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  1. 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.
  2. -1C right now, earliest air frost in years
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Summer of 95

    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.....
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Absolutely belting down outside. Why has Helene changed her name to Ali?
  10. Summer of 95

    Top 5 Best and worst springs?

    Favourites in no particular order: 2018: snowy March, fine May with storms at the end, strikingly two-halved April with very cool and dull start then warm and sunny end 1995: crazy up and down weather that having started with snow, kept flipping between warmth and unseasonable cold, even right into May. 1989: a funny one, really cold April between really warm March and May 2003: forget summer, spring was the best season this year. Amazing early heatwave in April, very sunny March, think May had a storm or two. 1998: big contrast between cold, very wet April and fine warm sunny May, don't remember much of March though. Honourable mention 2012 for the warmth at the end of March followed by snow in early April, and that hot spell in May. Worst: 2009: very very boring. April reached 10C every day, had hardly any frost, but didn't exceed 18C at all, and it was dull too. March I can't remember anything, May took till the second half to exceed 21C. 1991: dull and cold, and it continued that way through June. No snow, storms, early heat waves, nothing. 1994: another very boring one. Nothing much happened in March or April that I recall, another cold dull May. Similar to 1991 in that a very boring spring came between a quite interesting winter and summer. 1993: more boring weather from this year which except for October-November was such an awful year. No heat, snow, storms, just a lot of unsettled cool stuff. The early 90s seem to have had a lot of boring spring months, May 1992 excepted. 2002: there was a decent sunny week at the end of March and a few nice days in April, but otherwise boring, especially May (and June..). Honourable mention 1996: it did have a bit of snow in March and warmth right at the end of May, but it also had weeks on end of dull cold weather.
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    Forgettable years, weatherwise.

    2015 managed to be both very frustrating and mind-numbingly boring, some achievement that. There was the spell in late Jan-early Feb when cold synoptics were in place, it would start snowing and then either melt the minute it stopped (even at night) or inexplicably turn to rain with no warm fronts or change of wind direction. It did that about 4 or 5 times in a fortnight, we never got more than 1cm of snow on the ground when the conditions seemed right for 5-10cm. Then there was the 1st of July when we had infuriating mid-level cloud most of the day while the east had blazing sun, stopping us getting to 30C which we had not reached since 2006 (we did the following year). And in the evening the storms missed us by 10 miles. And that so-called December when it was 10C+ at midnight nearly every night. Not forgetting at least 8 or 9 months of the year consisting of 12-18C maxima with mostly cloudy skies, frequent but seldom heavy rain and an absolutely constant stiff westerly breeze. Only 3 days over 25C all year, only 4 months reached 20C, but 11 months reached 15C. First 15C on 9th January, first 20C on 4th June. Only interesting thing was a brief but spectacular thunderstorm in late August. April and June were both sunny but just couldn't record any notable warmth, save for the last day of June.
  12. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Sunshine! Loads of it after days of depressing gloom. Why could we not have had this since the heatwave broke down, it's basically the same airmass. Can August redeem itself?
  13. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Thundery shower here now
  14. Summer of 95

    Was summer 2009 a bad summer?

    June was for the most part just OK, some nice days in the low 20s, some rain, there was one unseasonably windy night (think it was a weekend, think it was June 09)- the big let down was that forecast heatwave at the end of June into the very start of July. We were promised the first real heat since 2006, 28-32C and sunshine, and we got- cloudy humid crap, that horrid mid-level muck that kept turning up in seemingly any kind of warm air mass in the late 2000s and early 2010s. It just refused to clear and kept the days down to 25C at most, but the nights warm. You can see it on those forecasts, plaguing everywhere west of Birmingham. July was an absolute stinker, I've mentioned it many times. Wetter than not only 2007 and 2012 but also 1988. Constant heavy downpours, but very little thunder. August was very frustrating, it wasn't awful (lots of partly cloudy 20-22C stuff) but all the time the southeast (yawn) was getting 25 and sunshine. It was better than Aug 08, 10, 11, 12, 14 but should have been better still. I honestly can't remember anything of the May or September, April I just remember for being extremely boring (every day had a max between 10 and 18C), the year was also notable for having no air frost in autumn (first one on Dec 1st) which even 2015 didn't manage.
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    August 2008: horrific

    Ah, August 2008- most of that month I was working nights and had no trouble sleeping in the mornings, because there was no more sunlight than at night. Add persistent drizzly rain and constant 16-19C temps round the clock. July 2010 was appalling too- even duller than Aug 2008, not as rainy which in some ways made it worse as it was hard to understand why the cloud just wouldn't clear. The telling stat about summer 2010 here was that June had more sunshine than July and August. Combined.
  16. August 9th 2003 here. 1st August 2013 came close with 29.5C Today's maximum of 27C was hotter than any August day between 2007 and 2013.
  17. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Cleared well this afternoon, 26C and lots of sun
  18. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Not a drop, in the end was mostly sunny till about 4pm.
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    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Shawbury made it! 30.4 given as the max on both Ogimet and Roger Brugge's page. Seems to have happened quite late in the day (between 5-6pm). Met office had 29.2 three hours running, I wondered if it had sneaked above in between as it certainly felt 30C+ here. Well done 2018!
  20. The latter part of June was in a league of its own when it came to sunshine, can't remember so many blue skies in summer for years. Since about 12-13 July the sunshine amount has dropped noticeably, having said that today wasn't short on it. I think some NE facing coasts had some issues with fog/murk earlier on in the summer, so understandable if they find this spell better.
  21. Yes, that's three consecutive months which has not happened since the 90s. While 1995 was two months of superb weather, 2018 so far has been three months of very good weather. Just missing that 30C (tomorrow or Fri?), and if we can avoid setups where the SE is 10-15C warmer than everywhere else all the better. Don't begrudge them anything, but too often they don't share it enough......
  22. Still no 30C here this summer! Had it in Scotland, Ireland, west Wales and the east coast but very few places in the west Midlands have made it. How on earth does that happen, we are nowhere near the sea compared to them. This summer has been so good apart from that. It's only happened once here since 2006 (19 July 2016), it used to be quite easy in a hot spell. No August 2003 repeats please. Very mediocre month here, one hot day on the 9th and lots of dry cloudy borefest weather. Give us August 1990, August 1995 or July 2006!
  23. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Raining! And I'd thought the "rain band" had died out before getting here when I went out to sunshine at 7.30 this morning.....
  24. Summer of 95

    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Still not made 30C here this summer, it is literally the only thing missing this wonderful year. It seems so hard to achieve these days, compared to the 90s. So many 27-28s this summer but can't make 30, this week surely? Sunny again now, was a bit cloudy from 12-3 but we just stayed out of that mass of cloud sat over Wales most of the day.
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    Midlands Regional Discussion

    Beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky