Bournemouth too warm for snow
The only downside of living in Bournemouth is when the snow falls – well that is everywhere else in the UK except here! Unfortunately it is a symptom of the lovely mild Bournemouth climate that we enjoy here. The year round temperatures are generally above national average, so while the rest of the country is having a great time frolicking around in the snow we just have horrible drizzle, Bournemouth rarely gets any snow at all. Click on the photo >>, you can see a very dark patch for the Bournemouth area, that means a snow free zone!
This was illustrated quite well on the national news in 2010, they showed a very revealing satellite shot of the entire snowfall across the UK (see above). This was the year when the whole country ground to a halt when a few feet of snow settled everywhere. You can see on the image that the whole country was clearly white right to the coast, you could see the outline of the entire island clearly identified by the white snow on the ground. That was until you look at Bournemouth! The image shows a triangular patch of dark grey where hardly a flake had fallen. A real disappointment if you are a snow lover like me! Sometimes if I know that there is snow about and I’m craving the sight of it, I’ll jump in the car and drive inland from Bournemouth for literally only 15 minutes and low and behold, there it is, snow on the ground, snow men being built, kids having snowball fights, cars skidding out of control. Strange old place Bournemouth! Saying all of that, surprisingly we do actually get snow in Bournemouth on the odd occasion but it needs to be the right set of climatic conditions for it to happen and basically a full on blizzard white-out for the rest of the country. On average we might enjoy a light dusting of snow in Bournemouth between 2 - 4 days a year and that’s our lot.