Monday, 11 December 2017

No Snow but the Coldest Night of the Year

Well, we didn’t get any snow on Sunday. I have to admit that by Saturday morning the weather models had adjusted their predictions of where snow was to fall on Sunday and we were unlikely to get either snow or rain. That turned out to be the case. We did manage a few flakes on Sunday afternoon but it would be pushing it a bit to describe it as a snowfall. 
However, Sunday night through into Monday morning produced the coldest temperature of the year so far as the thermometer plunged to -3.2°C or 26.2°F. 

It's the coldest temperature since 29 December 2016 when the temperature fell to -5.6°C or 21.9°F.
Temperature & Rainfall Records 09-11 December 2017
Last week we didn’t visit our allotment and instead had a couple of afternoons photographing steam locomotives. It’s the time of year when special charter trains head for York. First, on Thursday afternoon, was “The Christmas White Rose” heading to York from Norwich. It was running about two hours late by the time we arrived at our chosen photographic location. We decided to get some lunch in York rather than hang around in the bitterly cold weather. After lunch we returned to our spot in time to see 60009 Union of South Africa speed by on its way to York.
On Saturday lunchtime it was the turn of 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe with “The York Yuletide Express” from London Ealing Broadway to York.
Luckily for us, this train was running only about 15 minutes late so we didn’t have to wait around in the freezing conditions for too long.


  1. Funnily enough I was on a train travelling north on Sunday. We went right through the snowy zone to get back to a freezing but "dry" Edinburgh -7C. I think the snow was deepest around Watford!

    1. On Friday night we were right in the firing line for that snow but by Saturday it was all going south of us. I'd like it to warm up a little bit now.

  2. I was totally unaware of these Christmas train excursions. They sound like lots of fun and ease.

    1. The trains don't only run to York at Christmas. They also run to other towns and cities that hold Christmas markets. Chester and Bath have markets and trains run to them at this time of year too.


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