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December 1899: Cold And Wintry At Times


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

December 1899 was an interesting month with a battle for a good portion of the month between a Scandinavian block and Atlantic systems trying to push in for the west.

10th December


12th December


15th December


17th December


23rd December


The Scandi block became a Greenland one at the end of the month


The CET for the month was 2.2C

Snow fell frequently during the month often as frontal snow as they came up against the Scandinavian block.

Some reports

10th December

Knaresborough: 4 inches deep snow

Reigate: 10th-12th December, snow daily

Horncastle: 10th-13th December, snow daily

Hodscok Priory: 10th-14th December, snow daily

11th December

Wallington: 1 inch deep snow and laid for several days

Sheppey: 4 hours of snow

Chester: 5 inches of snow

Broughton-in-Furness: 4 inches of snow

Cheltenham: 3 inches of snow

12th December

Swerford: 4 inches of snow

Bishop's Cannings: 4 inches of snow

Linlithgow: 5 inches of snow

13th December

Coventry: 5 inches of snow

Oxford: 2 and a half inches of snow

19th December

Shrewsbury: 4 inches of snow

23rd-27th December

Loch Ness: snow daily

24th-28th December: Nairn, snow daily

The mid part of December saw some low minima

14th December

-16.1C: Abergwesyn

-14.4C: Hodsock Priory

-13.9C: The Clive Vicarage

-12.8C: Newbury

15th December

-17.8C: Clunsbury

-16.1C: Coupar Angus

-15.6C: Leominister

16th December

-15.6C: Goldsborough Hall

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

Certainly an interesting month with quite 'unusual' cold synoptics of very different degrees - like the way low pressure squeezed heights both to our SW and NE - proper cold zonality at work.

Can't recall many months with similiar synoptics.

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  • Location: G.Manchester
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Looking at the synoptics for that month I'm surprised it didn't come in colder than 2.2c. Of course very cold for December in any sense of the imagination but surprisingly high.

Looking at the pressure patterns alone I would have guessed closer to 1.0c.

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