In ten weeks I am going to be walking along the Inca Trail to
reach the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru, South America. The aim
is to raise money for the Velindre Cancer charity as I have
personol links with the Centre. I am also celebrating the fact that
I've been presenting the Weather on S4C for 20 years. Yes 20
years!! I am actively looking for sponsors at the moment, and all
proceeds will go directly to the charity, so if you would like to
contribute and sponsor me, the easiest way is to go to www.justgiving.com/chris-jones11
Thank you so much
Yes, I saw the cows lying down recently. And yes, the rain
arrived soon afterwards. But is that fact alone a good sign that
wet weather is on it's way? Personally, as there have been no
scientific studies carried out relating to this kind of
superstition, I'm of the opinion that it's all nonsense. Cows like
to lie down. But does that mean rain will start to fall almost
immediately? Do all the cows in India suddenly lie down at the
beginning of the monsoon season? No, exactly. And what would people
say if some of the cows decided to lie down and some continued to
stand? That there might be some light showers ahead? Nonsense, as I
say.......Wwwwwwww, controversial today chris jones!
Out walking in the rain yesterday and today. Getting soaking wet
but fantastic!!!! Saw curlews and oystercatchers on the shore. And
THE WEATHER IN ROME FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS
After the break last weekend in the Six Nation's
Championship, Wales will be back in action this
weekend, against the Italians in 'Stadio
Flamio'. I will be travelling to Rome alongside hundreds of
other Welsh supporters and we all hope to see the team gain
The weather in Wales is very quiet at the moment, plenty of cloudy
and damp weather and not much sun. Oh to feel some
Mediterranean sun on our skin over the weekend!
Here is the outlook -
WEDNESDAY: Dry with sunny spells. 12°C
THURSDAY: Dry and fine. 11°C
FRIDAY: Remaining dry and fine. 9°C
SATURDAY: Dry with sunny spells. 11°C
Hope the rugby will be as promising as the weather!!!
It's exactly 70 years since the bombing of Swansea by the
Luftwaffe. Three nights of constant bombing where 230 people lost
their lives, over 400 were injured, and many of Swansea's buildings
were destroyed. The weather in February 1941 was colder than the
average with snow all over the country, including here in Wales. So
although there was probably snow on the ground on the 18th of
February 1941, according to the Met Office archive, it was a wet
and cloudy night with fog and mist. So it was cold and wintry in
South Wales but it certainly was not the best conditions for the
German planes that evening.
Swansea was chosen by the Nazis because of the docks and
because of it's importance as a harbour. Cardiff escaped the worst
of the bombing but my father in law remembers the German planes
over Newport. He told me the story of hiding, as a
child, in the family home and seeing a bomb coming towards
them and veering off and over the house at the last minute...and
destroying the house behind.
WEATHER WEBCAM BULLETINS
Theron Hodel from Wisconsin, America is still here training
us on the new graphics system which looks very impressive. In
a few weeks time we will be able to supply special webcam bulletins
from the weather centre every hour of the day! Watch this
Hooray!! Call me sad or a geek but the S4C weather service is
about to get even better in the next few weeks! New graphics,
new techniques, new ways of showing what's going on all over
the world and here in Wales. Groundbreaking techniques here in
Wales and in the UK by Weather Central who supply
weather services for tv channels in the States,
Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
I've just had some practice with the new system,
and in time, it's going to look great!
On another note, if anyone is interested in reading about my
trek to Peru in May to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre
charity, then go to http://www.s4c.co.uk/c_press_level2.shtml?id=468
....and there's a link there where you can sponsor me online.
All week the weather team have the pleasure of the company of
Theron Hodel from Madison in the USA to train us in the art of
using the brand new graphics that we are preparing for launch. The
graphics are modern and ground-breaking and even
interactive...Chris, Mari and myself have a lot of practising to do
over the next few weeks! We'll let you know more as soon as we
perfect the clicking!
The Welsh Six Nation's campaign is under way again this
year with a very disappointing start against the
English. We hope for a better result in Murrayfield on
Saturday. But how's the weather looking for the supporters
travelling to Scotland?
THURSDAY - Dry and fine and in light winds
highs of 7°C.
FRIDAY- Cloudy and wet with outbreaks of
heavy rain. 6°C
SATURDAY - Dry and sunny and in light
south to south west winds highs of 6°C
Personally I'm looking forward to the Wales V Italy game
because I will be there and I'm hoping for a sunny outlook and a
win for Wales!
Picture by Mike Stiller, Madison USA.
FORECAST FOR THE BIG MATCH THIS EVENING, WALES V
Cloudy and very windy this afternoon and evening. A
sprinkle may be possible, but most of the rain should stay to the
north. High this afternoon around 11 or 12°C, kick off temperature
will be 10°C. Winds will be from the west at 20 to 30 mph with
gusts near 50mph.
February started on a rather wet and windy note today but things
are set to improve for the rest of the day. But, as usual, this
improvement is going to be rather short-lived as more rain and even
stronger winds are expected tomorrow. Things should then get better
on Thursday before taking another nose-dive over the weekend! Our
only consolation is that at least it's mild and will probably be
dry but rather cloudy in Cardiff on Friday night for the big match
at the Millenium Stadium.
Yes, the rugby season is about to kick-off in Cardiff once
again...that's my cue to go and hide for the next few weeks!
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