DAVID ARNOLD - February sun and shivers

We all like to remark on the vagaries of the weather and some enjoy blaming any anomalies on “Global Warming”. However, the weather in Sussex has always been variable and subject to extremes. Dr Gideon Mantell’s diary for early 1819 has two entries demonstrating that this is fact: “6th February: Gathered primroses near Glyndebourne. The weather is remarkably mild, flies have been buzzing around me while I am writing and it is so warm that I am now sitting in my study without a fire.”

Just three weeks later on 25th February he writes: “A sudden fall of snow, succeeded by a severe frost; upon the whole this has been the most severe weather we have experienced this winter.”