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Should ''March'' become a winter month?


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Should ''March'' become a winter month???  

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  1. 1. Should ''March'' become a winter month???

    • Yes
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    • No
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  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)
  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)

    For me it seems confusing why March is not a winter month :rolleyes:

    Take this year for example, March was by far the snowiest month of the year and it looks like

    it could well end up being the snowiest month next winter imo. So i dont see why it should not be

    classed as a winter month, as it is often the most wintry. It is much more likely to snow in March

    than in December. January seems to becoming more snowless each year, but it's consistantly cold

    at some point between 20th Feb - 20th March and in most years this is the snowiest time.

    I think March should certainly not be classed as a Spring month, because to be honest it seems that

    winter is shifting slightly later each year, April this year and last year was more like an expected March with

    snow even to lower levels in England & Wales both times.

    Also with September temperature's have been on the rise & with Global Warming heatwaves will become

    more frequent in September anyway. Ive always classed September since 2000 as a summer month anyway.

    However i think Septembers as warm as the one this year will be quite rare for another 10 years then become

    more frequent.

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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

    If we simply classed months based on the weather contained in them we probably wouldnt have had 'winter' in the UK for around 10 years. At the end of the day, meterologically speaking winter is December, January and February. Wintry weather can still happen in March (as it has in April, May and even June) as can Autumnal weather in August or December (like this month). This is similar to the analogy that rears its head every year that once we reach spring, it should be warm and sunny, with no frosts or wintry weather. Alas, the weather doesnt stick to such strict rules. The months and seasons are just our attempt in making some order out of things.

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  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!

    In which case should September be summer? ...

    Nov - Feb = Winter

    March - May = Spring

    June - August = Summer

    September - November = Autumn

    ?????

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl

    When it snows in March it only lasts for 5minutes, thats why it's called spring a transitional period between winter and summer.

    it could well end up being the snowiest month next winter imo.

    Next winter as in 2008? Might be(or 2007 if you did mean this year), but nobody knows so whats the point adding that? Thats like saying next December is going to be the mildest on record so lets add it to summer!

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  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)
  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)
    In which case should September be summer? ...

    Nov - Feb = Winter

    March - May = Spring

    June - August = Summer

    September - November = Autumn

    ?????

    November is certainly not a month id class as winter and September seems to be on

    a border between Summer & Autumn nowadays.

    I think the seasons should be as follows:

    Jan - March: Winter

    April & May: Spring

    June - Mid September: Summer

    Mid September - Mid December: Autumn

    Mid December - Early Jan: Autumn/Winter Borderline

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  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and cold in winter, warm and sunny in summer
  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees

    Obviously we all know the meteorological definitions of the seasons but my own classification is much more complicated although perhaps truer:

    Spring - mid-March to mid May (2 months)

    Summer - mid-May to mid-September (4 months)

    Autumn - mid-September to mid-December (3 months)

    Winter - mid-December to mid-March (3 months)

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  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)
  • Location: Madrid, Spain (Formerly Telford)

    :rolleyes: -->

    QUOTE(Ross B @ 29 Dec 2006, 03:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    When it snows in March it only lasts for 5minutes, thats why it's called spring a transitional period between winter and summer.

    Next winter as in 2008? Might be(or 2007 if you did mean this year), but nobody knows so whats the point adding that? Thats like saying next December is going to be the mildest on record so lets add it to summer!

    This winter i mean.

    If you look at most years though March has seen more snow events than November & December, especially in the even larger teapot/spring.

    Im thinking that over the next few years it will become increasingly that March is the snowiest month of the year.

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl

    To be honest mate, i think you will find it just about always snows in march. Last year we had a big snowstorm, but i dont remember anything as big in the years before that?

    As OON says however, it doesn't matter how you define the seasons the weather will do as it pleases.

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  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
    November is certainly not a month id class as winter and September seems to be on

    a border between Summer & Autumn nowadays.

    I think the seasons should be as follows:

    Jan - March: Winter

    April & May: Spring

    June - Mid September: Summer

    Mid September - Mid December: Autumn

    Mid December - Early Jan: Autumn/Winter Borderline

    Oops I messed myself up LOL.

    I class as below;

    Dec - Feb = Winter

    March - May = Spring

    June - August = Summer

    September - November = Autumn

    Although as has been suggested Spring and Autumn are transitionals and Winter and Summer are "extremes" - In theory!! And of course we have our stray autumns in summer and summer in winter etc etc.

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  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
    I don't get this thread at all. By calling a month a 'winter' month it doesn't mean it'll snow more!

    Yes. And it definately makes no difference to the south we get no snow full stop so its still spring to us :rolleyes:

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  • Location: Bangor, Down
  • Location: Bangor, Down
    Take this year for example, March was by far the snowiest month of the year

    March is the snowiest time of the year in other places, I remember reading that March is the snowiest month in New England, probably because it is a transitional period. Winter doesnt just mean snow.

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  • Location: Rossland BC Canada
  • Location: Rossland BC Canada

    Perhaps if January and February would co-operate and become winter months, then March could be asked in as well. :rolleyes:

    December has clearly been slacking off on the job, so time to give it the sack and bring in March instead.

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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion

    It's only meteorologists who don't class March as a winter month. Everyone else (well, everyone who matters) follows the astronomical definition which counts winter as running from winter solstice to spring equinox :drinks:

    (And yes, this also means September is a summer month :rolleyes: )

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  • Location: ipswich <east near the a14> east weather watch
  • Location: ipswich <east near the a14> east weather watch

    no our winters geting later now lol :rolleyes:

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  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Weather Preferences: Anything
  • Location: Ashford, Kent

    If you just accept the fact that it can snow in March and you can have summer heat in September then keep it like it is. By shifting everything back a month and assuming we would keep 3 months per season, that would make June a spring month and I can't buy into that theory I'm afraid.

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  • Location: New Ash green 150M / 500 FT
  • Location: New Ash green 150M / 500 FT
    So winter should be April May June? Haha!! or June July August!

    The way things are Currently Going the British Climate will be classed as -

    Jan - Feb Winter

    March - April - Spring

    May - October - Summer

    November - December Autumn-

    Steve

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Maybe in a few years it might be.

    Feb >> Winter

    March, April >> Spring

    May, June, July August, September, October >> Summer

    Nov, Dec, Jan >> Autumn

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    Posted
  • Location: Nuneaton,Warks. 128m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow then clear and frosty.
  • Location: Nuneaton,Warks. 128m asl

    I tend to agree with you Steve.The growing season is extending well into "Autumn" these days.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
    It's only meteorologists who don't class March as a winter month. Everyone else (well, everyone who matters) follows the astronomical definition which counts winter as running from winter solstice to spring equinox :drinks:

    (And yes, this also means September is a summer month :rolleyes: )

    The trouble with that Andy, is that the last third of March would then be a spring month.

    Another words, March would be be both a winter and a spring month

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    Posted
  • Location: Ponteland
  • Location: Ponteland

    Snow is probably at least as likely in March than December but I suppose with the lengthening days and stronger sunshine it is more than entitled to be called a spring month, certainly I find 21c much nicer in March than October even though the are at opposite sides of the winter solstice.

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    Posted
  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    A possible meteorological defintion of a winter month at least for the UK anyway, could be a month that is capable of producing a sub-zero CET. December, January and February have achieved this but March has never.

    Interestingly, if we measured the CET from winter solstice to spring equinox, then a winter like 1989-90 would have a CET over 7C

    Surely that's only a problem for recording the weather though? I've always followed the solstice-equinox (etc) theory for defining the seasons. But because that doesn't fit nicely into dedicated months it isn't used for meteorology. Which is fair enough as far as I'm concerned.

    Yes, it makes it awkward for doing the maths, also the dates of the solstices and equinoxes changes. Sometimes, its on the 21st, sometimes on the 22nd etc.

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    Posted
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Weather Preferences: Ample sunshine; Hot weather; Mixed winters with cold and mild spells
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
    The way things are Currently Going the British Climate will be classed as -

    Jan - Feb Winter

    March - April - Spring

    May - October - Summer

    November - December Autumn-

    Steve

    haha a 5 month summer- now that I'd enjoy! Of course I'd never call getting dark at 5pm in any way summer (i.e. October) even if its still in the high teens.

    The seasons are defined by two things

    1) By the position in our orbit around the Sun and thus day length & Sun height throughout that day.

    Using purely this scale you get (roughly):

    Spring: Feb-April

    Summer: May-July

    Autumn: August-Oct

    Winter: Nov-Jan

    2) By the prevailing weather conditions- affected by thermal lag so always behind 1). Using that a pure scale, like many of you are doing, would mean seasons changed every year and were dependant on your location.

    Add 1) + 2) and you get what we have now (meteologically speaking anyway). I find the astronomical definition hard to use as this makes 20th June still spring which it really isn't!

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