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1837 and the exceptionally cold spring


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

1837 will always be remembered for that exceptionally cold spring

Jan: 2.7 (+0.3)

Feb: 4.7 (+0.7)

Mar: 2.3 (-3.3)

Apr: 4.7 (-3.2)

May: 9.9 (-1.5)

Jun: 15.5 (+1.3)

Jul: 16.9 (+1.1)

Aug: 15.7 (+0.3)

Sep: 12.5 (-0.7)

Oct: 10.5 (+0.7)

Nov: 5.2 (-0.7)

Dec: 5.3 (+1.7)

March is the 9th coldest on record

April joint coldest with 1701

March and April 1837 are the coldest combination ever recorded with a CET average of 3.5

Spring 1837 is the coldest ever recorded with a CET of just 5.6 (2.6 below the 1801-30 average)

There have been 23 winters milder than spring 1837

The first half of spring (1st March-15th April) just had a CET average of 2.5C.

The CET average for 16th March-15th April is just 2.2C

The CET of the coldest spring of the 20th century (1962) is 6.9 (1.6C below the 1931-60 average)

The following summer was 10.4C warmer than the spring.

The impact of this spring on the flora and fauna as well as the agricultural sector must have been devastating

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To put that spring into context.

March 1837: 2.3, the last month that was colder than this was February 1991! December 1995 equalled it

April 1837: 4.7, there have only been 9 months colder than since February 1997

March-April 1837 combined CET is 3.5, the last occasion that two consecutive months were colder than this is December 1996-January 1997 with 2.7

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.

Fascinating stuff, Mr D'.

A CET of 4.7c in April 1837 would imply a mean temp' of about 2.7c where I live, difficult to imagine in these mild times. April 1986, with a mean of 4.1c, is the coldest I've recorded and that felt almost like winter.

Do you know if it was a snowy, cold month or a dry cold one?

T.M

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