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Four snowstorms and a funeral – the winter of 1978/79 in Sheffield

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Just to let you know that I've put together something about the winter of 1978/79 as I remember it in Sheffield in my latest blog. I've boiled it down to four main snowstorms, and have as usual provided plotted charts for each event:
 
(1) 0600 UTC 4 January 1979
(2) 1800 UTC 19 January 1979
(3) 1200 UTC 15 February 1979
(4) 1200 UTC 16 March 1979
 
Hopefully I've picked the high points of what was a very snowy winter.
 
Bruce.
 
 

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Hi
 
Just to let you know that I've put together something about the winter of 1978/79 as I remember it in Sheffield in my latest blog. I've boiled it down to four main snowstorms, and have as usual provided plotted charts for each event:
 
(1) 0600 UTC 4 January 1979
(2) 1800 UTC 19 January 1979
(3) 1200 UTC 15 February 1979
(4) 1200 UTC 16 March 1979
 
Hopefully I've picked the high points of what was a very snowy winter.
 
Bruce.
 

 

 

 

That's a great read, thanks for sharing. What I would do to experience a winter like that! As I'm 23, and grew up in York I have only experienced that depth or more on 1 occasion in my life never mind 4 times in 1 winter.

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Hi Just to let you know that I've put together something about the winter of 1978/79 as I remember it in Sheffield in my latest blog. I've boiled it down to four main snowstorms, and have as usual provided plotted charts for each event: (1) 0600 UTC 4 January 1979(2) 1800 UTC 19 January 1979(3) 1200 UTC 15 February 1979(4) 1200 UTC 16 March 1979 Hopefully I've picked the high points of what was a very snowy winter. Bruce. xmetman

Hi Just to let you know that I've put together something about the winter of 1978/79 as I remember it in Sheffield in my latest blog. I've boiled it down to four main snowstorms, and have as usual provided plotted charts for each event: (1) 0600 UTC 4 January 1979(2) 1800 UTC 19 January 1979(3) 1200 UTC 15 February 1979(4) 1200 UTC 16 March 1979 Hopefully I've picked the high points of what was a very snowy winter. Bruce. xmetman

Very interesting read and it certainly brought back memories of this sever winter.By coincidence I also lost my father, suddenly in late November 78 and that played a part in making what was already a bleak time seem even worse and public service strikes also added to this feel.Although memories of specific dates have faded over the years I do recall major blizzards around the times you said and distinctly remember the mid February storm dumping well over a foot of snow across our part of the Pennines with local drifts over 20 feet deep.We regularly cleared a passge from the front door to the road but actually had continuous snow piled around the house from New Year until late March.IMBY we've seen nothing quite as bad since then although the blizzard which hit us in late March 2013 was, in many ways a similar set up although less severe.1978-79 IMO the last severe winter and celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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Very interesting read and it certainly brought back memories of this sever winter.1978-79 IMO the last severe winter and celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Yep use to keep detailed diaries back then so remember it well

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Hi
 
Just to let you know that I've put together something about the winter of 1978/79 as I remember it in Sheffield in my latest blog. I've boiled it down to four main snowstorms, and have as usual provided plotted charts for each event:
 
(1) 0600 UTC 4 January 1979
(2) 1800 UTC 19 January 1979
(3) 1200 UTC 15 February 1979
(4) 1200 UTC 16 March 1979
 
Hopefully I've picked the high points of what was a very snowy winter.
 
Bruce.
 

 

Great stuff but are you sure it was 4th of jan .am sure the first major blizzard that winter was December 30th or 31st?

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