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Winter 1828-29


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Winter 1828-29 was a peculiar winter with a very mild December, a notably cold January and a fairly average


    December 1828: 7.4 (+4.2)

    January 1829: 0.3 (-2.2)

    February 1829: 4.3 (+0.2)

    December 1828 is the 7th mildest December ever recorded. The period 4th-24th December was exceptionally mild: 9.0C

    January 1829 is joint 27th coldest ever recorded. The period 16th-25th January average: -2.9

    The drop in CET between December and January is the largest ever recorded

    December 1828 was wet whilst January and February were pretty dry.

    The modern day equivalent of this winter would be 1986-87.

    "The weather during the last two or three days has been mild to an extraordinary degree in this neighbourhood. On Monday, the thermometer stood, at one period, as high as 56F, this may be considered as remarkable, when, as has been stated to us be the case, it is on record that during the "dog days", last summer, it stood as low as 45F.

    Flies are still commonly observed in most houses and yesterday we actually saw a wasp that had crept forth from its winter retreat and was essaying to poise itslef on its "gauzy pinions"

    Public Ledger 26th December

    "The weather here still continues unprecedently fine for the season. We have not yet experienced any of the usual concominants of winter; the Cambrian hills have exhibited some hail this week and the winds have been and still continue bisterous but in other respects it is spring; the fields retain their verdure and cattle lack no fod in the pastures. This is an important, as from the immense destruction by the floods of last summer in the hay and other crops, great apprehension was entertained of a scarcity in the article of fodder, which, providentally, is much lower than usual at this time of year.

    Chester Chronicle 17th December

    "After an autumn almost unprecedened for a long season of fine clear and dry weather, we have for several weeks past had a continuance of cloudy and wet weather, with high winds, but little or no frost. The absence of the latter has produced a kind of second spring with some kind of plants, amongst others, the furze upon the fells is in several places covered with yellow bloom."

    Newcastle Chronicle 25th December

    "The farmers are present mild weather, as the insects and particularly the slugs, are getting numerous and strong. The slugs are attacking and injuring the young shoots of wheat. Frost is anxiously looked for to destroy these active enemies of plants in their young state."

    Public Ledger 2nd January

    Temperatures at Stratford. east London

    December January

    1. 41f, 28f 48f, 35f

    2. 42f, 32f 43f, 32f

    3. 50f, 46f 42f, 34f

    4. 54f, 49f 35f, 32f

    5. 54f, 34f 37f, 27f

    6. 57f, 40f 36f, 30f

    7. 45f, 39f 40f, 32f

    8. 47f, 34f 34f, 32f

    9. 44f, 37f 38f, 33f

    10. 50f, 49f 41f, 30f

    11. 50f, 47f 38f, 32f

    12. 53f, 48f 38f, 31f

    13. 54f, 47f 38f, 33f

    14. 50f, 38f 40f, 37f

    15. 49f, 40f 40f, 34f

    16. 52f, 50f 34f, 30f

    17. 56f, 50f 35f, 28f

    18. 65f? 41f 36f, 18f

    19. 51f, 46f 32f, 20f

    20. 52f, 49f 31f, 24f

    21. 51f, 40f 31f, 22f

    22. 55f, 48f 31f, 24f

    23. 52f, 43f 24f, 18f

    24. 52f, 42f 23f, 18f

    25. 45f, 27f 33f, 20f

    26. 43f, 31f 45f, 38f

    27. 48f, 36f 42f, 33f

    28. 45f, 37f 41f, 30f

    29. 39f, 33f 40f, 31f

    30. 45f, 39f 40f, 35f

    31. 48f, 37f 38f, 28f

    Weather observations


    1st Cloudy

    2-5th: Fine

    6th Fine, rainy night

    7th Fine

    8th Rainy

    9-12th: Fine

    13th Cloudy

    14-15th Fine

    16th Fine day, rainy night

    17th Cloudy, very boisterous night with rain

    18th A stormy shower about 11am

    19th Fair but bositerous

    20th Overcast, windy

    21st Fine

    22nd-24th Drizzling morning, fine day.

    25-27th Fine

    28th Overcast, rainy pm

    29th Cloudy and fine

    30th Fine

    31st Drizzly


    1st Cloudy and fine

    2nd Fine

    3rd Fine day, boisterous night

    4th Stormy morning, a sharp flash of lightning about 2.30pm, followed by loud thunder and very large hail nearly sufficent to cover the ground.

    5th Fine, a little snow pm

    6-7th Fine

    8th Some snow

    9-12th Overcast

    13th Gloomy cold

    14th Snowy am, fair pm

    15-16th Gloomy

    17th Fine

    18-19th Hoar frost

    20th Fine some evening snow

    21st Snowy

    22nd, Fine piercing cold wind

    23rd-24th Snowy

    25th Overcast am, clear pm

    26th A gradual thaw began am

    27th Overcast foggy

    28th Cloudy

    29th Fine day after a foggy morning

    30th-31st Fine

    Yarmouth: It blew a heavy gale last night from the east, which, though rather abted, has continued all day, with incessant snow showers.

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