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    Otford/Sevenoaks, NW Kent (Approx. 100m asl); Hometown - Auckland, New Zealand
  1. One of the best thunderstorms I've ever seen. Still flashing away multiple times a minute but now tailing off here in NW Kent. Not exaggerating when I say we had around 45 minutes with lightning every c.5/10 seconds.
  2. Summer 2015

    Wimbledon has seen 34.3C recorded already today. Only 0.3C away from the 1976 record. Cooler now I suspect with that cloud moving through London. Still a chance over the next two hours if the sun holds out for long enough...
  3. Summer 2015

    I can't help but feel that the cloud cover might scupper any record breaking. Have seen temperatures plateau after 12pm on several occasions. Don't forget that the rise in temperature will also slow considerably around 35C. Further - I feel like the Wimbledon record isn't a cert by any means. N/NW London may well be a good 2/3 degrees hotter than SW19. My call is for somewhere to tip into 36C but no further.
  4. Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam

    Any chance somebody could clear up to me whether Pam is still considered a tropical cyclone? All the major news outlets in NZ are reporting it as 'tropical cyclone Pam'. Obviously these can be quite misleading and mostly they don't understand that there are certain characteristics needed to be classed as a tropical cyclone... NZ Herald even reported that Pam had 'been downgraded to a category 4 cyclone' which is a bit of a joke (pretty sure it's weaker than that now!). To my knowledge only one true tropical cyclone has ever hit NZ having not already turned extra-tropical. But Pam does seem to have retained a lot of it's structure and there are still 20c 850 hPa temps at it's core?
  5. Takaka, near Nelson (top of the South Island), New Zealand, has had 517mm of rain (half a metre!) in 48 hrs with a state of emergency declared for the region... Sounds pretty serious: http://goo.gl/h4qqo (via weatherwatch.co.nz)

  6. Amazing 22 degree moon halo tonight (in Kent), first one I've ever seen...

  7. The lowest pressure reading recorded in the UK

    Interesting how similar the storm shown on the ECM 00z looked to this event.
  8. http://weatherwatch.co.nz/content/record-challenging-heat-across-sunday - rediculous warmth in the North of New Zealand - it has been consistently warmer than any where in the UK over the few weeks and it's technically meant to be winter... Only 15 days till the shortest day and apparently the beaches are packed.
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      Kentish Kiwi

      *over the last

  9. Heat Bursts

    Actually that recording has almost certainly been discredited now as the result of a faulty recording instrument. I believe Mr Data had a discussion about it last month, from what I can remember he seemed to conclude that the most reliable record high temperature is the 56.7C at Death Valley, California... But even that may be a little dodgy now, especially considering it's from 1913... I'll see if I can quickly find the discussion. Ah yes, Mr D says even the Death Valley recording is possibly unreliable: "That reading has been questioned as well also back in 1926." The next highest temperature on record seems to be 54.0°C in Mitraba, Kuwait on June the 15th 2010, which I'd have thought would be a fairly reliable record given how recent it is. Discussion on the topic can be found mainly on page 3 in this thread: http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/69184-when-will-the-uk-get-its-first-40-c/page__st__34 I've always found heat bursts an interesting topic, but have never put too much faith in those ridiculously high recordings from the Middle East etc... I suppose it could be possible somehow though.
  10. Sea Surface Temperatures

    That's what I was thinking!
  11. Solar and Aurora Activity Chat

    Probably a silly question, but will this storm have any effect at all on UV levels over the coming day/s?