Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 12th March 1947
Recommended read 'The Winter of 1947 in Halesowen, West Midlands' by Cedric Roberts published in the March 2003 edition of 'Weather'. (The photographs alone should convince any doubters of snow depth in that winter!)
'Pressure is low west and south-west of Ireland. A developing anticyclone over the North Sea will move into Germany. A trough of low pressure across extreme south-west England and South Ireland will move slowly north-east. Further troughs will approach South-West England later. There will be rain or drizzle at times in the South West with hill and some coastal fog and snow on high ground at first. There will be falls of snow in all Western districts of Britain,the Midlands, Southern England and Northern Ireland, turning to rain or drizzle in many places. In the East and North of Britain there will be only local slight falls. It will be generally very cold but becoming milder in the West' At 06GMT-yesterday's low is now crossing northern Germany. A ridge of high pressure extends from Iceland to the North Sea. A further low is approaching Ireland from the west and a warm front, from SW Ireland-Cornwall-Channel Is, is moving northwards. Generally cloudy over the British Isles with light easterly winds, but to F5-F6 in the south. Winds SW at Scilly and Guernsey. Temperatures generally at or just below freezing. Orkney and Wick coldest on 24°F (-4.4°C) with Scilly warmest on 48°F (8.9°C). Light snow falling in a few southern areas, with rain over SW Ireland, otherwise dry. Overnight minima-below freezing in most areas away from the SouthWest. Lowest 11°F (-11.7°C) at Dalwhinnie and warmest 47°F (8.3°C) at Scilly. Overnight precipitation-generally dry apart from Cornwall, 3-4mm. Snow cover/depth-of the 67 stations reporting snow cover information (at 09GMT) 20 retain >50% snow cover and a further 16 are 'partly snow covered'. The deepest and most extensive snow cover remains in East Anglia, the Midlands, North-East England and Eastern Scotland. West Raynham (Norfolk) has 10" snow and has retained snow cover since the 23rd January. Lerwick has 17" snow and Rattray 12". Outlook-'Snow spreading to eastern districts, rather mild with rain at times in the West and South West'.
|*Refers to 24 hours ending 0600 on the date