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Tag Archives: Winter
Overnight the recorded minimum temperature at the weather station at Braemar dropped to -23.0°C, one of three stations in the UK to dip below minus 20.0°C. With the media reporting on the ‘extreme’ conditions, we have analysed our records since … Continue reading
January, with an average temperature of 2.2 °C, has been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. In that year the average UK January temperature was 0.9 °C; the coldest January on record was 1963 with a mean temperature … Continue reading
La Niña is now present in the tropical Pacific and forecasters are suggesting these conditions will continue throughout the winter months. La Niña is one of the three phases of the phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, El Niño – the warm phase, La Niña – the cool phase and lastly the neutral phase. During La Niña … Continue reading
There have been many headlines in recent days proclaiming a return of the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘triple polar vortex to trigger heavy snow’ with bookies reportedly cutting the odds that this month will end as the coldest January … Continue reading
Various media reports have been commenting on our longer-range warnings in the run-up to the recent cold snap. This period of severe weather was very well predicted and the first signs appeared around one month before the start, when we … Continue reading
Looking at the statistics you may be forgiven for thinking that the winter of 2017/18 was rather uneventful, as both temperatures and rainfall totals are quite close to average in most places. In fact the statistic of interest when taking … Continue reading
It has been a cold and wet first half of February for many of us however there have been a few isolated milder days and plenty of sunshine between the bands of rain. It’s been rather unsettled, with most of … Continue reading
The February of 1947 was the coldest on record in the UK since 1910. Between January and March 1947, there were 55 consecutive days with snow falling somewhere in the UK. The impacts on post-war Britain were enormous. Mark Platt … Continue reading
The UK has had its own Dry January, as most parts have experienced lower than average rainfall during the month. Provisional January 2017 data Mean temp (°C) Sunshine (hours) Rainfall (mm) Actual Diff to avg Actual % of avg … Continue reading