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Great Irish Snowstorms in History

  • 10-01-2022 11:32am
    Registered Users Posts: 8,583 ✭✭✭ Danno

    Opening this thread to facilitate @_NAGDEFY_ 's fantastic collection of newspaper articles.


  • Posts: 178 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ System

    This discussion was created from comments split from: Winter 2021/2022 - General Discussion.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,671 ✭✭✭ Elmer Blooker

    Probably the best account of winter 1739-40 is book called ‘Arctic Ireland, the forgotten famine’

    It seems that snowfall wasn’t particularly heavy that winter and it was the extreme frosts that caused the famine.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,954 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34

    "Even in rooms facing to the South and with fires lit in them, sponge and water jug, were frozen"

    How wonderfully descriptive.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,671 ✭✭✭ Elmer Blooker

    Unbelievable! 6 feet of snow in the streets and roofs caving in.

    What would I give to see weather charts that caused that. I wonder how the rest of the country was affected?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,671 ✭✭✭ Elmer Blooker

    Accounts from London report very dense freezing fog during the last week of December 1813 which was cleared by a northerly wind followed by vast snowfall. It’s likely an anticyclone drifted towards Greenland?

    It makes me wonder if there might have been a series of polar lows because it was from the north? Of course we’ll never know.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,105 ✭✭✭ Billcarson

    The archive charts on meteociel go back to 1836, I wonder will they go back further at some stage?

    Xmas day 1836 looked like a chilly one. Must have been plenty of snow on the continent that Xmas.