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    Witham June '06

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    Something's definately brewing.
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    Witham June '06

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    Something's brewing
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    Vienna March '06

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    View towards city centre.
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    Bratislava March '06

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    Woods above the city.
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    Bratislava March '06

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    View from the castle across City towards Danube.
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    Budapest March '05

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    River Danube, looking North from Castle.
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    Budapest March '05

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    Stunning views from the Castle across Pest
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    River Danube, Hungary early March '05
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    Snowfields of Hungary along Danube river
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    Snowfall in South Kent late Dec '05
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    Snowy track

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    Snowfall in South Kent late Dec '05
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    Snowy field

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    Snowfall in Kent late Dec '05
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    South Kent late Dec '05 Snowfall
  14. Blimey SB, you on a mission or what this afternoon dredging up old threads from last year
  15. On second thoughts I think it was way later in early December 1993, 9th Dec seems to fit the dark evening that it was very windy looking at the charts and the weather records: http://www.wetterzentrale.de/archive/ra/19...00119931209.gif That September 1993 storm over NW France does look particularly nasty - though I don't recall that particular event.
  16. Started my last year of A-levels in Autumn 1993 and remember a chilly November with harsh frosts and some snow showers coming off the North Sea in Kent later in the month. I'm sure there was a bad gale sometime that autumn aswell, as I remember going on a visit to Dover Coastguard up above the White Cliffs and watching the big windows there flexing in the strong winds while the officer was chatting to us. Remember the summer that year being foul at times, camping for a week in Ashdown forest in late July - it rained nearly everyday and temps weren't great during the day though not particularly chilly at night fortunately.
  17. That early June heatwave in '96 must have come as a shock to the system following on from an unusually cold May. It appears the maximum of 33.1C at St James's Park, Westminster set a new daily extreme for the 7th of June, with only 1947 and 1950 having comparable temperatures during the first week of June. The Journal of Meteorology has an interesting article on the thunderstorms and hail on 7 June 1996. Colder air from Greenland undercut the 'Spanish Plume' from the West that day. In the evening a large storm area developed from the Chiltern Hills across East Anglia, and also from Dorset towards the South Midlands. A tornado causing damage to roofs, walls and trees was reported in Basingstoke, Hants. The passage of three succesive storms dropped rainfall totals that day of 73.9mm at East Lockinge, near Wantage, Oxon; 48mm was recorded at Woodlands St. Mary, Berks. Outflow winds associated with the squalls over Oxfordshire produced gusts of 44 knots at RAF Benson, near Wallingford. Elsewhere, a storm in the early evening at Bourn, Cambs produced golf-ball sized hailstones breaking roof tiles, sash-window panes and greenhouse glass. Later that evening, there were reports of hail the size of cricket balls over Leagrave/Sundon Park districts of North Luton -with 70 roof tiles broken on a few houses! The storms were also accompanied by fierce lighning displays. The hail caused considerable damage to crops and lightning also damaged buildings. Good trade for the builders, glaziers, car repair firms etc. Not so good for insurers!
  18. Yes, in retrospect I should have included Junes of 1985 and 1987, which I overlooked. Though June 1987 was kind of redeemed, in the South at least, by a hot spell at the end of that month, with 27C at Epping on the 29th. UK wise 30C was reached in Jersey on the 30th. Epping had a max of just 9.5C on the 9th, the minimum temp for 14th-16th was just 5C. Looking at June 1985 for Epping (Essex), there was a max of 23C on the 4th. The 6th, 7th and 8th saw a max of only 11C, 12C and 13C respectively. The mean max for Epping that June was a dismal 16.7C.
  19. Before the change in recent years to anomalously above average temperatures during summer months - particularly since the early 1990s - I thought I'd have a look at some of the rightly forgotten poor summer months in the recent past. There were some distinctly chilly periods in some of the summer months in the 1970s in particular. Thanks goes to the excellent Robin Sterling's 'The Weather of Britain' for alot of the data. - In June 1971, Gorleston in Norfolk and Stonyhurst in Lancashire had a maximum temperature of 15C or less on 17 days that month, in many parts of the country the temperature failed to reach 21C during the entire month. Watnall, Nottinghamshire saw a maximum of just 8.9C on the 9th. The CET that month was 12.4C -compared to the '61-'90 June average of 14.1C. - June 1972 had a lower mean temperature in many places than June 1971 - with six ground frosts at Kew, London and ten at Exeter, in the normally balmy SW. The CET that month was a chilly 11.8C! - The first 8 days of July 1978 were very chilly. Manchester (Ringway) saw the temperature remain below 15C until the 9th of that July. The maximum on the 5th in parts of England was only 12C. The month returned a CET of 14.8C - The summer of 1980 was partcularly poor, especially June and July. The period 18th June to 18th July in 'high summer' saw a mean maximum at Kew of just 16.1C, 4C below average. Seven of these days in that period the temperature failed to reach 15C. In West Wales at Brawdy, Dyfed the maximum temperature was below 15C on 19 days in June and 13 days in July. The 1st July was particularly cold, with maxima of around 10C along the east coast, and only 12C along the south coast. - August 1986 was rather chilly with a CET of just 13.7C compared to the '71-'00 average of 16.2C ('61-'90: 15.8C). The August Bank Holiday, which was the wettest on record, saw a max of just 10C in the rain, with -3.4C recorded that morning at Kilbrace in the Highlands. - July 1988 saw a CET of 14.7C, many places in the South failed to exceed 21C all month, London failed to exceed 22C all month. - June 1991 was rather poor. Rain fell for 28 days along the Sussex coast. At Crawley, West Sussex, the temperature at 1pm was not above 16C on any day during the whole month. From the 1st to 4th and the 18th, much of Scotland and Northern England had max temperatues of 8-10C. Air frosts were recorded in many sheltered parts of the country. The CET was a chilly 12.1C.
  20. Yes, Greycrook (Scottish borders) recorded 32.9 °C on 9 August 2003 - Scotland's highest temperature. The Welsh temperature record of 35.2 °C at Hawarden Bridge (Clwyd) on 2 August 1990 didn't tumble however in 2003. The max was 33.0 °C on 5 August 2003 at Valley. The highest Northern Ireland temperature recorded was 30.8 °C at Knockarevan (near Belleek, Co. Fermanagh) on 30 June 1976, and at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast (Co. Antrim) on 12 July 1983. 29.3 °C was reached on 8 August 2003 at Castlederg. A good MO account of the August 2003 spell can be seen on the link below, it shows the distribution of heat from 5th-10th of August, also it shows a number of stations in the SE on the 10th beating the 37.1°C record set at Cheltenham in 1990: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/int...03maxtemps.html Looking at the temperature records for the Epping weather station, closest to here with temp records - shows temps above 29 °C from 3rd-13th with maxes of >35 °C on the 6th, 9th culminating with 37.9 °C on the 10th. Some warm night minima - though not as warm as I would expect with such heat around during the day with 17.4°C the morning after the 10th. I'm sure there was night time minima of 20 °C+ in the past. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gesc_b/Epping.../August2003.htm
  21. Thankfully the SE of England was let off lightly during Summer 2003 compared to parts of mainland Europe. Parts of Central and Southern Europe seeing the heat set in during June and lasting until mid-August - with maxima reaching 35-40C somewhere each day during July and early August. Switzerland saw 41.5C reached on the 11 th August, a day after the record was broken in the UK with 38.1C. This heat had a detrimental effect it seems on the alpine areas - with glaciers decreasing by 10% in 2003. Also, crop yields in Central and Southern Europe were greatly affected. Not to mention the many the death toll in places such as France. A good article by UNEP on the Impact of Summer 2003 Heatwave in Europe can be seen here: http://www.grid.unep.ch/product/publicatio...eat_wave.en.pdf Can't say want to see heat like that again for a long time. Though, I remember some high temperatures in the mid 30s in early August 1990 and also on holiday in South Central France a few times nudging the high 30s. Luckily in 2003 there were only a few days of extreme heat on the 9th and 10th of August in Essex, before it cooled down from the West on the 11th courtesy of a cold front and some thunderstorms.
  22. We had to wait until 3rd August 1990 for 37.1C to be reached at Cheltenham, a Gloucestershire town that seems to be a 'hot spot' - maybe due to it being in the Severn valley. We then had to wait until 10th August 2003 for another reading of over 37C.
  23. I was only nearly a one year old in the summer 1976, so my first recollection of a hot summer was 1983. July 1983 had a whopping CET of 19.5C the hottest of the century, certainly remembered many visits to the beach at weekends and in the school holidays that summer. The next five summers were pretty abissmal though.
  24. But July 1976 had a CET of 18.7C which is 2.6C above the 1961-1990 average (16.1C) for the month. August 1976 had a CET of 17.6C which is 1.8C above the 1961-1990 average (15.8C) for the month. Records suggest that July and August were pretty hot that year aswell: http://www.personal.dundee.ac.uk/~taharley/1976_weather.htm
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    April showers

    Low-level rainbow as the shower clears...

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