Historic snow and cold for Britain and Ireland
6 Mar 2018 – “Insane weather across Britain,” says the Washington Post. “Some villages across the British Isles were cut off by 25-foot drifts. Snowfall rates reached three inches an hour in some areas.
In Scotland, roads became impassable, airports were closed, trains were stuck in stations, and thousands of schools and business closed for days.
It must have pained the Post to admit it, but snowfall totals soared on Thursday and Friday in southwest England and Ireland, which are usually the balmiest part of the countries.
- Edinburgh: 8.27 inches of snow, the most in March since 1979.
- Glasgow Airport: 14.5 inches of snow.
- Drumalbin: nearly 20 inches, a record for March.
- Longford, Ireland, also reported record snowfall.
Snow depths (cm) recorded this morning from some of our network of Voluntary Observers. Many thanks
Co. Wicklow 54
Co. Wexford 34
Co. Cork 25
Co. Tipperary 20
Co. Meath 13
Reminder that warnings have been extended to 9am Sat pic.twitter.com/moj6xk83c8
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 2, 2018
At the same time, temperatures plunged to record lows.
- Britain: Coldest March high temperature on record of 23.5 F (minus 4.7 C) in Tredegar, Wales.
- Glasgow: Coldest March day with a high of 32 F (O C).
- Lerwick on Shetland: Coldest March day since 1937 with a high of 28 F (minus 2.3 C).
According to Weather blogger wrxmetman, for Central England “the first of March provisionally has the lowest mean temperature for that day since 1785. “Additionally,” wrote wrxmetman, “”it was the coldest day (lowest maximum of -0.8°C) for any March day since 1878.”
Below are a few of the higher snow totals provided by the Irish meteorological service, Met Eireann:
“As brutal as it was in Britain and Ireland,” the Post article continues, “it was even colder last week in Central and Eastern Europe, with temperatures averaging 18 degrees below normal. Temperatures in Warsaw remained below freezing for 11 days.”
Rather difficult to spout global warming rhetoric when temperatures are running 18 degrees below normal.
Thanks to Clay Olson and Glenn Cuthbert for these links