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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
    Couple questions, see if anyone can produce the goodies for me?!

    When was the last time -15 850 air was over the south of the UK? (Jan 87??)

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    Whats the lowest 850 air recorded over the mainland UK since 1945 say?

    Well, this was the situation on 12th January 1987 with -18c temps at 850hPa over the SE & East Anglia.

    Rrea00219870112.gif

    Unfortunately Wetterzentrale's archives don't go back further than 1948 so I don't know how that compares with 1947.

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  • Location: Shoeburyness, Essex - 6.2m asl
  • Location: Shoeburyness, Essex - 6.2m asl

    I remember the 1987 winter being exceptionally cold here, but how would the winter of 1962/63 compare with that, Essan? I can't remember the dates but I think it was February some time. It was so frigid the Thames froze close to the beach at Southend. I remember it vividly, as my dad was a news cameraman and he got me and my brothers to clamber over the ice mounds and play in the snow drifts on the beach.

    Ahhh, those were the days... :lol:

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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
    I remember the 1987 winter being exceptionally cold here, but how would the winter of 1962/63 compare with that, Essan? I can't remember the dates but I think it was February some time. It was so frigid the Thames froze close to the beach at Southend. I remember it vividly, as my dad was a news cameraman and he got me and my brothers to clamber over the ice mounds and play in the snow drifts on the beach.

    Ahhh, those were the days... :lol:

    With '63 it was more the duration rather than intensity of the cold - so far as I can see 850hPa temps never fell much below -10c

    There were also -16c temps in East Anglia on 1st Jan 1979

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  • Location: Cambridge (term time) and Bonn, Germany 170m (holidays)
  • Location: Cambridge (term time) and Bonn, Germany 170m (holidays)

    Believe it or not there was a more recent event than '87 which saw bitter 850s. 7th February 1991 saw 850 temps of -16 very widespread. I think this is probably the most recent, although not definitely... I'm sure Mr Data can help here. :lol:

    http://www.wetterzentrale.de/archive/ra/19...00219910207.gif

    http://www.wetterzentrale.de/archive/ra/19...00119910207.gif

    Quite impressive and often forgotten.

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  • Location: Shrewsbury
  • Location: Shrewsbury

    On 7th of Feb 1991 the whole of Britain south of a line from the Mersey to Humber was under sub -15C 850 air, except for the extreme SW which was very close.

    Seems to have got very near -15 in mid Feb 1994, late Jan 1996 and around New Year 1997, I expect it was locally reached in these cases.

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