Philip Eden's Book "Great British Weather Disasters" has a Chronology of Disaster where he chronicles all the noteable severe weather episodes across the country from 1901 to 2008. I've attempted to extract all the episodes which mention the North East of England here. If I've missed any episodes you think should be included, please let me know via the Contact Us page.




Severe Weather in the North East of England 1901-2008

25-30 December 1906 Snowstorm
A severe gale, accompanied by thunderstorms, swept Eastern Scotland and North East England. 35-45cm of snow fell in upland parts of Durham and Northumberland.

21-30 January 1910 Snowstorm
Heavy snow with drifting affected NE England with level depths widely over 30cm (53cm at Wearhead in the Pennines) Heavy livestock losses.

Merrington Road 1910. This Swaledale type milk float had been abandoned with it's milk churns along the Merrington to Ferryhill road which was blocked by snow. The photograph is dated 30th January 1910, which was a Sunday, explaining why the two men were not in their workclothes (both were miners).

23-24 June 1911 Flooding
36 hour downpour deposited 110mm of rain in Upper Weardale. Extensive flooding in Northumberland and Durham.

10-12 January 1913 Snowstorm
Heavy snow, with drifting affected Northern England, seriously disrupting road and rail traffic. Depths of 25-35cm widely observed

18 June 1914 Thunderstorm
An extraordinary (unmeasured) deluge caused floods and landslips in the Ruffside district of North West Durham and there were several lightning fatalities.

31 May 1924 Thunderstorms and floods
Heavy thunderstorms widely, 104mm of rain fell in Sunderland with serious flooding affecting large parts of Wearside and Tyneside.

23-26 February 1933 Snowstorms
One of the most extreme blizzards of the Century. Deep snow with drifting.

Deep snow with drifting. Tow Law Feb 1933.

24-26 January 1935 Severe Gale
High winds with damaging gusts. 87mph measured at South Shields

11-13 March 1937 Heavy Snow
Over 60cm of snow fell at Barnard Castle.

21-22 December 1938 Severe Cold, heavy snow
30-50cm of snow fell widely, with 60cm in West Durham.

18-20 February 1941 Snowstorm
The great North East Snowstorm. Massive snowfall caused most transport routes to be blocked for several days. Six trains (with 1,000+ passengers) were stranded in drifts between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Power and telegraph lines were brought down. 122mm of snow recorded at Consett, 107cm at Durham, 76cm at Newcastle. Sever flooding then followed the thaw.

22 June 1941 Thunderstorm
113mm of rain registered in Newcastle. Considerable hail damage in the district.

29-30 January 1945 Snowstorm
A blizzard dropped 25-35cm of snow over a large area. Drifts of 6m blocked road and rail networks.

January-March 1947 Snowstorms
Several major snowstorms contributed to snowdepths in this very snowy winter. Snow lay 86cm deep at Ushaw near Durham by early March.

8-9 February 1948 Severe gale
Much damage occurred over Northern England. 95mph recorded at Durham.

9-28 February 1955 Heavy snowfalls
Heavy snow at higher levels. 'Operation Snowdrop' was initiated to drop supplies to upland hill farmers.

Wagtail Road, Stanley 1955

6-14 March 1958 Heavy Snow
36cm of snow reported at Redcar.

1 March 1965 Heavy Snow
Snow fell heavily, with depths approaching 20-30cm.

13 November - 2 December 1965 Heavy Snow
Snow fell heavily in this period. Ushaw reported a maximum of 56cm of snow over this period.

14-21 February 1966 Heavy snow, thaw and floods
A disruptive snowfall in this period with 30cm at Ushaw. A rapid thaw on 20-21 Feb accompanied by rain led to widespread flooding.

11 September 1976 Heavy rain and flooding
Severe flooding after the drought broke, with 121mm of rain in Sedgefield, and 140mm in other parts of Durham. Floodwaters nearly 2m deep flowed through the village of Stokesley.

11-12 January 1978 Severe gale and snow
A severe northerly gale brought a storm surge to the East Coast, Then 30-40cm of snow accumulated in parts of NE England.

9-13 February 1978 Snowstorms
Deep snow disrupted transport and cut power lines in North East England. Depths reached 50-80cm in upland parts of Northumberland, and lay 25-30cm deep in Newcastle.

27 December 1978 - 4 January 1979 Rain, flooding and snowfall
Between four and five times the normal monthly rainfall were recorded in NE England this month, 118mm of rain fell at Arkengarthdale, Nth Yorks in 48hrs. The rain then turned to blizzards of snow on a gale force Easterly winds. Huge drifts built up over New Year.

19-23 January 1979 Heavy snow
40-50cm of snow accumulated in snowstorms.

16-18 March 1979 Snowstorm
A storm deposited 30cm of level snow on Durham (much more in drifts). In Gosforth, the depth was nearer 45cm, with Newcastle innaccesible for a time, and smaller villages isolated.

Snowfall in Durham City, March 1979.

31 January - 1 February 1983 Gales
Severe North Westerly gales brought a gust of 93mph at Sunderland.

17 July 1983 Severe flooding
Destructive floods hit the North Pennines following a torrential downpour, and there were reports of peat bogs bursting in West Durham. 104mm recorded in Ireshopeburn in Upper Teesdale.

26-29 December 1985 Snowstorm
25-30cm of snow was recorded in NE England between Christmas and New Year.

25-26 August 1986 Heavy rain and flooding
The remains of Hurricane Charley caused chaos over the August Bank Holiday, with more than 100mm of rain falling in parts of Co Durham. Flooding in the Dales, with caravans washed away.

7-9 February 1991 Heavy Snow
46cm of snow fell in Longframlington and at Fylingdales. The snow was dry and powdery. This brought the infamous 'wrong kind of snow' comment by a Southern England railway employee.

31 March - 2 April 1992 Severe flood
Prolonged heavy rain led to widespread flooding on the regions rivers. Urban flooding was extensive on Tyneside, with 110mm of rain falling in Newcastle in 60 hours.

13-15 May 1993 Flooding
70-80mm of rain fell in parts of North East England, leading to some flooding.

25-28 January 1996 Heavy snow
Heavy and prolonged snow blocked roads in the region. 20-40cm was typical, with 50cm reported from NW County Durham

4-5 January 1999 Flooding
Serious flooding reported on the Tyne, Wear and Tees.

26 February - 3 March 2001 Heavy snow
Deep snow. 33cm measured at Boltshope Park in NW Durham.

8th January 2005 Gales
A strong gale affecting most of Northern England. Structural damage widespread. 85mph gust recorded at Leeming.

24-25 February 2005 Snowstorm
A snowstorm lasting 24 hours dumped lots of snow on upland areas in North East England. Snow lay 52cm deep in NW Durham and huge drifts piled up on the North York Moors.

Snow on Blakey Ridge, North Yorks. Feb 25, 2005