23rd - new March records for snow and temperature

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23rd - new March records for snow and temperature

Postby Bill Wade » 2013 Mar 23, 16:39

19cm lying snow at 0900 today was the most recorded here in March since my records began 30 years ago. The previous highest was 12cm in 2001. Winds of 30-40mph have created huge drifts on the hillsides.
Also, the max temp today (-0.2C) was the lowest in my records for March (assuming it gets no higher by 0900 tomorrow). This was 0.1C lower than the figure recorded on 12.3.96. In 2012 the temperature exceeded 20C on 4 days in late March.
Pateley Bridge, N Yorks
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Re: 23rd - new March records for snow and temperature

Postby Stephen Burt » 2013 Mar 23, 23:10

Conditions not nearly so bad down here in Berkshire, but pretty poor for late March!

Snowfall 06-13h here, with 2 cm lying at 0900. The day's maximum reached only 1.1 °C (again assuming it does not surpass that before 0900 tomorrow); there has been only one colder day so late in the Spring since the daily records I have for local sites commenced in 1959, and that was 14 April 1966 which was also 1.1 °C. Less than two weeks ago, 11 March also set a new record so late in the year with a maximum of just 0.5 °C.

March to date is running at 2.7 degC below 1981-2010 mean temperature (mean max 3.4 degC below, and currently averaging 7.0 degC below last March). While it does not look as though it will remain quite as cold for the next few days, it certainly doesn't look like like getting warm either. Aside from January and December 2009 and 2010, we have to go back to October 1992 to find a month more than 2 degC below the current 30 year normal. Rainfall is well above normal (another 10 mm to 0900 today), while sunshine has only just reached 50 h to date - barely half normal, and little more than we'd expect in a normal December. Last March recorded 182 h sunshine, not far off our normal for August, while 28 March 2012 reached 21.8°C. Not much chance of that happening this year I think!

Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire - central southern England
51.4°N, 1.0°W, 60 m AMSL, station grade A - AAAA47R
Records commenced here 1987 - local records available back to 1862
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Re: 23rd - new March records for snow and temperature

Postby Ken Cook » 2013 Mar 24, 10:28

Hi, All,
After Saturday's fresh fall of 11cm (22cm depth where any level snow could be found), this winter has now had the greatest fresh falls at 09Z in this area since 1978/79. Depths in cm:-

Month // 2012/13 // 1978/79
Oct // 12 // 0
Nov // 0 // 1
Dec // 16 // 32
Jan // 57 // 56
Feb // 46 // 28
March // 45 // 82
April // ?? // 3

Totals 2012/13 so far 176cm
1978/79 was 202cm

Winter 1978/79 was recorded at nearby Low Etherley (155 metres asl), 24 year
average 76cm fresh falls
Winter 2012/13 at Copley (253m asl) 18 year average 84cm fresh falls.
Note the very high March 1979 total, almost double this year's!

09Z-09Z max yesterday(23rd) was -1.1C at 09Z this morning (day max was -1.4C). This is the lowest in March on my record, previous was -1.0C.

Best wishes,
Copley, nr Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham.
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