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  1. In terms of my own lifetime, it's easily Nov/Dec 2010 cold spells if anybody knows me. Nothing comes close to the innocence I felt as a kid taking it all for granted and thinking it was normal! The only time there was true Dickensian Christmas scenes around the area probably since 1878 (speaking of 1878..). Going back further, I would either go for Winter 1878-79, January 1881 or Winter 1916-17. 1878-79 had a severe December and January with many many snowfalls that would have been streamer galore for the Irish Sea. Christmas was a bitterly cold white one too before it became milder temporarily after similar to 2010-11. January 1881 had the godfather of all cold spells for Ireland and was the coldest month on record by far in the nation. Many days mid-month well below freezing consecutively day after day with minus mid-double digits including the national record low of -19.1C which stands to this day. It was also very snowy with again tons of streamers like 1878-79 and featured a great snowstorm for southern England too. December 2010 was Dublin's coldest month since January 1881. 1916-17 was a super interesting winter season for Ireland, featured two of our worst snowstorms on record in January and April 1917. December 1916 featured a cold spell too and February 1917 featured frosts of unusual severity with the deep snow from the late January snowstorm still there in places up to mid-February. Then there was the April 1917 snowstorm which is crazy to hear the (limited) stories about how impactful and severe it was. Blacksod at sea level in the northwest had drifts of 8-10 ft after an hour and a half of commencement! Seskin, Co. Waterford had 9 days of snow lying in April 1917 alone. There was also exceptional low temperatures such as -7C at Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin and -15C in Cumbria. Then if things weren't bad enough, once the cold weather left the nation, there was drought conditions going into May which turned out to be much warmer than average; although the summer of 1917 was very poor! An honourable mention also goes out to November 1919 for such an extreme cold and snowy spell for the time of year. -11.1C at Markree Castle on 14th November was the nation's record low for November until 2010. Braemar achieved -23C on the same day, only 2 years in the last 30 have achieved -23C or lower in any month in the UK (Dec 1995 and Feb 2021) yet a November 102 years ago managed it.. there was widespread snow to sea level too. I just find it all so fascinating how this happened in November and it shows the potential of November as a winter month, shame it rarely does fulfill it.
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  3. Canadian Warmings have occurred in Nov 1951, Nov 1952, Dec 1954, Nov 1958 (also a major SSW), Dec 1958, Dec 1959, Nov 1962, Dec 1965, Dec 1966, Nov 1968 (also a major SSW), Nov 1972, Nov 1974, Nov 1976, Nov 1977, Dec 1978, Nov 1979, Nov 1980, Dec 1981 (also a major SSW), Nov 1991, Dec 1993, Nov 1996 and Nov 2000. A major warming occurred in early January 1985. There was no observed Canadian Warming according to University of Berlin analysis. North Pole temperatures • Atmospheric Dynamics • Department of Earth Sciences WWW.GEO.FU-BERLIN.DE
  4. No showers here today, lots of sunshine as Dublin loves to get when there's low pressure around! Loving the fresh autumn feel, it was about time.
  5. Wasn't sure where to post this but fun fact... If this September comes out warmer than August for the CET, 2021 will join a very quirky exclusive club of years where April was colder than the preceding March and September warmer than the preceding August in the same calendar year. The only other year since 1659 that has happened was 1750. However, March 1750 was exceptionally mild (8.2C) rather than April being particularly cold (7.7C) relatively speaking.
  6. I calculated more national means and this September as of the 22nd for Ireland is running as the calmest in a record since 1981 with 6.5 kts. 2014 holds the current record with 6.8 kts. Mind the past few days have tended to be windier - 22nd was windiest day since 13 August nationally speaking.
  7. Don't have any wind data for UK but for Ireland, 2021 had been the calmest January to August period since 2010 and that theme has continued into September with the mean average running even closer to 2010 (which was record calm for many stations). Particularly noticed the lack of wind this summer which was reportedly one of the calmest on record:
  8. Indeed 93.3 hrs in December 2001. Image below is every month ranked sunniest to dullest for Heathrow as of July 2021. Reservations have to be made for months from September 2005 however as they were recorded with a K-Z sensor instead of C/S recorder.
  9. 1968 was the last time according to central southern England/SE England regional series.
  10. Not sure how I forgot 1949 as one of the best Irish summers too just after re-reading your initial post mentioning it. You would be correct about that 1968 comparison. This year has been running closely to 1968 so far in some aspects like the March 2021 high temperatures were the highest since 1968, April 1968 was the frostiest April on record for the UK before 2021 and 1968 had been the closest situation where the spring absolute max was achieved in March (it equalled April that year). It was a really weird year 1968 with a highly reduced westerly gradient. Going by anomaly maps, it wasn't a warm summer at all across Europe. Very different times then though.
  11. No (just abouts). Closest attempts are June 2016 (101.7 hrs), August 1958 (103.1 hrs) and August 2008 (104.3 hrs).
  12. Well for Ireland, which can differ greatly at times to England like in 1968, the best summers of the 20th century going by stats I would say are: 1995, 1976, 1955, 1983, 1989, 1959, 1933, 1975, 1969, 1911. 1995 is hands down the best Irish summer. Other summers that had at least one exceptionally 'good month' (very warm, very sunny and or very dry): 1990 - Second consecutive very sunny July after 1989. 2 August 1990 was the hottest day on record in Dublin with 31C achieved (19 July 2006 would later equal this). Terrible June 1947 - a pretty mixed June/July but August second best of the century after 1995. I often refer to it as the 'forgotten gem' as it was contender for best summer month of the century with only competition really being the likes of July 1989, August 1995 and August 1976 for overall warm, dry and sunny conditions. Locally in Dublin, August 1947 also contained the longest absolute drought of the century lasting up to mid-September. 1940 - a very sunny and warm June which still holds the monthly sunshine record for Northern Ireland to this day. August was also dry but otherwise a pretty meh summer. 1934 - a hot July with one of our most notable heatwaves of 20th century. 1921 - similar to 1934 with a hot July and a notable heatwave. 1968 that I mentioned is a funny one. It wasn't an especially warm summer even here and in fact was on the relatively cool side but it was very sunny with a prolonged drought period through July into August.
  13. June was slightly sunnier than average locally, many days with sunny spells but few very sunny ones. July was well above average all thanks to an exceptional sunny 10-day spell from 16th to 25th and was the sunniest since 2013. First half of July was running as dull as July 2020 up until that so was a complete flip around. August up until 22nd was also exceptionally dull with only 48.7 hrs (absolutely atrocious), it has risen to 92.9 hrs as of the 26th and after today will now be sunnier than August 2020 which was the dullest on record here in Dublin. What is it with 2021 and these big turn arounds? February, July and August this year all featured exceptional dull periods being masked by very sunny periods. EDIT: Even March to an extent. Seasonal total to 26 August is 463.9 hrs which is relatively below average (95% of 91-20 average) but way way sunnier than 2020 which was more than 120 hrs duller and the dullest on record. There's still time for it to reach average too but August will be dull.
  14. 2014 max was 90f (32.3C) on 18 July, not 34C. 2013 did reach 34C on 1 August.
  15. Since 1960 (may have missed 1 or a few days in some earlier years). The 1960-2020 average is 6.8 days.
  16. One of Ireland's most exceptional weather months without a doubt. It was nationally Ireland's hottest month on record and remains so with persistent high pressure and hot easterly winds a lot of the time. The national record max temperature for August was equalled with 31.5C at Carlow on the 2nd - a joint record with August 1975. It holds the Irish record for most 30C days in a single calendar month with July 2013 (7). It was the driest August on record for many too with near rainless conditions at some isolated stations including 0.4mm at Bunclody (Wexford) all month and for almost all stations. It was also the sunniest August on record with the national record for August set at 283.9 hrs set at Rosslare in 1995. The mean temperature at Phoenix Park (Dublin) of 18.1C was over a full degree warmer than the previous warmest August way back in 1947. It was the literal opposite of August 1912 (coldest, wettest and dullest August on record at the time). We have certainly paid for it since on this island.. with most Augusts (with 2003 and 2010 being the main exceptions for Ireland) being dull, wet and average to mild temperatures.
  17. I'd largely say the same list of 'good' summers for Ireland except remove 1994 which was terrible here as we were too far west to tap into the fine weather (typical) and add 1968 which was very sunny with drought in this country - I know England had a very different story, sort of similar to 2021 in a way but 1968 was a different kettle of fish.
  18. May and July the best but the rest very poor and completely off.
  19. An unremarkable summer for my neck of the woods. June 2019 mostly dire and then 'heatwave' was disappointing. July 2019 an ok month but average sunshine so not a standout in my mind. August 2019 I enjoyed because it was my sunniest August since 2010 but mid-month was too changeable and cool to consider it great. Much of September also unremarkable (first week or so) or poor (last 10 days) but mid-month was wonderful with plentiful sunshine and by far my favourite period of the 'summer' even though it was nearing astronomical autumn. I preferred Summer 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018 and now 2021 over 2019.
  20. What I also found interesting was how whilst the UK tmean for June/July 2021 was the 4th warmest since 1884, it was largely due to minimums and to an extent maximums in Scotland and Northern Ireland too. It was only the 12th warmest for England and 11th warmest for Wales since 1884 in terms of maxima. Perhaps not a surprise at all to those in the south that have found it quite unremarkable in terms of high temperatures since the first half of June.
  21. The Armagh 31.4C did not pass quality checks so the Castlederg 31.3C is the new official Northern Ireland record although I hold some skepticism with the tarmac around the station.
  22. Some stations have had 10 consecutive days of heatwave conditions (25C+) which makes it the longest heatwave in mid-summer since 1995! The 2013 heatwave (from a statistical standpoint) lasted from 8-12 July generally. The 2018 heatwave was more early summer as it began in June.
  23. What I find more odd than anything is how as of this point with the data we have, the highest temperature in the Republic of Ireland from this spell was 31.2C on the 22nd at Durrow. There is still the outside chance there was higher when manual climate station data eventually comes in a few months but I don't recall seeing Northern Ireland beating the Republic in terms of absolute max this high before - June 1989 did achieve 30C in N.I. but not in the Republic. Makes me wonder just how limited we are by our current station network of missing out on records. There was a fair amount of haze and high cloud on the 22nd which limited the potential for temperatures to skyrocket more than they did but N.I. achieved 30C on 4 days yet the Republic only did so on 2. The absolute max on the 17th was 29.6C again at Durrow so wasn't far off and makes me suspect that there could have been higher. It took us until the 21st to get the first 30C in the Republic at one of the synoptic stations or the few automatic climate stations.
  24. 1989 was most certainly not poor.. 1990 too to an extent.
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