Weather Explore this journal > Previous article in issue: Tropical cyclones of 2012 Previous article in issue: Tropical cyclones of 2012 Next article in issue: March 2013, Coldest March since 1962; dullest since 1984 in East Anglia and the Southeast Next article in issue: March 2013, Coldest March since 1962; dullest since 1984 in East Anglia and the Southeast View issue TOC Volume 68, Issue 5 May 2013 Page 126 Weather ImagesWeather imagesFirst published: 25 April 2013Full publication historyDOI: 10.1002/wea.2138View/save citationCited by: 0 articles Citation tools Set citation alert Check for new citations Citing literature Enhanced PDFStandard PDF (623.6 KB) Figure 1, 2, 3, 4Figure 1. Open FigureDownload Powerpoint slideThere was one brilliant day of warmth and sunshine in March over much of the country, the 5th, when the temperature topped 17°C in parts of south Wales and the London area. The visible satellite image for 1243 utc (courtesy of University of Dundee) shows the extent of the clear skies. There is, though, fog over parts of northeast England; this persisted all day along the Lincolnshire coast where Donna Nook had a maximum temperature of 2.9°C.Figure 2. Open FigureDownload Powerpoint slideMarch was, of course, much more memorable for its unseasonable cold and snowstorms. The radar image for 1200 utc on the 11th (courtesy of meteox.co.uk) focuses on an event Channel Islanders are unlikely to forget for a long time. Snow showers are apparent over much of the British Isles, but a blizzard was affecting the extreme southeast of England and for many hours Guernsey reported a gale and heavy snow.Figure 3. Open FigureDownload Powerpoint slideThe radar image for 1900 utc on 16 March (courtesy of meteox.co.uk) picks out significant convective activity (despite low temperatures) over much of southern Britain. Bands of heavy showers drifted northnortheast into England from late morning, and there was a mix of thunder, hail and snow amongst them. There were also areas of snow over Scotland, where the maximum temperature at Salsburgh, near Airdrie, was only 0.7°C.Figure 4. Open FigureDownload Powerpoint slideLate March weather has rarely been more inclement in our islands than over the weekend of 23/24 March. Strong winds and heavy snow caused major drifts and chaotic conditions over a large central core of the country. However, the visible satellite image for 1250 utc on the 23rd (courtesy of University of Dundee) shows a clear southern edge to the cloud sheet: St Helier (Jersey) had a maximum temperature of 12.9°C and 9.8 hours of sunshine!