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  1. 1. Largest Snow Depth of Winter 2010/2011

    • 0-5 cm
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    • 5-10 cm
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    • 10-15 cm
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    • 15-20 cm
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    • 20-25 cm
      7
    • 25-30 cm
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    • 30-35 cm
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    • 35-40 cm
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    • 40-45 cm
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    • 45-50cm
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    • 50-55 cm
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    • 55-60 cm
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    • 60-65 cm
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    • 65-70 cm
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    • 70-75 cm
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    • 75-80 cm
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    • 80-85 cm
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    • 85-90cm
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    • 90-100cm
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    • 100cm+
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  2. 2. Highest Snow Depths of Winter 2009-2010

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    • 5-10 cm
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    • 10-15 cm
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    • 15-20 cm
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    • 20-25 cm
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    • 25-30cm
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    • 30-35 cm
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    • 35-40 cm
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    • 40-45 cm
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    • 45-50 cm
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    • 50-55 cm
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    • 55-60 cm
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    • 60-65 cm
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    • 65-70 cm
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    • 70-75 cm
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    • 75-80 cm
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    • 80-85 cm
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    • 85-90 cm
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    • 90-100 cm
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    • 100 cm +
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  3. 3. Highest Snow Depth Ever

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    • 10-20 cm
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    • 20-30 cm
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    • 30-40 cm
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    • 40-50 cm
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    • 50-60 cm
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    • 60-70 cm
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    • 70-80 cm
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    • 80-90 cm
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    • 90-100 cm
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    • 100-110 cm
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    • 110-120 cm
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    • 120-130 cm
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    • 130-140 cm
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    • 150-160cm
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    • 160-170 cm
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    • 170-180 cm
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    • 180-190 cm
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    • 190-200 cm
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    • 200 cm+
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That Is crazy! I had not even a tenth of that! Jesus, did this come off the north sea?

I'd imagine some of it did - probably most, but W'lies can reach Falkirk after smashing the central belt aswell - perfect snow position.

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I'd imagine some of it did - probably most, but W'lies can reach Falkirk after smashing the central belt aswell - perfect snow position.

Yes Falkirk is in quite a decent position for snow and better than my location. Not until the past three winters have we seen snow events smashing the central belt.

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Would be good to hear reports from anyone in central northumberland which was particularly hard hit at the end of November. Also nottinghamshire/ewest lincolnshire which I think saw nearly 50cms in early december.

As for scotland, I think central parts did much better than northern parts, so amounts in Aviemore, Altnaharra and Braemar I suspect were far lower last winter when compared to 2009/2010.

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Much of Aberdeenshire got absolutely buried at the end of November. Ballater certainly did, so I imagine Braemar at least got a fair dumping.

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Last winter we had over 25cm here in the early morning of the 20th where 18-20cm of snow fell on top of lying snow from 2 previous falls. The snow lasted until late on the 26th before beginning to melt properly.

Winter 2009/10 gave about 5-6cm here in that spell in early January.

I'm not sure what to put in the poll though as I don't have a reliable figure for highest snow depth ever here (I believe it was higher in some of the famous winters), unless it's the highest I've seen or includes other places I've seen it in the UK. Last year was the deepest I've seen here by far, though I saw slightly more in Mid Devon around/on Dartmoor in Feb 2009.

Many years have had a max depth of just 1-2cm.

Edit: I'm in a small village called Harpford about 10 miles east of Exeter, Devon.

Edited by Stormmad26

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i saw 29cm in jan 10 and 23cm in dec10. reports of 40cm in the mid 1990's backing a previous poster. have seen photos from 47 showing well over a metre near here. location is bradford.

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This winter just gone here in Edmonton i had in excess of 110cm of lying snow in my back garden before the end of Jan 2011..and snow heaps to the side of my cleared drive in excess of 8 ft high.

we had two big snowstorms on the 8th-9th Jan & 15th Jan the deposited 45cm amd 25cm on top of existing snow cover.

There were 2 brief mild spells at the end of Jan and mid Feb that reduced the depth of snow somewhat...further snow on off through March but never got back to those mid Jan levels.

The biggest snowfall/depth in the UK would be during the great westcountry blizzard of Feb 1978 where depths of level snow would have exceeded 50cm or more.

Edited by cheeky_monkey

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31cm in December 1990 in Coventry is the most I have experienced. People stuck on the M6 for 24 hours although it soon thawed.

The most here seen in west Wales is 20cm but over 30cm fell even in Aberystwyth in January 1982, while judging from old photos from before the war a good 60cm is not unknown hereabouts.

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On 17th December 2010 we had around 4-5 inches, which was the only real snow event last winter, despite it lasting all the way through to Christmas. The previous winter was snowier with the heaviest snowfall on Tuesday 12th January with around 4-5 inches generally, and drifts closer to 8 inches.

The most snowfall we had around here I (vaguely) remember was in January 1982, with over a foot of snow, and drifts double that.

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Around 350m in the Derbyshire Peak District:

01/12/10 - Between 45 and 60cm, with a mean of just under 55cm, though I suspect Terminal Moraine's figure of 50cm was more accurately measured. The snow almost completely thawed by mid December, but drifts lasted into mid January following more top ups.

There were far bigger drifts in winter 2009/2010, I suspect snow depths peaked roundabouts the 10th/11th January at 40cm, though this figure is far less certain as the drifts were up to 10 feet tall / deep (they had to be seen to be believed!) a few miles to the west of here, and at an altitude of 500m. I believe that snow lasted until mid April, although closer to home the drifts were largely thawed by late February.

Although the drifts of January 2010 were far more impressive, the level depth on 1/12/10 was certainly deeper and the deepest I remember in my lifetime.

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For the Winter of 2010-2011 SE Essex got plastered by a 3 day Snow Streamer and by the 2nd December 2010 I measured 36cm of Level Snow with 50cm Drifts, that is quite extreme for so far SE In the Country and a 1:20 year event.

The biggest ever was on the 16th January 1987 when there was 40-50cm level snow and 20ft Drifts on some of the country fields due to severe winds blowing the level snow into Huge Drifts, remember the Sea froze over at Leigh On Sea when the temperature went down to Minus -19c and Skiing was the only way to get around, No deliveries of Milk and Bread for about 3-4 days as well.

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My highest depth measured last winter in the outskirts of Aberdeen was 28cm on 2/12/10. A few miles further west there was c.40cm at Westhill which is the deepest snow I've seen.

Winter 2009/10 produced a peak depth of 19cm on 7/1/10.

28cm last year is the deepest I have recorded followed by 26cm in March 2006. Obviously there have been much greater depths in Aberdeen in the distant past - 50cm in February 1955 and c.70cm in December 1908. Hopefully this coming winter will manage closer to those historic depths than the past two laugh.png

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My highest depth measured last winter in the outskirts of Aberdeen was 28cm on 2/12/10. A few miles further west there was c.40cm at Westhill which is the deepest snow I've seen.

Winter 2009/10 produced a peak depth of 19cm on 7/1/10.

28cm last year is the deepest I have recorded followed by 26cm in March 2006. Obviously there have been much greater depths in Aberdeen in the distant past - 50cm in February 1955 and c.70cm in December 1908. Hopefully this coming winter will manage closer to those historic depths than the past two laugh.png

for the snowiest city in Britain, that's not a lot of snow!

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Back in the days before I was keeping records ( or even born ) there was a single fall here of around 100cm over two days in Jan' 1940. In February and early March 1947 the mean level depth was (as far as I can tell from photographs and from speaking with elderly residents ) around 130cm but this was the result of several heavy snowfalls.

I'd like to think that the coming winter will compete with those figures.

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After reading your guys depths It seems that I've been hard done by, with a total depth if 7cm in the November cold spell and 9cm on December 8th, 13cm on December 22nd.

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Headington,Oxford saw 18cm 2010-2011 at its best! 22cm in 2009-2010 was our best.

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The deepest snow cover that I've seen since I began recording is 12cm, as I was away in Norwich on the three occasions that Cleadon exceeded that depth. I had 12cm in Cleadon on New Year's Day 2010 and in Norwich on the 9th January 2010. In that sense I've been hard done by, though on the other side of the coin, I experienced more than 50% snow cover on 30 mornings during the winter of 2009/10 as a result of oscillating between the two locations, while Cleadon had 27 mornings and Norwich 25.

However, I certainly experienced a much deeper cover than that in South Shields in the second week of February 1991- just not sure of the exact depth as my records didn't start until January 1993.

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The deepest snow cover that I've seen since I began recording is 12cm, as I was away in Norwich on the three occasions that Cleadon exceeded that depth. I had 12cm in Cleadon on New Year's Day 2010 and in Norwich on the 9th January 2010. In that sense I've been hard done by, though on the other side of the coin, I experienced more than 50% snow cover on 30 mornings during the winter of 2009/10 as a result of oscillating between the two locations, while Cleadon had 27 mornings and Norwich 25.

However, I certainly experienced a much deeper cover than that in South Shields in the second week of February 1991- just not sure of the exact depth as my records didn't start until January 1993.

I would have thought much of the NE saw at least 15cms during the cold spell of Feb 1991. Easterly winds gave much snow on the 7th and 8th Feb. Much of Yorkshire saw at least a foot with Bingley seeing 50cms.

I remember the Feb 91 spell, it came just before the half term holidays. I think it was the Friday before we caught any of the heavy snow showers, and I remember school closing early. That weekend was a very cold one. The following week saw only a slow thaw, but total amounts here were poor about 2inches at best. We've had much heavier falls even in so called mild spells. Easterlies rarely deliver the goods here thanks to the barrier that is the Pennines.

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In Shrewsbury:

2010/11; 15cm on 22nd December. 26 days with lying snow, 15 with >5cm.

2009/10; 6cm (wow!) on 14th January. 18 days lying snow, 2 with >5cm.

15cm also on 21 December 1995, and certainly 15-20 in February 1991 and December 1990 (don't remember measuring it, going by memory and photos I've found from then). There was between 15-30cm around 15-20 miles from here (Oswestry and nearby, also Telford and South Shropshire) in February 1996, while we only got 6cm. That was the biggest letdown until 2009/10.

Have not definitely seen over 20cm in this town since I first moved here in late 1987. Hence I've ticked 10-20 for the last one.

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One remarkable feature of the cold spell of late november - december 2010 were the number of morning with barely more than 5cms covering the ground. I think I counted about 20 such mornings. In most winters a couple of inches wouldn't last more than a few days. However, it was the persistant embedded cold in the ground that enabled such small amounts to remain in situ. Much of the snow on the 27th/28th November quickly turned into ice. We did a thaw mid dec, with a week of no cover, but then a couple of cms on the 17th/18th which even more remarkably stuck to the ground until the 27th thanks to a run of 9 days with temps remaining below 0 degrees. For us in the Cumbria it was certainly the depth of the cold which stole the headlines last winter, not the amounts of snowfall, if anything the little snowfall enhanced the depth of cold in the ground thanks to less insulation.

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In my town: 2009-2010: 14cm (January)

2010-2011: 11cm (March)

Record that I have seen in my town (since 1994): 29cm

In Madrid: 2009-2010: 6-10cm

2010-2011: 4-6cm

Record that I have seen in Madrid: 16-20cm

Record on the XIX century: 110cm (November of 1904)

In my father´s town (Las Navas del Marqués, Ávila, 1300masl): 2009-2010: 52cm

2010-2011: 32cm

In Spain the last December was normal...there were some days that I had maximun temperatures below 0º but I had warm maximun temperatures too, so it was normal on the average.

I would have thought much of the NE saw at least 15cms during the cold spell of Feb 1991. Easterly winds gave much snow on the 7th and 8th Feb. Much of Yorkshire saw at least a foot with Bingley seeing 50cms.

I remember the Feb 91 spell, it came just before the half term holidays. I think it was the Friday before we caught any of the heavy snow showers, and I remember school closing early. That weekend was a very cold one. The following week saw only a slow thaw, but total amounts here were poor about 2inches at best. We've had much heavier falls even in so called mild spells. Easterlies rarely deliver the goods here thanks to the barrier that is the Pennines.

It was so good cold spell in Spain, there were important snowfalls in Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Burgos and all the North of my country. Good cold spell.

Greatings!

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About 30cm with the 18th December 2010 giving 25cm

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