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  1. I'm glad to see this still being discussed. There are quite a few clips regarding this on You Tube (type "snow Dec 1990"). Including someone here who recorded his trip on an early Dash Cam (!) in Worcestershire. There are some interesting clips to be heard on the radio news.
  2. I remember January 10th well. I went with my dad, to watch West Brom away at Swansea in the 3rd Round of the FA CUp. There was heavy, wet snow (although it was cold) in the West Midlands. . We rang Swansea and the game was on as there had been no snow. Lo and behold, as we got onto the M50, and went towards Ross-on-Wye the snow lessened and by Wales there was nothing. It was quite cold, but not snowy. We lost 2-3 to a last minute Sean McCarthy goal after dragging ourselves level with a few minutes left. They were then in the 4th Division, (although they were doing quite well near the top), we were in the then Div 2.
  3. Great reminiscent viewing.Thanks for this.
  4. MarkW

    July 1983

    I remember a first family holiday that year in Cornwall. Traveled overnight from the West Midlands through an incredible electrical storm.This was the evening of the day I broke up from school - around 20th July.
  5. The first 7" single I ever bought. Around that time as well. Basically because I loved the video (I used to see it on Top of the Pops.
  6. It is interesting how the charts, reports and my recollection match up for 21st December. I probably have morphed one or two winters overall, together, thinking that winter was very bad. I realise it wasn't quite 78/79 or 81/82.
  7. Met Office Winter 79/80 report. https://digital.nmla.metoffice.gov.uk/file/sdb%3AdigitalFile|014bc073-caf5-4dce-8dd9-34191648dd5b/
  8. I posted this on the memorable weather thread , below. But it is relevant. 79/80 was bad though. I remember the Friday before Christmas 1979 (fell on Dec 21st). I am a West Brom supporter, and was 7, almost 8, at the time. I was even let out of school 2 hours or so early, so me and my father could go to see Albion play at Crystal Palace. We left the West Midlands (Tipton) around 1 in the afternoon. In the Midlands it had been cold and frosty for a few days, I recall, but little else. However we had some sleet that morning and it was light snow as we left.We drove via M6 & M1 in those days. By the time we got to the Northampton area or thereabouts, we hit heavier snow and a few miles further on a blizzard ensued all the way into London. No M25 then either, so we drove from M1 at Staples Corner via Kilburn, Cricklewood across Westminster Bridge (I remember seeing Big Ben) and onto Selhurst Park. We got there just after 6.30 (7.30 KO then) and the game had been called off! There was a lot of snow everywhere on the journey home. That Christmas was a white one. I recall snow on the ground over Christmas. I had a Kodak Instamatic camera for Christmas and have photos on the Thursday after Christmas in Coventry and West Brom with snow and slush on them. Met Office report Dec 1979 : https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/mohippo/pdf/n/3/dec1979.pdf
  9. I recall reading in Walter George Bell's classic books on the Plague and the Fire, that both 1665 & 1666, were unusually hot summers and autumns. With the Easterly winds blowing inwards to the City, and Pudding Lane being fairly Eastward, the Fire soon took hold and leapt forward, but burned much more slowly against the wind, which helped saved the Tower and the ordinance. Moving Westwards though, it was different. Burning embers carried for hundreds of yards and set buildings on fire away from the main seat or source of the flames (as well as combustion from heat radiation). One example of this happening (and thus causing ensuing panic) was the burning of the church of St Lawrence Pountney, just off Cannon Street. The tall steeple caught fire with nothing very close burning and people thought it was arson and looked for scapegoats, etc. Fascinating histry. By the way, I'm a historian too and the book by Geoffrey Parker , quoted above , is superb.
  10. 79/80 was bad though. I remember the Friday before Christmas 1979. I am a West Brom supporter, and was 7, almost 8, at the time. I was even let out of school 2 hours or so early, so me and my father could go to see Albion play at Crystal Palace. We left the West Midlands (Tipton) around 1 in the afternoon. In the Midlands it had been cold and frosty for a few days, I recall, but little else. However we had some sleet that morning and it was light snow as we left.We drove via M6 & M1 in those days. By the time we got to the Northampton area or thereabouts, we hit heavier snow and a few miles further on a blizzard ensued all the way into London. No M25 then either, so we drove from M1 at Staples Corner via Kilburn, Cricklewood across Westminster Bridge (I remember seeing Big Ben) and onto Selhurst Park. We got there just after 6.30 (7.30 KO then) and the game had been called off! I also remember Feb 1994 being bad, for snow and again via football I was in a pub on the A3400 outside Oxford (Albion were due at the old Manor Ground) and we learned the game was off so we stayed on in the pub. Dec 7-9th 1990 was another huge event I could go back to. Winter 85/86 (Nov to Dec '85 and Feb 1986) was another very cold and snowy affair. Also around the October 2000 there were huge storms in the South East(I lived in New Malden at the time) and I recall torrential rain and flooding blocking the A3 into Roehampton.
  11. Well , in hindsight, we did get this on December 10-11th! Not 7th. Almost. I saw on my original thread I talked about TV programmes that night. Well, I've just finished watching the UK version of House of Cards - which originally aired 18 November to 9 December 1990. So, the final episode was on during the Sunday Evening when the snow had fallen. That made me think back to this thread and weather event.
  12. I was living in Tipton, West Mids, and remember November 1985. Had been cold for a couple of days, and rained on the day of 27th. Then the temp dropped. I went home from school early as as the snow fell around 2pm. By 4.30 it was snowing heavily, but the West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa League Cup replay went ahead, although we lost 2-1. They used an orange ball and I recall snow being around for quite some time. 2010 - the cold was incredible from (I recall) around 16th November (I think). Haw frost on trees in Stratford. Snow fell in the later part of the month, but it didn't seem to get above zero for weeks, until just after christmas.
  13. Crikey, a year ago this thread stopped. I wonder if we will get the same on 7th December 2017.....probably not.
  14. Funnily enough, I do not remember this at all. I lived in London, and do not remember any significant snow fall other than December 1995 or January 2003.
  15. I was 13/14 in 85/86, so perhaps memories are a bit sketchy, but I tend to remember a lot via football matches from the time. Feb 1986 was very cold. I seem to remember early Jan was cold (some football was postponed). 90/91 I remember much better, especially the West Midlands blizzards.
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