1904 saw a very dry autumn, and a cold snap in November.











November. The month began mild, wet, and windy. A depression crossed the north on the 8th bringing several hours rain to the north: Ambleside had 142 mm of rain. After a quiet spell midmonth came a memorable cold snap from the 20th to the end of the month. There were some notable snowfalls at the end of the month, from the 20-23rd; 22 cm lay at Keswick on the 22nd. 14 cm at Wakefield, the most severe November snowstorm there for 15 years. 3cm settled at St Pancras in London on the 23rd. Even Liskeard had 18 cm. Two old yew trees were blown down in Buckland churchyard in Dover in a blizzard. But most of the heavy snow was across southern Scotland and northern England, with the highest depth of 46 cm. The temperature fell to -11 at Nairn on the 22nd and at Nottingham on the 24th; the maximum at Oxford on the 26th was only -2C. The lowest temperature was probably -14.4C (6F) recorded at Appleby, Westmoreland; this is the lowest November minimum of the twentieth century in England. The River Wye froze at Ross on the 28th. There was some dense fog.

December. After the severe snow and cold at the end of November 1904, the weather turned mild.