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  • Location: New Ash green 150M / 500 FT
  • Location: New Ash green 150M / 500 FT

    So its quiet-

    I thought id update the universal snow scale ( currently considering entry to wiki :) ....)

     

    0- Nothing / Nada / just curtain dust + flies around the outside light

    NA
    1- Odd pellet here & there- however we can mentally confirm there are 'flakes'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKyq5b9QCSU
    2- visible light snow falling- not visible to the lampost yet ( unless you stand underneath & obscure the light)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnaHFK1BtEk
    3- flurry level- makes light blue on the radar & a few flakes seen across the lamppost

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0djWoGH9M
    4- we can confirm snow falling without staring at the light- Can confirm to friends & loved ones its snowing via text etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njwf5MGpjkk
    5- Status 2- moderate flurry, its fine snow at the moment still- it looks quite hard in terms of snow falling however its not amounting to anything

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlSFCEz8P24
    6- proper flakes falling- you will see them now- the odd bigger flake mixed in with the moderate fine snow

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNk8kYZ7-8
    7- transition to normal flakes all complete- moderate snow outside

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIlKVz5pD_Q
    8- 20p flakes going at a steady pace now- accumulating around 0.5cm - 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LofytcUcM-I
    9- heavy 20p Snow - visibly accumulating + 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OV16a63RrY
    10- entry level heavy snow arriving- 50p flakes fluttering in the 20p flakes.. awaiting the beast...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8lP29XsIMU
    11- 50p flakes nearly transitioned over- we can call it heavy settling snow 2cm ++ per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0RDmR6gpU
    12- Very heavy snow inch per hour all 50p flakes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-K2Be9tbgw
    13- Blizzard- combined with +40 MPH wind-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCyVsWazg6U

     

    regards

    S
     

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  • Location: Chessington, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Hot and Sunny but not opressive
  • Location: Chessington, Surrey

    Thanks Steve really enjoyed watching those videos . I remember when we had a red alert a few years ago for London I forget which year.(does anybody remember) Although I was slightly disappointed overall it did contain for a few mins the most heaviest snow I have ever seen . It was like a wall of white . Everybody just stopped and were shocked.

    Was 12 on the scale as had no strong winds.

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  • Location: Coulsdon, Surrey
  • Location: Coulsdon, Surrey

    Thanks Steve really enjoyed watching those videos . I remember when we had a red alert a few years ago for London I forget which year.(does anybody remember) Although I was slightly disappointed overall it did contain for a few mins the most heaviest snow I have ever seen . It was like a wall of white . Everybody just stopped and were shocked.

    Was 12 on the scale as had no strong winds.

    Feb 2009

    Got 17" that night

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  • Location: Medway - 125m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Hot summers, snowy winters and thunderstorms!
  • Location: Medway - 125m ASL

    So its quiet-

    I thought id update the universal snow scale ( currently considering entry to wiki :) ....)

     

    0- Nothing / Nada / just curtain dust + flies around the outside light

    NA

    1- Odd pellet here & there- however we can mentally confirm there are 'flakes'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKyq5b9QCSU

    2- visible light snow falling- not visible to the lampost yet ( unless you stand underneath & obscure the light)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnaHFK1BtEk

    3- flurry level- makes light blue on the radar & a few flakes seen across the lamppost

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0djWoGH9M

    4- we can confirm snow falling without staring at the light- Can confirm to friends & loved ones its snowing via text etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njwf5MGpjkk

    5- Status 2- moderate flurry, its fine snow at the moment still- it looks quite hard in terms of snow falling however its not amounting to anything

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlSFCEz8P24

    6- proper flakes falling- you will see them now- the odd bigger flake mixed in with the moderate fine snow

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNk8kYZ7-8

    7- transition to normal flakes all complete- moderate snow outside

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIlKVz5pD_Q

    8- 20p flakes going at a steady pace now- accumulating around 0.5cm - 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LofytcUcM-I

    9- heavy 20p Snow - visibly accumulating + 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OV16a63RrY

    10- entry level heavy snow arriving- 50p flakes fluttering in the 20p flakes.. awaiting the beast...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8lP29XsIMU

    11- 50p flakes nearly transitioned over- we can call it heavy settling snow 2cm ++ per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0RDmR6gpU

    12- Very heavy snow inch per hour all 50p flakes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-K2Be9tbgw

    13- Blizzard- combined with +40 MPH wind-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCyVsWazg6U

     

    regards

    S

     

     

    This so needs to be stickied for reference!

     

    I have never seen the elusive Level 13 here in the UK, a level 12 just about though.

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    Experienced a 12 myself in Jan 13.

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

    I've been out in all conditions in the Mountains, But many a winter there has been blizzard conditions here akin to no'13. 

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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

    I've seen 13 a few times here. Feb' 1979; April 1981 Dec 1990 and March 2013 all spring to mind.

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  • Location: Rothienorman 130m asl
  • Weather Preferences: SNAW
  • Location: Rothienorman 130m asl

    Great post as ever Steve....feb 91...and march 2013 for me were defo 13 on the scale....2013 lasted 3 days solid of blizzards with a howling wind...can only hope for more of the same this winter...


    So its quiet-

    I thought id update the universal snow scale ( currently considering entry to wiki :) ....)

     

    0- Nothing / Nada / just curtain dust + flies around the outside light

    NA
    1- Odd pellet here & there- however we can mentally confirm there are 'flakes'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKyq5b9QCSU
    2- visible light snow falling- not visible to the lampost yet ( unless you stand underneath & obscure the light)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnaHFK1BtEk
    3- flurry level- makes light blue on the radar & a few flakes seen across the lamppost

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0djWoGH9M
    4- we can confirm snow falling without staring at the light- Can confirm to friends & loved ones its snowing via text etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njwf5MGpjkk
    5- Status 2- moderate flurry, its fine snow at the moment still- it looks quite hard in terms of snow falling however its not amounting to anything

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlSFCEz8P24
    6- proper flakes falling- you will see them now- the odd bigger flake mixed in with the moderate fine snow

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNk8kYZ7-8
    7- transition to normal flakes all complete- moderate snow outside

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIlKVz5pD_Q
    8- 20p flakes going at a steady pace now- accumulating around 0.5cm - 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LofytcUcM-I
    9- heavy 20p Snow - visibly accumulating + 1cm per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OV16a63RrY
    10- entry level heavy snow arriving- 50p flakes fluttering in the 20p flakes.. awaiting the beast...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8lP29XsIMU
    11- 50p flakes nearly transitioned over- we can call it heavy settling snow 2cm ++ per hour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0RDmR6gpU
    12- Very heavy snow inch per hour all 50p flakes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-K2Be9tbgw
    13- Blizzard- combined with +40 MPH wind-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCyVsWazg6U

     

    regards

    S
     

    And how many of us only looked at videos 10,11,12 and 13??

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  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)
  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)

    Nice scale Steve, one point some of the worst (best) snowfalls I have witnessed have consisted of fairly small (no larger than 20p perhaps) flakes coming down very thickly and accumulating rather rapidly, so where would such a fall fit within the scale? An example being January 1987 - the snow was heavy and drifting and so fine it was able to penetrate small openings, I spent much time attempting to clear it from inside our kitchen as it was blowing through a narrow crack in the back door at our Coventry home and piling up alarmingly!

    Large 50p + flakes are of the wet variety in marginal situations and I agree do accumulate most quickly, I saw over 3 inches deposited in one hour in Winter 1979 while stood at the bus stop!

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  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
  • Weather Preferences: obviously snow!
  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl

    entry 8-10 I have had, but would take entry 1, not seen much snow at all since Mar '13, 11th Feb '14 I would say entry 7, and 30st Jan '14 entry 2

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  • Location: Bedworth, North Warwickshire 404ft above sea level
  • Location: Bedworth, North Warwickshire 404ft above sea level

    Just made me go on an epic trawl through the snow videos from 2010 and 2013 (much better winter here, as we got over a foot of snow for once!)

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  • Location: swanley nw kent
  • Location: swanley nw kent

    Apart from entry 12, if we have a snow event during day light hours i do like entry 2 when you see them large fluffy flakes blowing randomly in the wind before the main event 

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  • Location: Broadmayne, West Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: Snowfall in particular but most aspects of weather, hate hot and humid.
  • Location: Broadmayne, West Dorset

    This is a brilliant guide Steve.

     

    Having worked outside most of my working life since 1976 I thin k I have been out and about in most of the levels on the guide.

    Proud to say I have been witness to level 13 snow on the night of 18th/19th February 1978 down here in Dorset in the great Southwest Blizzard.

     

    Another incident I remember vividly which would probably count as level 12 and that was the start of  a Blizzard on sunday 13th December 1981 when I watched a vast curtain of white advance across Poole harbour from the Purbeck hills looking not unlike some of those amazing shots from the recent Buffalo lake effect storms, once it reached me at Broadstone it pelted down with 50p flakes that covered the ground and everything else in less than a minute.

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  • Location: Birmingham (Solihull), West Midlands
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, thunder, hail & heavy snow
  • Location: Birmingham (Solihull), West Midlands

    Sorry for bumping an old topic, but considering the time of year it is, was happy to bring it back up. Some good work on that snow scale.

    Last weekend, for example, when that Northerly occured with a early morning snowfall on Saturday morning, would say that was akin to about 7 or 8 on that scale. Was hard to completely judge, though, as the snow was quite wet and the nearby streetlights didn't show up the snowflakes properly (but still enough to tell it was snow and that it was quite heavy). But some of the snowflakes that landed on my arm when I stuck it out the window to catch the snow were of a 20p size. Managed to get a bit of a covering, too, within about 30 minutes or so, even though the snow melted quite quickly afterwards. And was mostly gone once signs of daylight started to break through.

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  • Location: Austevoll Kommune North of 60 deg N
  • Weather Preferences: Cold with a metre of lying snow
  • Location: Austevoll Kommune North of 60 deg N

    Some of the vids have been removed from you tube so you might like to revamp? 29/11/15

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