30th September 2015
With the winter 2015/16 season almost upon us, the Pennine Gritting team have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming gritting season.
El Nino may not be a term you've heard before but those of you who remember the last one during the 2009/2010 winter, will remember the huge amounts of snow that blanketed the UK & Northern Ireland. These large events can set off an atmospheric chain reaction which weakens the jet stream (a ribbon of strong, high wind known to have a big influence on our weather). This can lead to bitter British winters which are dry but produce large amounts of snow.
The experts at the NOAA and The Met Office are currently predicting a 95% chance of a record-breaking "Super El Nino".
With this in mind, we have stocked up on salt and prepared all of our machinery ready for 1st October when we will be on-call 24/7 for the rest of the winter (until around April 2016 whether dependant).
23rd November 2015
The season got off to a good start on Friday, 20th November. Our teams were out through the night gritting to ensure all our sites were prepped for the frost. Plenty of re-grits on Saturday morning and we even saw some snow over the weekend. The weather is set to be a little milder (and unfortunately wetter) for the next week or so and therefore we'll have time for a little rest before the chaos resumes!
6th January 2016
A Happy New Year to all of our customers old & new. The Christmas period has been relatively quiet on the gritting front (apart from new year's eve (typical)) but the forecast is now setting us up for a spell of frost and possibly a fluttering of snow over the next week or two. Our teams are now all on standby ready for whatever winter has to throw at us.