Remember this?

9 years ago today…I must admit, I can’t actually remember this as any sort of snow event, and I’ve not got any pictures myself of anything that occurred. Maybe it was a flash of sleet for us…but there are some paper and news references too:

Snow in October! Before Halloween? Whatever next? A cold snap this early is something of a rarity – even more so considering the globe is supposed to be warming. But perhaps it’s not anything new…The last time Surrey had lying snow was 1887.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2008/10/30/october_snow_feature.shtml

This is a great page from the Met Office on the event:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/28_30october2008

and The Guardian reporting on it too:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/oct/29/weather-london

And finally for the more geeky weather types, here’s the 500hPa chart for the day:

And alongside that map here is Brian Gaze’s rather excellent write up on The Weather Outlook website of this event from a technical perspective:

https://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoother/twocontent.aspx?type=bg&id=168