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Wild weather in Nottinghamshire

Des Coleman on local wild weather

Wild Weather Week (13 - 20 September, 2010) will take a closer look at the extreme climatic conditions in the UK.

Weatherman Des Coleman will explore four climatic conditions relevant to each of the seasons, that affect the East Midlands.

For Nottinghamshire he will look at flooding and why £50 million is being spent on defences.

The special programme will be broadcast on Monday, 20 September, 2010 on BBC One at 7.30pm.

BBC East Midlands Today, BBC1 from 6.30pm, will also be featuring a four minute film each evening, concentrating on a particular aspect of the weather.

Nottinghamshire climate by Ernie Pepperdine

Mr Pepperdine was the head of the Nottingham Weather Centre and is now the secretary of the Royal Meteorological Society East Midlands.

He has written the following article about Nottinghamshire's unique climate.

"Nottingham lies near the central spine of England (the Lincolnshire and Lancashire coasts are almost equidistant) so when showers of rain, or snow, travel in from the east, or the west, the county often escapes.

"However, it does occasionally get large amounts of snow.

"During the winter of early 1979 there was so much snow that roads were blocked and one of the forecasters at Nottingham Weather Centre actually came on duty across four miles of snow on his skis.

Woman skies to work in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Photo: PA Wire
Woman skies to work in Bingham in 2010, Nottinghamshire

"It was at that centre that we first proved that it was possible to provide professional weathermen to present regional TV while they were still on the normal roster.

"Forecasts for the whole of the Midlands were presented in the Nottingham studio and then sent down the line to Birmingham to go out on the Pebble Mill transmitters.

"The River Trent, on its way from Staffordshire down to the Humber, passes through Nottingham and then forms the border between the county and Lincolnshire.

"On that stretch of river there are lots of power-stations making use of the water, and when we issued regular forecasts for their use we reckoned we were (in the 1970s) forecasting for nearly half the power output in the UK.

"There were dozens of coal-mines in the county, most of them no longer in use.

"At first thought one would expect that miners working 1000 or even 2000 feet below ground level would be well enough protected from the weather.

"In fact they are not.

"If the pressure at the surface drops then accumulated gasses expand into areas where men are working so the mine authorities rely on warnings of pressure drops to increase ventilation in advance.

"The weather gets into unexpected corners!"

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