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#1 The Dark Knight

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:17 AM

Despite having bought winter tyres (not fitted yet) and big scare stories about a cold winter, I am going to make my prediction here:

We are in for a seriously mild winter! Forget major snow because there will hardly be a frost. Winter will be dominated by mild temps and rain, almost t-shirt weather. Yes there will be the odd cold spell perhaps in January but it won't last long because mild air will charge in again.

I hope I'm wrong because I love snow and cold (like a big kid lol). If I'm wrong and we get good snow and cold, I will donate £5 to this forum. If it gets mega cold along the lines of 2010, I think £10. If it's biblical like 62/63, it's £20.

I am confident I will not have to donate however...

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:21 AM

I like that - putting your money where your mouth is!  :lol:



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:46 PM

I think it'll be a bad winter personally.

 

Increased ice in the North means Northern winds will be colder, a cool Gulf Stream means that weather patterns relying on the Gulf will be cooler, and the Jet Stream patterns are quite terrible and aren't even getting to the South of England. This means bad times.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:00 PM

I hope you are right big Dave. Nothing like a good snowfall and crisp frost. I will stick to my guns though...

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:16 AM

I hope its going to be a miserable winter - not because I want it to be miserable, but because I bought some Tex Chain Snow Socks yesterday from Asda, and since I have bought the darned things, I want to be able to use them, and I want them to be epic on my car!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 09:08 AM

Hmmm, best of luck with those. They are effective but can only be used where there is actual snow coverage on the road and the moment you reach the main road where the tarmac returns, they get shredded unless you remove them. A bit of a faff taking them off and putting them on apparently.

Naturally you save shed loads of money though compared to winter tyres. The only reason I could afford my contis was because I took out a slightly larger loan than I needed for Uni so I could get a lower rate. The extra cash was duly invested.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 09:22 AM

I hope it stays sunny all winter - I hate rust.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

Know what you mean Dave, I think these allow you to drive on unsnown roads at up to 25 mph, so its not a case of touch the black and get them off, but if I ever get stuck in a snow or ice pit, its a bit more to help me get out of there!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:39 PM

You will certainly be better off with them than struggling without. Never ceases to amaze me how many idiots take to the snowy roads in RWD cars on summer tyres and expect to make progress!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:05 PM

haha yeah they can be a tad foolish...

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:48 PM

Personally I wouldn't mind it if the OP's prediction turns out right...

 

If the weather becomes bad - I probably won't bother with the car, and catch the stupid bus instead.

 

And also, I couldn't get enough of this summer, I like warm weather.  B)



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:05 PM

You will certainly be better off with them than struggling without. Never ceases to amaze me how many idiots take to the snowy roads in RWD cars on summer tyres and expect to make progress!

my sprinter gets further than any other 2wd i know of in the snow its bang on the weight limit 3.5 ton must help with the traction or something it really suprised me last year and i wont be digging the car out again this year for that reason

 

we'll probably get a week or maybe two of snow and the country will come to a standstill and all the bread and milk will be gone and the news will hype it up that the worlds ending then out pops spring  :)



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:46 PM

Well my prediction is ringing true so far! Although it pains me to say it, we are heading for the mildest December since 1988 with no let up from the Atlantic wind and mild temps.

 

I can't see anything in the pipeline other than further mild, wind and rain. :angry:



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:55 PM

Dave I want you to be 100% right with this prediction as I get my new ST2 in January and don't fancy tippy toeing around in that when I should be thrashing it lol. Seriously though I certainly don't want to risk pranging it or a wheel on a kerb



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:57 PM

A month ago i was expecting a crazy winter aswell but now i'm unsure, still early days and tbh we only need a few hours of snow and it's game on.

 

ATM i'm running temp winter tyres not sure yet on purchasing rather expensive yet good continental winter tyres for my steel rims!

 

Too much prep has gone into this winter for there be no snow, early days boys early days!

 

BTW last year i saw a FWD sprinter go up a hill FWD cars on summer tyres could not... i was shocked myself



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