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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    October 1888 was very unusual, it start of with record breaking minima with lying snow in places and ended with record breaking maxima.

    2nd October: -4.9C (23.2F) at Stapleton (North Yorks.)

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    27th October : 20.3C (68.5F) at Old Street , London (The record maximum for that date until 2005)

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    Here are some reports from this October

    1st: Otterburn-in Craven: Snow from 9 to 12 o'clock; Thixendale: Fall of snow; Shap: Heavy fall of snow; Llanwrtyd Wells: Snow at night; Llanidloes: About 4 inches of snow fell at night

    2nd: Snow 2 inches deep on the hills

    3rd: Rochester: Ice, 0.25" thick, a most unusual occurrence; Berkampstead: The havoc made in the garden by this frost was extraordinary, a large walnut tree had every leaf destroyed and every walnut on it frozen through; Thixendale: Ice 0.5" thick

    4th: Drumnadroicht: Snow on low ground

    Littlehampton: The sharpest frosts ever registered in October occurred at the beginning of the month, but vegetation recovered wonderfully, heliotrope, mignonette, pomegranate and myrtle being in full bloom.

    Oxford: A ridiculous month beginning with snow and frost and ending with a temp. of 67F on 27th.

    Hitchen: On the 27th, the max temp was 68.0F, snow on the 2nd

    Addington: Perhaps one of the most remarkable Octobers on record for number of frosty nights (17). The min. temps were exceptionally low for the first three weeks, and as remarkably high during the remainder of the month.

    Woolstaston: Snow on the 1st

    Orleton: Snow covered the land two inches deep. At 9am on the 24th, the shade temp was 33F and at 9am on the 25th, it was 56F

    Manchester: October began with a wintry aspect and there were several frosty nights and some slight falls of snow

    Cargen: Mean temp of first week: 40.7F, mean temp of the last week: 52.7F Snow on the 1st and 4th

    Oban: Snow on the hills on the 1st that lasted to the 7th

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    6. 5.0

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    10. 5.7

    11. 6.0

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    17. 6.5

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    25. 6.7

    26. 7.0

    27. 7.4

    28. 7.7

    29. 7.8

    30. 7.9

    31. 7.9

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  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and heatwave
  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
    October 1888 was very unusual, it start of with record breaking minima with lying snow in places and ended with record breaking maxima.

    2nd October: -4.9C (23.2F) at Stapleton (North Yorks.)

    27th October : 20.3C (68.5F) at Old Street , London (The record maximum for that date until 2005)

    A bit before my time

    October 1985 I remember as being warm based on being a new student to Portsmouth Poly and walking around in tee shirts, which appeared to be for the whole month, any evidence to back that up?

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    From A. Rawson of Fallbarrow, Bowness, Windermere

    "I am writing a line to say we have a heavy fall of snow this morning, after a lovely September. Everything is covered and it must be deep on the hills. Of course it is melting fast but we had ice and the thermometer at 30F this morning. I don't remember so much at so early a date since I kept a record."

    From G. F. Pearson, Kington, Herefordshire

    "This very unusual season has now presented us with another phenomenon. Last night (1st to 2nd) we had a heavy snow storm, commencing at 10pm, without wind, falling level as near as possible, four inches deep at 7am and I have recorded 0.31 inch, carefully melted and measure in the gauge. The storm has been succeeded by the most lovely bright sunshine this morning but now at 11am the snow is only partially melted."

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