I can confirm that the winter of 1963 was bad. In London the snow was more than 2 feet deep in places. Fortunately it didn't last for very long. In contrast, 1991 was not only very cold, but the cold spell was also very long - I seem to recall that my windsceen washers didn't defrost at all for more than 5 weeksChris Lamle said:I don't actually remember the worst winter ever - as I was only 2 months old at the time. But my parents told me that 1963 was a s bad as it ever got.
Stand up Michael Fish you have been recognisedrdt123 said:The sixteen year cycle of bad winters held true for a while. By far the most severe was 1947. At the end of january an omega block led to some areas of the UK being below freezing for almost 6 weeks. At Kew, no sunshine at all was recorded for four weeks and snow depths hit 35 foot drifts in the yorkshire dales. Likewise 63 was particularly harsh, and although temperatures were not as severe snowfall totals were high in 1979.
Incidently this winter was the first for a long time where the atlantic was not dominating leading to extremely mild 'modern winters'