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19 hours ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

don't make February's of old anymore, used to be a snowy month, Feb '78 from 7th to 19th looked snowy, but suppose normal back then

Feb 78 was far from normal even for back then..as i said before this the most amount of snow i have ever seen in one sitting and that takes into account i live now in Canada..the blizzard of Feb 1978 was probably a 1 in 100 year event 

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"The snowstorm that never happened" - this happens to me once every few years in the SE!!!

Last year these charts produced the following images below. Talk about being borderline or what but boy did it produce and I'm at relatively low ground in mid Ulster.

I remember watching the weather forecast after the 9 o' Clock news on BBC1 and there were heavy snow symbols plastered all over England & Wales for the night ahead. I can remember lamp post w

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14 hours ago, cheeky_monkey said:

Feb 78 was far from normal even for back then..as i said before this the most amount of snow i have ever seen in one sitting and that takes into account i live now in Canada..the blizzard of Feb 1978 was probably a 1 in 100 year event 

And that was a restricted area as well. Most of the country got nothing from that particular event. 

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On 25/10/2020 at 19:36, Don said:

The January 1997 cold spell was a disappointment full stop IMBY with next to no snow at all.

Most of the snow that fell here was New Year's Eve into early hours of New Year's . There was little snow after this.

The Januarys of the 1990s were really poor for cold and snow. Take January 1996, it was mild cloud fest until the final third of that month and that was one of the better Januarys  of the 1990s for decent wintry weather. 

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On 27/10/2020 at 07:01, Weather-history said:

Most of the snow that fell here was New Year's Eve into early hours of New Year's . There was little snow after this.

The Januarys of the 1990s were really poor for cold and snow. Take January 1996, it was mild cloud fest until the final third of that month and that was one of the better Januarys  of the 1990s for decent wintry weather. 

Even prior to New Year's Eve, there was very little snow where I was (despite the forecasts).  However, saying that, I did see an inch or two on the morning of the 27th December but it had all but gone by the end of the day.

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For us, the biggest bust of the lot is this:

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There's been many marginal setups over the years that delivered nothing for us, but at 7 miles from the coast at sea level you sort of expect it. However, to have a setup such as this which is pretty much synoptically perfect and get less than 1cm was the biggest disappointment I can remember. For reasons unknown, very few showers hit the area. What's even more bizarre, is that the second one that came in the March did exactly the same.

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5 hours ago, Weather-history said:

Seem to recall Matt Taylor being sent to Stirling in Scotland during early December 2008 by BBC Breakfast. I think the reason he was sent there was the expectations of a snowy Stirling. Infact it was a green one!

 

 

green here, very much like 26th into 27th Feb this year

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25 minutes ago, reef said:

For us, the biggest bust of the lot is this:

CFSR_1_2018022800_2.png

There's been many marginal setups over the years that delivered nothing for us, but at 7 miles from the coast at sea level you sort of expect it. However, to have a setup such as this which is pretty much synoptically perfect and get less than 1cm was the biggest disappointment I can remember. For reasons unknown, very few showers hit the area. What's even more bizarre, is that the second one that came in the March did exactly the same.

did well here that one! thought your location would hammer mine

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3 hours ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

green here, very much like 26th into 27th Feb this year

Snow did fall but it was further south, remember snow falling here but it never stuck

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21 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

Snow did fall but it was further south, remember snow falling here but it never stuck

 

We did get a lot of snow here in Leeds Bradford during that December 2008 spell. It was what I consider the first major snowfall in the 2008-13 colder period. The end of the month was freezing too but it didn’t snow here.

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5 hours ago, Weather-history said:

8th/9th December 1990, virtually missed out on that snow event. We did have snow but it wasn't persistent enough to stick and it rained maybe sleet that evening as well.

 

I remember that  - we did miss out, and I wasn't happy. It was cold, and the sky even had that tinge when you get snow. 

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14th Jan 2013, setup not all that uncommon but when the air is cold enough it moves too far East, now models for next week showing similar setup, but with no real cold air it will most likely go more West, snow off this, jack sh#t, even thawed snow already on the ground

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On 22/11/2020 at 06:07, Weather-history said:

Not sure, I would have thought December 1995 was snowier?

That's a good point!  I seem to remember seeing something about it at the time being the snowiest since 1981.  Thinking about it, it may have been the snowiest start to the month since 1981 for the north?  There was snow early December 1995, but I think that was more of a south east event with the north really experiencing the fun and games later in the month?

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3 hours ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

14th Jan 2013, setup not all that uncommon but when the air is cold enough it moves too far East, now models for next week showing similar setup, but with no real cold air it will most likely go more West, snow off this, jack sh#t, even thawed snow already on the ground

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I remember on Saturday 12th the metoffice were forecasting significant snow for the south on the Monday but it ended up being too marginal and was mainly rain/sleet.  However, not to worry as the goods were delivered Friday 18th.....

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I remember an event from the mid 90's (95/96) where there was a forecast of around 4 inches of snow, and as a 9/10 year old I was very excited. I remember going with my mum, dad and grandparents that day to visit my great grandmother in Canterbury and us setting off back home to London a little early to beat the weather and the snow that was forecast. As it turned out, as we drove home we were lashed by heavy rain/sleet which was a huge disappointment. My dad and I watched the BBC weather forecast that evening when we got home and I remember Suzanne Charlton saying that freezing rain turned up instead of the snow that had been forecast. 

I'm almost certain this was the event and the second video is that same Suzanne Charlton forecast I saw back then talking about rain/sleet/freezing rain instead of snow:

Forecast from the day before:

 

Forecast by Suzanne Charlton the next day:

 

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On 26/11/2020 at 18:50, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

14th Jan 2013, setup not all that uncommon but when the air is cold enough it moves too far East, now models for next week showing similar setup, but with no real cold air it will most likely go more West, snow off this, jack sh#t, even thawed snow already on the ground

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That snow event ended up right in my back yard. The east of the UK got hit most but we did miss out on the 18th event. By the time it reached us the band of snow had faded completely

 

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I remember watching a BBC weather forecast in the early to mid 80's. Described by the forecaster as a rare blizzard, it was going to hit The Midlands down to The South coast. Overnight however the low took a last minute unexpected southern turn, leaving the mainland snowless but hitting The Channel Islands (and Northern France) with 4 foot drifts. 

Pete

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