HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS FROM ELSEWHERE

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HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS FROM ELSEWHERE

Post by darrog » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:21 am

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Was back home at the weekend and the local parish mag carried and article of 'diary extracts from a parishioner' - first entry is 14.2.29., the last 28.3.47.
Missing out the non weather ones (virtually all about the war), it includes:

14.2.29. - Very cold. skating on the canal all day.
19.2.29. - Ice boat came today. It didn't get through to Stockwith. Had to stop at Misterton, ice too thick.
7.1.31. - just before 1.30p.m. Gringley had an earth tremor
21.5.32. - Cold with rain and more rain. Men had started to repair the bottom lock, but not been today. During night heard water...kitchen flooded..water rushing over banks of canal.
4.4.35. - quite a lot of snow overnight
16.1.36. - lots of snow - ice boat been coming 2+3 times
25.1.40. - lots of snow. Aeorplane crashed in the Carrs. Pilot (german) killed
27.2.47. - 5 weeks since it started to snow and freeze
28.3.47. - snow goes very quick. River Idle burst its banks, Carrs flooded. gainsborough flooded.

'Home' is Gringley on the hill, which is in the very north of Nottinghamshire, bordering Lincs (Gainsboro') and Bawtry (S.Yorks), doncaster is 14miles to NE
Carl - RAF Finningley (now the Robin hood airport) is just a few miles up the road.
Ann - the canal is the Chesterfield canal.
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Post by Anne » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:21 pm

Canals used to suffer badly in some years from ice. These days there is little boat movement during the winter so even if it did freeze it would have less impact. I read a couple of very interesting books about the women who worked on the Inland Waterways during the war (similar to Land Girls). They really struggled with ice during those early 1940s years. Horrible descriptions of spending most of a freezing day clearing ice and getting into a lock - only to find they couldn't get out the other end as by then it had frozen too ....... so they had to reverse out, clearing yet more ice!

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Post by darrog » Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:48 am

Ann, thanks for that, the books sound interesting.
To make a canal burst its banks the rain must have been HEAVY and re the ice, the canal is now about 3-4ft deep so I guess any severe cold would have made life difficult.
With the canal on our doorstep back home it really does become a part of your life, even though I've never been on a 'canal trip'.
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Post by Anne » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:47 am

Well, to be fair, canals can 'burst' without heavy rain if there is a weakness in the bed, which is usually made of 'puddled' clay.

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