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The autumn of 1993 was a very cold autumn with some notable wintry blasts. There was a very postent northerly during mid-October that brought heavy snow to Scotand and Northern England and an easterly in late November, which also brought snow.

 

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Remember the autumn very well, it came on the back of a very disappointing summer temperature, sunshine and dryness wise. We had quite a few wintry type showers in the mid October northerly with some notably harsh frosts. The second half of November was very wintry with hard frosts, and freezing fog though not much snow here as we were sheltered from the easterly winds. I think we may even have recorded an ice day at some stage, certainly remember the frost covering most ground throughout the day.

 

The following winter was a topsy turvy with some good wintry spells at times, but often shortlived, mid Dec brough some snow, Christmas was snowy, Jan was rather mild though, Feb was very good for snowfall, with a very heavy fall on the 22nd. Overall the June 93 - May 94 period was a cold one. The following 12 month period conversely was exceptionally mild.

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In many parts of eastern Scotland and north-eastern England, snow stuck around for 7 or 8 days starting around 21-22 November 1993.  I don't think that had been achieved on a similar scale in November since 1965, and it has only been achieved since in 2010.  

 

Christmas Day 1993 was an interesting one, the day started off dry and sunny in South Tyneside but snow showers came in off the North Sea, and the showers turned to rain and sleet near the sea front that night but stayed as snow upwards of a couple of miles inland, resulting in a few days of snow cover.  But the snowiest spell was the second half of February.  Tyne and Wear had many heavy snow showers on the 21st, with thunder at Newcastle, prior to the frontal snowfalls that affected most of the UK between the 22nd and 24th. 

 

December 1993, January 1994, March 1994 and early April 1994 were all very westerly-dominated, but near average to rather cold in Scotland, with much heavy snowfall in the Highlands, and this probably explains why Scottish snow patch survivals were so high during 1994.  January and March were warmer than average for England and Wales, but even here, there were frequent wet snowfalls on low ground from westerlies during mid to late December 1993 and early April 1994.

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