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Well, looks like another mild autumn/winter is already upon us with the coming of the first big storm of the season which will be Post-Tropical Cyclone Gonzalo or Gonzo for short. I'm going to keep this thread going through until the end of winter and if you want to post information, photos, weather warnings or even if you want to post your experiences of extreme weather post here. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for much of the UK for Tuesday and this is to be prepared. The west of Scotland is expected to have gales and heavy rain tomorrow evening. Some useful sites http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather http://www.netweather.tv/ http://www.wunderground.com/global/UK.html Net weather is a cool site as it has an excellent lightning detector and an excellent forum. Weather Underground although is USA based is a very good site and has the latest North Atlantic Storm information such as on Gonzalo http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2014/hurricane-Gonzalo Now thinking of keeping this thread going through to the end of June, the end of the StormChasing season in the USA.
Right we have had a few complaints about the state of the pitches just now some worse than others. Problem is with grass it doesn't grow in winter so pitches don't repair only get worse as we play the bulk of our football games during the cold months. At Inverness we are looking into the possibility of going to a 5g artificial surface for next season. After years of having one of the best pitches in Scottish football and an award winning groundsman our pitch has come to the end of its life and is needing replaced. A perfect opportunity me thinks. Not a fan of the artificial surface but anything to rid us of this undersoil heating influence that has indirectly damaged our pitch would be a big help. We never needed undersoil heating given our close proximity to the Moray Firth and the fact that some of the salt water gets under the pitch has helped. We rarely had call offs due to the weather affecting the pitch before we had to follow the old SPL criteria. What do fans think of the pitches now and is this a good reason to talk about summer football or should artificial pitches be more widely used?.