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  1. Please comeback Snowmaiden!  We miss you!

  2. oh I am OK, just been a little unwell, and am rather distracted by other events in life these days

    1. jimben


      Lovely to see you back again, and I trust you feeling somewhat better

  3. Long time no read. Nice to see you posting again. Are you ok? Your post made me a bit uneasy.

  4. thanks for that, thought the only "gin" king i know is the old "bird" that sits down the far end of the bar in my local ,lol

  5. Yes, its hard to believe in the comfortable modern age we live in - meteorologically and socially/technologically that the fledgling welfare state was being geared up to put the country on starvation rationing. The country was, literally, at a standstill and on the point of collapse.
  6. December 1981 Whilst December 1981 is some little way back in the recesses of my childhood memory, there are certain features I remember very clearly right to this day. I remember the snowfall on the school field - it was deep in a way we haven't see in the South in recent times - I'd estimate 6 inches level cover and drifted to well over a foot - it didn't disappear when you walked on it, it compacted, you didn't get to see what was underneath! Talking of walking on it, we were of course all wearing wellingtons, and a particularly delicate parade of penguins we were as we hunted for spots that were not in the target range for the boys so we could make snow people. It was after one particularly brutal assault on our snow townsfolk and selves by the puppy dog tail brigade that the school decided it was time for orgainsed mayhem so two very long lines were drawn in the snow (I say that, the two events were probably in no way related, but I am retelling this from somewhat disjointed childhood memory!) - that WAS fun actually, a seemingly endless supply of snow, defecting from one side to the other if you saw a friend or my favourite - a treachorous sneak attack (I can't throw for toffee) - wonderful stuff. There was also a competition for biggest snowball - people were rolling them round and round making them bigger and bigger - some of those snowballs were still on the school field as we walked past over the Christmas holidays, and yet even with all the snow being gathered on the giant snowballs, still the entire outlook was white. no ground on show. I remember the cold vividly - cold enough that you couldn't get comfortable cold enough that you hurt if you were outside for too long, cold enough it happens that our pipes burst in the house that winter. I remember the frost and ice on the inside of my bedroom window. I remember all of it, and yet the further away from it I get, the more it seems unreal somehow and the more convinced I am that if anything would return me, instantly, to the delights of childhood, it would be a month like December 1981, in so many ways a watershed for me.
  7. Thunderstorm capital of the UK?! No, its not - we dont get that many! UEA is pretty cool - the bar always used to be nice, been many years since I went there.
  8. I'll add my recollections of Feb 1991 firstly I think, may come back with some 78/79, mid-eighties, 87 and 95-96. Feb 1991 - the 7th iirc, might have been the 8th? I was due to travel from the South Coast where I was at the time to Surrey to visit a friend. The morning was bitterly cold and there were flurries of snow around but I really didn't anticipate much more than the standard 'chilly day' fayre. By the time I had got ready and ordered a taxi to the train station the snow was starting to pile in fairly heavily, by the time I reached the station it was at about 3 cms and the windchill was intense. I waited around 2 hours for a train to London to arrive watching snow fall and trying to keep warm along with several other people, we had formed something of a mutual support group in the attempt to suspend disbelief in just how bitter and snowy it was for the South Coast of England. The journey to London took approximately 3 hours (with mobile phones not being an option really back then I had no idea if my friend was still expecting me!) and I was standing most of the way. Caught a connection in London and arrived in Egham perhaps another 3 hours later. The weather there was something else - still the raw Easterly with frequent and heavy snow - I was on foot by now, it was dark and I was frankly terrified - however a call from the first phone box I found (I had called when I arrived in London with an 'en route' to be told I shouldn't have bothered turning out, lol) brought out the troops to find me - there is something terribly comforting about being found. However the abiding memory is of the final trek up a back lane to my friend's - the snow was thick and very deep, there was a field behind as well and after I had warmed up (took a long time!) several of us went out for a midnight snow fight. The next day was spent messing around in the snow too and it was I would say a good level 6 inch covering throughout with drifts of over a foot - not bad for the outskirts of London. Its a favoured memory not only because it sums up what a fool I am when I get an idea in my head and refuse to give up but because its probably the last 'true' snow cover I recall - 95-96 never seemed as deep in the East to me and these one day wonders we have do not compare. That, and it was genuinely bitter - that deep and abiding cold that you know the moment you feel it, totally different to any 'chilly' day we may have, a sort of cold that is like a treasured 'feeling' - unforgettable and something you miss until you have it again, or rather you realise how much you miss when it seems totally out of reach.
  9. Didn't Jan last year have a day which was about 13 by day and by night? Where does that figure?
  10. a nice lady by the sounds of it...sorry im a flirt

  11. Greeny Highs not always a guarantee of cold Spring weather! Very consistent CET after the warm spell too! Looks like we are a degree behind at this stage this month with no 20s in eyeline. *phew* should get away with it this month!
  12. Hi all Does anyone know when the last widely recorded 'White Easter' occured?
  13. Oh well we've had colder than the all time July minima, a sweltering -2.5!
  14. Further to this, following a late cold blast in 1962, Santon Downham in Norfolk recorded -5.6 on both the 1st and 3rd June under HP with inversion.
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