Coldest March 1st since 1785

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.


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

8 thoughts on “Coldest March 1st since 1785”

  1. Don’t be so hard on Global Warming.

    Herr Doktor Professor Albert Gore has done intensive research on this “unusual” non-Warm event and has deduced that this snow, ice, sleet and hail is really a symptom of Warming………..Herr Gore reminds us how much hotter it would be if we didn’t have this “unusual” pause in run-away Global Warming.

  2. 28.02 Frosts in Belarus break records again
    The temperature record of the current winter is beaten in Belarus – according to the data of the Republican Center for Hydrometeorology, Control of Radioactive Contamination and Environmental Monitoring in Klichev, a temperature of -30.4 ° C was recorded last night.
    Frosts came to Belarus in the middle of last week: in some places the night air temperatures approached the -30 ° C mark.
    The weather forecasters explained the cooling by the so-called ultrapolar invasion – the arrival of cold air masses to Belarus from the Arctic.
    According to Hydromet, last night it was colder in Klichev (Mogilev region) – there was recorded a drop in temperature to -30.4 ° C. It was in the Mogilev region that five people died from frosts since the beginning of the year. At the same time, according to weather forecasters, the strongest frosts were observed on the night of February 27 in the Dnipro floodplain, where it was everywhere below -25 ° С.
    Doctors recommend not to stay long on the street. Warm passers-by are assisted by mobile heating points of the Red Cross, where they serve hot tea and, if necessary, warm clothing.

  3. The period of intense cold in the UK lasted only a matter of days. In 1963 the whole of January was unusually cold.

  4. Quote:
    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.”
    1785 at the start of SC4 a cycle with AMP affected cycle, first cycle of the Dalton series. Similar to SC23 in solar output
    1878 at the start of the Gleissberg cool period SC11 another AMP affected cycle.

    Both periods have signiifcant levels reduced of EUV and strong meridonial Jet Streams and the blocking High and Lows to keep them in place.

  5. This snow is not totally unusual. This happens about once in 10 or 20 years. A High Pressure over southern Scandinavia obviously drags air anti-clockwise from Siberia.
    We in West Wales are at 52 degrees North ,the same as southern Ireland.That is the same latitude as Nova Scotia. It is only the Gulf Stream that gives Western Europe mild winters.
    However, a High over Sweden negates the Gulf Stream and brings in Siberian air.

    We had minus 6 C here one night of March 1st…..St David’s Day….the patron saint of Wales.
    We had huge snow here in 1947, 1963 [a REALLY cold winter]; 1982 [14ft drifts], but generally on the Welsh coast here, we get little or no snow.
    We used to plant early potatoes on this farm from Feb 15th onwards. We hoped to finish planting by March 20th.
    This year, IF we had planted early spuds, they would have been frozen in the ground on March 1st. That causes “little potato syndrome”.
    The plant throws out tiny potatoes which don’t crop. DISASTER !!
    Anyway, we are in tourism these days, with our CARDIGAN ISLAND COASTAL FARM PARK, where visitors see seals and dolphins in the wild from our safely fenced cliffs.
    Atlantic Grey Seals breed in caves below the farm park and bottlenosed dolphins appear most days in the April to Oct period.There are about 200 dolphins in Cardigan Bay. We have camping and caravanning here too, and a big Visitor Centre.

    Emma dumped most snow in West of England, South Wales, and Ireland. We only had 2 inches here.

  6. Oops! My last post…….just above….was written very late at night.
    Anyone spot my error?

    I said :-
    “A High Pressure over southern Scandinavia obviously drags air anti-clockwise from Siberia.”

    I meant CLOCK-WISE , not ANTI-CLOCKWISE.I have just spotted this. I hope I did not confuse anyone.
    Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, the wind does blow anti-clockwise around a High Pressure.

    Another High building over Scandinavia next week-end,so eastern UK and our hills, can expect some snow. It’s becoming a long winter in the UK. VERY wet on the whole,with the coldest weather right at the end, in March. Weare farmers with a tourist attraction called Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park.
    So we love some nice weather in Spring.
    Roll on some warm , DRY weather !! A High Pressure centred around Cornwall and Devon would be very nice !!
    Pretty please !!

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