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  1. I remember this!! I was 4 - and sometimes, I think I dreamt about this day so I'm really glad you posted this Tom. I went to work with my grandad that day (we lived in Croydon at the time) and I remember vividly the sky going as dark as night - I was quite frightened, more by the darkness in the middle of the day than anything else. I only vaguely remember the actual storm.
  2. Well, I'm definitely flagging after 3 nights of very broken sleep. I was hoping for a nice storm last night but we had one rumble of thunder and a 25 second shower at about 6.30pm last night, then another couple of flashes and low rumbles with some rain at about 5am - that was the entent of it! When I left for work at 8am the heavens opened and looking at the radar, Orpington is going to be under a bit of a rain streamer for a little while with some lovely looking white echoes going on. 14 miles fo the north east at work, it's dry (with a foreboding sky). Hoping for some sleep tonight!
  3. Me too! Got back last week after 11 days - I always enjoy the heat there without the humidity. I was really pleased to have missed the rain and flooding here!
  4. It's only 18c here, very overcast with occasional rain but it's beyond humid - really nasty. Need to shower after a 20 minute walk ?
  5. Just started raining in Greenhithe, the other side of the crossing, so will be with you shortly!
  6. Having not been out all day yesterday and not up to date with the sleet and snow reports, I was completely shocked this morning to see snow on roofs of houses that were still in the shade!
  7. I flew back from Germany over Belgium and up the Thames Estuary about 6pm last night - It was clear and very warm in Germany but we came in over some very moody looking Cumulonimbus over Belgium as the sun was going down. By the time we were over the channel, it was just thick, grey nastiness.
  8. Yes, coindidentally I got one from the MO on my phone too this morning, saying the pollen count was due to go from medium to high in the next few days ?
  9. Funny you should say that, as my hayfever usually kicks in around the end of May, beginning of June and this year I've been having symptoms on and off for the past few weeks - never have I ever had it so early in the year.
  10. Just had a very bright orange flash of lightning and rumble of thunder here.
  11. Lots of trees down locally, recycling bins flying and we had a brief 20 minute power cut about an hour ago, when the gusts seemed to be at their strongest. I think after the last named storm which didn't seem that bad in my neck of the woods, I underestimated today's offering!
  12. Yes @TomSE12, you're right. My mum remembers the flooding very well (she was 16) and says she wouldn't be surprised if she was on that bus! Similar angle, from googlemaps:
  13. Very interesting re. the Broom shrub @TomSE12 - I take the 353 bus from Orpington to Hayes that goes through Keston and over the common so this is a familiar sight and I never knew the origin of Bromley's name. I was born in Croydon in but we moved to the Kent coast when I was very young (I moved back up to SE London when I was 18, living in Woolwich, Charlton, Grove Park, Lewisham among other places before settling here). My family are from the Bellingham / Lee Green / West Wickham / Beckenham areas, so whilst I can't place the church, I'll see if anyone recognises it!
  14. I'm so sorry for your loss. My grandad was 95 when he passed away a couple of years ago and you're right - the likes of him, we'll never see again. It's such a loss. Thinking of you.
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