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Christmas snowstorm of 1906......100 years on


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

Perhaps one of the most famous Christmas snow events, Christmas 1906 was a white Christmas for many parts of the UK, although it wasn't until after midnight that the snow arrived in the SE. The run up to Christmas was cold with wintry showers in a NWly flow. A low pressure came down in the flow during Christmas Day and the first snowfalls arrived in Northern Ireland and SW Scotland around lunchtime. This snow spread SEwards during the afternoon reaching the Manchester area by about 8 o'clock. These snowfalls were heavy and intense and although the snowfalls lasted only a couple of hours, depths of snow were ten to thirty centimetres in places. The heaviest snow fell in a band from Manchester to East Anglia. The snow arrived in the SE just after midnight and snow settled in central London itself. People woke up to a very white Boxing Day. The cold spell lasted until the end of the year.





by Robert Seymour Bridges

When men were all asleep the snow came flying,

In large white flakes falling on the city brown,

Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,

Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town;

Deadening, muffling, stifling its murmurs failing;

Lazily and incessantly floating down and down:

Silently sifting and veiling road, roof and railing;

Hiding difference, making unevenness even,

Into angles and crevices softly drifting and sailing.

All night it fell, and when full inches seven

It lay in the depth of its uncompacted brightness;

The clouds blew off from a high and frosty heaven;

And all woke earlier for the unaccustomed brightness

Of the winter dawning, the strange unheavenly glare:

The eye marveled--marveled at the dazzling whiteness;

The ear hearkened to the stillness of the solemn air;

No sound of wheel rumbling nor of foot falling,

And the busy morning cries came thin and spare.

Then boys I heard, as they went to school, calling,

They gathered up the crystal manna to freeze

Their tongues with tasting, their hands with snowballing;

Or rioted in a drift, plunging up to the knees;

Or peering up from under the white-mossed wonder,

"O look at the trees!" they cried, "O look at the trees!"

With lessened load a few carts creak and blunder,

Following along the white deserted way,

A country company long dispersed asunder:

When now already the sun, in pale display

Standing by Paul's high dome, spread forth below

His sparkling beams, and awoke the stir of the day.

For now doors open, and war is waged with the snow;

And trains of somber men, past tale of number

Tread long brown paths, as toward their toil they go:

But even for them awhile no cares encumber

Their minds diverted; the daily word is unspoken,

The daily thoughts of labour and sorrow slumber

At the sight of the beauty that greets them, for the charm they have broken.

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  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m
  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m

Hi Mr Data

Many thanks again

The poem sums up perfectly how I feel about snow and I think a lot of people dont mind fresh snowfall and the problems it can cause(Breaks up the routine)

At least the weather has amore wintry fell about it at the moment(It was -2.5c this morning in Biggin Hill) :)

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Classic indeed! Aye; no doubt they wouldn't be allowed to report that kind of thing nowadays!

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