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27th September 1995: snow on Great Dun Fell


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

    September 1995 was very much an outlier in terms of the prevailing very dry, sunny anticyclonic conditions of the March - November 1995 period. It was a very wet month especially in NE parts, and very cyclonic. I remember it being quite a shock after the hot bone dry August. I don't remember how chilly it was, but it was never particularly mild. NW airstreams by late September can certainly deliver wintry showers to higher ground in the north.

     

    No sooner had it come to an end, the warm dry anticylonic conditions came back to greet October, and I remember October 1995 as a very pleasant month overall, with lots of dry warm sunny weather.  November 1995 was also in the main preety mild and never particularly unsettled.

     

    Wasn't 1995 quite a busy year in terms of hurricanes? I suspect the jet was quite southerly in September and these storms became trapped in it, on a crash course for the UK.

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

    September 1995 was the fourth very wet September in a row in Tyneside, although unlike in 1992-1994 (which were dull and cool), sunshine and temperatures were close to average as there were some fine spells mid to late month.  I actually remember watching that particular BBC forecast with its picture of snowy fields at the beginning, talking of a taste of winter on the high ground. The night of the 27th/28th was unusually cold in most northern and central parts of the country.  My first day at secondary school (7th) was a washout, easily Tyneside's wettest day of the month.

     

    November 1995 had some exceptionally wet weather in certain areas of the country, in south-west England in the second week, and then in parts of SE Scotland and NE England around midmonth.  The 16th/17th then had a northerly blast with snow, sleet and hail showers accompanied by thunder down the eastern side of England.  In Cleadon there was about an inch of snow cover on the morning of the 17th and some of it was still lying on the morning of the 18th.  However, some parts of the country (NW England being among them) had another dry month.  October on the other hand was a warm dry sunny month almost everywhere, except in western Scotland, where it was very wet, but with close to average sunshine.  The particularly fine spell around the 8th, with sunshine and temperatures into the low to mid 20s, could be termed an Indian summer for many, in view of the frosts near the end of September.

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