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  1. Didn't know it was so well known! I've had a look back at some of my thunderstorm diaries from when i was a kid and they match pretty closely with his stuff. As I've said it is painfully apparent that thunderstorms have become more of a rariety over the past decade.
  2. I can't believe they have weather charts from back then!
  3. Thanks for those, how do you get hold of this stuff??? Can't narrow it down I'm afraid, my memory isn't that good!
  4. Found this website which has weather diaries from almost 15 years ago. It gives detailed daily summaries of the weather for each day of each month for different years. This one is 1999, but just type in the year you want and it should come up (not sure it goes back further than1999). It's painfully apparent thunderstorms were much more in abundanc back then. http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/diary1999.html
  5. Ah that could very well have been what caused it. I spoke to my Mum earlier and she said it was definitely the beginning of August 1997 as we were supposed to be going on holiday the next weekend. There were several MCS overnighters that year if I recall. How did you find this, I have been looking for a while.
  6. Thanks for that Coast. None of those seem to be in the area (kent) or for the duration. Odd.
  7. Does anyone remember the series of stormy nights we had at the beginning of August 1997. The days had been incredibly hot and the late afternoons brought serious humidity. For several nights we had a series of small outbreaks none lasting longer than about 15 minutes. Then one night we had the big one. It started up at about 7.30pm with the oddest looking sky I had ever seen. It was almost a dark green colour, whilst it was still light and just built and built and built. It was a very big MCS with lightning every 5 seconds at least and almost continuous thunder. It was so loud it was impossible to sleep. In fact I distinctly remember my whole family gathering in my Mum and Dad's bedroom and just watching out of the window all night. We could also see most other families on the street just looking out their windows. We saw a house a few streets up get struck by lightening and burn until the fire brigade came. We saw on the news the next day that dozens of houses had been hit throughout the area and many houses had lost power. The storm didn't let up all night and only started to quieten down at around 8am the next morning. There wasn't that much rain if I recall which seemed weird to us at the time. The rain did come over the next few nights and it pretty much torrentially rained solidly all night throughout those evenings. I should add this was in the SE and |I'm not sure if it happened over the rest of the country. I have asked several people about this storm and many remember it but I can't seem to find any news articles on it (there were lots!) or any data from that evening. If anyone can remember this or can find the data on it, that would be great.
  8. Snowing in NYC! http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/
  9. I'd recommend to everyone Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. She gives some good advice and you get great results. It's a mixture of cardio, strength and resistance training done in intervals, which is the best way to burn fat and lose weight and build muscle. I have recently taken up running and I did my first 5k race on Sunday. I seem to have damaged my ankles though. The tissue feels like it's been crushed, a similar feeling to when you fall on one side of your ankle and it's stopping me from going very far, any ideas what this is? Also when do shin splints go, I've had them for about a month now and despite me treating them they don't seem to be getting any better.
  10. As far as I'm aware that area is well overdue for a large earthquake.
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