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  1. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    All we've had in the last 2 days is loads of nasty cold rain, it's funny looking at the Netweather radar how the red and green turns to blue as soon as it reaches Shropshire, except over the highest parts, then goes back to red and green further east. It's not like we're dodging all the heavy stuff here either, it just won't turn wintry. Snowline seems to be 200m lower everywhere else. To be honest we did very well last winter, and I'd rather have it dry and frosty than get loads of non-sticking stuff (especially if other places nearby get a covering)- but 18th January and still no snow this winter quarter.
  2. The sunset is a good 10-15 mins later; it was earliest about 10-16 Dec. Sunrise has only just turned though (latest in last week of Dec); it stays after 8am here until the last week of Jan. The later sunsets are starting to become noticeable especially when it's clear (there is still a bit of light on the horizon at 5 now). It's all down to the equation of time (solar noon, when the sun is due south, doesn't quite correspond with 1200 GMT). Regarding the clocks changing, if you look at the equation of time we get it all wrong. Solar noon is earliest in late Oct/early Nov, and latest in Feb. So we put them back just when sunset is already made earlier relative to clock time, and miss the chance to get a boost from it by putting them forward in February.
  3. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Sighting confirmed of frost..... -3C and lovely and white on the grass. And sighting of sunshine as well.....
  4. 2012-13 had jack all snow until mid-January, and ended up quite snowy. Late Dec and early Jan that winter were horribly mild and wet as I remember. It's strange how this year has been the reverse of last year: 2017- very boring year except for awesome December 2018- excellent year but with rubbish December
  5. The full moon coinciding with the winter solstice meant it was almost as high in the sky as it can get, hence the moonlight appeared stronger. Plus it was near perigee so would have appeared slightly larger.
  6. Summer of 95

    Predictions for 2019?

    Jan 5.5C CET, E+W rain 100-150%, E+W Sun 80-120% Mostly mild, wet and changeable with one or two northerly outbreaks bringing a bit of snow for a couple of days. Similar to Jan 2004 Feb 1.0 CET, rain 40-70%, Sun 90-120% So, so overdue. Surely the odds are on it. A month with a mix of N'ly and E'ly airflows giving snow to all parts of the country at some point. Minima of -10 or below widely across central and southern parts, -15 recorded in a few places. When not snowing, frosty and sunny weather prevails. Mar 5.0 CET, rain 90-110%, Sun 130-150% A very mixed month with February's cold persisting at first, then returning a couple more times with warmer spells in between. Very sunny and lots of frost but temps reaching mid-teens widely in the warm spells. April 10.5 CET, rain 30-50%, Sun 140-160% Anticyclonic and settled with lots of warm sunny days, but sometimes cold at night. Rain only during short showery outbreaks. May 11.2 CET, rain 50-150%, Sun 100-120% A crazy month that starts with 25C+ widespread, then turns very cold with late frosts even in southern parts. Then the heat returns, but with thunder included. Some cracking storms which leave nowhere thunder-free this month, hail and the odd tornado as well. June 13.8 CET, rain 110-150%, Sun 65-100% This year's stinker month. Low pressure constantly stuck near the UK, often positioned so it drags in cold N and NE winds. Plenty of rain with only the odd storm. Only a few western coastal spots get average sunshine and rain, and the east and southeast get the worst of it. Highest temp 24C in West Wales, most of the SE doesn't reach 21C at all. July 16.7 CET, rain 90-130%, Sun 70-110% Poor but not as poor as June. Washout first 10 days or so, then a spell of anticyclonic northerlies making it dry but cool (18-20 maxes) with the West sunniest. The anticyclone slowly edges east bringing more places into the sun, by the end it has reached all but the east of England. 25C reached in the Midlands, SW, Wales and W Scotland in the last few days. August 19.0 CET, rain 10-60%, Sun 150-175% Even more overdue than a cold February. After 2 months of "where the hell is summer" from SE-centric media, the anticyclone settles bang over Britain. Temps climb from 25, 28, to 30C over the first week, eventually it reaches temps not seen outside Londonland since 2006, even 1990. Then during the second week record highs are set at places as diverse as Newquay, Cardiff, Shawbury, Birmingham, Manchester, York and Glasgow; however due to the exact position of the anticyclone (centred now along an axis from Wales through the W Mids to NE England), and a cut off low over the Low Countries (who are having the kind of summer we had between 2007-2012), the SE corner is affected by breezes off the North Sea keeping temps pegged back to 23-26C with odd bits of cloud and fog. The heat gradually subsides but it remains warm and sunny, with isolated thunderstorms mainly in central and western areas. Sept 17.5C CET, rain 40-80%, Sun 130-190% And so it continues. Warmest Sept ever overall, with record September highs over 30C in much of the Midlands, north and west, however fog and sea breezes continue to affect southern N Sea areas. Continuing anticyclonic bar a couple of temporary Pm incursions sparking storms over NW England, Wales and W Mids. Starts to cool in last few days, but stays dry. Oct 7.5 CET, rain 80-120%, Sun 120-140% Wow, where did Autumn go? Coldest October for decades, again well overdue. With the Aug/Sept highs having moved to between Azores and Greenland over the last few days of Sept, northerlies come in. And stay all month, giving bright but cold conditions. Frosts occur regularly, with -5 minima in central England as early as the second week. Later on the northerlies become more showery, bringing thundery outbreaks, hail and even low-level snow to all areas. Most of the country doesn't exceed 15C all month. Nov 3.0 CET Rain 50-80% Sun 95-130% The early winter continues. October's northerlies dominate the first few days before an anticyclonic, sunny, frosty 10 days or so. The high moves north joining an early Scandinavian one from mid-month, bringing easterlies with early snow; the most widespread in Nov since 1988 at least with only some west coasts missing out. Then comes a battleground scenario when the cold wins, heavy snow falls over the western and central parts and with the cold established it stays. Dec -0.7 CET, rain 70-90%, Sun 80-120% With snow cover persisting from Nov the easterly flow from Scandi/Russia is really set in. More snow comes over the North Sea on -15 uppers, reaching even the far west. The easterlies blow all month: sometimes snowy, sometimes dull but subfreezing, sometimes cold and sunny with low dew points keeping the snow cover intact. Compared to Dec 2010, 1995, 1981 it does not produce such extreme minima but is more consistently cold, with many inland parts seeing an air frost every day.
  7. Summer of 95

    Winter 2018/19

    SW England and S Wales have had an absolute horror of a month so far going by the stats: very wet, 2C+ above average, very little frost and extremely dull. St Athan 142 mm, +2.8C anomaly, lowest min -0.3C, 16.6 hrs Camborne 143.6mm, +2.4C, lowest +5.9C, 13 hrs Liscombe 200.4 mm, +2.5C, lowest -1.7C, 9.5 hrs Aberporth 110.6mm, +2.1C, lowest +0.9C, 6.6 hrs Those sunshine totals down there would be bad for N Scotland. Makes us seem like we're getting off slightly, even though it still seems to have had a lot of wet cloudy stuff and very little cold. The Midlands and E England are at least drier and somewhat less dull, although still mild. http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~brugge/CURR.html
  8. Snow lying on 7th Jan since 1990: 2011 2010 1997 Snow falling: 2011 2006 So "December 2010" aka 7th Jan 2011 would have still had a white Christmas, and a very well timed one (started snowing about 7.30am, 2cm lying at 0900, all gone the next day). 2006 snow fell on the afternoon of 7th Jan, gave 1cm lying at 0900 on 8th Near misses were: 1998 snow falling on 5th and lying on 6th, 2002 snow lying from 30 Dec 2001 to 5 Jan, 1995 snow lying from 2-4 Jan.
  9. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Nothing but cold rain, temp started rising well before the front arrived as often seems to happen with W/E battlegrounds nowadays. 0C at 9pm, 2C at 9am, no chance of snow or freezing rain if it keeps doing that.
  10. Summer of 95

    Less well known eye popping winter charts

    January 1894 produced an incredibly cold day at Armagh on the 6th: 24.4/6.3F (-4.2/-14.2C)- note comment "lowest temperature since at least 1843"; if it was that cold in Ireland from an easterly how cold was it in Britain? http://climate.arm.ac.uk/scans/1894/01/INDEXA.html The following year's famous winter on 7 Feb 1895 produced an even lower minimum 4.9F (-15.1C), but didn't produce a maximum anywhere near as low as Jan 1894.
  11. 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....
  12. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Sleet seen in a heavy burst of rain at 4pm, with temp of 4C. Back to drizzle now
  13. Summer of 95


    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....
  14. 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.
  15. 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.