Thursday, 24 March 2016

Weather in 1947

Winter 1947, snowbound bus, Castle Hill, Huddersfield.

There are a number of reasons why we've chosen to set Porthkeres in 1947 (partly the Transport Act 1947) and particularly in summer: the weather. After a particularly harsh winter of 1946–1947 and a wet Spring that caused widespread flooding, the summer of 1947 is the 6th warmest on record in records dating back to 1659.

Between July 14th and 19th there were widespread and severe thunderstorms.

August in particular was very SUNNY, notably DRY and very WARM. RJ Prichard ('Weather', February 2013) states that … " the month was unprecedented (for fine weather) for over 75 years over practically the whole of the British Isles - only surpassed by August 1995." When better then, than one of the warmest summers to portray cows grazing in the fields, the cereal harvest in progress, market gardens producing and the pilchard season at its height?

Image: Arthur Shaw [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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