Daily Archives: December 13, 2008

Coldest start to winter since 1976


Deer graze in the early hours in Richmond Park, south west London, after a heavy overnight frost Photo: CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER

Britain has endured its coldest start to winter in more than 30 years.

Telegraph | Dec 13, 2008

By Stephen Adams

Since December 1, the meteorological start to the season, the average UK temperature has been only 35.1F (1.7C), well below the long-term 1971-2000 average of 40.5F (4.7C) for the first 10 days of the month.

It is the coldest start to December since 1976, when the average was 33.4F (0.8C).

Arctic and continental winds have dominated the weather since mid November, bringing colder conditions than normal.

On December 3 the temperature dropped to 9.1F (-12.7C) at Tulloch Bridge near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and Tyndrum in Central Tayside, while Copley in County Durham received more than eight inches (21cm) of snow the next day.

While forecasters consider December 1 as the start of winter, many people consider the season to start on the solstice, which this year falls on December 21.

Saturday will see bands of rain cross the country from the west, with warmer air trying to push in. Temperatures will be higher than recently, reaching 48.2F (9C) on the south coast.

But Nick Grahame, the Met Office’s chief forecaster, said that did not signal a change in the pattern of weather, with colder air set to return early next week.

He said: “The start of the weekend will bring a spell of wet and windy weather as milder Atlantic air attempts to push across the country. However, colder air looks set to win the battle again which means that frost and ice will become hazards with the risk of snow in places”.

Coldest weather in 5 years heading to Oregon

Associated Press | Dec 12, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forecasters say some of the coldest weather in the past five years is heading to Oregon for the weekend.

A double blast of cold air is expected to hit Western Oregon on Friday, and again Sunday, with snow all the way down to the Willamette Valley floor on Sunday.

The first cold front is coming from the Bering Sea, bringing heavy snow to the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, as well as the Coast Range.

On Sunday, a second shot of cold air now gathering strength over Hudson Bay in Northern Canada will send the thermometer into the teens in Portland and lower in surrounding areas.

A series of snow, ice and sleet storms dumped snow in the Portland area in January 2004, causing problems for traffic, utilities and emergency crews.