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Ice In August! The Very Cool, Wet August Of 1956

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Can you imagine if this August went this way?

August 1956 was very cool with a CET of 13.5 and it was also wet with an EWR of 158.6mm

Some notable events of the month were:

5th: 60mm fell during a storm at Swanage in 1 hour.

6th: 45mm fell at Arundel Castle in 18 minutes

Hailstorm left 30cm+ deep in Tunbridge Wells, 81mm fell at Faversham

18th: 50mm+ fell across many western parts and northern parts as a deep low moved through northern England

25th: 75mm+ fell on parts of Somerset.

Low pressures, one after another moved through the UK during the month and there was hardly one day where high pressure had total control over the UK until the very end of the month

Here's some data from the month

Dyce

Mean Max: 14.7 (-2.7) Highest Max: 17.8 Rainfall: 83mm (108%)

Glasgow

Mean Max: 16.1 (-2.4) Highest Max: 18.9 Rainfall: 117mm (127%)

Eskdalemuir

Mean Max: 14.5 (-2.7) Highest Max: 19.4 Rainfall: 226mm (173%)

Tynemouth

Mean Max: 14.6 (-3.0) Highest Max: 20.6 Rainfall: 159mm (227%)

Manchester

Mean Max: 16.9 (-2.5) Highest Max: 21.7 Rainfall: 201mm (240%)

Watnall

Mean Max: 16.9 (-3.4) Highest Max: 20.6 Rainfall: 152mm (214%)

Birmingham

Mean Max: 17.1 (-3.2) Highest Max: 20.0 Rainfall: 112mm (170%)

Kew

Mean Max: 18.2 (-3.3) Highest Max: 21.7 Rainfall: 93mm (163%)

Belfast

Mean Max: 16.1 (-2.1) Highest Max: 20.6 Rainfall: 161mm (171%)

August 1956 was a fairly thundery month over England and Wales

Number of days with thunder

Manchester: 6

Birmingham: 5

Watnall: 7

Ross-on-wye: 7

Kew: 7

But not so over Scotland

Dyce: 0

Glasgow: 0

Stornoway: 0

Not surprising the summer of 1956 made news for all the wrong reasons with film footage of deserted windswept beaches, people struggling to stay upright in the strong winds, children and adults having "hail ball" fights and workmen clearing the hail that struck Tunbridge Wells with shovels.

Across the whole of the UK, September 1956 was warmer than August 1956

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One of the wettest months ever recorded in NW England, with rainfall totals above 200mm widely even in the lower, drier parts of the region. 221.2mm at Bidston is a record for any month in a series dating from 1867 to 2002 (September 1976 was the only other month to surpass 200mm, rather ironic considering what the preceding summer was like). Blackpool recorded 239mm according to Trevor Harley.

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A similar thing actually happened here on 21st August 2000 when 4 inches of hail lay after a thunderstorm accompanied by a waterspout down the Humber.

http://www.independe...ber-710492.html

It was perhaps the biggest disappointment Ive ever experienced as I wasnt at home at the time, missed the entire thing and the hail had mostly melted by the time I got back. I was absolutely gutted.

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Can you imagine if this August went this way?

August 1956 was very cool with a CET of 13.5 and it was also wet with an EWR of 158.6mm

I imagine such things all the time!

Some local rainfall totals for August 1956;

Buxton 271.0 mm

Bleaklow ( Kinder plateau) 338.8 mm

Tideswell 201.9 mm

Bakewell 158.7 mm.

At the southern end of the Peak District August 2004 was wetter than 1956, though nowhere near as cool, but further north 1956 was wetter. Buxton recorded 257.5 mm in 2004, 13.5 mm less than in 1956 whereas Wirksworth in the hills at the very southern tip of the Peak recorded 154.2 mm compared to 230.2 mm in August 2004.

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