Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 24th February 1947
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' A ridge of high pressure extends across central England and southwest Scotland while a depression off southwest Norway is moving south slowly. There will be local snow or hail showers in Northeast Scotland spreading southwards to affect the whole east coast by tomorrow. Elsewhere weather will be fair apart from local showers in southwest England. There will be long cloudless periods in Midlands, North and southeast England, North Ireland and Southwest Scotland. There will however be industrial mist fog especially in Midlands and southeast England persisting locally throughout the day. Severe frost will occur again in many inland districts tonight mainly in Wales, Midlands and south England' At 0600 hours-The depression which moved east along the English Channel in recent days is now boldly approaching the Moscow area. The British Isles are now covered by an area of high pressure which extends eastwards over central Europe. A belt of low pressure runs from Iberia eastwards through the W.Mediterranean and then links north-eastwards to our travelling depression. The are two areas of cloud over the British Isles in the south-west and far north-east with snow showers reported from Wick. There is also an area of cloud and continuous moderate snow over the Netherlands. Elsewhere is cloud free with some very low temperatures indeed. The coldest places are South Farnborough (more familiarly known these days as Farnborough) and Defford (7.5miles SE of Worcester) both on 03°F (-16.1°C). The warmest places are Lizard and Scilly both on 37°F(2.8°C). Overnight minima-Cranfield coldest on 0°F (-17.8°C). Scilly and Benbecula warmest on 34°F (1.1°C). Previous day's maxima-lowest 27°F (-2.8°C) at Waddington and the highest 43°F (6.1°C) at Valentia. Precipitation-generally dry or 'trace' except in NE Scotland (Rattray 5mm) Snow cover/depth-the low which moved along the Channel in recent days has replenished snow cover/depth in many southern counties of England where depths are now in the order of 3"-4". Elsewhere Cranfield reports 16", Waddington 15" and West Raynham 14". Lerwick now reports 16" of snow. Once again south-western stations areas are snow free. Outlook-wintry weather continuing



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