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9th August Through The Ages

[b]1992[/b] Severe overnight thunderstorms experienced at Fleet, Hants, only hours after returning from Cornwall holiday (Par). A very muggy and humid morning on the beach and low cloud broke up to allow hot sunshine on Saturday 8th. My fear that an active plume event had hit home areas and I had missed a fantastic storm were groundless - had to wait to get home to find out - no internet or versatile mobile phones in 1992 (just 'brick' phones!). During the train journey home around 6~9 pm on th

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7th August Through The Ages

[b]2002[/b] Guildford: Heavy shower at 1540~1600 GMT then 1725~1727 GMT. 4.5 mm. Thunderstorm to N.W. moving East towards London between 1809~2010 GMT. Lightning observed in cloud 1900~2005 GMT. Some spectacular pink-orange coloured forked lightning. Torrential rain and some flooding reported from Bisley and Wood Street (North Guildford). This outbreak got very close to the site with torrential rain and flooding only 5 km to the north. The severest conditions were about 10~20 km north of the

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6th August Through The Ages

[b]1981[/b] Big thunderstorm reported from Fleet in morning from about 7 am to 11 am. 25.5 mm rain fell. I was away in Cornwall and missed this event. Although I have always enjoyed thunderstorms, this was before my interest in weather really developed - that happened 5 months later with the fantastic snowy and cold 1981~1982 winter and thundery 1982 summer. This storm was more severe at Guildford and records show about 32 mm rain fell in two distinct storms, one before 8 am and the other afte

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5th August Through The Ages

[b]2004[/b] Guildford: Thunder 1441 GMT. Thunderstorm with heavy rain 1513~1540 GMT. Overhead discharge (Guildford, Tesco) at 1517 GMT. Thunder to 1600 GMT. FLEET: Thunderstorm with very heavy rain at times from 1520~1620 GMT. Slight hail. 13.0 mm rain. Torrential rain with minor flooding at Farnborough. (Extract from my Climatological Observers Link & Weather Observers Network returns).

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4th August Through The Ages

[b]1984[/b] Heavy overnight rain, from slow moving shallow depression near S.W. areas, was preceded by downpours in Cornwall and Devon. There were rumours of holidaymakers making a 'massed exodus' out of Teignmouth the previous (Friday) evening. 29.5 mm rain fell at Fleet. [b]1985[/b] A vigorous depression brings some very unsummer-like weather in a return to poor summer weather after a reasonable July. 14.5 mm fell at Fleet but totals were much higher in local areas such as Alton, Hants, wh

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3rd August Through The Ages

[b]1986[/b] Heavy thundery rain yields 28.0 mm at Fleet, Hants. [b]1990[/b] Max. temp was 36.0 deg.C. at Fleet. This was the highest temperature to date exceeding the previous record of 34.0 deg.C on 26th June 1976.

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2nd August Through The Ages

[b]1969[/b] A very thundery and wet week ended with a spectacular deluge in S.E. and central southern England at the weekend of Saturday 2nd and early Sunday 3rd August. Although the action had been in the S.W. a few days earlier (Plymouth area and much of southern Cornwall had received 100 mm+ rain on the 28th July), it was now the turn of areas to the west of London to have some excitement (none of this 2012 'Guildford missing out' nonsense in 1969!). Thundery rain early on the 2nd yielded 1

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1st August Through The Ages

[b]1983[/b] Heavy overnight rain as cold front clears S.E. introducing cooler air. 8.5 mm overnight at Fleet and 27 mm at Guildford. Much of this rain was thundery. [b]1984[/b] An unsettled interlude in an otherwise 'good' summer. Windy evening with heavy rain in Cornwall which moved east. Heavy showers to follow with tornado near Doncaster or Conningsby. (?). [b]1991[/b] Heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon in Guildford. 12 mm or so and parts of the town were flooded. [b]1995[/b] A v

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July 31st Through The Ages.

[b]1978[/b] Heavy rain fell overnight and into the daytime as a thundery low moved N.E. over southern England. Fleet, Hants received 30.5 mm raiin on the 30th and another 37.5 mm on the 31st, a total of 68.0 mm in 24 hours (evening to evening). [b]1981[/b] 2nd morning of a Cornwall holiday having driven down on the afternoon of the Charles and Diana Royal Wedding (29th July). Thundery showers moved north overnight. There was little rain in Cornwall but some very close lightning strikes. Ther

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