As I have spotted a "Best to Worst years in the 1980's" thread here recently and have no real memories of the decade since I was born in the mid part of this decade I thought I would feature the main decade of my childhood, the 1990's
Mildness was unfortunately a common theme of the winters in this decade and as a snow loving child it wasn't the best decade to grow up in. The summers were generally a mix and provided at least more variety than the winters did.
Overall ranking for me would put 1995 at the top due to the decent summer and the cold December and I'd probably put 1993 at the bottom with 1998 2nd to bottom due to poor summers in both years and little if any wintry weather in 1998 or early 1993.
Ranking the years by winters and summers
If I take the same years and rank them by the winters, meaning 1989/90 through to 1998/99 so encompassing the bigger part of both winters 1989/90 and 1998/99 in the correct decade for simplification sees the order chance somewhat compared with the overall rating.
1st 1995/96 1995 and 1996 still rank highly here and this is thanks to the best winter of the 1990's for cold and snow with winter 1995/96. The only let down was January 1996 with that 3 weeks of mild dull dross, otherwise the best winter of the decade.
2nd 1996/97 A close call between 1996/97 and 1990/91 but as I have better memories of the cold and snowy period at the end of December 1996 into January 1997 it squeezed into 2nd position.
3rd 1990/91 Similar level to 1996/97 really but as the cold was mostly focused on a few days in February 1991 then 1996/97 just edged it for me over this year that I have less memories of anyway.
4th 1993/94 Probably after the 3 winters above 1993/94 was probably the most snowy of the remaining winters and just edges it over 1998/99 due to less mild winter overall compared with 1998/99
5th 1998/99 Unusual for me to rank one of the mildest winters of the 1990's so high up the list but this is due to the fact that it had several colder snaps that pretty much delivered snow for me on every single one of them. The longer mild dross periods between the cold snaps were what dragged this winter down to 5th position however.
6th 1994/95 Another mild dross winter that ranks a bit higher than expected for a cold snow lover and this is due to the frosty weather in December 1994 as well as the 25th January 1995 snow event.
7th 1991/92 Just a total bore fest of a winter really but still ranked higher than 1992/93, 1989/90 and 1997/98 due to less mild weather overall compared with the other 3.
8th 1992/93 The least bad of the remaining winters was 1992/93 and this is because it was the least mild of these 3 poor mild wet winters.
9th 1989/90 Didn't know whether to put 1989/90 here or 1997/98 but as my memories of 1997/98 winter were so bad it meant 1989/90 ranked above it even though this was equally as horrific for cold lovers.
10th 1997/98 That super Nino and the dreaded mild winter to me was the worst winter I can remember of the 1990's. Even the brief cold snap in December and the even more brief one in January couldn't save this one from bottom spot.
Although I didn't include winter 1999/00 as the bulk of it was in the 2000's so therefore a 2000's winter for me it would have ranked low down the list too as the only "good" bit of that winter to me was between 13th and 21st December 1999, the rest of it was poor with mild dross the main theme.
Much easier to rank the summers by specific years as they don't span 2 years.
1st 1995 Hands down the best summer of the decade for that warm/hot and dry weather that dominated. The lack of thunderstorms was the main let down but wasn't enough to drag this summer down from top spot.
2nd 1994 A classic heat, thunderstorms and reload summer this one was. Remember several episodes like this with a plume, followed by storms then a cooldown before it began again. Miss summers like this now.
3rd 1996 I remember this summer being half decent too with a few thundery episodes but a little less good than 1994 was so ranked below it as a result.
4th 1997 This summer would have ranked higher than 4th if it were not for that shocking wet June. July's dry weather and August 1997's humid thundery weather helped to pull this summer back up to 4th.
5th 1990 The decent August heat as well as generally good weather saw this summer come 5th overall but ranked below the others due to less memory of this summer as well as less thundery activity than 3 of the above.
6th 1999 Overall a mixed summer with cool wet weather, dry weather and a couple of thundery episodes as well. Very much a bog standard summer and nothing particularly stood out so a mid rating of 6th was all it deserved really.
7th 1991 Don't remember anything specific about summers 1991 or 1992 but I had to put them somewhere and as they appeared on the record to be less bad than both 1998 and 1993 they simply occupied 7th and 8th positions. Not much to choose between them but 1991 looked to be marginally better so took 7th ahead of 1992
8th 1992 See 7th placed summer 1991's description.
9th 1998 A toss up between 1993 and 1998 here as both were shockingly bad summers and easily the two worst ones of the 1990's. As 1998 had a better August than 1993 and overall summer 1998 was less cold than 1993 then it squeezed ahead of it.
10th 1993 What a stinker of a summer this one was, cold and wet was the main theme and there were very few warm and dry spells within it. To me this was the worst summer of the 1990's
Overall ranking of years
I have used a points system here based on where I ranked the summer as well as the previous and following winter to rank the years overall. Summers take double points to remove the bias of using the winters either side of the year. The summers are ranked from 1st taking 20 points down to 10th taking just 2 points. The previous and following winters use the same system except 1st takes 10 points down to 10th taking just 1 point. The following is the result I came up with.
Position YEAR OVERALL SCORE Summer (Score x2) Winter (Previous) Winter (Following)
1st 1995 35 20 5 10
2nd 1996 35 16 10 9
3rd 1994 30 18 7 5
4th 1997 24 14 9 1
5th 1990 22 12 2 8
6th 1991 20 8 8 4
7th 1999 18 10 6 2
8th 1992 13 6 4 3
9th 1993 12 2 3 7
10th 1998 11 4 1 6
Looking at my ranking system it does roughly tie in with my thoughts that 1995 and 1996 were overall the best years of the 1990's for me weather wise with 1994 getting a decent 3rd position overall.
1997 could have ranked higher if there wasn't to be a shocker of a winter to end the year, similar with 1990 with that shocker 1989/90 winter that started it off that dragged 1990 down a bit.
1991 ranked a bit higher than I thought it might, maybe due to the quite good 1990/91 winter that started the year and this same winter also pulled 1990 up a little bit too.
No real surprise to see 1993 and 1998 at the bottom of the list however as overall the worst years of the 1990's. 1993 only got above 1998 as 1993 actually had not that bad a winter at the end of the year whilst 1998 was bookended by milder winters with that poor summer too so no surprise 1998 came out last.
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