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This week I've been discussing the most memorable periods of weather I've experienced in the UK. Here are links to the three part discussion:
Memorable weather (Part 1)
More memorable weather (Part 2)
Yet more memorable weather (Part 3)
Today I'll conclude by picking my top three.
I have shortlisted the following periods / seasons:
I've ignored the statistics and picked my top three subjectively. They are the spells of weather I enjoyed the most.
A cracking period of proper winter. Ice days, severe frosts and several falls of snow. It also coincided with my 21st birthday. What was there not to like about this freeze? British Rail may have said it "was the wrong type of snow" but I beg to differ!
After along run of mild winters which brought little or no snow the trend was broken in 2008/09. However it was 2009/10 when things really changed. The period between mid-December and mid-January brought several heavy falls of snow. Just before Christmas the level snow depth in my garden in Berkhamsted was close to 30cm. Classic. On the road in front of my house cars had snow chains and in the fields at the back people were skiing. The Chilterns became the little Alps for a brief moment.
I wasn't really able to enjoy summer 1976 and 1995 to the full. IN 1976 I was too young and in 1995 I was too busy working in London. My only annoyance in summer 2003 was to be in Venice when the all time temperature record was set in the UK. That aside it turned out to be as close to perfection as summer can be in the UK. A worthy winner in my books.
It was difficult to pick the top 3 and I expect some people will completely disagree with my choices. Also I've got to be honest and say the most interesting spells of weather I've experienced have probably been abroad. That's something I may cover in a future Buzz.
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