The latest in a series of wintry storms has blown into the U.K. on Wednesday, giving high winds, bursts of snow and soaking rain.
The instigating Atlantic storm was the same weather system that buried parts of the northeastern U.S. beneath up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow late last week.
Fresh snow covered the ground by Wednesday afternoon in much of Scotland and northern England, with snow reaching south to Manchester and Birmingham.
Slashing rain, driven by winds of 40-55 mph (about 65-90 km/h), pelted the coast from Wales to northern Scotland.
The U.K. Met Office advised of snowfall to 10 cm (4 inches) through Wednesday night over hills and 2-4 cm (about 1 inch) before a turnover to rain at low elevation.
Snow depth in Glasgow, Scotland, reached 5 cm (2 inches) as of midday, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed. In southern Scotland, snow depth reached 10 cm at Eskdalemuir.
London and most of southern England was expected to have rain with a little than a bit of wet snow.
A powerful winter storm, its center marked by a cloud swirl south of Iceland, throws heavy cloud over the British Archipelago. At this time, cold air was well anchored from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea, enabling the storm to shed some snow over the U.K. Image taken 1400 UTC Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
The storm itself, centered south of Iceland Wednesday, was forecast to weaken as it tracked eastward through Thursday. This shift would allow strong coastal winds to abate as the brunt of the storm's precipitation, mostly rain, shifted eastward and southward over the U.K.
This strong north Atlantic storm was actually the successor to the powerful nor'easter that "exploded" off the eastern U.S. last Friday, Feb. 7, 2013. The storm than swept past Newfoundland to open seas on Sunday before strengthening anew south of Iceland on Tuesday.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!