for £5 off Ebay which surprisingly turned up at my door (yes I know they were much cheaper in the shops).

Then recently there has been a string of scratchcards that I have found in my jacket pocket the morning after, always unscratched, of course.

And then I bought a record.  Yes, a piece of vinyl.  And yes, I do not have a record player.

The latest though confounds all possible explanation – daffodils.

WTF was I thinking?