Synoptic Situation at 0600 28/12/1962
High, 1028mb, W of Iceland, declining. Trough lies from Atlantic, through
the English Channel, London to S Denmark and W Russia with a small low on it
over Denmark. Low, 992mb, Azores, stationary. High, 1016mb, Germany,
intensifying. High N Scandinavia, 1016mb. New low, 1015mb, just E of
Iceland, moving S.
Weather over the British Isles:
Snow persisted all day in the far S and SE as the trough became very slow
moving. Thorney Island had a further 23mm, Gatwick 10mm, Plymouth 13mm and
Guernsey 27mm. Further N it was a brighter day with a few wintry showers,
heaviest in the far N, in a NE airflow. There were large accumulations in
southern areas. Most places in the Br.Isles had snow cover at 0600. Fog
formed in many places N of the snow.
Sunshine: Ronaldsway 6.4 hrs, Manchester 2.6 hrs, Carlisle 5.1 hrs, Wick
2.2 hrs, Tiree 4.9 hrs, Belfast 4.9 hrs and Valentia 6.0 hrs.
Maxima: Gatwick 1C, Guernsey 4C, Plymouth 3C, Cardiff 0C, Birmingham 0C,
Watnall 1C, Manchester 1C, Newcastle 4C, Leuchars 2C, Glasgow 1C, Wick 3C,
Lerwick 2C, Tiree 4C, Belfast 3C and Valentia 3C.
Minima: Gatwick -3C, Guernsey -1C, Plymouth 0C, Cardiff -2C,
Birmingham -4C, Watnall -6C, Manchester -5C, Newcastle -2C, Leuchars -3C,
Glasgow -8C (-11), Wick -2C, Lerwick -2C, Tiree -2C, Belfast -6C and
Weather over the rest of Europe:
A band of snow lay from NW France through S Denmark to W Russia. S Iberia
and N coast of Africa were affected by a waving front extending to Greece.
Maxima: Oslo and Stockholm -11C, Helsinki -5C, Tromso -3C, Moscow -10C,
Minsk -13C, Warsaw -8C, Belgrade -5C, Paris and Nimes -5C, Madrid 2C,
Barcelona -2C, Venice -1C and Rome 4C. Iceland +4 in the NW to -6 in the
Minima: N Scandinavia -10 to -21C, Oslo -6C, Stockholm -11C, Helsinki -12C,
Minsk -10C, Berlin -5C, Belgrade -18C, Cologne and Paris -10C, Brussels -5C,
Brest 1C, Bordeaux -8C, Madrid 0C, Nimes -4C, and parts of S Germany -21C.
Iceland +2 to +4C as a warm sector moved S.
Cloudy in the N with a belt of snow moving S across Scotland and N Ireland
to reach N England early tomorrow. Central and S districts will remain
foggy but still with some snow in the far S. Frost persisting all the
period in many areas.
Some other 1200 GMT temperatures:
Verkhoiansk -42C, S Greenland 0C, Chesterfield -33C, Montreal -22C,
Toronto -20C, New York -6C, Washington 1C, Pensacola 6C, Chicago -12C, Dodge
City -9C, Calgary -6C and Vancouver 2C.