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6th January 2010

SHORT FILM: OVERNIGHT SNOWFALLS IN ROSS .................
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- THE MOST SINCE 1983

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If you live locally, it will not have escaped your attention that it snowed very heavily last evening and over night. This is the most prolific snowfall to have hit Ross since 1983. On Monday, the BBC weather forecast had been predicting heavy snowfall for the area through the night and afternoon and on Monday evening, they phoned me to ask me to do a weather report on the Breakfast Show. There had been heavy snow elsewhere in the region but the presenter of the show was dumbfounded when I announced live that, although the minimum overnight temperature had dropped to -5 Celsius, we were above zero here in Ross at the time of the show and that we had no snow - at that time.

We did have a small flurry at around lunchtime, which was very pretty but that did not amount to much. Later in the afternoon, the BBC called again and asked me to do a second live weather report during the 5.00 pm commute time. I took a drive round town just prior to the show and everywhere was passable - even Wye Street, with care. A man from the Met Office was also on that show and he predicted that the South of Herefordshire could either catch the tail end of a snow storm arriving from the North, OR, there was another, coming from the East, over Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Looking at my weather station, this is the one which hit Ross just after dark.

I wanted to make a stop-motion film of the snow, so went out twice last evening and shot the footage for the film below. This is the reason the Wyenot News is so late getting published. I finished filming at around 11.00pm but, determined to get it out and having been up since 7.20 am to do the Breakfast Show, I struggled to edit the film and finally hit my pillow at 4.30 am on Tuesday.... Story continued on next page.

I hope you enjoy watching the short film and viewing photos below of the most snow Ross has seen in 27 years. The photos are scenes from the movie, which was shot entirely using a Nikon D90 still image camera. It was still snowing heavily when I went to bed at 4.30 and when I needed to dispose of all the tea I drank during the film making process - at 6 am.


Night time snow scenes in Ross-on-Wye - 5th January 2010.


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