Jump to content
Holidays
Local
Radar
Windy?
Weather-history

January 1987

Recommended Posts

I would love to experience cold and snowy weather like 63,1987,1991 etc but it seems like we are a long way off from getting those set ups again. Who knows this winter might just deliver a cold/snowy spell that we all remember for years to come. :mellow:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just been on the net to look up the january 87 snow event and came across this. amazing is all i can say. this link looks like something you would get from america. http://212.58.50.37/...rticle_id=56417

the last couple of years are the coldest winters i have experienced, while the snow was the best i have experienced, im still waiting for snow like 87, and from before then. i dont get how the winter like last year was so cold for many decades, yet we didnt get drifts of up to 10 feet etc. i know many high ground parts did well with drifts, but nothing notable here at least. although saying that there was little atlantic to blow the snow around, but yet looking at the 13th jan 1987, there was hardly any tightly packed isobars and compare it to something like 5th january 2010 the isobars were not tight yet 1987 managed to produce such massive drifts.

Edited by snowlover2009

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just been on the net to look up the january 87 snow event and came across this. amazing is all i can say. this link looks like something you would get from america. http://212.58.50.37/...rticle_id=56417

the last couple of years are the coldest winters i have experienced, while the snow was the best i have experienced, im still waiting for snow like 87, and from before then. i dont get how the winter like last year was so cold for many decades, yet we didnt get drifts of up to 10 feet etc. i know many high ground parts did well with drifts, but nothing notable here at least. although saying that there was little atlantic to blow the snow around, but yet looking at the 13th jan 1987, there was hardly any tightly packed isobars and compare it to something like 5th january 2010 the isobars were not tight yet 1987 managed to produce such massive drifts.

Blizzards/Heavy snow with severe drifting was lacking last winter in England and Wales. Highest wind speed Ive found for the wintry spell in Jan 1987 was 73mph at Warcop Range in Cumbria.

Mark

Edited by Tucco

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Blizzards/Heavy snow with severe drifting was lacking last winter in England and Wales. Highest wind speed Ive found for the wintry spell in Jan 1987 was 73mph at Warcop Range in Cumbria.

Mark

When I was young lad we use to had to get to school in 20ft snow drifts, it was so cold teacher tea froze before he could drink it, by March the seas were frozen solid.

In fact I saw more snow in 24hrs in Jan 2010 then I did in 79,81,86,87 etc

Jan 87 was at Portmouth Poly had my 6 jumpers on and was fine

We should get away from this ‘when I was a young lad etc’ :cold:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes central and Eastern England got far more than some areas in the west, especially parts of Wales. Anglesey had barely any snow but was very cold. I've written before about a train journey from Anglesey to London and Paddington station around mid day having, I think, 3 trains actually moving and by 3pm none!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Blizzards/Heavy snow with severe drifting was lacking last winter in England and Wales. Highest wind speed Ive found for the wintry spell in Jan 1987 was 73mph at Warcop Range in Cumbria.

Mark

Indeed. I think the absence of a pronounced easterly spell lasting longer than 36 hours, or "mild Atlantic lows vs cold continental high" battlegrounds, was the main reason for this. Other than 17th/18th December the convective snowfalls almost invariably came from the north, while frontal snowfalls were associated with a west-based negative NAO and a battleground between the mild Atlantic air and polar air, and not much of a pressure gradient.

The easterly of the 11th-14th January 1987 was arguably the coldest of the 20th century, and occurred as part of an otherwise unremarkable winter quarter, so it is easy to see why the event sticks out in the memory for many people.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I was young lad we use to had to get to school in 20ft snow drifts, it was so cold teacher tea froze before he could drink it, by March the seas were frozen solid.

In fact I saw more snow in 24hrs in Jan 2010 then I did in 79,81,86,87 etc

all depends on where you were located..i definetly saw alot more snow in 78,79,81,86,87 & 91 than January 2010

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember it well - was living in Southampton, which is usually notably snow-free, and we had lying snow for several days. January 12 was Southampton's coldest day and night of the 20th century (-5.1/-10). The mean temperature for the month was 1.9, consistent with Southampton's long-term average temperature of around 1 deg C above CET - in my time there (1982-2002) only Febuary 1986 (0.4) and January 1985 (1.6) were colder [source: Met Office web site].

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All eyes east at the moment, and of interest is the forming of a pool of sub 492 over eastern Russia , but if I'm not mistaken didn't we have the 492 line just clip the far SE of Kent during the Jan 1987 spell.- Apologize if I've- posted this before in another thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×