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  1. MarkW

    Winter 1979/80

    Great reminiscent viewing.Thanks for this.
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    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.
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    Winter 1979/80

    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.
  4. MarkW

    Winter 1979/80

    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.
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    Winter 1979/80

    Met Office Winter 79/80 report. https://digital.nmla.metoffice.gov.uk/file/sdb%3AdigitalFile|014bc073-caf5-4dce-8dd9-34191648dd5b/
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    Winter 1979/80

    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
  7. MarkW

    Great Fire of London

    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.
  8. 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.
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    The Great Midlands Blizzard 9th December 1990

    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.
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    Fading memories of 2010

    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.
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    The Great Midlands Blizzard 9th December 1990

    Crikey, a year ago this thread stopped. I wonder if we will get the same on 7th December 2017.....probably not.
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    19th/20th November 1996 deep depression and snow

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. Dear all, my third post. I saw an archived thread by a poster called 'Walsall Wood' and decided to reply - here it is. I remember as a child then teenager, the winters were quite bad. Snow in November wasn't unknown, and there were certainly heavy frosts. In late November 1985, we were sent home early from school as it began snowing around 2pm. I'm an Albion fan, and we were playing Villa at home in a Milk Cup replay that night. The snow came down in a blizzard and although it stopped at 5, it did start again around 7.....but that match stayed on. We lost 1-2, but I remember the orange ball coming out (you do not see these much now). Jan/Feb 1986 was bitterly cold and I remember shivering at many a game or school PE lesson outdoors! The orange ball came out again in an away game at Birmingham City in early Feb. I seem to remember games were called off. Early Feb also saw blizzards. These are what I remember. I posted about the Dec 1990 snow storm elsewhere.
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    Great Storm 15/16 Oct 1987

    As Walsall Wood Snow says, this didn't really hit the Midlands that much. I was 15, living in Tipton. I remember the news in the morning, vaguely. I must have taken notice of it; after school , I travelled down to Swansea to see a girl I had met during the Summer on holiday - and was looking out for damage. The Birmingham New Street to Cardiff train passed through Worcesteshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Gwent en route to Glamorgan. I only saw a handful of trees that were down. The S/West Mids and Wales also got off lightly. However, I know people in London (I worked with) and they've told me of the destruction in the Wimbledon, Roehampton and New Malden areas. One former work colleague found her back garden shed in the street at the front of her house, surrounded by downed trees.
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