Friday, April 17, 2009

Follow-up Report: Heavy UK Snow, February 2009

As the Climate Capitalist noted at the time, record snowfalls in the UK in early February were being highly touted in the climate deniosphere. Here's a follow-up you're not likely to see any time soon on those blogs. The April issue of the Royal Meteorological Society's Weather magazine has just arrived on this side of the pond with an article, "February 2009 Cold and wintry first half; mild, cloudy, but dry second half" (subscription required). Regarding the snow:
The first ten days of February were mostly cold and unsettled with frequent and widespread snow. Overnight on the 1st/2nd snow fell across most eastern, central and southern districts, and was particularly heavy in London, west Kent, Surrey and northeast Hampshire; Wisley (Surrey) reported 41cm level snow, and Epsom Downs (also Surrey) 39cm, and 12–15cm lay in central London. Further heavy snow affected southwest England, Wales, the Midlands and eastern England on both the 4th/5th and the 6th, and also northern and eastern Scotland on the 6th/7th; aggregate depths of 20–30cm were widely reported in these regions.
The mild second half offset the cold first half, and mean monthly temperature was within 1degC of the long-term average throughout the country. The heavy snow and rain in the opening days of the month over southern England made it a wet month here – even though less than 2mm fell in places between the 10th and the 28th; it was an exceptionally dry month in western Britain and Northern Ireland.
Wassup with that, IceCrappers and other A.S.S. blogs? When will we see you publish the full story? Do we have to wait until Hell freezes over?

Image (click to enlarge): UK winter 2008-09 temperature departure from average from UK Met Office via Royal Meteorological Society

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