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Biggest snow fall in 27 years

Posted Tue 3rd February 2009 at 09:46

A significant amount of snow fell in Alderney for the first time since 1982 on Sunday night.

Up to four inches fell in parts of the island from approximately 10pm onwards.

The adverse weather forced the airport to close for several hours at a time and caused trouble for motorists.

Children from St Anne's School already had Monday off due to a faulty boiler and many spent the free time building snowmen and throwing snowballs.

Brian Bonnard, the Alderney Journal's weather recorder, said it was the first time since December 1982 that a large amount of snow had fallen in the island.

Mr Bonnard said: "It has snowed in Alderney about three times in the last 20 years. In December 1982 we had six inches and it closed the airport for a week.

"I remember it well because I had just bought a house in the island and had come over to mow the lawn before moving in. I had barely got started on the four acres of land before the heavens opened and the snow came down.

"I now know it is very rare for snow to settle in Alderney and that it usually melts a few hours after falling.?

Mr Bonnard explained why snow isn't a regular visitor to the northern isle.

"Being a small island the air temperature tends to stay close to the sea temperature and the sea hardly ever freezes.

"The sea has only ever frozen once in recent times and I think that was in January 1987 when the temperature dropped to -9C ? the lowest ever recorded in the island.?

A gallery of snow photos can be view by clicking here. Please send your snow pictures to editor@alderneyjournal.com

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