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The Times: The cold snowy December of 1950


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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

    Thanks Mr data another superb piece of weather archive. Keep them coming.

    Reading it, it really does seem a very different age. I work in Sunderland and to hear mention of colliers and how work could not progress due to conditions shows that things must have been preety bad in the city.

    Also to see the forecast mention 'industrial' midlands, again is very reflective of its age.

    The best though is the outlook which just says similiar! Oh to have a month on a par like that again... will we ever see...

    Our coldest spells are now hyped up so much in the media, that should such conditions surface here again, gosh the media would have to invent a new set of vocabulary, they use words such as freezing and arctic to describe a day of 0 degrees maximum and 3 inches of snow, what could they use for 8ft drifts and 1 foot level snow and sub zero maxima for days on end.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    My first term at Grammar School, we had to walk to school on 3 days in December, and most of the form Christmas parties were suspended as it meant most pupils would have to walk home in the evening.

    From memory I think the snow lasted about 1 week but am not sure.

    about 4 or 5 inches, certainly above shoe tops I recall!

    That is on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, no idea about anywhere else.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    It was a pretty snowy month for Manchester, 15cm of snow fell on the 4th December, another 18cm on the 14th and a further 15cm on the 30th.

    Manchester

    Mean Max: 3.2

    Mean Min: -2.6

    London Heathrow

    Mean Max: 3.7

    Mean Min: -0.6

    Air frosts: 17

    Days with falling sleet/snow: 13

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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
    My first term at Grammar School
    Was that your first teaching job, or just your first teaching job at a Grammar School?

    Good to see Kirkby Stephen get a mention in the first article.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

    Just had to take a look at the synoptics of this month. Mouth watering!

    Only a couple of days (10-11th) appear to be what you could class mild. Outside of these days it was cold all the way. The first 9 days being dominated by polar maritime and then artic maritime air. Mid month again saw polar air and associated low pressure. The last 8 days or so saw easterly/north easterly.

    What wonderful synoptics, I would say even better than 1981!

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    looking at the data for Finningley:

    there was snow on 11 days and it lay for 8; mean temp=1.3C the second lowest ever in its records from 1943-1995, only 1981 was colder at -0.5C

    so yet another cold month I lived through.

    1943, 47, 56, 63, 86/7, 81, etc, how many more?

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  • Location: s yorks
  • Weather Preferences: c'mon thunder
  • Location: s yorks

    Thanks for the feature Mr D :)

    The Azores high ridged to join a "non-existent-these-days" High over Newfoundland and turn the Atlantic into a mill pond - 15th DEC 1950

    that cyclogenesis business-thingy eventually played its part but it looks like anticyclones never totally retreated south until mid Jan following.

    (NAO`s were -1.26 (nov) and -1.02 (dec), turning + for the following Jan & feb months of the new year)

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