Updated Weather Forecast

This time last week, I was getting a little bit excited about the prospect of a day or so of much warmer than average weather, and it is going to come true.  Though it will quickly get swept away but not for long as even warmer weather is set to approach.

The source of this is a big plume of hot air from Africa which I have previously hinted would happen, I hoped we would catch some of it, but in fact we are getting two bites of the cherry, much more than I hoped for!

I do love it when I can give out a really enjoyable weather forecast – but it ain’t going to be all sunglasses and shorts/short skirts – umbrellas and jumpers too.  I think we are going to have a very interesting month of weather, which after the last 3 months of benign dross, I am quite excited about.  Only downside is that the details are a little more difficult to forecast, but I shall try.

Friday is the really good day, there will be cloud to contend with, especially in the morning, but the sun should burn much of it away, it should be the best day of the year so far (assuming you like warm sunshine), 19’C, woohoo!  Somewhere will probably reach 21’C, perhaps Hull.  How warm it becomes will depend on how long it takes for the sun to burn away the cloud.
Saturday sees a band of rain coming across the country from the west, but it will disintegrate quickly and most places will only get a bit of rain, perhaps none, and brighter skies will follow later in the day, fresher, 16’C at best.
Sunday will be a more disturbed day, with showers, which could be heavy.  The further west you go the more likely you are to have them, further east and you may stay dry, 15’C.
Monday will be fresher but high pressure is building from the south-west, it will be sunny, but perhaps a chance of a shower in the afternoon, 13’C.
Tuesday sees high pressure building, centred over France and Germany, with the south of the UK at its northern edge so it might be quite cloudy, but it should be dry, and in some sunshine, 15’C.
Wednesday sees high pressure moving slightly to the east, allowing a southerly wind to tap up more of this African heat, it will be unperfectly sunny, 18’C, perhaps 20’C.
Thursday will be another warm and sunny day, 19’C, maybe more.

I get less confident now, but Friday and Saturday I expect to remain warm, possibly warmer – I don’t rule out 23’C.  I also don’t rule out a thunderstorm or two imported from France in the evening.

Cooler weather to follow at some point next weekend – but that is a long way off and may only be a blip.

Plenty to enjoy!

The one other bit of good news is that the Met Office have updated their weather warnings system to make it more understandable, and instead of being given a warning for London & The South East of a severe thunderstorm in Kent when you live in Reading, it is going to be more area specific.  I approve.

Hang The Anarchist Scumbags

OK perhaps hanging would be a little extreme but I am pretty fucked off to see these stupid, irresponsible, selfish arseholes causing mayhem across our wonderful capital city, London, once again.

And equally annoyed to see that they are now threatening to disrupt the royal wedding.  I have no idea what they think gives them the belief that it is acceptable to disrupt two people’s special day, no matter whether you support the existence of the royal family, or not.  Not only that, but Prince William is a member of our armed forces, so for me, this is an extra reason why he should be supported.  And the royal family generates a lot of tourist income.  To threaten to cause disruption to this event is totally out of order.

I really would like to see some harsh punishment to those who cause trouble on the street.  I fear that they will however just be given a small fine, which they will not bother paying.

Our economy is in enough trouble as it is, thanks to the ruinous policies of Mr Brown and those lot over the previous 13 years, and we really do not need potential tourists to question whether London is a safe place to spend their money.  Nor should we be discouraging businesses from investing in the country.

As much as I might disagree with the peaceful protestors, the Labour Party and the trade unions – sadly they do have a right to protest, even if it means that they are giving an umbrella to the selfish scum who just want to cause trouble.

If the Labour Party got their way, we would likely end up more like Ireland, Greece and Portugal (we were talked about in the same terms just a year ago, albeit further down the list) and then have external organisations like the IMF force us into making much larger cuts in exchange for loans at higher interest rates to be able to pay back our debtors who were losing confidence in our ability to pay back our very substantial debts.

And if the anarchists got their way, there would be no state, hence no shops, no banks, no police force, no education system, no health system – we would all be forced to fend for ourselves.  Though we wouldn’t be paying any tax.  And the first thing we would probably do is take it out on the anarchists to protect ourselves.  Then set up a police force to combat the very high levels of violence and crime.  Which we would then have to tax.  Then set up a health system due to our failing health levels and another increase in tax…and so on.  Ie – anarchy is not a viable outcome.

I do wish someone would organise a protest in support of the savings that the government are doing.  Next time the unions arrange a protest, I might go down with some placards saying “I Love The Banks” and “Fuck Off Labour Scum” – anyone up for joining me?

Updated Weather Forecast

I said March would be dry and on the cool side – I think I was pretty spot on.

I said April would be unsettled and I think I will again be right.

Happy days for me after the varying success of my winter forecast which I would say was only 50% accurate.

I have always expected the first half of April to be unsettled and slightly cooler than average, and the second half to see some warmer interludes though also some rain at times – I see no reason to change my forecast.

And on we go:

Tuesday I expect an organised area of showers to cross the country from the south-west, the rain could be quite heavy at times, but as it will be in the form of showers, some places will stay dry – but expect showers.  There will be some sunshine at times, 14’C.
Wednesday will see rain crossing the country which could be quite heavy at times, fairly miserable day, 12’C.  But we are sucking in warmer air, believe it or not.
Thursday sees low pressure over Scotland and high pressure trying to build over France, I expect more cloud with showers or longer outbreaks of rain for most of the day, but perhaps brighter later and it could be surprisingly warm at around 17’C.
Friday is a day where it could be really nice with the warm air from Africa that I talked about in my previous forecast reaching here briefly, but with low pressure near Scotland, how nice it will be I am not sure.  I am hopeful of something fairly sunny with 20’C but equally I think it is realistic that there will be more cloud and some showers so around 17’C but it will still feel quite warm.
Saturday looks likely to start with some rain or showers but to end fine, 16’C – I’m not especially confident on this outcome though.

From then on I am expecting changeable weather, with cooler showery days, say 11’C interspersed with drier and warmer days of 16’C or more if lucky, and also warmer showery days.

Changeable is definitely the weather for the near future.

I find it more interesting and more enjoyable, amongst the rain and showers there will be some enjoyable weather too.

Celebration Of Dean Windass

Dean Windass is one of the greatest footballers even to have played for Hull City.  A true legend of Hull.

Watch his magnificent goal at Wembley in the play-off final to take them to the Premier League for the first time in their history.  Amazing.

Even more amazing is how he managed to get a job on Sky as a football reporter:

What is your name?
Flat as my missus’ yorkshire puddings
Someone just scored, not sure who it is
I don’t know what club it is, mate
I don’t know who scored

I hope you can translate his accent.  Truly beautiful.

Pissed Off to Happy In One Post!

Writing my blog always seems to be quite helpful to my mood, it has been a bit of a frustrating last week or so.  A rare rubbish week, even then it had a good Wednesday night and some other little highlights hidden away.

Firstly I didn’t get the job that I went for within my current company in my old team with the best ever manager that I have worked for in my life, which I really wanted.  I did of course get good feedback as I do tend to interview quite well, however there was someone just that bit better than me this time.

It hasn’t exactly been a barrel of laughs in my current job, in fact it has probably reached it’s lowest point so far.  At least there is plenty of work so I am keeping relatively out of trouble, as impossible as it may seem when one does not feel so appreciated.

And then flat-hunting – I recall from my previous two experiences just how frustrating this process is and this time is definitely no different – I was pretty damn fucked-off last weekend about it and I don’t use the f-word lightly!  Estate agents are a pain in the ass, good flats are getting taken before we even view them and there isn’t a huge amount on the market.  Patience is required.  Not a substance that I find easy to procure.

One assumes I have done something to upset the universe.  Thinking about it, I didn’t say ‘white rabbits’ as my first words of March.  That’ll be it then.

I don’t even have that much coming up in the diary to do – might go to fabric to see Magda on 16th April though.

And I have only discovered one new top tune this week (though I did add a few more on my top tunes blog that I had forgotten to do last week).

At least it is sunny, and there is even hope for a day or so of much warmer weather next weekend – though far from guaranteed.  I would love a week’s holiday in the sunshine though, especially abroad.  Ibiza!  I wish, as my financial situation and lack of annual bonus means I am really going to struggle to be able to afford anything, and I really need a holiday especially after not having one last year. Unless I get a second job, get made redundant (don’t laugh, it is not impossible, sadly), win a holiday (also not impossible as I have done it twice before!) or I win the Euromillions tonight, I don’t see how it is going to happen.

And my diet has been rubbish this week and I am now feeling very lethargic for it. I am back to craving bacon and egg sandwiches.  Not eating fruit and veg – why, James?  Sort it out!

And I am bored of being sober and without money I may be facing a weekend of sobriety, this does not appeal!

Oh and then I discovered that there is another James Winfield, living in a town called Reading, in a county called Berks, in USA who was arrested for attempted murder, firearms offences and having 7 packs of crack cocaine.  I guess I may have difficulties if I ever go to America!

Things could be worse though. I could have a fetish for cow manure.
Or I could be living in Turkey where Blogspot has been banned.
Or someone could have told me that I need to change my name to Edward.  Just how pathetic are the Labour Party?
And at least I have the Charlie Sheen soundboard to play with.
See – writing my blog and having a moan helps.  I am now deliriously happy and so incredibly motivated.  I have a reasonably decent job, I work for a very good company, there will be other job opportunities, I have the best set of friends one could ever dream of, I have an amazing amount of fantastic repetitive music, I have seen Ricardo Villalobos recently, I should see Sven Vath in May, I will at least go to Cocoon In The Park if not Ibiza, I get to see my family in a couple of weekends at Easter, Hull City can still get promoted, I have just had a bacon and egg sandwich, I am going to have a pie tonight, I have a very good friend coming round for the evening, I get paid next Thursday, I live in a really good part of the best country in the world, the Conservatives are back in charge, Morrison’s are stocking Goldenfry gravy once more (it was Sainsbury’s I wrote to, so not my doing), the sun is shining, I shortly have 2 days and 3 evenings to do whatever the hell I like and I am now about to go for a poo.  Oh and memories of those Spanish girls at fabric that we were surrounded by and crushed up against due to how packed it was, they seemed equally happy about it – I certainly was!  Oh, I do love this world, I am very glad I wrote this to remind myself 🙂

Updated Weather Forecast

I offered you a good week of weather and we got it – 16.9’C on Wednesday, 16.8’C on Thursday in Reading – my forecast was pretty damn good I must say.  This forecast will suggest the chance of a little something even better towards the end, though note the words ‘chance’ and ‘little’ before you get too excited.

Friday will be sunny again, some cloud perhaps but more emphasis on sunshine and 16’C-17’C once again.
Saturday sees the cooler air introduced from the north, and it will be cloudier.  There may even be a light shower.  But there will still be some sunshine and I don’t rule out 14’C.
Sunday will likely be an improvement from Saturday, more sunshine and maybe 15’C.
Monday I expect more in the way of cloud, small chance of a light shower, 14’C.
Tuesday will see the breeze pick up from the south-west – always a warm direction but also a moist direction.  There will be cloud and there is a reasonable chance of a shower or two.  14’C to 16’C depending on sunshine amounts.
Wednesday will be cloudy, quite windy and there will be a band of rain to contend with, still on the mild side though at maybe 15’C.
Thursday sees high pressure trying to build from the south, with a very noticeable plume of hot air coming up from Africa towards Spain (more about this in a minute), but low pressure to the north, so sunshine and showers looks most likely, perhaps 16’C if on the sunnier side, less if lots of showers.
Friday currently looks like starting wet (not especially confident on this) but sunshine developing from the south and with this plume of African air starting to reach it could just reach 18’C.  This may well not happen – equally it could be upgraded to a higher temperature.
Saturday looks pretty fantastic – high pressure, warm southerly winds, maybe 21’C.  There is a tiny chance that it may even trigger a thunderstorm.  But please note though this warmth is currently what I think is most likely to happen, it is still only a 50% chance in my opinion.  The warm air from Africa will shoot north but it may get pushed to the east of the UK and miss us.  There is too much weather to get through first to be certain about this outcome.

One thing I am certain about is that it will be short-lived if it happens and last for no more than two days before cooler and more unsettled weather comes once again.

I am of course keeping a very close and excited eye though as if it comes off it will be absolutely beautifully fantastic.  For a day or two.

My Thoughts On The 2011 Budget

According to the budget calculator, I will be £90.66 a year better off.  I wonder if this ever happened when Labour were in charge?!

I would hope by now that I don’t need to explain why we are in a financial mess…if I just mention the name “Gordon” that should do.  We still have a huge debt, it isn’t going down – the amount that we add to it every year as per the deficit just isn’t getting any bigger now (give or take).  Eventually it should reduce to zero.  Which will still mean that even at the end of this parliament in 2015 we will still have a massive debt.  Although inflation of 4.4% and growing is eating away at the value of the debt – I wonder if this is the real reason the Bank of England are effectively ignoring inflation by not raising interest rates like they usually would with rising inflation?

The really good news for me was the extra cuts in corporation tax.  You may wonder why we would want to tax businesses less – but in theory this should attract more world-wide corporations to set up their tax-paying head-quarters in the UK, and of course, employ people.  Already one company has suggested it is now thinking of moving from Dublin to UK.

Of course, most people will focus on the 1p cut in fuel duty (I was expecting this as there were quite a few hints from David Cameron in parliament that I had picked up on in responses to questions about fuel duty) – this might seem small fish but combined with scrapping the plan inherited from the previous Labour government of 1p above inflation fuel duty escalator (that would have been 5p!) until 2015 and the usual inflation increase has been scrapped full stop, this is quite significant.

I also heard that coal miners are having their tax-free coal taken away from them.  Maggie will be proud of young David.

The response from Ed Milliband (he is the leader of the Labour party now for those not following), was absolutely so negative and pathetic.

I remain hopeful of the future as long as this government remains in charge.  The economic ship has stopped rocking, we are trying to encourage private investment and there is a ridiculous amount of sensible reform going ahead across most government departments.

There are of course risks; increasing inflation, oil shock potential through Middle East unrest (though we are in a far better place than previous oil shocks in the 1970’s) and selfish mass trade union strikes are all potentially damaging.

On the bright side, I do think GDP growth might be higher than the 1.7% expected this year, I think we may be pleasantly surprised.

Where Do They Come From?

40% of the visitors to my blog that have used a search engine to reach here, use the words “james winfield”.

There are other common ones too like “james winfield blog” and “winfield rants”.

4 people got here by searching for “sausage toaster”.  3 people searched for “bacon bikini”.

I’m quite impressed that someone got to my blog by searching for “sven vath” – just how many pages on Google they would have had to go through I cannot be bothered to find out.

Some people really cannot spell; “james a. winnefeld blog”, “james winnefeld blog”, “best james winnfield lines”, “james wilfield”, “james windfield weather blog”, “james winfild”…the list goes on.

I do wonder why someone searched for “james winfield sexual”.  Or “james winfield divorce”.  I like “bus drivers are wankers”, “rants about dickheads” and “is it me or is sky tv shit”.

Perhaps most worrying is “james winfield arrested”.  Apparently there is a town in Pennsylvania, called Reading, where someone called James Winfield was arrested for having a gun and 7 packets of crack cocaine.  Spooky.

Updated Weather Forecast

Apologies for the lack of joviality in my forecast, especially considering that it is going to be the most pleasant forecast that I have been able to make for some months now (though I did enjoy forecasting the snow and cold back in December, he he!).

Temperatures are slightly upgraded from my previous forecast, due to the position of the high pressure and the ensuing airflow – we actually reached 14.8’C in Reading today.  Not exactly anything to get excited about seeing as it can reach 22’C in optimum conditions at this time of year but we are far from optimum and we would also would have had to have had a much milder winter, same goes for all of western Europe, for this to occur.  We are doing well.

Overall, high pressure remains in charge this week, but colder air will try to come down, probably in time for the weekend, but not as cold as it could be, just less nice.  Details…

Tuesday will be nice but there will be a fair amount of cloud around at times, 15’C, maybe 16’C if less cloud than expected.
Wednesday we are generating our own warmth with the sun and not importing warmth, 16’C, sunnier than Tuesday but I don’t think it will be perfectly sunny.

Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday, perhaps, just perhaps 17’C though more likely 16’C – it will feel nice though.
Friday we should just about hang on to the nice weather, but there is a big cold plunge coming from the Arctic – it is to the east of the UK so we will miss out on the proper cold weather but it will introduce somewhat cooler air and much more cloud, later on Friday, so enjoy it while you can at 14’C to 17’C depending on how quickly the cooler and cloudier air arrives.

Saturday will see high pressure remain in charge but with much cooler air, so no higher than 10’C and maybe only 8’C, probably quite cloudy but some sunshine potential – could be a cold night, -3’C if the cloud clears.
Sunday a more respectable 11’C and hopefully quite a bit more sunshine.  Chilly at night once again.

From then on it looks to be getting more unsettled as we get into April (as per my long range forecast, get in!), though more in the way of sunshine and showers, cooler days followed by more pleasantly slightly warmer days.

Read my previous forecast if you want to know my thoughts on the longer term!