Category the Weather

The arrival of October

October has arrived and the world is changing.  The awareness and observation of this change has been noted, and recorded, and described across the world.  Here in Britain the Chambers Book of Days for 1864 describes the country: The woods never look more beautiful than from the close of last month to the middle of […]

Just so you know – in Britain we have a rhyme on July 15th every year

15th July has a rhyme: St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain; Full forty days, it will remain; St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair; For forty days, t’will rain no more. Celebrated (or berated as the case may be!) on July 15th, weather sayings pertaining to St. Swithin’s Day are probably the most famous […]

It’s March 1947 and still the snow falls

We are now into March 1947 – and not a lot has changed.  On the night of the 4th  there was some heavy snow which left drifts across much of the country, with some lying over 20 ft deep in the Scottish Highlands.  On the 5th one of the worst British blizzards of the 20th […]

It’s February and still the snow remains

The snow that started falling in December 1946 carried on through into  January 1947 and now – in February – it remains to chill us to the bone.  The easterly winds continue and the month will develope into one of the coldest months on record. At the Kew Observator there will be no recorded temperature […]

On a late Friday Night

The night of Friday, 29th January 1965, was one of bitter rain and snow but that didn’t stop people taking up their positions for the following day’s state funeral. While they were taking their places in the cold and wet the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal, was rehearsing the pallbearers duties inside St. Paul’s […]

January Snow in the winter of 1946/7

The harsh European winter of 1946–1947 was noted for its effects in the United Kingdom which suffered its coldest winter in three centuries. It caused severe hardships in terms of the economy and living conditions, with massive disruptions of the energy supply for homes, offices and factories. No one could keep warm, and many businesses […]

Hedgerows preparing for Spring

This week’s post is rather different from all those I have posted in the past – it’s to do with ‘Hedgerows’!  Here in Britain the hedge laying season runs from September 1st to the end of February so, as you read this, the season is almost over. In the post of 15th January last I […]