Blog posts by year and month January 2010

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  1. Today started a little differently. A drive through the slushing snow towards Cardiff International Airport. Barely had I bought a coffee and I was climbing a small cityhopper plane on my way to Eurosonic festival, held in the northerly town of Groningen, in The Netherlands, Holland.

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  2. South Wales rockers Kids In Glass Houses have announced details of their second album and revealed some special guests appearing on it.

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  3. I thought I'd write a quick blog about bitterns seeing as we've had three great photos of these amazing birds in the space of a few days. This one came into our Flickr group from Ken Bray who saw this bird taking off from a canal in Glamorgan. Bitterns are some of the rarest birds in the UK b...

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  4. Most of Wales woke up to a blanket of snow this morning. The snow thick in places with drifts, especially in more rural areas. Amounts of recent snow : Typically 5 to 10cm (2 to 4 inches) on lower ground. 15 to 20cm (6 to 8 inches) on higher ground. 5cm in the centre of Cardiff about 2 ...

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  5. Promising young Welsh actor Wesley Nelson has two Reasons To Be Cheerful, as he graces the London stage and stars in the newly released Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, a film on the life of musician Ian Dury.

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  6. With Lostprophets' fourth album The Betrayed out next Monday, here's a round-up of what critics are saying about the work.

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  7. I hope you all got home safely last night. Getting out of Cardiff wasn't easy with long queues and slippery roads between Llandaff and Groes Faen before getting onto the M4 where the lanes became invisible to the eye. A thirty minute journey turned into one and a half hours... Porthcawl had a good 3" of snow on the tops of the cars this morning and the redwing were hungrily attacking the bird feeder in my front garden. Don't forget to put out some water for the birds as well as any food scraps but try to place food underneath hedges and trees etc rather than out in the open. Daisy Evans from Blackwood has sent in a pic of her pet rabbit 'Lola' along with a larger snowier version: This morning, Jamie and Louise on Radio Wales were discussing what affect the recent snow has had on Welsh wildlife, so if you missed it, listen in again via the BBC i-player later. Yesterday I asked if anyone had spotted any bullfinch recently. As if by magic, our Flickr group responded and Eiona Roberts in Swansea sent in this one of a rather portly looking male on a feeder. Eiona said she'd not seen one in her garden for around 20 years: The BBC Local websites have had some lovely photos sent in too. Take a look through their galleries: South East snow pics South West snow pics North East snow pics Mid Wales snow pics Milder weather is on the way so we'll be back to rain before long although there is a bit more snow forecast for North Wales. Derek has a weather update coming shortly. Gull

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  8. Welsh singer Duffy, the most successful British artist of 2008, is reported by the Reuters news agency to be working with Roots drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and songwriter Albert Hammond Sr, the father of Strokes' guitarist Almond Hammond Jr. Session for the as-yet-untitled second album, her follow-up to Rockferry, have apparently started in New York with the duo contributing production and songwriting skills.

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  9. The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy snow for Powys and South Wales. Strong winds will cause drifting with blizzards, especially on hills and mountains. So disruption and more school closures are highly likely. Based on the latest information, it looks like Mid, South and East Wales w...

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  10. Having analysed the latest information and charts, I reckon most of Wales can expect fresh snowfall in the next 24 hours although some windward coasts, especially in the south west, may escape with next to nothing. Snow amounts will vary across the country. At the moment, it looks like South, Mid and East Wales will be worst hit, especially the high ground with drifting and blizzards on the hills and mountains. Predicted snow amounts (subject to change), typically 5 to 10cm, 2 to 4 inches. 15 to 20 cm, 4 to 8 inches in the South Wales Valleys. 25cm, 10 inches on the Brecon Beacons and Black mountains with bigger drifts. Cardiff and Newport could have a few inches of snow as well. N.B. Strong to gale force south easterly winds are already causing problems with drifting of old snow on the ground. Take a look at the latest radar picture from the Met Office. Rain now into Pembrokeshire will spread slowly across west and south Wales this afternoon. Rain is likely on the coast west of Gower with a wind off the sea but inland it will fall as snow. Top temperatures close to freezing or just above. Up to 4 in Milford Haven. A strong to gale force south easterly wind will make it feel bitterly cold. Gusts 50 to 60 mph on exposed coasts and hills. This evening and tonight, the snow will spread further north into mid and north Wales. Some moderate falls of snow are likely, especially on the high ground. e.g. the hills of Powys and the Denbighshire moors with drifting. Lowest temperatures 0 to minus 2 Celsius. Tomorrow morning will bring more snowfall to many areas of Wales away from the Pembrokeshire coast. The snow will continue into the afternoon but gradually turn lighter. Southern counties and south west Wales turning drier with the odd rain shower in Pembrokeshire. Winds lighter than today but still cold. Highs of 1 Celsius in Wrexham and Cardiff, 2 in Aberystwyth and 6 in Tenby. Tomorrow night much drier with mist, fog and low cloud forming. And a risk of ice. Thursday mainly dry with areas of low cloud, mist and fog patches. Some sunshine in places. Still rather cold with light winds. So in summary - it looks like most of Wales can expect more snow in the next 24 hours. Heaviest in south, mid and east Wales, especially on the high ground with drifting in the strong winds. Derek

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