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How bizarre, I've no idea why the swear filter thinks the lake next to Keswick is an offensive word!

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Here's one from around Snowdonia from winter 2010. You could hear a pin drop with temp around -15c and no wind.

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44 minutes ago, Mountain Snow said:

Seems like a long time ago now. We didn't have much snow after the mid month thaw but the depth and longevity of cold was impressive. Even some of the big, deep lakes in the Lake District were beginning to freeze over. Here's Aira Force and Derwenangel delighter on Christmas day.

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Good photos. Yes it was the depth and longevity of cold that was the most impressive feature, rather than snowfall. Derwent Water froze over completely, along with some of the smaller lakes, same as in Jan 2010. Even the River Kent in Kendal froze over from bank to bank in parts, a rare feat - especially noteworthy given the River is reportedly the fastest flowing in England!

December 2009 brought heavier snowfall here, but Dec 2010 brought a white christmas, a surprise 1 and half hour snowfall late morning, perfect timing.

 

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On 13/11/2017 at 22:41, hillbilly said:

That may seem cold but southern England ,particularly the south east have recorded as low as -21 deg C

 

Indeed, I think even Writtle (the other side of Chelmsford to me) recorded -21C in February 1947. In December 2010 we managed -14C, a long way off 1947, but easily the coldest I'd experienced at the time. We nearly matched it in February 2012 when we got -12C.

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44 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

27th November -27th December 2010 CET: -1.5C

The coldest 31 day CET period since early 1963 I reckon.

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An amazing statistic if true. And one that isn't emphasised enough also if so.

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1 hour ago, Weather-history said:

27th November -27th December 2010 CET: -1.5C

The coldest 31 day CET period since early 1963 I reckon.

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Correct. Next coldest since 1963 was the 31-day period beginning on the 1st February 1986 (-1.0C). So it wins that by a large margin.

Also the coldest 31-day period to have started in November on the entire record. It crushes the competition; the next coldest such period was the 31-day period beginning 26th November 1878 (-0.9C).

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This was round the corner from me in Dundee at the beginning of Dec 2010 at 15 mtrs asl. Snow first fell on Nov 24th and lay from the 26th until mid January 2011. The longest consecutive spell in Dundee I believe since 1963. I recorded -14.2C which was the lowest since I started keeping records for Dundee. Inland in my home area in Highland Perthshire funnily enough 2009/10 was snowier with 90 days lying snow and in late Dec a min of -20C compared with -19C in Dec 2010.

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On 11/13/2017 at 22:23, DeepSnow said:

Definitely the best winter I have lived to see, better than anything I remember from the 90s and 00s. Had best part of 2 weeks of snow on the ground and snow showers and streamers, days on end of ice and in the minus figures and nights below -10/15 which I'd never seen in the 15 years I'd lived in that house. Amazing, can only but dream to see something like that again in my lifetime. I've found a few photos of back then and the endless icicles that were hanging off the roofs, the snow streamer we had one night which had hours of lampost watching, and the amazing views that came with a true winter wonderland!

 

 

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Those pictures remind me of my own experience in Jan and Dec 10. Normally a snowfall leaves a bit on the path and road but you can always tell the difference. It was incredibly strange seeing how deep the snow was. 

On 11/13/2017 at 22:33, johnholmes said:

I'll repost my article on snow in the South Yorkshire/Derbyshire area sometime tomorrow, over 30 cm here which was something no one in this area had ever seen before.

Were you south enough to catch the streamer?

Here outside of Leeds the thickest snow i measured was in the January, the December ranks second for me (29cm and 23cm respectively). 

On 11/13/2017 at 22:41, hillbilly said:

That may seem cold but southern England ,particularly the south east have recorded as low as -21 deg C

 

One of the most sureal experiences of those winters was looking at xcweather and seeing stations nearby at like -16C or checking the temp map on there and seeing maxima in Scotland in double digit negatives. 

On 11/13/2017 at 22:56, ECOSSE1650 said:

River Clyde through Strathclyde Park 24 December 2010.

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The main river in Leeds froze too in late November, i had never seen anything like that before. 

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On 11/19/2017 at 09:43, Weather-history said:

27th November -27th December 2010 CET: -1.5C

The coldest 31 day CET period since early 1963 I reckon.

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An amazing statistic. Do you have a top 10 list?

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Very much under the streamer as you call it.

It snowed non stop from 1700 to 0800 with 34 cm falling in that time

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What a period that was. By coincidence we started building a wooden sledge around the middle of November that year. What a treat we were in for! I personally class this spell as in the top 10 for weather lifetime events.

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On 21/11/2017 at 21:49, summer blizzard said:

An amazing statistic. Do you have a top 10 list?

The first table shows, to two decimal places, the ten coldest 31-day periods since 1963 that aren't from the same season (to avoid spells that overlap with each other).

The second table shows the ten coldest 31-day periods since 1963, allowing overlaps.

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That spell brought the most snow I've ever seen by far and after asking an eldery neighbour, she told me the last time she had seen snow as bad as this was the Winter of 47.

 

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Record breaking cold spell for the end of November by a long margin,November 1993 had a bitterly cold spell,november 1985 before that.

But this was truly exceptional for cold not so much for snow for the November spell.

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On 25/11/2017 at 07:31, Relativistic said:

The first table shows, to two decimal places, the ten coldest 31-day periods since 1963 that aren't from the same season (to avoid spells that overlap with each other).

The second table shows the ten coldest 31-day periods since 1963, allowing overlaps.

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Yes this period in  2010 was exceptionally cold and on paper much colder than February 1986 but for cold lovers it does not allow for windchill.I for one have never felt a colder spell than that of 1986 for almost 6 weeks we had bitter east winds unrelenting on these penning hills whereas 2010 was practically calm it really makes a difference to cold.we can only wonder what it was like in 1947

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On 11/27/2017 at 17:45, Snowyowl9 said:

Record breaking cold spell for the end of November by a long margin,November 1993 had a bitterly cold spell,november 1985 before that.

But this was truly exceptional for cold not so much for snow for the November spell.

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I was living in Tipton, West Mids, and remember November 1985. Had been cold for a couple of days, and rained on the day of 27th. Then the temp dropped. I went home from school early as as the snow fell around 2pm. By 4.30 it was snowing heavily, but the West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa League Cup replay went ahead, although we lost 2-1. They used an orange ball and I recall snow being around for quite some time. 

2010 - the cold was incredible from  (I recall) around 16th November (I think). Haw frost on trees in Stratford. Snow fell in the later part of the month, but it didn't seem to get above zero for weeks, until just after christmas.

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On ‎12‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 07:35, hillbilly said:

Yes this period in  2010 was exceptionally cold and on paper much colder than February 1986 but for cold lovers it does not allow for windchill.I for one have never felt a colder spell than that of 1986 for almost 6 weeks we had bitter east winds unrelenting on these penning hills whereas 2010 was practically calm it really makes a difference to cold.we can only wonder what it was like in 1947

1947 is notorious from the damage it did from the freezing rain.

Yes 2010 didn`t have any proper blizzards pretty calm overall some drifting,unlike 1986 feb which was a mainly hill event for blizzards and even yellow/orange snow from Russia.huh.png.78102027028e9ea36246f7e5cfc55ad9.png

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Looking at Feb 1986 in Leeds, it was consistently cold but very dry - looks like there wasn't a lot of snow around. Also there weren't many ice days, nearly all days were around 1C.

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12 hours ago, cheese said:

Looking at Feb 1986 in Leeds, it was consistently cold but very dry - looks like there wasn't a lot of snow around. Also there weren't many ice days, nearly all days were around 1C.

Yes the snow was confined to hilly areas and many areas got no snow at all.I lived at 340m and there was little below 150m.lower roads were unaffected yet on the hills it snowed all but  a few days in February and drifted constantly. I worked on a farm at 370m and we had a snowblower we used twice a day every day for weeks it remained sub ero for the 6 weeks with only a few days where there was a slight thaw during the day.It was very dull with very few clear skies but temperature was nothing special for minima but was unbelievable for maxims. Resevoirs froze to 1 foot thick on the tops.From what I believe very similar to that of 1947.

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Memories of 2010 have come flooding back today in certain parts of the country.

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