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Look out the brolleys and waterproofs if this is to be believed!! :(




The weather is on all our minds currently, with everyone wondering where our next game of golf is coming from. The snowy conditions are preventing even range practice with only simulated 'virtual' golf on the Wii taking the place of our regular fourball in many homes.

Research this week reveals that the cold snap is due to continue at least for a couple more weeks but at least we can look forward to some fine weather in the summer, though new waterproofs might well be on many a shopping list as higher than average rainfall is forecast for some areas.


Weather expert Ian Currie

Looking back on the 2009 weather for golfers there were some key moments.
In early February a blanket of snow covered many courses in the south - with those around London and along the M4 corridor particularly hard hit and transport brought to a halt. Eastern Scotland suffered deluges from the tail end of hurricane Danny in September and in November record rainfall in Cumbria, tragically washed away all hopes of getting in some pre-winter golf on those spectacular north west courses.

However, our 2009 forecaster Ian Curry, from www.frostedearth.com, did correctly predict a warm autumn - it turned out to be the third warmest since 1900 - and he correctly suggested a cold second half to December, especially in the south east when motorists were marooned in their cars.

As for 2010, he says: "The year as a whole could prove rather wet, though less so in the far south east and eastern counties. August may be the best month, February the driest and January the coldest. May, with frosty mornings continueing, will probably be the most unpredictable month."





January

Don't expect a thaw any time soon. Snow will be slow to clear with alternating spells of wintry weather, frosts and milder interludes. Expect the winds to pick up, too, bringing more snow by the middle of the month. Overall wetter than average and rather cold.





February

The month will start unsettled with strong south west winds giving rain in most places, though milder than January. By mid month, it turns drier and is still quite mild, though colder at night in the south east. Expect the ground conditions to dry out quite a bit but we suggest heavy conditions and temporary greens on most low-lying courses where drainage is a problem.





March

The month will begin mild with some rain at times but as the daylight extends, so could the cold weather return. It could mean, for those of us who prefer an early morning start to our golf games, temporary greens at many courses before mid-day. Expect milder but more unsettled weather to blow in on south west winds later in the month.





April

Traditionally it's the month where the fair-weather golfers finally emerged from winter hibernation and start taking a real interest in what's new in golf equipment, as the US Masters on television gives us a mouth-watering taste of golf at the highest level.

It will be fascinating to see whether Tiger Woods emerges from his own self-enforced hibernation.

In the UK, the month starts in blustery mode and with rainfall levels higher than average. It will be milder too, with only a few frosty mornings but not a bad time to pick out your favourites from some of the new waterproofs ranges being launched by the major brands.





May

The BMW PGA Championship (May 20-23) traditionally heralds the return of top class European Tour golf to the UK with players and spectators anxious to see the changes that Ernie Els has made to the West course at Wentworth, including the transformed 18th hole.

Look out for a mid-month cold snap as the wind blows in from the north, though the month should start sunny. Rainfall looks about normal but it will be colder than average everywhere.





June

The Wales Open (June 3-6 at The Celtic Manor) promises to kick-off a spectacular start to June with several of the likely US Ryder Cup team expected to get a foretaste of the TwentyTen course ahead of the big match against Europe in October.

A wet month is forecast for the northern half of the UK with the wettest of the weather in the first 10 days. Conditions should settle down later in the month as it did with the scorching 2009 Wimbledon fortnight. Make the most of the fine weather if you're planning a golf break.

Other events in the UK during June include the Jersey Seniors Classic (La Moye GC, Channel Islands,June 4-6) the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open, Royal Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, June 18-20) and the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship, Hunting Course, De Vere Slaley Hall, Northumberland, June 24-27).




July

The month starts with fine weather but overall it will end up a wet month with low pressure bringing thunder storms and heavier rain in the south.

Scotland is set to enjoy better conditions - just as well, with the Barclays Scottish Open set for Loch Lomond from July 8-11 and the 139th Open championship at St Andrews from July 15-18. The following week (July 22-25), Carnoustie will host the Senior Open Championship, presented by MasterCard.






August

The return of the Irish Open to the Killeen course in Killarney (July 29-August 1) should coincide with the first half of the month enjoying the driest and warmest of our summer weather. Temperatures are predicted to exceed 29C (84F) so if you're planning a summer holiday in the UK or Ireland now's the time.

August should end up being warmer than average with rainfall about the seasonal norm.

It's a good time to be getting your handicap down out on the course as well as maybe paying a visit to the Cleveland Golf / Srixon Scottish Senior Open at Fairmont St. Andrews, Fife, (August 20-22) and the Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, August 26-29).





September

Golfers are advised to make the most of the dry conditions at the beginning of September - when the Travis Perkins Senior Masters is scheduled for the Duke's Course, Woburn (September 3-5), because from the second week onwards it looks unsettled and often wet, especially in the west and north of Britain.





October

Memories of the K Club in 2006 will come flooding back when the US defends the Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor, near Newport, Gwent from October 1-3 as rain is expected to play a part in the exciting matchplay format.

A succession of deep depressions (let's hope it's not due to the result!) will plague the north and west of the UK making it wet in Wales as well as the southern coastal counties.

Nearer average temperatures and rainfall, however, are expected for East Anglia and Eastern England.





November

The unsettled theme looks set to continue but at least it will be mild in November, though not expected to match the balmy Autumn temperatures of 2009. However, the south east will have less rain than usual as high pressure builds to the south and there could be some frost there after the middle of the month.




December
The pattern continues from November with wetter than average conditions, the further north west you are. In the south there could be a frosty spell in the middle of the month and then quite stormy in most places, especially across the Midlands and Northern England.
 

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They can't predict the weather when they are hanging out of the window with their finger in the air so how he thinks he can predict what's happening next month is laughable.

Here's the forecast:- It's cold but will warm up or get a bit colder or maybe stay the same. There will be some snow or maybe none at all, although it may be icy but maybe not. Expect it to be very wet soon, but then again it may stay dry. It will soon be very sunny although the sun may not appear or it may only come out for a bit.
 

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They can't predict the weather when they are hanging out of the window with their finger in the air so how he thinks he can predict what's happening next month is laughable.

Here's the forecast:- It's cold but will warm up or get a bit colder or maybe stay the same. There will be some snow or maybe none at all, although it may be icy but maybe not. Expect it to be very wet soon, but then again it may stay dry. It will soon be very sunny although the sun may not appear or it may only come out for a bit.

I think your right or maybe right ;)
 

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Cant get the weather right from day 2 day so total drivel.I can predict this, next 3 months colder than the following 3 months then warmer than those 3 months then windier than those 3 months then colder than those windier months its called winter,spring, summer , autumn.
 

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Not fussed what the conditions are like once the course is open and playable. I didn't think last year was too bad to be honest and don't really pay any attention to it being the xx wettest/hottest/ windiest on record. I'll pack my golf bag according to the forecast on the day and take my chances from there
 
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Were getting a bbq summer this year aswell apparently because on a certain day in november it never rained!

I'm with Homer prepare for the round on the day, just get the friggin course open 1st :mad:
 
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