Snow 07 Feb 2009_47 uc
A snowy field at Huish Farm, Mapledurwell.
Ironically last year's February brass monkeys weather in the UK was due to warming of the stratoshere over the North Pole. To cut a long shory short this caused the winds over the UK to change direction. Instead of the usual mild and damp Atlantic westerly winds these were replaced with cold and dry continental easterly winds. On the morning of February 2nd 2009 damp air came across the English Channel from France. When this collided with the cold air over Southern England the resulting precipitation fell as heavy snow. There was also heavy localised snowfall over Basingstoke on the afternoon of February 2nd 2009 which contributed to the snow already lying on the ground.