What has happened to proper snow in the UK?

TheĀ UK's warmer than average weather can be partially blamed on the warm sea surface temperatures close to the United States strengthening the jet stream up to levels too high to support cold weather, or indeed significant snowfall across most of the British Isles.

This area of warm waters fires up the jet stream, that fast moving ribbon of air a few miles above the surface and is caused by the great temperature difference found in winter between the astonishingly cold temperatures over the Arctic and the relatively warm equator.

These Oceanic patterns follow relatively reliable and predictable patterns in the Sun, the "Solar Cycle".

The last time heavy snow fell in the UK was in January and March of 2013, some 4 years ago.

The last severe snowfall was in 2010, which is indeed rather near in Climate terms, and was brought on by the solar minimum. We are due another solar minimum around the turn of the decade.

Heavy snow has fallen more recently in the more prone areas of Scotland and Northern England, however this is expected even in a Westerly air flow.

You may be struggling to remember what proper snow feels and looks like if you live in the South.

Signs are, the closer we move towards 2025, the more likely we are to experience heavy snowfall. Either this winter or next winter will be quite harsh says sods law.

 

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