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  • Location: London
  • Location: London

Seeing as we have one for the 80s and 90s, we might as well jump right in with the 2000s.

Best year? 2009 for having the best snowfall for years In then February, a warm sunny June, and a cold frosty Christmas period.

It does fall down a bit because it had a poor July with lots of dull and wet weather. However the spring was fairly pleasant with a mix of warm and cooler days. August was a bit on the dull side.

Best summer? Definitely 2003, with long sunny hot periods between June and August. 2006 comes second but had a poor august.

Worst year? 2008 has nothing redeemable about it, as it was a continuation of the poor summers of those late 2000s years, but the start of the colder winters. The summer was very poor.

Was out of the U.K. for the whole of 2000 and until late March 2001.

Best winter? 2008/09.

2005/06 was cold, but lack any real snowy periods where I was.

2002/03 was half decent with snowfall in January. 

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

Overall probably agree 2009, had alot of variety, plenty of cold snowy weather in Jan and Feb, though second half of Feb was very mild. A mixed decent Spring, lots of dry sunny mild weather at times, with a good warm spell in May. The summer wasn't anything special but far better than 2007, 2008. July was exceptionally wet and thundery. Sept and Oct seasonal and quite dry. The one month that lets it down was Nov, exceptionally wet and mild. Dec was excellent, very snowy and very cold second half. 

Second place probably 2003, followed by 2001.

2006 until August was very good, but the last 4-5 months were a dull fest and very mild.

2007 least redeeming with exception of April. 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
2 minutes ago, damianslaw said:

Overall probably agree 2009, had alot of variety, plenty of cold snowy weather in Jan and Feb, though second half of Feb was very mild. A mixed decent Spring, lots of dry sunny mild weather at times, with a good warm spell in May. The summer wasn't anything special but far better than 2007, 2008. July was exceptionally wet and thundery. Sept and Oct seasonal and quite dry. The one month that lets it down was Nov, exceptionally wet and mild. Dec was excellent, very snowy and very cold second half. 

Second place probably 2003, followed by 2001.

2006 until August was very good, but the last 4-5 months were a dull fest and very mild.

2007 least redeeming with exception of April. 

Yeah 2007 was crap, apart from the lovely warm April. 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
20 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

2002 was the worst year for me  of the decade because it was the most tedious. 
 

Best year? 2009 edges it

2002 had a decent April, and a lovely warm March, but the summer was very dull. 

Think we had a June overnight storm, or maybe it was in July. A very mild Christmas that year, so it’s definitely one of the lesser years of the 2000s.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
18 minutes ago, Sunny76 said:

2002 had a decent April, and a lovely warm March, but the summer was very dull. 

Think we had a June overnight storm, or maybe it was in July. A very mild Christmas that year, so it’s definitely one of the lesser years of the 2000s.

Hardly anything memorable from 2002 for me. Did a thread on forgettable years, sometime ago and the general consensus was 2002 was one of the most forgettable years. 

 

 

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  • Location: Plymouth
  • Weather Preferences: Sunny, dry and preferably hot. Snow is nice in the winter
  • Location: Plymouth

2003 - very sunny year. Hot dry summer, March and April were nice, September too. Good snowfalls in Jan. No particularly bad months that stand out.

2009 - every month this year bar July and November were good. June was a highlight, started and ended cold with a v snowy December.

2006 - a stunning summer, especially July. Sept/Oct were both very warm. Jan/Feb were wintry, March had some snowfall but the spring overall was grim so brings it down

2005 - decent spring, decent summer, unexpected snow event in November, not a bad year overall

2001 - March and April were hideous. But after this May and most of the summer were nice

2004 - No standout good months but no standout bad months either. August was very thundery

2008 - Not a great year but some highlights. Springlike Feb, Hot first half of May, dry sunny (if cool) June, cold snowy Dec. The rest pretty poor (especially August)

2007 - one awful year. Saved from the bottom by an exceptional April (Mar/Aug weren't too bad either)

2002 - tedious. No redeeming features

2000 - constantly wet. Started mild and wet, spring was cold and wet, summer was meh at best (June only decent month), last 4 months of the year were horrendously wet and stormy, like an even worse version of autumn 2019.

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
41 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

Hardly anything memorable from 2002 for me. Did a thread on forgettable years, sometime ago and the general consensus was 2002 was one of the most forgettable years. 

 

 

Yes it’s definitely a bland year. 2004 also qualifies. I barely remember anything from that year.

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  • Location: Scunthorpe
  • Location: Scunthorpe

You beat me to it. I'd been considering this 2000's thread but I shall answer using the same method I used to assess the 1990's years and as I remember the 2000's even more than the 1990's then I have a more accurate representation of each year and as before I'll use the summers and winters to judge.

Winters ranked

1st     2009/10     An obvious top choice of winter for me. Was easily the coldest and the best of all of the winters. Saw plenty of snow back end of December and into early January. Snow was more on and off after this but as all 3 winter months were colder than average too then this one is an easy top spot for me.
2nd     2008/09     2008/09 ranks 2nd here mostly due to the persistent cold as well as the little bit of snow in the December and even more so the February cold spell that lasted 2 weeks. The milder 2nd half of February 2009 as well as the lack of January snow ensured this winter was below 2009/10.
3rd     2000/01     Although not exceptionally cold a winter this one easily got 3rd position. Managed to see a covering of snow in every month between December 2000 and March 2001 at some stage. The December cold spell was arguably the best one of the winter for my location.
4th     2005/06     2005/06 got 4th position here and it was a close run thing between this one and 2002/03 and 2003/04. 2005/06 only ranked above 2002/03 and 2003/04 due to being a colder winter overall. Only saw settling snow in the December and the March and this winter was let down by a lack of anything snowy in January and February.
5th     2002/03     2002/03 for me saw roughly the same snow total as I got in 2005/06, mostly concentrated on early and late January 2003. The other months were a bit of a let down.
6th     2003/04     2003/04 concludes the mid group of winters that had nothing much to choose between them overall. All had something that let them down and dragged them down to this middle group. 2003/04 was the case of colder snaps cancelled out by longer milder periods that really ruined what could have been a better winter than it was.
7th     2004/05     2004/05 and 2001/02 only occupy 7th and 8th due to being better in my opinion than the dire winters below these 2. 2004/05 was really a mirror image of 2001/02 with the cold coming late on in winter 2004/05 vs early in 2001/02. 2004/05 only ranked above 2001/02 due to less horrendous mild in 2004/05 vs 2001/02 although in my opinion the cold of December 2001 ranked above the cold of February 2005.
8th     2001/02     See 2004/05 description above.
9th     2007/08     2007/08 sees the 3 concluding winters in this series and by far the worst 3 winters of the decade. 2007/08 was the least bad one of the bunch and although it happened in March 2008 it was the white Easter that pulled this winter above the remaining 2 winters.
10th     1999/00     A dire winter overall but less dire than the remaining one. This one was generally devoid of anything wintry outside of the mid December 1999 period, one of those winters that showed early promise before fading away into a mild zonal horror show.
11th     2006/07     The worst winter by far due to horrendous mild weather, lots of rain and missing out on what snow did fall. Not quite as bad as more recent winters of 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2019/20 however.

Summers ranked

1st     2003     Was a toss up between 2003 and 2006 and for me 2003 took it due to the warm thundery June and July as well as that memorable August 2003 heatwave.
2nd     2006     2006 was similar to 2003 in a way for the June and July at least with a mix of heat and some thunder. August 2006 was the let down that dragged 2006 below 2003.
3rd     2005     2005 was overall a decent warm summer, not as thundery as 2003 or 2006 but easily a clear 3rd position here.
4th     2004     2004 for what was quite a wet summer ranked fairly highly due to quite a bit of thundery activity that pulled this summer up the order somewhat.
5th     2009     2009 was the best of the summers left and was fairly close to 2004 in terms of overall rank but the lower amount of thundery activity put 2009 below 2004.
6th     2001     2001 for me was very much a typical average summer with a mix of heat, thunder and cooler fresher weather. Nothing particularly stood out in this summer.
7th     2002     2002 was one of those mediocre boring summers similar to 2001 but even less memorable so for me ranked below it. Still ranked above the remaining 3 summers however.
8th     2008     The final 3 summers see the trio of shocker wet and/or cool summers. 2008 in my opinion just squeezed ahead of 2007 due to better weather earlier in the summer compared with 2007 and overall lower rainfall totals.
9th     2007     2007 was a real shocker, at least the June and July were. August 2007 was better but due to a coolish August this ensured summer 2008 just squeezed above summer 2007.
10th     2000     Summer 2000 was for me easily hands down the worst summer of the 2000's. Apart from a very brief shot of heat mid June 2000 the rest of the summer was either wet, cool or both in one combination or another. Whenever we got dry weather it was always quite cool with it or cloudy and when it rained you certainly knew about it, especially when it combined with cool temperatures too.

Overall rankings by year

As before when I assessed years in the 1990's summers are on a range of 20 points for the best through to 2 points for the worst whilst winters before and after get 10 points down to 1 giving a total out of 40 as before.

Here are my results with a description after the table of why each year ended up where it is.

Ranking          Year          Overall Score          Summers          Previous Winter          Following Winter

1st                   2009         32                              12                       10                                 10

2nd                 2003         32                               20                      7                                    5

3rd                  2005         28                               16                      5                                    7

4th                  2006         27                               18                      8                                    1

5th                  2004         24                               14                      6                                    4

6th                  2001         22                               10                      9                                    3

7th                  2008         18                               6                        3                                    9

8th                  2002         18                               8                        4                                    6

9th                  2000         12                               2                        2                                    8

10th                2007         7                                 4                        1                                    2                             

Overall as expected I thought the best year would be either 2003 or 2009. 2003 mostly for that summer along with not that bad a winter to open 2003 but the winter to end the year was the bit that dragged 2003 down to tie with 2009. 2009 on the other hand was mostly made by both the winter that opened the year and even more so the one that ended the year. The summer was the let down that prevented a clear win by 2009. Overall as I am a fan of cold and snowy winters then 2009 in my opinion got top spot due to this.

It was close between 2005 and 2006 overall with both having quite good summers overall and sandwiched between them was one of the colder winters of the decade. The main thing that dragged both 2005 and 2006 down were the mediocre to poor winters that opened 2005 and ended 2006.

2004 was a clear 5th here overall with the at times thundery summer and the average to mediocre winters either side preventing 2004 from getting any higher than 5th.

2001 was another year that could have done better. Got off to a good start with that quite decent 2000/01 winter but the rest of the year wasn't up to much. December 2001 was quite a good winter month but the rest of that winter was dire and helped drag 2001 down to 6th position.

Both 2008 and 2002 came in at 18 points and overall were not that great years weather wise. 2008 for me ranked above 2002 due to the cold winter that ended the year unlike in 2002 where a mild winter opened the year and December 2002 was mild overall too which decided 7th and 8th for me in the end.

The year 2000 somehow ended up in 9th despite the mild horror show winter that opened up the year as well as the dire summer and this is overall due to the decent winter that ended 2000 which pulled 2000 up from the fate of bottom spot.

The honours of bottom spot go to 2007 here and this doesn't really surprise me in the slightest to be fair. A poor to dire summer with mild winters bookending the year with the mildest winter of the 2000's to open up the year followed by another bore fest mild winter to end the year. No wonder 2007 scored a paltry 7 out of 40 points overall.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
3 hours ago, Sunny76 said:

Yeah 2007 was crap, apart from the lovely warm April. 

I mentioned years ending in 7 since 1947 have been generally poor... with a few exceptional months eg Jan 87 and Apr 07

2002 was very trying but 2007 was just dismal

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  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
2 hours ago, Sunny76 said:

Yes it’s definitely a bland year. 2004 also qualifies. I barely remember anything from that year.

2004 had the 'thunder' snow event late January and the second half of February and early March was cold with snow for some.  Apart from that, the only other memorable month was August which was very wet but also very warm.  This was the month when Boscastle was severely flooded.

2002 was pretty monotonous all the way!

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
13 hours ago, Don said:

2004 had the 'thunder' snow event late January and the second half of February and early March was cold with snow for some.  Apart from that, the only other memorable month was August which was very wet but also very warm.  This was the month when Boscastle was severely flooded.

2002 was pretty monotonous all the way!

2004 was also a boring year for weather.

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  • Location: Telford
  • Weather Preferences: Heat, thunderstorms and snowy or frosty winters
  • Location: Telford

Best years for cold has to be early 2009 and best year for the summer was 2003 hands down.

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  • Location: Basingstoke
  • Weather Preferences: In summer, a decent thunderstorm, and hot weather. In winter, snow or gale
  • Location: Basingstoke
15 hours ago, damianslaw said:

I mentioned years ending in 7 since 1947 have been generally poor... with a few exceptional months eg Jan 87 and Apr 07

I've heard another thing like this in the past with summers ending in an '8'.  Not sure about whole years though.  Can't think of anything memorable from knowledge of weather history.

Best years of the 2000s has to be 03 and 06  for their fantastic summers.  Then 2009 for variety.  Worst ones have to be 2002 and 2008.  Apart from May, 2008 had nothing going for it, and August 08 is the worst month of that decade for me.  Worse than July 2007 in fact.

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  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
1 hour ago, Sunny76 said:

2004 was also a boring year for weather.

Yes, but it still held more interest than 2002 IMO.

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
17 hours ago, SqueakheartLW said:

You beat me to it. I'd been considering this 2000's thread but I shall answer using the same method I used to assess the 1990's years and as I remember the 2000's even more than the 1990's then I have a more accurate representation of each year and as before I'll use the summers and winters to judge.

Winters ranked

1st     2009/10     An obvious top choice of winter for me. Was easily the coldest and the best of all of the winters. Saw plenty of snow back end of December and into early January. Snow was more on and off after this but as all 3 winter months were colder than average too then this one is an easy top spot for me.
2nd     2008/09     2008/09 ranks 2nd here mostly due to the persistent cold as well as the little bit of snow in the December and even more so the February cold spell that lasted 2 weeks. The milder 2nd half of February 2009 as well as the lack of January snow ensured this winter was below 2009/10.
3rd     2000/01     Although not exceptionally cold a winter this one easily got 3rd position. Managed to see a covering of snow in every month between December 2000 and March 2001 at some stage. The December cold spell was arguably the best one of the winter for my location.
4th     2005/06     2005/06 got 4th position here and it was a close run thing between this one and 2002/03 and 2003/04. 2005/06 only ranked above 2002/03 and 2003/04 due to being a colder winter overall. Only saw settling snow in the December and the March and this winter was let down by a lack of anything snowy in January and February.
5th     2002/03     2002/03 for me saw roughly the same snow total as I got in 2005/06, mostly concentrated on early and late January 2003. The other months were a bit of a let down.
6th     2003/04     2003/04 concludes the mid group of winters that had nothing much to choose between them overall. All had something that let them down and dragged them down to this middle group. 2003/04 was the case of colder snaps cancelled out by longer milder periods that really ruined what could have been a better winter than it was.
7th     2004/05     2004/05 and 2001/02 only occupy 7th and 8th due to being better in my opinion than the dire winters below these 2. 2004/05 was really a mirror image of 2001/02 with the cold coming late on in winter 2004/05 vs early in 2001/02. 2004/05 only ranked above 2001/02 due to less horrendous mild in 2004/05 vs 2001/02 although in my opinion the cold of December 2001 ranked above the cold of February 2005.
8th     2001/02     See 2004/05 description above.
9th     2007/08     2007/08 sees the 3 concluding winters in this series and by far the worst 3 winters of the decade. 2007/08 was the least bad one of the bunch and although it happened in March 2008 it was the white Easter that pulled this winter above the remaining 2 winters.
10th     1999/00     A dire winter overall but less dire than the remaining one. This one was generally devoid of anything wintry outside of the mid December 1999 period, one of those winters that showed early promise before fading away into a mild zonal horror show.
11th     2006/07     The worst winter by far due to horrendous mild weather, lots of rain and missing out on what snow did fall. Not quite as bad as more recent winters of 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2019/20 however.

Summers ranked

1st     2003     Was a toss up between 2003 and 2006 and for me 2003 took it due to the warm thundery June and July as well as that memorable August 2003 heatwave.
2nd     2006     2006 was similar to 2003 in a way for the June and July at least with a mix of heat and some thunder. August 2006 was the let down that dragged 2006 below 2003.
3rd     2005     2005 was overall a decent warm summer, not as thundery as 2003 or 2006 but easily a clear 3rd position here.
4th     2004     2004 for what was quite a wet summer ranked fairly highly due to quite a bit of thundery activity that pulled this summer up the order somewhat.
5th     2009     2009 was the best of the summers left and was fairly close to 2004 in terms of overall rank but the lower amount of thundery activity put 2009 below 2004.
6th     2001     2001 for me was very much a typical average summer with a mix of heat, thunder and cooler fresher weather. Nothing particularly stood out in this summer.
7th     2002     2002 was one of those mediocre boring summers similar to 2001 but even less memorable so for me ranked below it. Still ranked above the remaining 3 summers however.
8th     2008     The final 3 summers see the trio of shocker wet and/or cool summers. 2008 in my opinion just squeezed ahead of 2007 due to better weather earlier in the summer compared with 2007 and overall lower rainfall totals.
9th     2007     2007 was a real shocker, at least the June and July were. August 2007 was better but due to a coolish August this ensured summer 2008 just squeezed above summer 2007.
10th     2000     Summer 2000 was for me easily hands down the worst summer of the 2000's. Apart from a very brief shot of heat mid June 2000 the rest of the summer was either wet, cool or both in one combination or another. Whenever we got dry weather it was always quite cool with it or cloudy and when it rained you certainly knew about it, especially when it combined with cool temperatures too.

Overall rankings by year

As before when I assessed years in the 1990's summers are on a range of 20 points for the best through to 2 points for the worst whilst winters before and after get 10 points down to 1 giving a total out of 40 as before.

Here are my results with a description after the table of why each year ended up where it is.

Ranking          Year          Overall Score          Summers          Previous Winter          Following Winter

1st                   2009         32                              12                       10                                 10

2nd                 2003         32                               20                      7                                    5

3rd                  2005         28                               16                      5                                    7

4th                  2006         27                               18                      8                                    1

5th                  2004         24                               14                      6                                    4

6th                  2001         22                               10                      9                                    3

7th                  2008         18                               6                        3                                    9

8th                  2002         18                               8                        4                                    6

9th                  2000         12                               2                        2                                    8

10th                2007         7                                 4                        1                                    2                             

Overall as expected I thought the best year would be either 2003 or 2009. 2003 mostly for that summer along with not that bad a winter to open 2003 but the winter to end the year was the bit that dragged 2003 down to tie with 2009. 2009 on the other hand was mostly made by both the winter that opened the year and even more so the one that ended the year. The summer was the let down that prevented a clear win by 2009. Overall as I am a fan of cold and snowy winters then 2009 in my opinion got top spot due to this.

It was close between 2005 and 2006 overall with both having quite good summers overall and sandwiched between them was one of the colder winters of the decade. The main thing that dragged both 2005 and 2006 down were the mediocre to poor winters that opened 2005 and ended 2006.

2004 was a clear 5th here overall with the at times thundery summer and the average to mediocre winters either side preventing 2004 from getting any higher than 5th.

2001 was another year that could have done better. Got off to a good start with that quite decent 2000/01 winter but the rest of the year wasn't up to much. December 2001 was quite a good winter month but the rest of that winter was dire and helped drag 2001 down to 6th position.

Both 2008 and 2002 came in at 18 points and overall were not that great years weather wise. 2008 for me ranked above 2002 due to the cold winter that ended the year unlike in 2002 where a mild winter opened the year and December 2002 was mild overall too which decided 7th and 8th for me in the end.

The year 2000 somehow ended up in 9th despite the mild horror show winter that opened up the year as well as the dire summer and this is overall due to the decent winter that ended 2000 which pulled 2000 up from the fate of bottom spot.

The honours of bottom spot go to 2007 here and this doesn't really surprise me in the slightest to be fair. A poor to dire summer with mild winters bookending the year with the mildest winter of the 2000's to open up the year followed by another bore fest mild winter to end the year. No wonder 2007 scored a paltry 7 out of 40 points overall.

why no rankings for spring and autumn?..there is 6 months of the year disregarded right there 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
2 hours ago, cheeky_monkey said:

why no rankings for spring and autumn?..there is 6 months of the year disregarded right there 

Both seasons are quite boring and forgettable in many years. 

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
1 hour ago, Sunny76 said:

Both seasons are quite boring and forgettable in many years. 

so they still make up 50% of the years weather..ranking a year purely based on summer and winter makes no sense what so ever 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
34 minutes ago, cheeky_monkey said:

so they still make up 50% of the years weather..ranking a year purely based on summer and winter makes no sense what so ever 

I can’t remember many springs and autumns, because they are usually devoid of interesting weather.

4 hours ago, Don said:

Yes, but it still held more interest than 2002 IMO.

Hmm just about, but I still think it was a boring year. Crap summer as well.

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
2 hours ago, Sunny76 said:

I can’t remember many springs and autumns, because they are usually devoid of interesting weather.

 

Autumn 2000 for example ..the wettest Autumn on record 

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  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
53 minutes ago, cheeky_monkey said:

Autumn 2000 for example ..the wettest Autumn on record 

I kind of see both points here. 

Springs and autumns do tend to be rather benign, compared to summer and winter, albeit there are always exceptions of course, like autumn 2000 as you mention and 1993 which was particularly cold.  Spring 2013 was also exceptional (especially March), so these autumn and springs are good stand out examples. 

However, on the other hand, like you say, all springs and autumns make up 50% of the year, so should not be ignored.

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  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
  • Location: Longden, Shropshire
3 hours ago, Sunny76 said:

Hmm just about, but I still think it was a boring year. Crap summer as well.

Yes, especially compared to the previous year!

2003 also had some interesting weather in January, with London seeing it's most significant snowfall since February 1991 on the 8th and then of course there was another snow event on the 30th, leaving lots of motorists stranded on the M11!

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  • Location: Shrewsbury
  • Location: Shrewsbury

1st, 2006. Easy winner for me, had the only really decent summer of the decade and also had its biggest snowfall in March. Seemed to be by far the least "Atlantic dominated" year of the decade, August gets mentioned as disappointing but it wasn't as bad as 2008, 2010 and several other 21st century Augusts. Then summer came back in September. The only really poor month I remember was May, which was horribly wet.

2nd, 2001. Had a taste of winter at both ends, a decent sunny dry May and that record warm October. Also had a couple of good thunderstorms. The summer could have been better (it wasn't awful, just very average although there were a few brief heatwaves). Only really bad months were April and September.

3rd=, 2004 and 2005. Can't split them, although they were totally different. 2004 was better for winter weather and 2005 for summer. Both were pretty decent for thunderstorms, that's something we dont say round here much nowadays.

5th, 2003. Not a vintage year around here at all really. This area missed all the snow in January and most of the summer weather too (look at the sunshine average maps for August and summer and see why I don't rate it...). The April warm spell was the most notable thing of the year really, September was also quite good and March very sunny. The dry October was also welcome after years of wet ones.

6th, 2007. Loved that April. August was pretty good by 21st century standards as well. There was that 3 days of snow in Feb surprising us in a very mild winter..... then we come to May, June and July. Over 400mm of rain in three months when we average about 650-700mm a year. In truth it came in a few great deluges with drier interludes (especially the first half of June), which combined with the much better August means I dont rate this summer as bad as 2008 or 2012. But even so it did lead to 6 years of awful summers.

7th, 2009. Like 2003, people in other areas seem to rate this year more highly than I would round here. The February spell wasnt as spectacular here as in London (it wasn't a complete fail, but it wasn't as good as Jan 2013 for example) and much of the year was mild, cloudy and quite boring. July was a shocker, the late June warm spell wasn't particularly sunny and August though dry was never particularly warm. Then there was a very wet November and we managed to miss virtually all the snow in December somehow (and most of it in Jan and Feb 2010 too). Not a great year in these parts.

8th, 2000. A lot of horrible weather. April and Sept-Nov especially, though the summer wasnt great either with just that brief warm spell in June. First half of May was pretty good as I recall, it did go cold right at the end of December, but Jan-Mar were tedious beyond belief- mild, quite dry and snowless.

9th, 2002. Very, very monotonous. Once the leftover snow from Dec 2001 thawed on Jan 5th, there was no more winter. No real warm sunny spell in the summer at all- it was just mostly cloudy from May through August (June was especially boring). Late March and April I seem to remember having some half decent weather, September was dry, the less said about Feb, Nov and Dec the better.

10th, 2008. Absolute pig's posterior of a year. Even round here to have falling snow in 6 separate months but no lying snow all year takes some doing. As does having under 100 hours of sun in August. And September being one of the dullest on record too, but still being sunnier than August. Both were duller than February... May promised much at the start but the second half was so bad it ended up duller than average as well. As did June and July... 

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

In terms of non eventful, 2002 wins hands down, 2004 second place. 

2000 not far off 2007 as worse year namely on account of predominantly unsettled dull conditions.

2008 although it had a mild wet first 2 months and washout summer, Spring was interesting and I enjoyed that last 4 months very seasonal.

Order worse to best years:

2007, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2003 and 2009

Uneventful

2002, 2004, 2001, 2008, 2005, 2000, 2017, 2006, 2009, 2003

 

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  • Location: Hounslow, London
  • Weather Preferences: Csa/Csb
  • Location: Hounslow, London

2003: great summer, dry and the sunniest year on record here.

2006: cold and dull spring, excellent June and July. August was poor but September and October good.

2005: 30c in May, an average temperature but sunny summer, very good September/October

2004: fairly average throughout. The warm, wet and muggy August was unusual with average maxima but very warm nights more typical of a 26-27c average high month.

2001: very poor spring but a very sunny summer.

2009: a cold winter but a mild and sunny spring, an average summer and a good autumn.

2002: a boring year throughout, though a mild and sunny February. Spring and summer were poor.

2007: a good winter and great April, but the summer was exceptionally poor.

2000: very poor summer, apart from the average August.

2008: only February and May were decent. A very poor summer, snow in April and October and one of the dullest Augusts on record.

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