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  1. In both 1975 and 1976 there were what could be called 'breakdowns' in the middle of July. At almost exactly this date in 76 it turned thundery and relatively cool for about 10 days. Remember it well because it washed the ladybirds away. In 75 it was unsettled for about two weeks but in both years the heat returned for the final week of July and lasted for most of August. Not saying this will happen in 2018 but the similarities are fairly striking.
  2. August 1976 was hot and sunny up till about the 27th (bank holiday weekend) when it turned very wet. July 1966 was unsettled with frequent thunderstorms. Quarter final day (Saturday 23rd) was hot and sunny but the weather in the week before the final was cool and wet. On the day itself there was a storm around midday. From footage of the teams coming out of the tunnel you can see the ground is still wet. The match was dry and the sun came out just before the end.
  3. Almost forgot why I hardly ever post on here. Some people turn missing the point into an art form. I wasn't wishing the summer away and some of my favourite footballers are over 30. I was merely noting the difference between a morning in, say late June and one in late July - we have seasons within seasons, along with their different smells, sights and feelings and...oh, never mind
  4. August does seem to throw up fewer hot spells these days (since 2003 maybe?). Those of us with longer memories can recall 1975, a very hot month, when the hottest day in test match history in England took place on the 4th. Not surprisingly that day coincided with cricket's first streaker, a rather chubby man who managed to leap over the stumps at the pavilion end.
  5. I really do get what Mushy is on about re that early morning smell. No, summer isn't over but there's definitely a slight feeling of decay in the air, as if everything is just past it's best. The garden is looking a bit tatty and the flowers are starting to wilt (or perhaps that's just our garden). It's particularly noticeable after a long warm spell like we've just had (in Birmingham) but it hopefully doesn't mean that the shorts need to go away for another year.
  6. Thanks John. Sorry to go off on one but perspective can go out the window when you're trying to get your trousers dry.
  7. No it wasn't on pens (goal from Shearer) and was, I think, the only time England have beaten Germany in a tournament since 1966. And the rest of the summer was indeed 'unsettled'.
  8. Remember the 17th as the day England beat Germany 1-o in Euro 2000 - it was a Saturday and barbecues were widespread. Unfortunately, the weather didn't last and neither did England's participation.
  9. Wouldn't normally post on the moaning thread as I generally don't like to be negative but I have to say the performance of the metoffice over the last few weeks has been abysmal. Longer range forecasts vague to the point of being useless, five dayers even worse and now today I've just seen Peter Gibbs saying there is a possibility of showers in the south but otherwise a dry and increasingly bright day - well here in Birmingham it's been raining all morning! It seems they can't even predict the weather when it's actually happening. Yes I know weather forecasting is difficult but it's not as if
  10. Interesting list which just goes to show once again how special 1976 was. Surprised to see nothing from 1959 in there, maybe because that was a summer notable for its length rather than its heat.
  11. On the 19th of June 1976 (a Saturday) the whole of the third day of the Lords test was washed out when around half an inch of rain fell over the south east.
  12. While temperatures over the last week may have disappointed some, let's face it we were never promised a heatwave. In fact historically the first half of June is rarely hot. In the great summers of 1990 and 1995 it was cold and fairly wet until the last third and even in '76 the real heat didn't get going until the 21st. And though it looks like this week may be relatively unsettled it's nothing like last years horrendous June - just normal for the time of year.
  13. The problem with poorly written and researched stuff like the Sun article is that it has a dangerous habit of shaping public perception. In summer, retailers, events organisers and the tourist industry depend on accurate weather forecasting for their livelihood. If people think we are going to have a poor summer at this stage the it can affect what they spend their money on. Now, there may be floods at Glastonbury this year and Wimbledon may be played in a heatwave, but at the moment there is absolutely no serious evidence that either will happen. The most sensible posters on this forum know
  14. While it's probably tue that 60's summers weren't that bad it's also the case that there were almost no really long periods of hot sunny weather from 1959 until 1975. For awfulness 1968 is probably as close as we get to 2012 and although 1969 is probably the best it was really only on a par with 2010. What seems to have happened in the 60's is that people got used to summers being unexceptional (a bit like now in many ways) and the great post war years like 1947, 1949 and 1959 were just something you told your children about. And that's why 1975 and '76 were such a shock and are so fondly reme
  15. There is much 'here we go again' style pessimism on the boards this week ,not really surprising given the current models and our experiences of the last few summers. But I was looking at an old diary from 2003 the other day and the entry for May 20th read: 'weather awful again today...this has to be one of the worst Mays I can remember...hope it's not a sign for the rest of the summer'. It wasn't. Things can and do change and there are signs that we could be in for a better end of the month. Philip Eden, whose monthly forecasts are as accurate as anyones, has suggested an unsettled mid month f
  16. Another interesting vid Gavin. According to Philip Eden's weather index in Wisden, 1954 was the worst summer in England and Wales since 1900, being the only one with an index of less than 400. Looked like this year might be going that way except it has been slightly warmer - hopefully the change people are talking about ( and which yourself and a few others forecast a while ago) will save it.
  17. Knocker, while too young to remember it personally would it be fair to suggest that in terms of the extended summer 1959 matches '76 as it wasn't as intensely hot but it lasted well into the autumn. My father and others used to talk about 1949 and 59 as being the great pre '76 summers. They also used to say it rained all the time in the 50's so can we assume that the only truly outstanding summer between 1949 and '75 was 1959. Which puts our current run of 'dreadful' summers into some kind of historical context.
  18. Fantastic vid Gavin bringing back lots of good memories. Really enjoyed the '75 one as well, as you say, the 'forgotten' great summer. Keep them coming!
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