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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 the 8th there were showers when passing through Somerset and Wiltshire and I realised that tonight may the night. Arrive home at Fleet at 9 pm and the first thunder was rolling at 10 pm. There was little activity to follow until the early hours of the 9th. A short sharp thunderstorm occurred between 2:25 am and 2:55 am. There was torrential rain (14.5 mm at Fleet and 18.0 mm at Guildford) with almost continuous lightning and some moderate thunder. The lightning was very impressive and far outweighed the thunder. The main feature was the wind - there were very strong gusts during this thunderstorm and I don't remember another night storm accompanied by so much wind. Le Harve, Northern France had reported winds of 90 mph from this outbreak. Over the years, I have developed a 'rule' that if Cherbourg and the Le Havre area get thunderstorms in a particular plume situation, then it is almost certainly 'game on' for Hants and Surrey. This 'model' or rule has failed in recent years - surprise surprise! At 2:50 am there was a very bright flash and a lovely loud crash of thunder. There was much less activity to follow and the rain soon died out. After a disappointing start in 1992 with local areas missing every event (much like this year) we came up trumps twice with the thunderstorms of Monday 20th July and Sunday 9th August.

[b]1994[/b]
On holiday in Cornwall and staying at Par. Visiting Falmouth on this Tuesday, the altostratus thickened as a low approached from the S.S.W. This incorporated a warm plume and there was an inevitable thundery element. Rain started at Falmouth around 2 pm and was moderate. There was sporadic thunder, some of which was quite close and enough to make the floors vibrate in some of the shops near the harbour. On going back to St Austell and Par at 6 pm, the train journey passed through some very heavy rain. I had a rain gauge set up where I was staying at Tywardreath, nr. Par and I was looking forward to recording possibly the highest total I had seen so far. On arriving at Par, there was a new burst of very heavy rain which flooded the car park of the Polmear restaurant at Par and even the roof leaked in this bungalow building. A wet walk back to Twywardreath was rewarded with a missing raingauge! The people I was staying with had mown the lawn after I left that morning and forgotten to reposition the gauge - typical. However, I found it 'hidden' in a sheltered spot the next morning and recorded 23.5 mm - very much an underestimate seeing as it rained heavily all night.
Interestingly, Falmouth was officially the wettest location on both 9th (16 mm) and 10th (46 mm). I was definitely in the right area and could have recorded a total of 60 mm or so.

[b]1999[/b]
A channel depression much like the one on this date 5 years previous brought heavy thundery rain to southern England. Cornwall, where I was staying, received little rain. There were large totals during the evening and early into the 10th. 45 mm was recorded in Guildford between the 7th and 11th.

[b]2001[/b]
Thunder 1132 GMT then Tl to 1220 GMT. Mod. rain 1140~1215 GMT. Further mod./heavy rain 1510~1800 GMT. (from COL /WON entry). This storm brought severer conditions to many parts of the S.E. including 3 funnel clouds seen in one go at Maidenhead and heavy hail covering the ground at Coggeshall further east. 12.5 mm fell at Guildford and 25.0 mm at Fleet.

[b]2003[/b]
Very hot and sunny. Go on holiday in the early hours of this Saturday morning. Still 20 deg.C at 4 am under clear skies. 34.0 deg.C reached at Fleet and 33.8 deg.C at Guildford.

[b]2004[/b]
No event today, but visited Boscastle on this Monday afternoon and remarked to my mother about flooding when I stood on the bridge over the main river. Speculate that the river would never flood! A week later at that time of day I would be proved incorrect - big time!

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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 site with very large totals in a short space of time. A colleague delivering shopping to a customer in Ash was marooned in her 'home shopping' van around 1900 GMT due to extremely heavy rain and flash flooding.
Local totals include: Sandhurst, Berks: 54.9 mm / Crowthorne: 32.7 mm / Bracknell: 28.5 mm~32.0 mm.

[b]2007[/b]
Guildford: 31.1 mm rainfall from evening torrential downpour (unfortunately not observed – I was in Fleet where there was a very dark sky to East to South from 1830~2100 GMT with thunder to South from 1840~1910 GMT).
Another part of Guildford received 55.0 mm from this event.

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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 after 10 am.

[b]1982[/b]
No thunder event locally - but towering cumulus developed as they moved west from Fleet dumping over 50 mm rain on areas near Basingstoke, as thunderstorms broke out.

[b]1997[/b]
A dull and humid morning with the promise of thunder and heavy rain seemed to be a letdown. At 12:30 pm, the sky became very dull and there was sudden torrential rain after 1 pm with a few good flashes and bangs to follow. I recorded 25 mm rain at Guildford but my friend at East Horsley nearby had 44 mm. August 1997 was beginning to get its thundery reputation.

[b]2003[/b]
The heat increases and a lovely hot and sunny day saw temperatures reach 34 deg. C. This was thought to be the peak of the heatwave at the time. There was more excitement to come as the hot air continued to push north from a scorching hot and arid France in the next few days.

[b]2008[/b]
A disappointing thundery outbreak. See a couple hours of distant lightning to the east as a 'Kent clipper' moves N.E. and intensifies just missing Sussex and Surrey. This was the beginning of the current storm-starvation period we have been suffering for far too long now!

[b]2009[/b]
Another plume event like the previous year but with more rain and very little thunder. 24.0 mm fell at Fleet with a morning thunderstorm. 12.2 mm fell at Guildford in the evening as another pulse of heavy and less thundery rain moved north.

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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, where orographic factors contributed to the heavy rain. An amateur radio caller was talking about 'horizontal rain' in South Wales during this Sunday morning.

[b]1990[/b]
Last day of 30 deg.C+ heat at Fleet. Max. temp. was 34 deg.C. Return from Cornwall holiday on that Saturday evening. Internal walls in the upstairs of the house were hot from the heat, not just the walls adjoining external walls. Much heat stored up.

[b]1994[/b]
A very warm night. Min. temp. 20.2 deg.C at Guildford. Some impressive lightning overnight, especially before 0200. Very little rain.

[b]1997[/b]
Thundery showers in evening after the thundery frontal weather positioned over S.W. England since Saturday 2nd starts to move north and east. A friend flying into Gatwick airport reported lightning flashing in clouds below the plane when approaching the south coast. This suggests altocumulus castellanus medium level instability. The showers were very localised with 4 mm rain at Fleet but only a few spots at Guildford.

[b]1999[/b]
Guildford: Moderate / heavy rain 1845~2150 GMT. Thunder 2045 & 2108 GMT. Torrential rain 2131~2134 GMT. 15.5 mm rainfall.

[b]2010[/b]
Guildford: Cb with dark base encroaching from N.W. from 1330. Surface wind direction was light S.W. Heavy thundery showers, with some very heavy rain from 1425 to 1503. Squally wind at times. In greater detail: Thunder approaching at 1425 with continued moderate thunder at 1428,1429,1431,1432, [i]1432[/i], 1433, 1435, 1437, 1440, 1441, 1442, 1444, 1447, 1453, 1455, 1457, [i]lightning only – horizontal blue CC fork to S.E. 1501[/i], 1503. [i]Lightning observations in italics. [/i]Heavy bursts of rain at 1426~1429, 1430~1433, 1434~1436 and large droplets at 1441~1442. Surface wind was north at 1455 and remained N.W. in the wake of the cold front. 2.5 mm rainfall. This was only the [u]second[/u] thunder event of 2010 here - another extremely poor year, like 2011 and 2012, but with much more of the country also receiving less thunder unlike in 2012 when it seems local areas are apt to miss all the events.

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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 15.5 mm at Guildford. The main activity was on the Saturday evening and early into Sunday 3rd. Thunderstorms dumped over 100 mm on Hook, Surrey late on the Saturday afternoon. This development brought thundery rain to Guildford around 6 pm before dying out. Meanwhile, a slow moving cold front made erratic eastward progress with heavy pulses of rain slowly moving north along its axis. Torrential rain lasted through into the Sunday morning. There are no notes in the records about thunder in the late evening of the 2nd, just heavy rain. Amounts included;
Fleet: 52.0 mm.
Guildford: 62.5 mm. Another site in Guildford recorded 55.0 mm as well as the 15.5 mm with a total of 70.5 mm in just over 24 hours.
Reading: 28.0 mm
Kew, London: 55.0 mm.

[b]1982[/b]
Sudden torrential rain and thunder around 6 pm at Fleet. 12 mm rainfall.

[b]1983[/b]
A cool and unstable N.W.ly covered the U.K. There were heavy thundery showers with hail in the S.E. I was on holiday in Cornwall and missed the event at Fleet, Hampshire. There was considerable hail, possibly 'large' (10 mm diameter) in a second torrential thundery shower around 3 pm. 12.5 mm rainfall. I once heard about walnut sized hail smashing greenhouses in the Alice Holt Forest area on this day.

[b]1990[/b]
The heat builds with maxima well over 30 deg.C. Par Beach in Cornwall, was almost too hot to walk on. When the tide came in the large expanse of sand (0.5 mile square) which had been heated by the intense sun resulted in some lovely warm water for swimming in.

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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 very hot day. Max. temp. 33 deg. C. Development of afternoon thunderstorms which were few and far between and scattered. Thunder at Guildford and this development moved west to give a severe storm and 75 mm+ rain over Cardiff.

[b]1998[/b]
Major development of storms over S.E. with quite severe thunderstorm moving S.W. near Guildford in afternoon. 27 mm rain fell at East Horsley but much less in Guildford. There was a major development to the south of the town in the afternoon where hail fell. A tornado was reported near Guildford but little is known about this development.

[b]1999[/b]
Maximum temperature 31.5°C. Thundery shower from 1437 to 1455. Torrential bursts of rain with clear irregular shaped hail 5~8mm dimensions, between 1438~1441. 4.5mm rainfall. Large Cb to north after 1630. During the shower there was hazy blue sky to the south and north. This development was quite small and intensified as it moved N.W.

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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. There was a direct strike on the milking Parlour at Great Pelean Farm, nr. Tywardreath, at 7:57 am. The thunder woke me up with a start as the strike was only 100 metres away. Heavy rain affected other parts of southern England with 19 mm in the evening recorded at Fleet.

[b]1983[/b]
A thundery low moved N.E. over Cornwall with torrential rain near Culdrose (11 mm measured in a makeshift rain gauge while having a coffee in the afternoon). Only 1.5 mm at Great Pelean Farm. A cold front moving S.E. merged with the thundery rain over the S.W. with some good totals in southern England. Cooler and very windy in a fresh N.W.ly in Cornwall later as the cold front was less active further west.

[b]1991[/b]
Heavy overnight rain with 25 mm at Fleet. Rain affected Pavarotti Concert in London.

[b]1998[/b]
Thundery shower in late afternoon at Guildford. 7 mm rain.

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