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  1. Really interesting post Mr D. The relatively cool monthly CET for that month after a blistering start must be down in part to the fact that the heatwave didn't last very long. By contrats, last September's record heat was sustained for the whole month and beyond. Although it has been very unsettled this summer, one notable change in the weather for me over the last 20 years or so is the propensity for weather patterns (particularly High Pressure systems in summer) to stay in place much longer than they used to. ie our weather pattern has become much less mobile at certain times of the year wit
  2. Thanks AM. I looked too but couldn't find anything too significant. It was just a thought. What factors conspire to cause 'just one of those things' though I wonder? In the christmas pudding, similar to 1947 and 1963 I guess. Moose
  3. Any chance this winter followed a huge volcanic eruption somewhere? It is fascinating whatever the cause. Moose
  4. Indeed - I seem to remember several occasions that winter of very heavy rain falling for several hours which then turned to snow and continued for several more hours with dropping temperatures. Driving up to Scotland for New Year, we only just got through at Shap before the road was closed by heavy snow. It was a winter with some noticeably heavy falls of snow on several different occasions. It's very unusual now (can't remember the last time) for heavy rain to turn to snow which then settles with very cold air digging in behind. Classic conditions for a heavy fall of snow as the cold air unde
  5. Well, yes. I was around in that winter. It's hard to separate out though from other winters in the early sixties as I was only 6 or 7 at the time and every winter then seemed to be snowy and cold (which it obviously wasn't). I can certainly remember huge snow drifts from around that time ( having to dig the snow away from doorways just to get out in the morning and the same for getting my dad's Ford popular out of the garage), and absloutely freezing cold dark moonlit nights. (Fewer street lamps, less traffic, deep snowfields and full moons- only the latter now remains). House insulation was
  6. What an interesting read Mr D - well done. I remember talking to relatives about that winter and can confirm all that you have reported. It was truly staggering in scale for the British Isles and must have been spectacular. It will not be repeated so keep hold of those charts! Moose
  7. I never cease to be amazed by the facts that you unearth Mr D. It's hard to believe winters could have been so mild in the 19th Century. Great stuff - just hope it stays in the past! Moose
  8. I do find this historical data incredibly fascinating. It surprises me that there were such wild fluctuations in temperature between one winter month and the next. Is there any chance that some of the records might have questionable accuracy? Just a thought. Moose
  9. It was a very cold period. Mr Data is right about the bridges, but I would imagine the temperatures at the time were low enough to have frozen the river anyway. Temperatures have always fluctuated (well before man started to change things) but no theory as to why has ever gained universal acceptance. The 'Little Ice Age' as it was known came and went. before that, in Shakespeare's day, 'milk came frozen i' the pail'. Before that, Greenland during the Viking period was much wamer than it is now and vines were common in England during some parts of the Middle Ages. Interesting though.... Moose
  10. Any volcanic eruptions around that year? Certainly very odd but really interesting Mr D. Moose
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