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The cold wintry spell of late February 1948


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    The winter of 1947-48 had been largely wet and mild with a CET of 5.1

    During the second half of February 1948, there was a notable wintry spell as a Scandinavian high developed and pulled in a very cold easterly flow across many parts.

    Chart for 13th February


    The chart for the 19th


    A very cold pool moved across many southern parts bringing sub zero maxima, heavy snowfalls and blizzards.


    The month ended on a milder note as the winds became southerly.

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  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m
  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m
    I've written a short article about what happen during February 1948, that was a mild and wet winter but even so a Scandi high still developed and gave a potent short cold spell.


    Hi Mr Data

    This a paragraph from one of the most detailed Weather Books ever written its called London Weather by JH Brazell so being a Southerner its of most interest to me (Bought from London Weather Centre Holburn 30 years ago. )_I love the North I really do.

    February 1948. Heavy snow ,with much drifting,fell in the London area during 20-22 February. Biggin Hill had 14in(35cm)of snow Wilmington (Kent) over 11 in and Croydon

    10 in and there were drifts of 3-4 ft in Hampstead. This snow-storm was comparable with any experienced during the severe winter of 1946/47.

    The temps stayed below max of 2c from 20th Feb to 25th ;)

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