April set to be frostiest in UK for 60 years

Posted: April 27, 2021 by oldbrew in atmosphere, Temperature, weather

High pressure over the UK

Why isn’t rising CO2 putting an end to all the frostiness, we may ask, if currently fashionable climate theories are so smart?
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This month is provisionally the frostiest April in the UK for at least 60 years, the Met Office has said.

The month saw 13 days of air frosts in the UK, compared with the previous record of 11 in April 1970, reports BBC News.

Northern Ireland had eight days of air frosts, while Scotland recorded 16.

The Met Office says the conditions have been challenging for farmers and growers and are advising gardeners to keep their tender plants indoors.

The breakdown of frosty days by UK nation in April is:

England – 12
Wales – 11
Scotland – 16
Northern Ireland – 8
Northern Ireland’s record for frost in April was 11 days in 1983.

Mark McCarthy, from the National Climate Information Centre, said: “We’ve been seeing a high frequency of frosts overnight throughout April, thanks largely to persistent clear skies for most.

“This will be reflected in the end of the month statistics, which are already showing above average sunshine duration, as well as low minimum temperature readings overnight, with some parts of northern England and Scotland reporting minimum temperatures 3.5°C lower than the average for April.”

BBC Weather’s Gemma Plumb said there were a number of reasons for the frosty month but the main one was that high pressure had dominated the weather across the UK for much of April.

“High pressure can lead to clear skies overnight and this allows temperatures to fall below zero and brings frosty nights,” she said.

“We have also seen the winds often coming in from the north which brings in colder air and overnight this can lead to cold and frosty nights.

“Another reason is that the soil is dry due to this month being drier than average across most of the UK. The dry soil allows for more radiative cooling so more frosts overnight.”

Full report here.

  1. tom0mason says:

    ““Another reason is that the soil is dry due to this month being drier than average across most of the UK. The dry soil allows for more radiative cooling so more frosts overnight.””

    As is well known by most meteorologists, a cooler air mass usually a drier.
    Runs against the AGW paradigm of cold atmosphere being wet and warm atmosphere is dry.

  2. JB says:

    Perhaps not even Dry Ice on the ground for a month would convince them.

  3. Spirit of the wind says:

    I have to replant my Broad beans I planted them in March, the frost got a few inches below the ground level, that’s why,
    The AMO cycle moving back to cooler, the AMO cycle that may explain the slight warming over the last few decades.?
    Or Solar cycle 25 weak?
    Or a bit of both?

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Grand solar minimum, and a return of glaciation?

  5. oldbrew says:

    What price another ‘pause’ like the 2008-2014 (or maybe longer) one?

    – – –
    Compare with April 2020 – the word ‘frost’ doesn’t appear at all in this Met Office summary…

    Record-breaking April sunshine

    April 2020 has been a warm, dry and sunny month
    – – –
    France had already been hard-hit with frost after the first week of April this year (published 9th April)…

    France to declare agricultural ‘disaster’ over spring frost

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Three and a half degrees below average and no shrieking about cooling?

    What’s interesting is that it’s minimums, which is where most of the warming has been found. A return to cooler nights would have a significant impact on the averages.

  7. oldbrew says:

    How Europe relied on conventional power during cold winter
    April 19, 2021

    The colder-than-usual winter weather meant that Europe’s fossil fuel fleet produced 8% more than in Q1 2020, as more dispatchable generation was required to meet increased demand.

    – – –
    Available on demand, but penalised and denounced by governments.
    * * *
    Similar story in Texas…

    Despite this enormous disparity in tax revenue – and the fact that the wind and solar industries spent $66 billion building generation capacity in Texas – we have been repeatedly told that wind and solar weren’t to blame for the blackouts. Why? Because they were “expected to make up only a fraction” of what the state needed during the winter.

    These excuses merely underscore the essence of the problem: If wind and solar can provide so little power during times of peak demand – and especially during moments when the electric grid is on the verge of collapse – why are we spending so much money on it?


  8. cognog2 says:

    Have you noticed that the CAGW Meme has been very quiet quiet this ? Seems it is getting a bit of hammering these days.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Records only go back to 1960, so ’60 years’ means ‘at least 60 years’.

    Frostiest April for at least 60 years in UK
    Posted on 27 April, 2021 by Met Office Press Office


  10. Johna says:

    Why isn’t rising CO2 putting an end to all the frostiness, we may ask, if currently fashionable climate theories are so smart? Because they are not smart they are dumber than dumb and or corrupt or just plain stupid. Talking of stupid; the Public takes the biscuit on that score as they do nothing to stop these clowns from creating more damage than a new solar minimum and the next ice age will cause. Bojo’s trying to thin us out with his dodgy vaccines and let the virus rip to get us prepared, but I think his days are numbered too?

  11. MrGrimNasty says:

    The mean temperature in the CET so far is on a par with the likes of 1983 and 1989, April has been cool, but not extreme, only ~1C below ‘normal’, March was more than that above.

    It is not a significant record, just a case of trawling the data and playing bingo – easy since digitization and computers – there is always somewhere something unique, if you look hard enough.

    Think what this means, it means some place in England, any place anywhere might have been 0.1C cooler on any 2 nights than the last record number of frosts in April! It could all be accounted for by a ‘frost hollow’ station sending in readings that wasn’t in the dataset back whenever.

    Such record claims are just throwaway gossip, meaningless as far as climate goes.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Mr Grim – don’t forget the French ‘agricultural disaster’.

  13. AC Osborn says:

    What is the betting that they will still declare it one of the hottest years on record?

  14. stpaulchuck says:

    must be the global cooling caused by the global warming as predicted by Manbearpig

  15. MrGrimNasty says:

    Oldbrew, you should know by now, hyperbolic reporting is not fact. Let’s wait until the harvests are all in and counted shall we.

    Even if it is a ‘bad’ year, it’s just random weather – the warm spell in March (mid 20s in France) pushed everything ahead and then it went cold again. How much cold they can tolerate depends on how advanced the shoots are.

    Anther little known fact is that “…some grape cultivars, especially French hybrids, may produce 50% of a normal crop or more from secondary buds”, yes, unlike a lot of other fruit, they can still produce a crop this year. It can produce a better quality final crop and vintage.

    Look back through the news archives, the French harvest is always being devastated by frost at the start and the end of the season – oh look, 2017! Short memories most people.


  16. oldbrew says:

    Mr Grim – The French declaration of an agricultural disaster triggers financial assistance and such like. It’s not just a headline.

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    And in the States…

    APRIL 27, 2021


  17. LeedsChris says:

    This is a quite exceptional month. In my part of Northern England I have weather records for 20 years and this is now the third frostiest month in the whole record – beaten only by two winter months. With a few days to go this may end up the second frostiest month of all months in the record, beaten only by December 2010. I have a lot of fruit trees and bushes and the frost damage has been bad and it will hit the harvest hard.

  18. Graeme No.3 says:

  19. Graeme No.3 says:

    That is for eastern Australia. Wind not delivering as much as the oldest coal plant running at half capacity. And comments box is behaving oddly.

    [reply] re. comments, not seeing anything unusual here

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  22. oldbrew says:

    From the Netherlands…

    SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021
    Coldest April in 35 years brought a mix of sun, snow, hail and frost

    With an average temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, last month was the coldest April since 1986. The average temperature lay 3.2 degrees below the norm of 9.9 degrees in April, Weer.nl reported.

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    Eastern England report…

  23. oldbrew says:

    April’s lowest average minimum temperatures since 1922
    Author: Press Office

    15:24 (UTC+1) on Fri 30 Apr 2021

    April 2021 had the lowest average minimum temperatures for April in the UK since 1922, as air frost and clear conditions combined for a frost-laden, chilly month, despite long hours of sunshine.

    Early provisional figures from the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre indicate that April had the third lowest average UK minimum temperature for the month since records began in 1884, while Wales, Scotland and England all reported their figures in their top five lowest ever recorded. Average daily maximum temperatures were also below normal, but not by as much as the minimum temperatures.
    . . .
    Growers are being advised to keep tender plants inside for now, or to cover with cloches or horticultural fleece if they do need to go out, as there remains a risk of frost ahead for many.

    Further headline figures for UK countries will be released on Met Office Twitter on 1 May 2021.


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