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  1. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    More cold rain. Snow being reported in places down south (even Isle of Wight), so no reason why it shouldn't up here, providing we get precipitation and the coldest air together. Uppers are obviously just cold enough (though could do with being colder), but can we get the coldest temps/DPs to go northwest? Presumably they are down there because of shorter sea crossing. There's no sea in the way between SE England and here, so no reason why it should warm up if it heads the right way....
  2. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Sleet seen in a heavy burst of rain at 4pm, with temp of 4C. Back to drizzle now
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    Friday 13th (yes) May 2016 in Cornwall. Absolutely perfect weather, unbroken sunshine with max of 22C, couldn't have hoped for better. Not so hot that it's uncomfortable in suits (like it is at many high summer weddings) but warm enough. My wife and I have a thing about 13, we got together on the 13th (June 2012, not much nice weather that month), got engaged on the 13th (October 2013) so obviously we had to get married on the 13th too....
  4. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Haven't seen a frost like this in October since the 90s! Reminds me of those Autumn mornings when I was at school. Didn't get any precipitation here at all on Saturday, so no way of knowing if it could have snowed or not- but this morning certainly gives a wintry feel.
  5. Summer of 95

    Your Deepest Snow Record

    Deepest round here for each month since 1987 Nov 5-10cm 20/11/88 (can't remember exact amount but was enough for sledging and way more than any other Nov fall) Dec 28cm 11-12/12/17 (as above) Jan 10cm 22-24/01/13 Feb 15cm 08/02/91 Mar 12cm 12/03/06 Apr 2cm 02/04/12 December seems to be the best month for deep snow here, having 3 out of 4 of the depths of 15cm+. February hasn't had more than 7cm since 1994.
  6. Summer of 95

    Should I buy a classic car?

    I like browsing Honest John Classics when I have nothing else to do, lots of interesting stuff on there even if it is weird seeing the cars of the 80s/90s I grew up with called "classics": https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/ High Pressure: interesting you say that about the Fabia, when I drove taxis we had an Octavia that was brilliant, reliable, went on forever except that you had to be so careful of the underside. Once the oil sump ripped open when it was driven over one of those fold-down car park poles, like 2" high.... Had to be careful where you took it.
  7. Summer of 95

    Spring 2013

    The thing March 2013 did show here (and March 2018 confirmed) was that snow doesn't always melt away in March during the day. That was obviously just a 90s/00s thing, it used to be the case then that after mid-Feb you normally needed at least 5cm to have anything left the following day, at least 10 to keep full cover, even if the temp barely got above freezing. Having thought about it, I wonder if wind direction is important here? 2013 and 2018 both were easterlies, while most late snowfalls between 1990 and 2010 came from the west or north (March 1995, March 2001, late Feb and mid-March 2004, March 2006). Interestingly the relatively minor snowfall of 11 March 1996 bucked the trend; despite giving only 3cm it stayed on the grass for 3 days, barely reducing; it came from the east. Perhaps the fact that easterlies tend to be less sunny here than northerlies or westerlies in March, combined with their usually having the coldest uppers, and the North Sea being colder than the Atlantic means they don't melt snow so readily in the daytime once the days lengthen? By contrast in Dec or Jan, air temperature seems to be more important in the weaker sun, there's little difference between westerly/northerly or easterly, neither will melt snow in the day in low temperatures. If this is the case, the crapness of that Feb/Mar 2005 spell is even more striking; it was 2 weeks of easterlies yet still it melted once the sun rose, when it settled at all.
  8. -1C right now, earliest air frost in years
  9. Summer of 95

    Best and worst winters

    Best: 2017/18 For: December gave deepest snow here in over 30 years. Record low March max. Spectacularly ended a run of completely rubbish winters. Against: although not snowless, Jan and Feb were not particularly memorable. 2010/11 For: subfreezing December coldest month here since 1963. 26 days with lying snow in total. Against: No snow at all after Jan 7th. Rubbish February. 1995/96 For: all months from Dec-Mar had lying snow, plenty of cold weather. Against: First 20 days of Jan were horrid, and odd mild days ruining cold snaps (22-23 Dec in particular) 1990/91 For: The snowy snap in Feb and snow on 8th Dec (though nowhere near as much here as Birmingham) Against: I remember jack all of the January or March (or Nov or April) so they can't have been that memorable 2012/13 For: Plenty of cold days and regular snow after mid-Jan Against; late starting, lack of low minima was strange and very disappointing given how many low maxima and snow lying days it had. Bad: 2015/16 Probably the worst though it was a close thing. Almost completely snowless in the three winter months, horribly mild especially in Dec. Unlike 13-14 had no storms/floods to keep us interested in the weather. It was just a non-season. 2013/14 Almost though not quite as snowless as 15/16, ridiculous number of wet days, lack of frosts even though it did have quite a few clear nights. Any attempt at cold (there were a few) was just blasted out the way by another 950mb low before it could properly get going. 1999/2000 As bad as any of those mid-2010s shockers this- mild, almost snowless, very boring Jan and Feb in particular. Remember a couple of times snow was forecast but gave nothing. 1991/2 and 1992/3 A pair of winters with about 6 flakes of snow between them. They don't come higher up the list because they weren't especially mild, in fact they had some decent frosty spells. Just for some reason no snow, even when it was cold enough. Other contenders 2014/15 was very frustrating, it started snowing several times but either turned to rain for no reason or melted as soon as it stopped. 2007/8 was another snowless one though it was quite sunny. 2016/17 had one slight snowfall in Jan but was otherwise boring and rubbish. Second half of 2001/2 was vile, but Dec and early Jan were wintry enough.
  10. 9.1 and 78mm. We are well overdue a cold one, so many longstanding jinxes broken in the last 12 months. Mix of wet and dry spells.
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    Least favourite weather events

    10 Aug 2003 (and most of Aug 2003, except the 9th) 1st July 2015 Most of winter 2009-10 4 Feb 2012 Just from a local point of view, those... Really exceptional rain totals are interesting in a masochistic kind of way, so are extreme wind speeds, and I love thunderstorms. The worst things are steady moderate/rain for hours/days or prolonged sunless spells. Particularly in the warm months when they disrupt things that prefer decent weather. I've been to wash out weddings, mudbath camping trips and summer days at the beach with the sky murkier than the sea.... And many memories of rained off sports days and matches at school. That mass of murky cloud that I drove all the way to Devon to see in August 1999 has a special place in my hate list. I hope I will get to see a total solar eclipse someday, somewhere.....
  12. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Shawbury 52mm in 24 hours to 7am, that's a lot for round here. Pretty sure it's the wettest day round Shrewsbury since 13 May 2007 (when Preston Montford got 79mm), as for Shawbury which only got 40-something that day I'll have to look what I can find.... Another notable event in the 12 months beginning Dec 2017 then.
  13. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Weatheronline has Shawbury 36mm in 12 hours to 7pm; it's still coming down, 50mm for the 24 hours looks easily possible.
  14. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Finally stopped raining about 7, so had dinner and went to walk the dogs and on my way back started pouring again! Must have had at least 20mm today, lots of standing water around and some of the lanes getting flooded. But having been a very chilly 12C at lunchtime it now seems to have gone warmer, it did that one day in August too.
  15. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Absolutely belting down outside. Why has Helene changed her name to Ali?