End-October snow in parts of France not seen since 100 years

De la neige dans la région en octobre? Historique!

It snowed a little this Saturday, October 27th. Without a doubt a first for a century!

Du jamais vu dans la région depuis au moins un siècle ! Les archives de Meteo-Paris qui recensent tous les phénomènes météo marquants en France depuis 2 siècles le confirmeent. Pas de traces de neige en octobre…

Never seen in the region for at least a century! The archives of Meteo-Paris, which list all the significant weather phenomena in France for 2 centuries, confirm this. No traces of snow in October.

The snow melted by Saturday afternoon. But the fact remains that it snowed – on October 27! Up to 2 to 3 cm in places. Especially around Fruges, Montreuil, Desvres, Le Touquet, Thérouanne …

Some photos taken in the Pas-de-Calais by fans of  their Facebook page : (You’ll need to scroll down a long way to see the photos.)


Chronicle of weather since 1850
(bis) French météo archive link

Thanks to D.R. in France for these links

“Thanks a lot for your blog,” says D.R.

10 thoughts on “End-October snow in parts of France not seen since 100 years”

  1. Robert, a question … is it colder or hotter at the equator; likely no snow there, even with atmospheric mixing seeing cold (lower energy) head that direction from each pole … that, coupled with heat (higher energy) from the equator heading to each pole, and between the two … i.e., between each pole and the equator … mixing bowls, north and south (?); still, IF there is a movement towards an ICE AGE at this time … shouldn’t it be getting colder at the equator … at least relative to equatorial temperatures prior to now?

  2. Let’s see, what do the two dates both have in common? Could it be a Grand Solar Minimum, with the only difference being the beginning of this GSM, and the end of that GSM? Still a GSM, correct?

  3. NH early winter continues in the North Atlantic:
    Greenland SMB increasing in line with 1981-2010 trends, @ 2GT/day.
    The spike during the end two weeks of Oct corresponds to the dissipating NA Tropical Storms merging into the large Low situated to the South East of Iceland
    Top: The total daily contribution to the surface mass balance from the entire ice sheet (blue line, Gt/day). Bottom: The accumulated surface mass balance from September 1st to now (blue line, Gt) and the season 2011-12 (red) which had very high summer melt in Greenland. For comparison, the mean curve from the period 1981-2010 is shown (dark grey). The same calendar day in each of the 30 years (in the period 1981-2010) will have its own value. These differences from year to year are illustrated by the light grey band. For each calendar day, however, the lowest and highest values of the 30 years have been left out.
    Large Blocking High situated over Finland and Poland, generating a cold easterly flow over Central and Western Europe.
    The chart look like it should for February and not the 2nd November

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