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Offline Sevendust  
#1 Posted : 06 April 2016 16:50:47(UTC)
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Just to lighten the mood here was an event that many Southern Englanders may recall.

Eight years ago today, much of Southern England got a heavy and somewhat spectacular snowfall as a feature developed overnight although it did give forecasters nightmares as I know from previous conversations. It was a Sunday morning, I was at work in Basingstoke until 7am by which time graupel had started falling. I drove to the main A339 to get back to Alton. As I approached the A3 overpass there was a blinding flash and the car shook shortly after from the thunder. I learnt afterwards that this single strike had earthed in the village of Oakley and caused considerable damage, the thunder was heard 20 miles away and leads me to suspect that this may have been a positive giant although I've not seen confirmation. The feature followed me home and although I briefly drove out of it, it set in shortly after, dropping 4 inches of snow in an hour. The pictures were taken by me, the first on my way home and the other three in Alton. Links to the local paper and overnight forecasts are below :-

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/2177506.Homes_hit_by_a_bolt_out_of_the_blue/

https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/77997-bbc-forecasts-for-night-of-5th6th-april-2008/

 

 

 

Dave

Alton - deep in the Hampshire Alps

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Offline Retron  
#2 Posted : 06 April 2016 17:03:58(UTC)
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I was heading to the wolf centre that Sunday. Here on Sheppey it was just a grey, damp morning, but snow started as I hit the M25. As I went up over the Downs the snow came down thick and fast... unlike the traffic, which was going slower and slower. Just as I thought I was going to have to spend the morning stuck in a queue, the snow stopped and the traffic started moving again.

At the wolf centre it was a winter wonderland: several inches of wet snow. The members' walk with the wolves was called off and we spent the morning playing with the wolves. It was a morning I'll never forget... and yet back home it was just rain. Talk about lucky!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnVm01dxQYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WESiqbCbWRg&nohtml5=False

And a photo:

That was uploaded to Wikipedia - as an experiment to see how far it'd spread.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Howlsnow.jpg

The answer is, far and wide. I even saw a stylised version on a slot machine called Wolf Run in Vegas! Popped $10 in and won $23... Dakota must have been watching me.

A remarkable day. I'll never forget it as long as I live!

The village of Beenham, 300ft above sea level.

 

 

 

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Offline Sevendust  
#3 Posted : 06 April 2016 17:19:36(UTC)
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Great pics Darren!

Dave

Alton - deep in the Hampshire Alps

Offline POD  
#4 Posted : 06 April 2016 18:33:06(UTC)
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I can't recall that event, I was living in Caterham at the time, 190m asl, so I would imagine we got a good covering.  When I recently moved to Felbridge I put 30 years worth of day to day diaries, into recycle, before the move,  de-cluttering, so I can't look it up.

Pat.

Offline Sevendust  
#5 Posted : 06 April 2016 19:15:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: POD Go to Quoted Post

I can't recall that event, I was living in Caterham at the time, 190m asl, so I would imagine we got a good covering.  When I recently moved to Felbridge I put 30 years worth of day to day diaries, into recycle, before the move,  de-cluttering, so I can't look it up.

 

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j122/0403Sevendust/060408Snow4Herriard.jpg

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j122/0403Sevendust/060408Snow9.jpg

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j122/0403Sevendust/060408Snow14.jpg

 

 

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Alton - deep in the Hampshire Alps

Offline sunny coast  
#6 Posted : 06 April 2016 21:50:12(UTC)
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yes even here in eastbourne we had 4 inches of snow and temperatures early afternoon below freezing

Offline idj20  
#7 Posted : 06 April 2016 22:03:16(UTC)
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Yep, I remember that event.

Here is the synoptic on Sunday.



I was greeted by this on the way to my former Farthing Common (at 450 ft ASL) workplace the next morning (Mon 6th Apr) . . .

 

 

 

Two hours after these photos were taken, all the snow succumbed to the rising April sun.

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Offline schmee  
#8 Posted : 07 April 2016 08:15:18(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: idj20 Go to Quoted Post

Yep, I remember that event.

Here is the synoptic on Sunday.



I was greeted by this on the way to my former Farthing Common (at 450 ft ASL) workplace the next morning (Mon 6th Apr) . . .

 

 

 

Two hours after these photos were taken, all the snow succumbed to the rising April sun.😀👍

a few weeks before the daughter arrived, was sleeping in and missed it 😂 . Good pics .

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Observations from around GUILDFORD in SURREY and when working away in West Sussex.
Offline Rob K  
#9 Posted : 07 April 2016 09:21:57(UTC)
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Yes, it was a decent fall. 

 

 

And then we also had snow on October 28 the same year. 205 days has to be the shortest interval between settling snow from one "winter" to the next in southern England in a very long time!

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Yateley, NE Hampshire, 73m asl.
Offline Charmhills  
#10 Posted : 07 April 2016 09:31:00(UTC)
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I remember this event, had 5cm's here from that area of snow which arrived just after 1am.

Duane.

Offline Andy J  
#11 Posted : 07 April 2016 15:07:14(UTC)
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I remember this event.  After a few soft hail showers earlier that day, heavy snow set in later in the afternoon/into the evening.  What struck me most about this snowfall was the enormous size of some of the flakes.  Don't think I've ever seen such large flakes before or since.  Some were at least 3 inches in diameter.  However we only ended up with about 1cm of snow on the ground, so nowhere near as good an event here as places further south.

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Offline AIMSIR  
#12 Posted : 07 April 2016 18:17:29(UTC)
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You will normally only see flakes that big, or bigger at times, if the temp. is hovering on zero. Andy.

Lovely to witness.

WHAT CAUSES GIANT SNOWFLAKES?

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Offline Quantum  
#13 Posted : 07 April 2016 18:19:51(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AIMSIR Go to Quoted Post
You will normally only see flakes that big, or bigger at times, if the temp. is hovering on zero.

I might be wrong on this, but I think on average snowflakes are larger during Spring than they are during Winter.

 

Offline Andy J  
#14 Posted : 07 April 2016 20:52:41(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Quantum Go to Quoted Post

 

I might be wrong on this, but I think on average snowflakes are larger during Spring than they are during Winter.

 

I would agree.   From past experience, snow showers in Arctic Maritime airstreams during the Spring can produce very large flakes.   One example I'll never forget is towards the end of March 1979 in an Arctic blast.  We had a succession of brief snow showers that produced huge flakes.  It was a strange event, because as each shower passed, the clouds producing them had almost completely dissipated.

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Offline Quantum  
#15 Posted : 07 April 2016 21:13:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Andy J Go to Quoted Post

 

I would agree.   From past experience, snow showers in Arctic Maritime airstreams during the Spring can produce very large flakes.   One example I'll never forget is towards the end of March 1979 in an Arctic blast.  We had a succession of brief snow showers that produced huge flakes.  It was a strange event, because as each shower passed, the clouds producing them had almost completely dissipated.

 

I did some reading, so apparently low winds really helps along with the warm temps at the surface. Well in the spring as the jet weakens, depressions begin to loose their integrity so you get weaker winds. I suspect solar based convection may be important; in winter solar convection never seems to happen but at this time of year its a massive feature. 

Offline chiversa  
#16 Posted : 08 April 2016 10:49:01(UTC)
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It even snowed on the central south coast ,,,here is southampton

Alan

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Offline Darren S  
#17 Posted : 08 April 2016 13:36:34(UTC)
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A truly memorable morning. We had 11cm of snow from this, which at the time was the deepest snow here for any month since February 1991.

The amount of snow here has been surpassed three times since then; December 2009's fall which paralysed the area, the epic snow of January 2010, and also January 2013 beat this by a whisker.

It had all gone by early afternoon, apparently (we had to drive to Fareham for a Christening where there was some snow but that went even quicker than at home).

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Darren

Arborfield, Berks (61m asl) My weather station website

Winter 2020/1 @12/04/21 0900 Snow Days: 10 Snow Cover Days: 4 Current Depth: 3 cm Max Depth: 9 cm Total Depth: 13 cm

Winter Snow Depth Totals:

2019/20 0 cm; 2018/19 14 cm; 2017/18 23 cm; 2016/17 0 cm; 2015/16 0.5 cm; 2014/15 3.5 cm; 2013/14 0 cm; 2012/13 22 cm; 2011/12 7 cm; 2010/11 6 cm; 2009/10 51 cm

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