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Anyone know any more info on this event?

Saw this picture of Herne Bay Seafront completely frozen up with the timestamp of 2nd Feb 1956.

Had a little look on the reanalysis charts and it seems like a very cold easterly.

If anyone could shine some info on this, it would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Remember it quite well.

Woke about 4am with the sound of hail on the windows and roofing. I had an attic bedroom.

Lived in a little village near Retford in Notts.

By  the time I woke up 7:30, still  snowing but shortly afterwards it stopped with about 6-8inches of flat snow on the ground.

Went to school (5 miles) on bus.

During the day the wind  got up to galeforce. I remember watching the snow blowing around in the playground and forming drifts.

Went home early at about 15:00 on the bus.

Snow blowing everywhere!!

As soon as we got off the main A1 road the side roads were blocked.

It took me 2hours to do the last 2 miles through drifting snow, on foot.

Watched the weather to see what had happened when I got home......

The low heading for Naples on your chart had undercut from west of N Ireland and was being pushed by the incredibly strong easterlies further south. The anticyclone took over.... and the temps had dropped to -3C by midday.

Lowland blizzards were the worst I had seen (and that included some  vague memories of 1947), but the drifting commenced after the snow had stopped as the strong easterly became established.

If I was not  already hooked by this event   I was afterwards, it was certainly interesting for me as a 12 year old.

MIA

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8 minutes ago, Midlands Ice Age said:

Remember it quite well.

Woke about 4am with the sound of hail on the windows and roofing. I had an attic bedroom.

Lived in a little village near Retford in Notts.

By  the time I woke up 7:30, still  snowing but shortly afterwards it stopped with about 6-8inches of flat snow on the ground.

Went to school (5 miles) on bus.

During the day the wind  got up to galeforce. I remember watching the snow blowing around in the playground and forming drifts.

Went home early at about 15:00 on the bus.

Snow blowing everywhere!!

As soon as we got off the main A1 road the side roads were blocked.

It took me 2hours to do the last 2 miles through drifting snow, on foot.

Watched the weather to see what had happened when I got home......

The low heading for Naples on your chart had undercut from west of N Ireland and was being pushed by the incredibly strong easterlies further south. The anticyclone took over.... and the temps had dropped to -3C by midday.

Lowland blizzards were the worst I had seen (and that included some  vague memories of 1947), but the drifting commenced after the snow had stopped as the strong easterly became established.

If I was not  already hooked by this event   I was afterwards, it was certainly interesting for me as a 12 year old.

MIA

Haven't really seen much on this February event. I feel it's forgotten & wasn't really documented widely. 

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Yes a forgotten month.Subzero for a week in the east in the 3rd week and one of only 8 subzero months in 120 years

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An exceptional cold wave this one. 

At Southampton the temp dropped from 8c at 8 am to minus 2c at midday on the 31st Jan 1956.

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12 hours ago, HerneBayWX said:

Anyone know any more info on this event?

Saw this picture of Herne Bay Seafront completely frozen up with the timestamp of 2nd Feb 1956.

Had a little look on the reanalysis charts and it seems like a very cold easterly.

If anyone could shine some info on this, it would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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I posted an article on this about 11 years ago but the links are now broken.

The maximum at Kew was just -4.4C on the 1st February 1956

Ross-on-Wye's and Bristol's maximum  that day was just -5.6C 

 

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8 hours ago, Weather-history said:

I posted an article on this about 11 years ago but the links are now broken.

The maximum at Kew was just -4.4C on the 1st February 1956

Ross-on-Wye's and Bristol's maximum  that day was just -5.6C 

 

Ah ok. Thanks for letting me know, I'll try & find it. Seems very much forgotten though!

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I too remember this event. The lane through the village where I lived at the time ( only about 9 miles from where I am now ) was completely filled with snow 8 feet deep, the drifts burying our garden hedge and stretching 30 feet or more  into the garden. I was very young and the drifts looked absolutely enormous. 

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