Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 13th March 1947
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'A depression centred to south-west of Ireland is moving east-north-east. South of a line from Morecombe to Flamborough Head there will be occasional rain with rapid thaw conditions but there is a chance of colder conditions beginning to spread southwards again tomorrow, though day temperatures will be above freezing point. In extreme North England and Central Scotland it will be very cold with much snow and strong to gale force easterly winds. Glazed frost will occur locally in North England and South Scotland and North Ireland. It will be very cold with some rain, sleet or snow in North Ireland' At Midnight a warm front lay from N.Ireland to N.Kent. By 18GMT this had made only limited northwards progress, remaining stationary in the West and reaching North Norfolk in the East. To the north of the front was very cold air with temperatures at or rather below freezing and winds E to SE to F7 in places. The precipitation in this area was wintry particularly over NE England and Southern Scotland where there were heavy falls of snow with serious drifting. Acklington (Northumberland ) reported 16" level snow at 18GMT and St.Abb's Head 33"-but this must surely be drifted snow. A number of stations reported 'blowing snow' as well. To the south of the front the air was much milder with temperatures in the SE up to 50°F (10°C). Heavy rain fell in these more southern areas although some this fell at temperatures <0°C earlier in the day in parts of the Midlands and East Anglia. Daytime maximum temp-warmest was Rineanna (Shannon) with 58°F (14.4°C). Coldest was Eskdalemuir on 29°F (-1.7°C) Rainfall (21h-21h)-Kew 13mm, Gorleston 28mm, L.Rissington 18mm, Fairwood (Swansea) 40mm, Manchester 39mm (some as snow), Finningley 27mm (some as snow) and Acklington 23mm (all as snow). Not surprisingly stations are now starting to report 'ground flooded' Snow cover/depth-diminishing quickly in southern districts although W.Raynham, Waddington and Cranfield still report >50% cover to depths 1-4". New accumulations over northern districts, Carlisle 4",Finningley 8", Leeming 10", Renfrew 9", Prestwick 8", W.Freugh 9", Eskdalemuir 7", Rattray 12", Lerwick 14". Acklington deepest on 16". Much drifting of lying snow.



Source:The Daily Weather Report of the Meteorological Office
*Refers to 24 hours ending 0600 on the date
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