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Did anyone see that documentry of "snow - exploring the magic behind snow" BBC2 - very interesting and informative with images of 1963 - Apparently we can call it a white Christmas even if it is a single flake of snow falling even if it melts and hits the ground according to Susan Powell.

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Was that the same one as was shown on BBC4 a while ago? I gave that documentary a lot of praise.

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Does sleet on the Weather Centre roof count, John?

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts
  • Weather Preferences: Rain/snow, fog, gales and cold in every season
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts
    Only saw the last 2/3 of it,great to see the snowfall of June 2nd 1975. :D

    Yes, I remember it well, although Dickie Bird's assertion of 6 inches of snow on the cricket pitch at Buxton was an exaggeration to put it mildly. 4cm would be nearer the mark.

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  • Location: St. Albans, Herts
  • Location: St. Albans, Herts

    What a fantastic program that was (as have all three been).....I actually watched it with my 3 1/2 year old who thought it was great (I fast forwarded over the death from avalanche bits!). We both loved watching them growing snow (what a great way to make a living).

    Also nice to see my old town of Lewes, and especially Cliffe, getting a mention again, even if it was for yet more meteorological disaster. Incidentally, when I first moved to Cliffe I wondered why the pub was called the Snow Drop.... and yes, it's because of the avalanche! :rolleyes:

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  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
  • Location: Longden, Shropshire

    Rather annoyingly, I only managed to catch the very end :rolleyes: Sounds like it was good.

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  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK
  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK
    Does sleet on the Weather Centre roof count, John?

    Theoretically yes, Pete. Sleet is just rain and snow combined.

    And I can't believe that I missed the show again! I think it was on BBC4 only recently and I still missed that.

    Oh well, back to the Iplayer... Don't like to use it as it makes my pc go crazy, as does the Channel 4OD service.

    Phil.

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    Interesting to note that most of our rain starts off as snow, come to think of it, if we were elevated to circa 7,000 feet, the majority of the precipitation would be snow, which brings me onto the the last ice age - what was the thickness of the ice then?

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)

    Yes, watched that prog. and relished it :bomb:

    I can just, only just mind you, recall the winter of

    1963.

    I remember well the unusual snowfall in June 75 they talked of.

    Unless I missed a bit .. I thought the only thing the docu'

    lacked was seeing footage of very big flakes falling from

    the sky. I think that's the most beautiful sight .

    This winter I had the pleasure of a few mins of pretty big

    flakes floating gently down. Magical. :wub:

    BL

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  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.
  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.

    The super cooled raindrops at well below freezing was very interesting aswell,then when mixed with dust or pollen freezes quickly and that forms snowflakes.

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
    A good programme.

    I am suprised slightly that Philip Eden went for winter 1962-3 when the winter for snow was 1946-7. That would have been a better choice as the snow had a huge impact

    1962-63 was the winter that Philip Eden grew up in so that might have influenced his choice.

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