Snow at the Seaside

Snow at the Seaside

The weather has to be especially bad to see snow at the seaside – it’s a rare thing!

It might be because we’re all getting older, or it might be the effects of global warming, but snowfall in general 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.

Snow at the seaside, by Sheena Ann Brown. Scroll down for more of her Blackpool photos
Snow in Blackpool, by Sheena Ann Brown. Scroll down for more of her Blackpool photos

Why is there little or no snow at the seaside?

Although there might be more snowfall in inland areas, here at the coast the weather has to be particularly bad for it to gather in any kind of depth, or stick for any length of time.

Snow at the seaside on the beach meets ice in the sea
Snow on the beach meets ice in the sea

The reason is salt. Good old Sodium Chloride, it’s used all over the world to melt snow and ice.

Here on the Fylde Coast, as in other seaside towns, the air contains a higher concentration of salt. It’s 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 and means we get little or no snow.

It acts as a de-icer because salt water freezes at a lower temperature than clean water. Salt water needs to be a chilly -18 degrees C or 0 degrees F to form ice and snow. That’s much lower than the winter temperatures which we get here in the UK.

Snow at the Seaside in January 2016

The whole of the UK was covered in snow back in January 2016.

America was in a state of National Emergency because the it was so deep that everything ground to a halt. Meanwhile, the Fylde Coast looked like someone had dusted it in pretty white icing sugar.

Snow at the seaside on Cleveleys promenade in 2016
Snow on Cleveleys promenade in 2016
Light dusting of snow at the seaside on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys
Light dusting of snow on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys

Snow in Blackpool

Many thanks to Sheena Ann Brown for allowing us to share these great images of Blackpool covered in snow which she posted on our Live Blackpool Facebook page

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown
Snow in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

Snow at the seaside in Blackpool from Sheena-Ann Brown

These photos of snow in Blackpool are all with thanks to Sheena Ann Brown.

Snow at the Seaside in February 2010

In 2010 we had a reasonably good display of snow here on the Fylde Coast. It was the best show for several years, and is when these photos were taken.

Snow at the seaside and a snowy beach at Cleveleys
Snowy beach at Cleveleys

At the time, the rest of the country and particularly the south east was suffering from ‘severe weather’. We had a light fall of snow that left a relatively thin covering on the ground on Friday 18th December 2010. That’s about as thick as it gets!

Snow at the seaside on Cleveleys promenade
Snow on Cleveleys promenade

Temperatures in the stratosphere over the arctic shot up by 50C. 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.

Fishing in the snow at the seaside. Nothing stops the matches at Cleveleys!
Fishing in the snow at the seaside. Nothing stops the matches at Cleveleys!

Photos of Snow at the Seaside

If you’re used to coming to the seaside on nice days to enjoy sandcastles and ice cream, you’ve probably never seen a snowy beach. Have a look at the photos, to see what the seaside looks like covered in snow!

Sunset over snow at the seaside on a Fylde Coast Beach
Sunset on a snow covered Fylde Coast Beach
Jubilee Gardens at Cleveleys. Snow at the seaside
Jubilee Gardens at Cleveleys in the snow
View of a snowy Lake District from Cleveleys beach. Snow at the seaside
View of a snowy Lake District from Cleveleys beach
Cleveleys beach during snow at the seaside
Cleveleys beach in the snow 2010
Snow at the seaside. Sunset over a snow covered beach
Sunset over a snow covered beach
Birds trying to find a meal on a frost covered beach. Snow at the seaside
Birds trying to find a meal on a frost covered beach. There are 3 if not 4 in this shot. Can you see them?
Snow at the seaside on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys
Snow on Rossall Beach at Cleveleys
Snow at the seaside on Rossall Promenade at Cleveleys
Snow on Rossall Promenade at Cleveleys
Snow at the seaside. Snowy hills of the Lake District, seen from Cleveleys
Snowy hills of the Lake District, seen from Cleveleys
Ice cream sign, covered in ice during snow at the seaside
Ice cream sign, covered in ice!

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