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  1. 11 minutes ago, Dean E said:

    Just regarding the Met Office Amber warning area, which took me by surprise given that Central Southern England seemed more at threat with Severe storms than The South West according to model outputs earlier. (Would love to see their models right now)

    But this area has caught my eye. Rapid clearance of any clouds during recent frames indicates the main area for potential IMO. With steering flows being NNW, this puts everyone in the Amber Warning area at risk. Possible good call by the Met? We shall see.


    Yes - I am seeing this also. But I think the amber warning might need to be extended eastward.  Winds are pretty much from 150* heading NNW. I am more on the thinking that the Level 1 by Estofex is best bet for an extensive coverage of TSRA.


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  2. On 07/05/2018 at 21:23, Sunny76 said:

    Yes, it was pitch black for an hour or so. It must have been something unusual. Haven’t seen anything in London as dark as that since.


    On 08/05/2018 at 00:54, stainesbloke said:

    I read somewhere that cloud tops were approaching 60,000 feet that day, as reported by various pilots. 


    On 08/05/2018 at 12:07, Sunny76 said:

    11 miles high? I can’t imagine how scary that must have looked over London.

    I work near St Paul’s in central london, and sometimes think about that picture in the newspaper, where the skies are pitch black and St. Paul’s is covered in darkness.

    Also reminds me of the Pink Floyd video and A Guide to Armageddon(nuclear war doc on bbc early 80s)

    That's pretty rare to get 60,000ft.  The stuff we've had the last few days has been circa 35-37000ft - must have been a pretty good vertical development to go into the stratosphere.  Although I suspect if we keep having pre-longed weather like this we will get a a heavy heat spell and huge storms afterwards.

  3. 12 minutes ago, Nick F said:

    Effectively, yes, strong upper winds are important in sustaining and organising storms, not just deep layer shear, strong DLS is required for bowing-line segments and supercell structures that produce large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes though.

    At least I have a stronger pulse heading towards me in Croydon, flashing away to my southwest though can't hear the thunder quite yet.



    The late running BA455 from Malaga found a gap between those cells somehow.  This isn't the usual routing from that direction.


  4. MetOffice just done some covering.  Severe weather warning out in force for rain between Sat 20:30 and Sun 6:00


    Further details

    Scattered thunderstorms will move northeast across much of southern, central and eastern England overnight. Whilst some places will miss these storms and remain dry, where they do occur some heavy rain and frequent lightning is likely. 15-20 mm of rain may fall in a short space of time . Hail and gusty winds are also possible very locally. The storms will clear from the west overnight.

  5. After much planning on the previous venture and having failed to reach my destination due to snow showers, a quick re-plan and a fairly decent day of weather I took a friend flying to Shoreham to see what the fuss of a £35 landing fee was all about.  

    Click here to see previous trip.


    After putting in enough fuel to make it to Southern Spain, but just enough for us to fly to Shoreham and no need to refuel on landing back in London. We had a quick warm up in the cafe.

    I fly down to Shoreham IFR routing east of the London City Zone, taking in some stunning views on this rather clear day.   We route initially east of Gatwick before making tracks to our initial fix.   (Unfortunately due to some problems with the Audio, there isn't any on some phases of the flight)  

    It also misses out some very important aspects of the RNAV approach and how I undertake it from a IMCr holders point of view.  I will likely cover this in a future video.


    It really was a fine day, apart from a weak trough passing shortly after I took this picture. We then paid the £35 landing fee.


    A quick check of the cakes provides for an interesting chat, which one do we choose?


    A quick bite to eat, with a coca-cola in a beer glass.  This burger is delicious.


    Having re-done the weight calculations for burnt fuel, which we probably put back on in weight through eating till our hearts content.  We decided to discuss why we think Shoreham's price is valid despite some maybe thinking it's not.  It's a valuable point though, but what's your thoughts on the value for money?

    Here's the video departing Shoreham