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Morning all,

Up early with the wife, to have a cuppa and some porridge before she set off for work, at 6.30.

Models seem to be moving away from introducing the possibility of a cold, wintry spell in time for Easter. In fact yhe GFS want to introduce, a west based neg.NAO, with a cold N.E.flow, draining down, into the N.E.Atlantic.

Hoping to see a repeat of one of these, wintry spells, from past Aprils' but I know it's not everyone's cup of tea!!

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Low pressure led to a great blizzard in the south of England, as far north as Coventry, during the four days from 23rd to the 26th; parts of north Hampshire and Berkshire reported 69 cm of snow. Southampton had 35 cm, the deepest cover since 1881. Snow fell as far north as Staffordshire. Snow first fell on the 23rd; the 24th dawned cloudless with bright sun leading to a rapid thaw, but more snow returned in the evening. A blizzard with strong NE winds raged all day on the 25th. This was one of the heaviest snowfalls on record in the Channel Islands (over a foot of snow on Alderney). The depth of snow (40 cm) in Oxford was the heaviest there in any month since February 1888 and has not been exceeded in any month since. Southampton had 37 cm, and Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight had a foot of snow.

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The month started with an exceptional cold spell. There were some reecord low maxima - unusually at this time of year due to strong northerly and northeasterly rather than easterly winds, as Arctic air swept the country, giving snow in the east and south. It was -2C at Hampstead midday on the 5th; and a maximum of only +0.5 at Tunbridge Wells (Kent) on the same day. Many places in the SE and Midlands were beneath freezing all day on the 5th - this is the latest date on which a "day of frost" has happened, with maximum temperatures of -2. Even Totland Bay (Isle of Wight) saw maxima of only 1, 3 and 6C on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. It was also a windy month, with severe frost and snow. Windy and dull, too: 63 mph at Gorleston (Norfolk) on the 3rd. 10cms of snow in the southeast; and 15cms of snow on Guernsey.

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Cold air spread south on the 25th, bringing some light snow. As a depression moved east across the Channel, heavy snowfall in the coldest part of the day, combined with gales on the 26th caused widespread disruption south of the Thames. Heavy winds and wet snow caused widespread traffic disruption and brought many telephone and electricity lines down. 15cms of snow from Salisbury to Faversham. As the temperature was slightly above freezing, the snow was wet, which as we all know is the worst sort for disruption. The precipitation started as rain, turned to sleet, then snow, and then started to lay. In Farnham and Camberley large beech trees were brought down; in Guildford 11,000 lines were affected.

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There was a significant late snowfall in the south on the 14-15th, which was also a cold day in an northeasterly wind. Brighton had a couple of inches of snow; snow cover was 15 cm deep on the high ground from Kent to Hampshire. IN some places it snowed continuously for 48 hours.

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On the 2nd more snow spread south across the country, causing traffic disruption in the south. Snow in eastern England on Easter Day (3rd). Essex and Kent had 10-15 cm of cover, with more on the Downs, leading to many roads becoming blocked. There was some snow somewhere on each of the four days of the Easter holiday weekend.

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There was a heavy snowfall in the London area on the 5th, with 18 cms of snow at Tadworth (Surrey)

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Notable cold spell early in the month as a cold front moved south on the 2-3rd, bringing the heaviest snowfall of the "winter" to many places in the south. Luton airport was closed by snow on the night of Monday 3rd as a cold front brought Arctic air up against the much more mild air that had been hanging on in the south. Luton had over 7cms of wet snow; a total of 66m of rain fell in 40 hours.

Would love to see a similar event, to the above, as we go through April and not entirely out of the question, with some notable, northern blocking, still knocking about.

Perhaps, one last "hurrah", for the "coldies/snowies", amongst us. Then it will be over to those members, who are, "warmies/thunderies", to grab centre stage, until much later, in the year.

Much thanks owed to Trevor Harley's fascinating and informative site, for all facts and figures:

http://www.trevorharley.com/weather_web_pages/british_weather_in_april.htm

Regards,

Tom. :hi:

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Come rain snow or shine said:

We'll have to wait and see. One small change and - bam, we get snow.  

Yep.. The models are bringing the cold air a bit further south again.

The icon for next Thursday shows the ppn turning to snow as the trough undercuts the wedge to our north east.

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i just ate 7 day old roast, apart from the chicken being green, it didn't taste too bad, in fact it tasted like goat, been raining over night, easter snow looks unlikely, but still time for change.

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2 minutes ago, lassie23 said:

they look like testickles:shok:

There's a good reason for that!:crazy:

In some of Paris's more upmarket eateries, it's called the All Day Honore de Balzac!

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45 minutes ago, JennyJane1 said:

Just been out, all the shops are fully stocked, no panic about snow, feels fairly warm, have turned heating off.

I've just nipped into the SBOD and summer sun says it will be warm over easter

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No cold and snow please for the long Easter Weekend, as I'll be down on the Dorset Coast and want to be able to sit by the sea and feel some spring warmth and get some colour on my skin (without getting burnt of course). 

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1 hour ago, lassie23 said:

I've just nipped into the SBOD and summer sun says it will be warm over easter

I shall be off in a while to watch the Oxford=Cambridge goat race, but it appears one side has been cheating, they've been feeding their goat on go-faster weeds.

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1 hour ago, Nick F said:

No cold and snow please for the long Easter Weekend, as I'll be down on the Dorset Coast and want to be able to sit by the sea and feel some spring warmth and get some colour on my skin (without getting burnt of course). 

Looks like you're taking our stuff with you Mr f... If snow depths can be modeled or believed   :nea:the only other deeper drifts are around New ash green.. IE.. the speckle of purple. :nea::)

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15 minutes ago, JennyJane1 said:

I shall be off in a while to watch the Oxford=Cambridge goat race, but it appears one side has been cheating, they've been feeding their goat on go-faster weeds.

may the fastest goat win

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26 minutes ago, TN9 said:

Looks like you're taking our stuff with you Mr f... If snow depths can be modeled or believed   :nea:the only other deeper drifts are around New ash green.. IE.. the speckle of purple. :nea::)

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Pretty confident of cold rain now, Scotland the place to be if you want a white Easter

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