Some memorable days
29 March 1965
At the end of a month of contrasts (It began with harsh frosts- down on the 2nd to 14F (-10C) and then a more changeable period, pressure rose in an open warm sector on the 28th. The night following fell to just 35F (1.4C). But with unbroken sunshine and a low-level inversion there was an unprecedented rise in temperature to reach 74F (23.4C)- a March record.
Pressure map for 29 March 1965
2 June 1975
A fine May had ended with high pressure retreating northwards and a burst of cold NE winds. There was a large reservoir of very cold air in the Arctic north of Iceland. Late on the 1st a polar low formed near Iceland and ran south-eastward.. Under clear skies the thermometer dropped to 2.0C, and as the low neared it produced a heavy shower of sleet and snow.
Pressure map for 2 June 1975
15 February 1979
1978-79 was one of the snowiest winters of the record (although less so than 1946-47). The heaviest fall occurred on 14 February. Newark received 6 inches level snow and accompanying strong winds led to severe drifting. Many villages around Newark were cut off for several days. The ferocity of the storm can be adjudged by the fact that for many hours falling snow reduced visibility to less than 100m. The day maximum was -2.7C
Pressure map for 15 February 1979
1 October 1985
This was the remarkable coda to an indifferent summer. The last week of September had produced a prolonged Indian Summer with gentle southerly breezes and day maxima of 22-24C. AS the high moved away freshening southerly breezes brought air from far south. The day began with an overnight low of 17.0C, and by 08h it had already climbed to 21C. The afternoon maximum was 28.6C- the hottest of the year
Pressure map for 1 October 1985
3 August 1990.
This was 'hot Friday'. High pressure to the east had produced sunny weather with steadily climbing temperatures all week. It culminated in what was for many places the hottest day on record. Newark reached a staggering 37.0C (98.6F)
Pressure map for 3 August 1990
In a summer of repeated heavy rainstorms, the one which occurred on the 9th August was record breaking. The preceding days had been mostly warm and sunny, then an old hurricane approached winds backed SE on the 8th which reached 29.1C. Rain began to fall at 08h on the 9th and did not finally cease until 12h on the 10th. In that period, 107.8mm rain fell, of which 98.4mm during the 'rainfall day' of the 9th
Pressure map for 9 August 2004
(all charts show surface pressure and 1000-500mb GPM at 00h, and are from the archives of the Deutsche Wetterdienst)