Local Weather Forecast For The High Peak Area
Tuesday, cool - heavy showers, a little wintry at times, over high ground, through the day, with some patchy bright periods at times - the best of any of brighter periods, later - strong westerly winds gusting above 25 mph - Maximum Air Temperature 4 °C.
Tuesday Evening and Night:
Cold - showers, some heavy, and a little wintry at first over high ground, continuing through the evening and nighttime - showers turning wetter later - gale force westerly winds peaking over 50 mph at times as STORM GARETH arrives! - Minimum Air Temperature 4 °C.
Wednesday, cool - showers at times right through the day, with some limited bright periods - gale force westerly winds peaking over 50 mph at times - STORM GARETH! - Maximum Air Temperature 6 °C.
Wednesday Evening and Night:
A little more mild - showers continuing through the evening and nighttime - brisk south westerly winds gusting over 35 mph at times! - Minimum Air Temperature 5 °C.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Thursday, more mild - showers with some limited bright periods through the day - gale force westerly winds peaking over 45 mph - Maximum Air Temperature 7 °C. Friday, showers - some limited drier and brighter periods perhaps later - strong westerly winds - Maximum Air Temperature 8 °C. Saturday, showers, turning a little wintry later - brisk westerly winds - Maximum Air Temperature 6 °C.
Saturday 16 Mar - Monday 25 Mar
Cloud and rain are expected to affect the south, and perhaps central parts, of the UK early on Saturday, and will clear with bright and showery weather extending countrywide by the day's end. Showers may be heavy in the north and fall as a mixture of sleet or snow, especially on high ground. Any strong winds will ease through the day too. Lighter winds and cooler on Sunday. Then there are signals for an Atlantic-driven and unsettled theme through the following week. We are likely to see further spells of wind and rain, followed by drier, more showery periods. The wettest, windiest weather always most likely in the northwest. Towards the end of the outlook there may be a tendency for more settled conditions to affect southern areas.
Tuesday 26 Mar - Tuesday 9 Apr
At the start of the extended outlook the existing unsettled weather will likely become more confined to the north and northwest of the UK, with a greater chance of drier, brighter weather across southern and southeastern areas. These more settled, drier conditions may extend more widely across the UK through late March and early April, although some some more changeable spells are still likely, but there is low confidence as to their timing and detail. Temperatures through this period are likely to begin cooler than normal, but then trend towards normal or slightly above normal, giving noticeably warmer days in early April, though some overnight frosts remain possible.
It’s not all Twitter mobs – the internet can be a force for good!
Few readerships of any intelligent national magazine will be more alive to the
perils and downsides of 21st–century cyber-life than you, fellow Spectator readers.
Many of you might share my use of the generalised expression ‘the internet’ for
the whole damn thing — while not being quite sure what we’re referring to.
Few, on the other hand, will be more likely to show a lively appreciation of community, locality, the sense of belonging and of place that even in this fast-paced and mobile age, our country at its best can still nurture.
You might think those two dispositions make comfortable bedfellows. The faithful little band of stalwarts at Evensong, the public–spirited pensioner out on the lane collecting litter, the retired major logging each developing pothole… these are not people you would expect to want to know much about Snapchat, or how to link Spotify, their smartphone and their domestic sound systems to bring them highlights from Iolanthe at breakfast.
Now in respect of age you might be right. Older people tend to be more rooted, ‘somewheres’ rather than ‘nowheres’. And because the internet age arrived later in their lives, they’re more likely to feel baffled by it. That, we must grant.
But will it be so in 30 years? Is there anything inherently citizens-of-nowhere about people on easy terms with cyberspace? Must people whose lives revolve in small orbits around the little suns of village, town and region be digitally challenged?
I think the answer is no, and that as a generation that grew up with the internet settles down, grows roots and notes its own wrinkles, it will be more and more alive to the possibilities of cyber-communication as a tool of, in the very best sense, parochial concerns. The internet can, famously, widen horizons; but it can also help us bring the focus in.
For some time now, living in the Derbyshire Peak District, I’ve come to enjoy as well as rely on a site called Buxton Weather. If you have internet access, take a look:
buxtonweather.co.uk. At first sight you may think you’re looking at a rather amateurishly produced parish magazine. A metropolitan web-designer would groan: there’s far too much going on, on the page, too many colours, the italic typescript is distracting, everything squeezes up against everything else, and it rather looks as though somebody had devised a means of committing one of those old-fashioned wax-based Roneo manuscripts to a digital platform.
But start reading. A good mind, a lucid pen and a detailed grasp of meteorology, road traffic and the local topography — a central intelligence served by a thousand elves reporting continuously from all corners of our little patch — presides over this. Michael Hilton has been publishing his online Buxton- Weather for a few years, and it has grown in both reach and ambit. This winter, if you wanted up-to-the–minute news on roads and traffic, or whether the Cat and Fiddle pass is closed due to icy conditions, Mr Hilton’s ‘snow desk’ was the fount of latest reports. People email in their hundreds to keep him up to date. They send him photos of overturned cars on the A515. He publishes comments. Browsing his site, you quickly feel part of a network of good neighbours.
You can access his live camera overlooking the Cat and Fiddle pass at 1,689 feet; another up in the moors on the A53 Leek Road junction; and another overlooking Buxton town square, updated every minute. On bad weather days the site is getting 50,000 to 60,000 page loads a day, and the peak (he told me) can be 100,000 on a working day. And if you want trainspotting-type local facts (and I do) he can tell you that (for instance) over this winter the Cat and Fiddle was closed due to snow ten times in December, eight times in January and six (to date) in February.
‘For Local People,’ says the banner at the top of the site, ‘Visitors, Hill Walkers, Ramblers, Climbers, Cavers, Holiday Makers, Anglers, Kayakers Canoeists, Paraglider Pilots & Lovers of the great Outdoors’. As I write, Buxtonweather has a page explaining the stratospheric origins of the ‘deep freeze’ hitting us now. You can check where the jet stream is this minute. The current phase of the moon is detailed, and there’s a comprehensive long-range and short-range weather forecast for the whole area.
Weather is something Buxton and the High Peak have plenty of: the only place in the northern hemisphere where a cricket match has been snowed off in June. On Mr Hilton’s site you can discover how much rain we had in 2017 (49.23 inches), how much sunshine this January (24.95 hours), and everything you could want to know about wind speeds and directions and maximum and minimum temperatures.
But there’s more than that. Care to know what’s on at the opera house? The website will link you to ‘Things to do in Buxton’, and to the Buxton Advertiser. Hilton has walking correspondents, too, bringing news and snapshots of footpaths and hiking conditions in our lovely part of England, where Derbyshire, Cheshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands meet. Advertising on the site is modest and confined, so I really don’t know how Hilton funds it, his cameras, and his weather equipment. Or where he finds the time. This seems to have become a personal obsession with him, yet he’s no crank. His coverage and explanations show a quiet rationality combined with a vast enthusiasm for facts.
I’ve never met him but there’s a photo on the website of its author clinging to a rooftop camera he’s inspecting. In spectacles and braces, he looks like a benign cobbler in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale; and in his sixties like me. The kind of chap who could be slumped in front of the telly being grumpy about the internet, ‘the social media’ and people who stare at their damned smartphones all the time. Instead, he’s right in there, turning technology to the good of the community. In 50 years there will be millions of grandads and grandmas like him!
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