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Snow at the Seaside

Not quite as rare as snow in summer, but sometimes snow settles at the seaside!

It might be because we're all getting older, or it might be the effects of global warming, but snow fall just doesn't seem to be as thick as it once did!

In the 1970's and 80's it wasn't unusual to have several inches of snow that lay on the ground for several days - yet in the 21st century an inch or two is considered to be severe weather.

Although snow fall might be more scanty in inland areas, at the coast the weather has to be particularly bad for snow to gather in any kind of depth, or stick for any length of time.

Salt, good old Sodium Chloride, is used all over the world to melt snow and ice. Salt water freezes at -18C or 0F - so salt is applied to lower the temperature that the snow/icy water freezes at to lower than what the current temperature is outside - it's pretty much a universal de-icer for the United Kingdom - it might not be quite so effective in Siberia!

Of course here on the Fylde Coast, as is the same at all other seaside towns, the air contains a higher concentration of salt in the water vapour that hangs all around us - you've only got to go for a walk on a windy day and you can taste the salt on your lips. So the salt tends to act as a universal seaside de-icer.

January 2016

When the rest of the UK was covered in snow in January 2016, and America was in a state of National Emergency because the it was so deep that everything ground to a halt, the Fylde Coast looked like someone had dusted it in pretty white icing sugar.

Snow on Cleveleys promenade in 2016
Snow on Cleveleys promenade in 2016

Snow on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys
Light dusting of snow on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys

February 2010

In 2010 we had a reasonably good display of snow here on the Fylde - the best show for several years which is when these photos were taken.

Snow on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys in 2010
Snowy beach at Cleveleys

While the rest of the country and particularly the south east were suffering from 'severe weather' we had a light fall of snow that left a thin dusting on the ground on Friday 18th January 2010.

Temperatures in the stratosphere over the arctic shot up by 50C. Over the next fortnight the effect was felt in the lower atmosphere where our weather happens, turning our winds from mild westerlies to freezing cold easterlies - and driving the cold weather.

Mild air tried to barge in from the Atlantic which brought some respite from the cold - but resulted in tremendous snowfall.

Have a look at the photos, to see what the seaside looks like covered in snow!

Sunset over a snow covered beach
Sunset on a snow covered Fylde Coast Beach

Snow on the beach at Cleveleys

Snow meets seaSnow meets sea - which is which?

Promenade and steps at Cleveleys covered in snowPromenade and steps at Cleveleys covered in snow

Snowy view to BlackpoolSnowy view to Blackpool

Jubilee Gardens Cleveleys covered in snow

Snowy ice cream


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