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  1. I kept a detailed weather diary in the late 60's and early 70's living in Coventry. In this diary I used to summarise the weather forecast from the previous evening on the BBC. I will dig it out at the weekend as I can recall so many spectacular snow events that were not forecast. 

    The downside is that there were so many occasions when snow was forecast but it never materalised!

    If anyone is interested I will take a look and summarise some of the events.


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  2. As this winter appears to have slipped away, is anybody interested in re-vising this interesting topic?

    I kept weather diaries from mid 1967 (I was 11 at the time). I also tried to indicate what the BBC weather forecast was for the coming day if an "interesting" weather day appeared to be just around the corner.

    We were in Coventry at the time. If anyone is interested, I will check back but I am sure there were unexpected snowfalls in lowland southern England in 1968, 1969 & 1970. I certainly have a very clear memory of the very first time our school was closed due to heavy snow - 4th March 1970.

  3. I remember the day really well. At school, living in Coventry. I had been to see the Super Sky Blues (as they were then) lose 2-3 at home to Liverpool the previous evening, 3rd March.

    I am sure snow was not forecast that evening. The next day we woke to really heavy, driving snow. I would say it was the heaviest I had seen. I was 14 at the time.

    At the time my estimate was 30cm of snow and a max temperature close to -1c. The snow lasted until mid-afternoon.

    The cause of the snow was a depression moving from the north west. Some parts of western England were in the warm sector for some hours and saw heavy snow followed by rain followed by back edge heavy snow.

    It was the first - and only time - that our school closed because of snow!

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