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  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme winter cold,heavy bowing snow,freezing fog.Summer 2012
  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
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  • Location: Sunderland
  • Weather Preferences: Hot Summer, Snowy winter and thunderstorms all year round!
  • Location: Sunderland

Good post PC, I read about this a few years ago whilst living stateside (and we moan about our cold snaps!)

here's a link to explain the meteorological set up for this event...

http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather///ev...uddenchange.htm

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  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme winter cold,heavy bowing snow,freezing fog.Summer 2012
  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
Amazing read,what would have caused this?
Good post PC, I read about this a few years ago whilst living stateside (and we moan about our cold snaps!)

here's a link to explain the meteorological set up for this event...

http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather///ev...uddenchange.htm

Thanks for that ajpoolshark,

More good information in there on that amazing event. It must have been a truly terrifying experience for the folk caught up in that storm, today, one could only compare it to being locked in to an industrial deep freeze without warm clothing and a wind turbine turned on to full. :)

Paul

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.

Excellent reads there from Paul's article and the back up from ajpoolshark, must admit I'd not heard of this event before.

It certainly puts our cold fronts into perspective, I'd think it was quite exciting if the temperature fell from +5c to -3c during the passage of a front, let alone the huge temperature drops experienced during that event.

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  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
  • Weather Preferences: Hot & Sunny, Cold & Snowy
  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......

When you read the reports of the old 'mega fauna' that was effectively 'freezedried' during the last stages of our last ice age (Wooly Mamouths with buttercups still in there mouths etc.) it makes you wonder just how extreme exchanges of airmasses can be during phases of rapid climate shift.

If tropical airs can rapidly ascend into the arctic then the arctic airs (-30c and more) surely must be rapidly displaced south without much environmental modification taking place on their travels.

If the cold front was travelling at 60 or 70 mph then you can work out how many hours it would take , as the crow flies, to make it from 70 degrees north to 50 degrees north. If some of the travel was 'overnight' (around the winter solstice, as reported) then even less 'modification would take place as it travelled.

Will we soon see such rapid exchanges of air mass taking place?

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
Will we soon see such rapid exchanges of air mass taking place?

If we do it will certainly reduce the Slug and Snail population; one minute all out and about happily munching, the next, frozen solid.

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