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Climate vs Weather

Weather refers to the short-term atmospheric conditions we experience daily, while climate describes the long-term patterns of weather over many years, categorised by the Köppen Climate Classification. Understanding both is essential for Ice Watch’s winter maintenance services, which rely on weather forecasts for immediate action and climate data for strategic planning to ensure public safety and operational efficiency.

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Why business winter maintenance plans are crucial; not only for your people, but your revenue too!

Whatever the weather or season, businesses across the UK must turn their attention to the challenges brought on by colder weather. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can create hazardous conditions, not just for the public but within the workplace as well. Implementing a winter maintenance plan is not just a precaution; it’s a planned action that can safeguard employees, customers, and the business itself.

Saharan Dust: What it is and how it impacts the UK

Have you ever wondered why the sky sometimes looks orange or red in the UK? It might be because of Saharan Dust, a natural phenomenon that brings sand and dust from Africa to Europe. Read more to learn what Saharan Dust is, how it travels, and how it affects the weather and the sky in the UK.

Will it be a White Christmas?

Will it be a white Christmas? That is a question on a lot of people’s minds this time of year and it might be more common than you think!

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Air Masses: The Origins and Characteristics of Large Bodies of Air

Volumes of air, called Air Masses, influence the UK’s weather. They are categorised by the location that they originated. Read more

What is Air Pressure?

Air pressure is a force that is exerted on the Earth’s surface by the atmosphere.

How Benjamim Franklin, Golf and Coldplay link to British Summer Time

Clocks ‘spring forward’ at 1am on the last Sunday in March and ‘fall back’ at 2am on the last Sunday in October. This year, clocks will go back on Sunday 29th October and we will then revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for the winter months.

Top tips for staying safe in winter

Now it’s officially Autumn with Winter around the corner, we thought we’d share our tips for staying safe when Winter arrives.

UK Storm Names

At the start of September, the 2023-24 storm names were announced by The Met Office (UK National Weather Service), Met Éireann (The Irish National Meteorological Service) and The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (MNMI) (Dutch National Weather Service).

Meteorological Seasons vs Astronomical Seasons

The Ice Watch winter maintenance season runs between 1 October to 31 April, when winter road hazards are more likely. In the UK all four seasons winter, spring, summer, and autumn, are marked by two dates depending on the Astronomical or Meteorological calendar.

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