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40th anniversary of the great snows of Jan 1982


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,177 ✭✭✭carltonleon

    Great days …. What joy waking up on the day we were due back to school to open the curtains to about 3 feet of snow …. Glorious!!!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,899 ✭✭✭Elmer Blooker

    A show your age thread 😮

    I remember it and definitely the best snowfall of my lifetime (even I wasn’t born in ‘47)

    There was a similar snowfall in Jan 1987 but not as heavy and was a big let down as it thawed immediately.

    The December 2010 snow lay longer than ‘82 but nowhere near as heavy and didn’t drift.

    My location missed out on the ‘beast’ in 2018 but that was a let down too as it thawed immediately.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭Jpmarn

    Never saw the same amount of snow at my home near Limerick since January 1982. I remember that there was a deep drift at the front road gate.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,899 ✭✭✭Elmer Blooker

    It was around this time on the Friday afternoon of the 8th that the storm really got going, it started at approx 9pm on the 7th and the first 18 hours or so saw moderate snowfall so nothing special and the temp around 0c. The easterly gale picked up and snow became very heavy and powdery as the temperature dropped below freezing and that’s when the serious drifting started as darkness fell.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,218 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    We had drifts at home in Dun Laoghaire that I've never seen since, I was a small child and where the drift gathered at the garden wall it was at my head. It was extraordinary for a low lying coastal location.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭Littlehorny

    I'm from a smallish town in Meath and the whole place was cut off for at least a week, I was 10 at the time and remember the country roads just full of drifting snow about 9 or 10 foot high.

    The council were trying to clear it and were finding abandoned cars in the drifts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,096 ✭✭✭AllForIt

    I don't remember this but heard tell of it over the years. The link M.T provides says it didn't reach some parts of the west coast, where I was at the time, so now finally I know why!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 257 ✭✭bejeezus

    82 was talked about a lot when I was a kid. I was born in late 83 so my siblings remembered it. I enjoyed the beast from the east. Fun watching the animals experience it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,334 ✭✭✭Billcarson

    I was the same age as yourself during those events. January 87 i was in first year too. Like you i thought getting a few days off school was the normal every winter due to snow then the winters of the late 80s happened which a a bit of a rude awakening lol.

    Winter 88/89 ,I remember starting my mock inter cert in late feb which coincideded with brief cold snap with bit of snow about that was pretty much melted by lunchtime.

  • Registered Users Posts: 521 ✭✭✭Goldfinch8

    Like you Gonzo, I certainly believe that the snow of 82 was the start of my real passion for weather and of course the annual hunt for snow.

    I have never lost that childhood enthusiasm for watching snow falling.

    It was a real treat to be able to stay up for weatherview on BBC after Newsnight if memory serves me correctly. I was always hoping for two snowflake symbols under the cloud graphic that would be plonked over where we lived in the eastern part of the country. I was in college for that 1991 blizzard and that was a nice shot of snow alright.

    I am always conscious of rose tinted glasses and all of that looking back but they certainly felt like snowier times albeit by our own limited Irish expectations. Geography just makes it frustratingly difficult for the stars to align for us correctly.

    Anyway we live in hope, and it was a real treat to revisit this great weather event in this thread and to read other posters experiences of it as well as seeing what seem like rare photos or video footage of it. Makes one feel slightly old!

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