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April snow: mid April 1999

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Remember this well, wet snow on the Tuesday morning and snow showers breaking out on the Wednesday afternoon. It was strange feeling the warmth of the sun on your face and snowflakes falling around you.

12th April 1999

13th April 1999

BBC news report on the snow

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I note that the forecast from the 12th April 1999 had the trough for the 13th too far south and west- it was forecast to hit NW England and the Midlands and miss much of NE England, but Tyne and Wear unexpectedly caught the northern flank of the trough the next morning, which gave 2-3 hours of light to moderate snowfall and a dusting near the coast with more significant accumulations inland.

After a sunny period during late afternoon more snow showers followed behind and gave a covering, and there were more snow showers on the 14th. The frontal belt early on the 15th, accurately forecast on the 14th, brought a couple of hours of wet snow but the showers that followed behind were of rain.

I've seen a couple of instances of people recalling snowfalls in mid-April but struggling to remember if it was in 1998 or 1999, as both years had widespread snow around the 13th to 15th although widespread snow also fell outside of that period in 1998.

Edited by Thundery wintry showers

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I note that the forecast from the 12th April 1999 had the trough for the 13th too far south and west- it was forecast to hit NW England and the Midlands and miss much of NE England, but Tyne and Wear unexpectedly caught the northern flank of the trough the next morning, which gave 2-3 hours of light to moderate snowfall and a dusting near the coast with more significant accumulations inland.

After a sunny period during late afternoon more snow showers followed behind and gave a covering, and there were more snow showers on the 14th. The frontal belt early on the 15th, accurately forecast on the 14th, brought a couple of hours of wet snow but the showers that followed behind were of rain.

I've seen a couple of instances of people recalling snowfalls in mid-April but struggling to remember if it was in 1998 or 1999, as both years had widespread snow around the 13th to 15th although widespread snow also fell outside of that period in 1998.

Remember the evening of 12th Apr 99 well, seeing the snow showers giving a covering in the centre of Newcastle.

April 98 brought a number of snowy days to the Lake District in a very cold northerly airflow. Indeed there was a run of Aprils which brought decent low level snowfall at the time, 98-01, also 93-96.

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Initially I thought this was the cold spell that brought several hours of heavy wet snow to north London on April 15, although I think that was 1998. Heaviest snow I've ever seen that didn't settle, despite falling for at least two hours.

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I remember this one very well because I was giving a talk about Dorset weather on the outskirts of Weymouth on a fine evening before the snow came. I told the gathered throng that I would not be surprised to see the hills that we could see out of the window covered in snow by the morning. Most of those at the talk had not seen the evening weather forecast so this was the first they had heard of it and coming on the back of a bright and fine if fresh spring day on the south coast It seemed totally at odds with the prevailing conditions and quite a few members of the audience said they couldn't see it happening especially on the back of a mild winter.

The next morning those hills were covered with about three inches of snow and further north in Dorset about 8 inches fell.

This was one of a strange sequence of events in 1997 98 and 99 when snow fell on or around 15th April in each year. especially in the hillier parts of Dorset.

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