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About Windblade

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    NW Bexley, Kent (Border of North West Kent and South East London)
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    Storms and extreme weather, stargazing, amateur astronomy and the aurora borealis, amateur cloudscape photography, videogames, movies and tv, sportsbikes, sportscars, formula one, martial arts, cosplay and cats!
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    Storms, tornados, funnel clouds and the northern lights (space weather)

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  1. Lovely looking cell you got there.
  2. I had a small cell to my northeast and another to my southwest an hour ago. They've since moved on. No action here, sunny and warm in the sun combined with that cold wind. Strange day. The radar shows hundreds of tiny little cells over much of the country - a some have produced sparks. Very hit and miss. Still in the no storms club for about a year or just under now.
  3. Extremely dark here about 6pm. Could've sworn I heard a rumble to my north east, but was driving at the time so difficult to tell for sure.
  4. Incredibly worrying...;storyid=8105;sess= Does this mean in the future if this technology is adopted on a wider scale there will be no more severe storms? I see the article mentions the reduction of lightning etc.
  5. So where are all the heavy, thundery, haily (if thats a word) April showers?!! I'm still waiting for my first one? Usually at this time of year they kick the storm season off, but in the south east at least I haven't had a single one all April or seen any towers/meaningful convection. I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come and a repeat of 2016 - the single worst, most lackluster, dire year for storms I've ever witnessed.
  6. Want to wish all the storm chasers, snow lovers, fog fans, rain enthusiasts, sun afficianados and anyone I've left out a Happy Easter. :) 

  7. Next week looking really quiet. Hopefully things pick up soon.
  8. Italy sounds most promising flash. All convection fizzled away earlier, been dry all day. Mainly clear now with a lovely sunset. Plenty of time for storms this year. I'm hopeful it'll be a good one. Lets be honest, it can't possibly be any worse than 2016.
  9. What started out as a bright day with blue sky and fluffy white cumulous has quickly changed to lots of low level convection and increasingly darkening skies. Keeping an eye/ear out for some rumbles this afternoon and some weak sparks. I'm not expecting anything too much out of today, looking at it as a bonus if we get anything. @ Flash Bang Flash Bang - Try not to get disheartened my friend. I share your pain from last year which was an absolute joke as far as storms are concerned for my area, but we're right at the very beginning of the season, literally. Theres plenty of time, so lets see what this year brings.
  10. Thank you Summer Sun. Ireland and north west englnd/wales do seem to be getting the early spring storms at the moment. Lovely scenery up that way too which would make viewing any activity even more enjoyable. Good luck to our friends in that area and be sure to post any pictures!
  11. Hey guys, Thank you for explaining, and for the links. I'm not sure I understand all the terminology in the articles but I think I get the general idea behind it all. I've witnessed thundersnow on two occasions (both at night - it's an awesome spectacle and something not easily forgotton) and it's always baffled me how it was possible for a big enough cloud to form that then becomes charged when the temperature was at freezing or below. I've always gone by the assumption you need an excess of heat for evaporation to occur in a high enough quantity to make a storm and would also explain why there are hardly any winter storms. I didn't realise if there was a big enough temperature difference it can create a different kind of storm. Still, if thats all you need why aren't there more storms in the winter?
  12. Yes, I see that on the radar. Looks like a small thundery shower, but none the less I'd love to see it. Just started spitting here in tower hamlets, although its been quiet all week in the southeast in general (I work in different areas each day but am always south east based). The weekend looks a little more promising, but also uncertain at this stage so will have to wait and see. Question - I am aware that storms require heat to form (that much is obvious as the clouds are made of evaporated water) so with that in mind how is it possible to get storms in cooler conditions? How else can they form? I always assumed they needed a lot of heat for evaporation to occur and build into a huge cb? There is the term "surface based", but aren't all storms and clouds surface based anyway as that's where the water that condenses into clouds comes from? Don't get me wrong - I understand exactly how storm clouds (cb's) form and how storms become electrified etc. My question relates to exactly how can a storm possibly form any other way except by using evaporated water from the heated surface (surface based) and so why are storms often referred to as "surface based" as if there's another way they can form? Am I missing something? Trying to broaden my knowledge here, so if anyone can help me out I'd be grateful.
  13. Ah, I see, thanks for the info! As someone who is interested in Astrology and wanting to learn more about it I really should know that!
  14. I see scotland got a pounding this morning according to netweathers latest forecast article on the homepage. Looks like it was a real good one with multiple strikes. I would've loved to have been there to see that. I'd say by the great pics of cb's in this thread and the recent radar activity storm season is just about getting started now. Bring it on.
  15. Err, that must be right, my bad. Thought it was called the solstice, must be my dodgy memory letting me down!