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December 1996 cold and wintry


damianslaw

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

I was thinking back to Decembers that saw a fight between Atlantic and continental blocking. 1996 was a month when this happened. First third saw swings in temperature, some cold snowy weather at times, then brief milder wet spells, whilst all the while heights were held strong to our NE. In the run up to Christmas we saw the block to the NE build stronger and by Christmas itself winds were in from the east. The last week was very cold with hard frosts and heavy snow showers.

One of those months often forgotten about, probably because it came on the back of a colder December. The cold in 1996 wasn't especially severe, and away from east snowfall wasn't especially troublesome, but it was a good wintry month, with alot of fog I remember. 

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

I don't remember much lowland snow in early December 1996, there was some very marginal stuff in the north on the 3rd/4th and then it was mainly dry, cloudy and anticyclonic for a week.  After a week of easterlies and a wintry mix of showers at times leading up to Christmas, I remember it turning snowy after Christmas, with a frontal snowfall for many on Boxing Day and into the 27th, and then widespread snow showers from a more potent easterly on the 30th and 31st.

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  • Location: Canmore, AB 4296ft|North Kent 350ft|Killearn 330ft
  • Location: Canmore, AB 4296ft|North Kent 350ft|Killearn 330ft

I remember Dec ‘96 and there being a few ice days on the north downs and some good snow. After the cold and snow of ‘87 and ‘91 I think it didn’t really raise any eyebrows at the time. But if we had that now .....

I also think the following month was one of the driest on records 

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  • Location: Home: Chingford, London (NE). Work: London (C)
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: cold and snowy. Summer: hot and sunny
  • Location: Home: Chingford, London (NE). Work: London (C)

December 96 had a very cold end to the month which spilled over into the first few days of 97. 
 

Some weather forecasts from that time:

 

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
12 hours ago, Weather-history said:

Despite the cold, it wasn't really a snowy December, infact the season wasn't snowy, November, December and January saw snow but from mid January until just after the May Day Bank Holiday, it was snowless. 

Yes, more cold and frosty than snowy, and things broke mid January with little cold weather thereafter. 

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  • Location: Medlock Valley, Oldham, 103 metres/337 feet ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Cold, snow, thunderstorms, warm summers not too hot.
  • Location: Medlock Valley, Oldham, 103 metres/337 feet ASL

I remember the month for all the wrong reasons as it was a relative's funeral on New Year's Eve. We struggled to get there as there was a lot of snow round here. Remember it taking a while to get the car out of the drive. Typical to happen on a day like that but we got there in the end. Got to Salford and there was practically no snow over there.

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

Aye, remember it, snowy spell, and snow all day on 1 Jan '07, not had snow on new years day since this, find early Jan is normally milder than Dec

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
1 hour ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

Aye, remember it, snowy spell, and snow all day on 1 Jan '07, not had snow on new years day since this, find early Jan is normally milder than Dec

We've had quite a few cold New Years Day's:

2002 - no snow but an ice day with ice everywhere after snowfall late December

2003 - we had some snow in Newcastle, didn't really settle

2004 - wintry showers

2009 - cold and icy but of snow on the ground in Newcastle

2010 - snow on the ground and snow fell, I was in Essex

Absolutely nothing since, long overdue a cold / and or snowy New Year.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
8 hours ago, damianslaw said:

We've had quite a few cold New Years Day's:

2002 - no snow but an ice day with ice everywhere after snowfall late December

2003 - we had some snow in Newcastle, didn't really settle

2004 - wintry showers

2009 - cold and icy but of snow on the ground in Newcastle

2010 - snow on the ground and snow fell, I was in Essex

Absolutely nothing since, long overdue a cold / and or snowy New Year.

Snow on the ground day here New Year's Day 2002, beautful rime on trees on 2009, previous to that 1997 and 1994. They have been the whitest New Year's

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
14 hours ago, Weather-history said:

Snow on the ground day here New Year's Day 2002, beautful rime on trees on 2009, previous to that 1997 and 1994. They have been the whitest New Year's

New Year's Day 1994 or 1995, I don't remember any snow 1994. 1995 though we had a cold arctic blast and snow showers.

New Year's Day 1997 was bitterly cold, heavy snow showers New Year's Eve.

Interestingly we have cold christmas-new year weeks in clusters, two's and threes:

1992 and 1993 (cold and frosty in 1992, snowy and cold 1993 but shorter lived)

1995 and 1996 

2000 and 2001

2008, 2009 and to an extent 2010

Nothing since!

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
18 hours ago, damianslaw said:

New Year's Day 1994 or 1995, I don't remember any snow 1994. 1995 though we had a cold arctic blast and snow showers.

 

Could add New Year's Eve 1993 into the unexpected snow list. Cluster of showers gave snow moved through that evening and we had a white start to 1994. 

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