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Nick F

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  1. Between 14.30 h on 18 July and 5 h on the 19th, 279 mm (11 in) of rain fell at Martinstown, 3 miles SW of Dorchester. This occured in a month that was very sunny and warm, where some places had no rain at all during the month. On the afternoon of 17th July, temperatures reached 28-29C in Dorset, while colder air arrived aloft in the rear of a depression to the South and thunderstorms broke out over Northern France and Southern England. On the 18th of July, an active storm crossed the coast and ground to a halt, so that rain that would normally have moved on and fell over a wider area instead fell over one small area in Dorset. The floods that occured in Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport areas caused damage to cars, submerged caravans and covered roads in mud and boulders. There was less loss of life than the Lynmouth disaster, with two people drowned. Although the rainfall was more concentrated in area than in the Lynmouth disaster, the porous chalk in this area of Dorset soaked up large quantities of water, so Martinstown suffered delayed-action floods, so the worst flood was to come the evening after the storm, with a little river bordering Martinstown to Winterborne Steepleton road turning the road into a 4 metre-wide river. The Martinstown 279 mm fall was the highest 24-hour total so far recorded in the UK: http://www.metoffice.com/climate/uk/extremes/index.html
  2. The St Swithin's day lore, well a better known version of scottish origin, also imlplied that if it was dry on the day it would be dry for forty days after: St Swithin's Day an' ye be fair, For forty day's 'twill rain nae mair. ... this certainly applied to 1989 and 1990 summers after the 15th July.
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    Sunset from the air

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    Pau to Stansted flight Jan '06
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    Pau/Pyrenees airport, France Jan '06
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    Hagetmau, SW France Jan '06
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    Witham June '06

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    Thunder is rumbling.
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    Witham June '06

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    Something's definately brewing.
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    Witham June '06

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    Something's brewing
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    Vienna March '06

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    View towards city centre.
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    Bratislava March '06

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    Woods above the city.
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    Bratislava March '06

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    View from the castle across City towards Danube.
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    Budapest March '05

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    River Danube, looking North from Castle.
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    Budapest March '05

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    Stunning views from the Castle across Pest
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    River Danube, Hungary early March '05
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    Snowfields of Hungary along Danube river
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    Snowfall in South Kent late Dec '05
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    Snowy track

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    Snowfall in South Kent late Dec '05
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    Snowy field

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    Snowfall in Kent late Dec '05
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    South Kent late Dec '05 Snowfall
  20. Blimey SB, you on a mission or what this afternoon dredging up old threads from last year
  21. On second thoughts I think it was way later in early December 1993, 9th Dec seems to fit the dark evening that it was very windy looking at the charts and the weather records: http://www.wetterzentrale.de/archive/ra/19...00119931209.gif That September 1993 storm over NW France does look particularly nasty - though I don't recall that particular event.
  22. Started my last year of A-levels in Autumn 1993 and remember a chilly November with harsh frosts and some snow showers coming off the North Sea in Kent later in the month. I'm sure there was a bad gale sometime that autumn aswell, as I remember going on a visit to Dover Coastguard up above the White Cliffs and watching the big windows there flexing in the strong winds while the officer was chatting to us. Remember the summer that year being foul at times, camping for a week in Ashdown forest in late July - it rained nearly everyday and temps weren't great during the day though not particularly chilly at night fortunately.
  23. That early June heatwave in '96 must have come as a shock to the system following on from an unusually cold May. It appears the maximum of 33.1C at St James's Park, Westminster set a new daily extreme for the 7th of June, with only 1947 and 1950 having comparable temperatures during the first week of June. The Journal of Meteorology has an interesting article on the thunderstorms and hail on 7 June 1996. Colder air from Greenland undercut the 'Spanish Plume' from the West that day. In the evening a large storm area developed from the Chiltern Hills across East Anglia, and also from Dorset towards the South Midlands. A tornado causing damage to roofs, walls and trees was reported in Basingstoke, Hants. The passage of three succesive storms dropped rainfall totals that day of 73.9mm at East Lockinge, near Wantage, Oxon; 48mm was recorded at Woodlands St. Mary, Berks. Outflow winds associated with the squalls over Oxfordshire produced gusts of 44 knots at RAF Benson, near Wallingford. Elsewhere, a storm in the early evening at Bourn, Cambs produced golf-ball sized hailstones breaking roof tiles, sash-window panes and greenhouse glass. Later that evening, there were reports of hail the size of cricket balls over Leagrave/Sundon Park districts of North Luton -with 70 roof tiles broken on a few houses! The storms were also accompanied by fierce lighning displays. The hail caused considerable damage to crops and lightning also damaged buildings. Good trade for the builders, glaziers, car repair firms etc. Not so good for insurers!
  24. Yes, in retrospect I should have included Junes of 1985 and 1987, which I overlooked. Though June 1987 was kind of redeemed, in the South at least, by a hot spell at the end of that month, with 27C at Epping on the 29th. UK wise 30C was reached in Jersey on the 30th. Epping had a max of just 9.5C on the 9th, the minimum temp for 14th-16th was just 5C. Looking at June 1985 for Epping (Essex), there was a max of 23C on the 4th. The 6th, 7th and 8th saw a max of only 11C, 12C and 13C respectively. The mean max for Epping that June was a dismal 16.7C.
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