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Posts posted by blakeyboy

  1. On 7/19/2022 at 10:15 PM, jelida said:

    Ah, but global warming affects the winter too! But you just can’t predict which way we will be affected- if the Gulf Stream changes course we could actually be colder.  I think we have to be resigned to climate change whatever,  and our kids more so. What the planet needs is a good plague, when in fact we all seem to want to live forever.


    I think you're right- the gulf stream may well move or stop- compare the climate of the Isle of Lewis to Churchill, Canada.....same latitude.....

    that's what we will lose....

  2. On 7/20/2022 at 1:48 PM, 1949threepence said:

    That's actually a very very fair question. 

    Besides coins, another one of my interests is the weather and the number/location of weather recording stations does seem slightly biased to this observer. 

    Many decades ago (and over a century ago in fact), one of the recording stations which time and again came up with top readings, was Raunds in Northamptonshire. There is still a legit weather station there, and it still registers interesting readings (see link), but you NEVER ever hear that name mentioned for readings or records. Raunds is a perfectly reasonable semi rural  South Midlands weather station, typical of many which day in and day out do a great job. But not a single word do you ever hear of them. I mentioned Raunds as it has been famous in the past. But there are others scattered over that area and the Home Counties, such as Rugby, Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Banbury, Meriden, Buckingham and Oxford - all of which are locations which can reasonably said to represent England as a whole, and are in non biased locations. But again, you never hear mention of them (occasionally Cambridge crops up, such as for the previous record high in 2019)

    There are also numerous officially recognised recording stations in the North of England, which again you rarely hear about. Although with that said, we did hear of one on Monday night - Emley Moor, which recorded the highest ever minimum temperature of 25.9. That was surprising given the Northerly location. It's quite high ground as well, and that may have caused a bias. The old ITV tv transmitter at Emley Moor was brought down in March 1969 by a thick coating of rime (layer of ice caused by persistent freezing fog), which caused its weight to increase massively on the side facing East.

    But back to your original point, yes, I think there might well be a logical case for excluding airports, especially Heathrow and Gatwick as their readings could well be biased upwards given their urban locations and concrete bases. All weather stations use Stevenson screen thermometers, but what they're sited on, and their proximity to other influences, may well make a difference.

    There was bias in the old days as well. Many earlier records were set in Camden Square, London, which was an urban location later considered too biased to be meaningful. Yet they use Heathrow? link to Camden Square info        

    Photo of Camden Square as it was when used as a weather station:-






    camden Square.jpg

    I was monitoring my local Weatherunderground stations here in Milton keynes, and they all read 42˚ plus, but where not

    listed as the record, so they must be inaccurate, but if they are, then why do they post results?

  3. Anyone tried to do this?

    We lost a clutch in London last week, and the voice recognition software couldn't make sense of our address, and it texted us, so we replied with the correct spelling,  thus, on a dumb phone, cutting the call  !!!!   

    And round you go again.....


    I fired of a query to the RAC about a number to talk to a human, and I just got a reply that only hinted at a solution,

    and, hilariously and ironically, the letter proved their non- understanding of the situation by telling me I could always "use the RAC App" !!!!!!!!

    What a bunch of useless morons run most of this country's customer care.

    The respondent -always- has a foreign name- are they not even in the country?

  4. 9 hours ago, Zo Arms said:

    That's why I said ' of no consequence '. Just felt Oswald had been misunderstood, so, even after 5 yrs, I went and stood in his corner.




    I agree - just the word order threw everyone....shame.

    Mind you,  "and were your from" was ignored....newbies scrutinised, regulars' mistakes disregarded?


    The normal human condition?

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    I wonder if anyone on here can answer this question..

    Have there been cheap digital cameras that have the ability to output video all the time,

    and have a wired remote input so, for example, with it on a telescope, or facing a bird table, 

    I can check what it's seeing remotely, and take a picture remotely, and without any shake....?

    I don't want to get an expensive one and expose it to damage- I want to mess about with a cheap secondhand one....