Dorchester's Warmest November Ever - So what about the snow?

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By Dorch_People | Saturday, November 26, 2011, 18:36

Britain is on course for the warmest November since records began 353 years ago, according to forecasters, after a recent balmy 18C weekend with some of the highest temperatures ever recorded just six weeks before Christmas.

Here in Dorchester the temperatures are finally starting to cool down.  Personally I'm just waiting for the temperatures to drop and be wading around in snow again this year. It is easy to be nonchalant when you can still go for a walk with just a jumper on. However am trying not to get distracted from insulating my house and making sure everything is ready for the winter.

"Oh no, it's too cold for snow" - Old wives tales or truths?

The Met Office explain:

"Precipitation falls as snow when the air temperature is below 2 °C. It is a myth that it needs to be below zero to snow. In England the snow becomes heaviest when air temperature is between 0 and 2 degrees Celsius.  The falling snow does begin to melt as soon as the temperature rises above freezing, but as the melting process begins, the air around the snowflake is cooled.  If the temperature is warmer than 2 °C then the snowflake will melt and fall as sleet rather than snow, and if it's warmer still, it will be rain."

Another White Christmas?

The fact is that the weather can only be accurately forecast up to five days beforehand.  So guesstimates are all we have until nearer the time. Christmas' 2009 and 2010 were both adorned with snow, so it seems like our winters are starting to return to the winter weather I knew as a child.

Snow Facts

• On 25 September 1895 snow was reported to have fallen at London and Wallington in Surrey making it the earliest fall of snow on the capital.

• On 2 June 1975 snow showers forced the abandonment of several cricket matches across the country.

• The snowiest winter of the twentieth century in the United Kingdom was 1947. Between 22 January and 17 March snow fell every day somewhere in the country.

• The most disastrous avalanche in the United Kingdom occurred in Lewes, East Sussex on 27 December 1836. Eight people were killed and several houses were destroyed.

Source- The Met Office.

So let us know if you have any tips on preparing for the cold weather - and if you have any top sledging locations to share - if it snows, we want to be ready.

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    Oh I forgot to write my tip - always carry a big bottle of water, warm coat, gloves, shovel and torch in your boot, so if you get stuck you can help yourself rather than waiting for rescue service that may not be able to get to you.

    By saveferris at 12:30 on 30/11/11

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    I would be quite happy for the winter to stay like this. I'm not a fan of snow as days off work if you are self employed are just a worry not a holiday. I have to admit I have bought myself so of those shoe grips to keep in the van so I don't have to slip around again if it does snow.

    By saveferris at 12:27 on 30/11/11

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