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  1. Very distant thunder heard, and some heavier pulses of rain, but nothing exciting...yet!! Fingers crossed for East Lancs!
  2. Early June 1980...I can't remember the specific date as I was only 5 at the time! But I sure remember the storm! I was in reception class at school back then. I remember playing out at lunchtime, and the heat being so oppressive that I remember having to sit down on the floor in the playground and roll my sleeves up. It was so warm, despite being really grey and gloomy. Later, as we were getting on with our afternoon learning (probably plasticine or painting!!) the sky became incredibly dark. In fact it was like night time. And then a deep rumble. My teacher (A lovely, tall, grey haired lady named Miss Dean) declared "Ooh! Did you hear the thunder?" I quite simply burst into tears! I was so scared! I have no idea why! Luckily, Miss Dean let me stand at her desk and work beside her. The lights were constantly going off, then coming back on. The rain was crazy! And then it was playtime...No! My teacher had to do her playground duty (which on this day consisted of walking around the classrooms checking on the children). She took me with her as I was petrified of being left without her. I even went to the toilet and sat there with the door open so that I could see my teacher, such was the abject fear and terror! My mother came to collect me and my friend from school, bringing wellies and umbrellas. We waited until the rain eased off a little. My baby sister was at home being watched by an elderly neighbour as my mother didn't want to be pushing her around in that sort of weather. We finally got home, only a ten minute walk. I'll never forget being greeted by the sight of my elderly neighbour, sitting in the armchair, wearing her wellies and holding an umbrella above her head - indoors! Somehow the copious amounts of rain had got into the cavity wall and had cascaded into our back room. Our carpet and TV were ruined! We spent the next few months living in the other room whilst we waited for the carpet to be taken away, cleaned and returned. This was the most terrifying experience of my childhood, and left me totally frightened of thunder for a long, long time! During this storm, a boy at the local high school, and some of his friends, were hit by lightning. Sadly he didn't survive. Other storms will never compare to that childhood memory of fear...although a storm in June 2006 whilst on holiday in Exmouth came close, even as an adult! My eldest slept through it, my baby girl of 3 months old slept through it. My hubby awoke and then went back to sleep. I lay there in fear listening to the almost constant thunder, and watching the flickering lightning...wondering if it would spawn a tornado that would race through the caravan park! The next morning, the cafe on the campsite had been completely wrecked by the surface water floods that had occurred during the storm. July 1st 2015 also sticks in the mind - beautiful lightning - and then the rain! At the time we were having our loft extension built and were actually roofless!! How the plastic sheeting stayed watertight that night I'll never know! There seemed to be many storms in the early 80s...or perhaps I remember them because I was so scared?
  3. Yay!!! I've heard thunder for the first time this year!!! About 10 rumbles in all. Happy me! All about 90 mins ago in East Lancs.
  4. And it's all stopped!!! Radar showed a heavy shower above me. However, it was very heavy drops but spaced far apart, if that makes sense!! All the dampness now evaporating!
  5. A shower has begun - very big drops of rain literally splatting down onto the decking outside! My polycarb bay-window roof sounds like someone is dropping marbles on it!! Very grey outside but still warm and humid...is this all about to explode???
  6. Update to weather warning shows a slightly greater likelihood now in the warning matrix...I must admit that it definitely feels much more humid today, and more sun/heat already than yesterday too (East Lancashire). I hope it goes bang later! Haven't seen/heard anything decent round these parts since 26/7/17! Good luck everyone, stay safe!
  7. Raining here too! East Lancashire. Probably the first 'proper' rain in about two weeks. Warm outside, but has been overcast most of the morning. It would be nice to hear a rumble or two in the coming days! And not from my stomach might I add!!!
  8. I can't believe there is still such a chill in the air for this time of year!! Fed up of feeling cold, especially as it's May!! I can stand the cold in winter... But this is ridiculous. Come on sun, get that blowtorch fired up. It's about time we had a proper long spell of warmer, brighter weather!!
  9. What a damp, cold, dreary day!! Some snow appears to have fallen on surrounding hills but nothing here apart from the odd flake mixed in with the cold, wet drops! Yakky weather! Now looking forward to the hopes of something more pleasant and hopefully the odd rumble of thunder or two!
  10. I have woken up to a light dusting on some surfaces. Currently light to moderate sideways snow, interspersed with sunshine. The wind is roaring in the trees but doesn't seem to be as bad as it was the night of 1st March.
  11. 6.20am...looked out of the window - heavy snow and a light dusting. 7am - covered. By the time I left for work and hour later there must have been a good couple of inches on the ground! Got stuck in ridiculous traffic on the way to work. A journey that should have taken 12mins took about an hour!! Now all melting at a rapid rate!
  12. Just thought I'd have a quick check in... Wow! 11 pages... There must be some weather happening... No! No weather, just dodgy-sounding foodstuffs and banter! Oh well, at least it made me smile!
  13. Had a little sprinkling of snow overnight - could see a dusting at about 1.30am. However we've had rain on and off all morning and much of the lying snow has been washed away. Oh well! It's been an exciting week of weather and has created memories for my children to tell their children about...which was what I wanted after all! I would say that I'm looking forwards to a taste of spring...but I'd be lying! Weather extremes are my favourite type of weather...I wonder what Spring could bring? Perhaps a "Pest from the West"!!!
  14. janmac

    North west regional discussion

    I'm hearing about trees coming down in various places...one has fallen across the M6 southbound near J33!! No snow here right now...probably had our lot now??? Stay safe everyone!
  15. janmac

    North west regional discussion

    Forgive me if this is a stupid question..? Could the radar be picking up blowing snow as opposed to falling snow, hence showing pink over areas that don't actually have falling snow? Just a musing! Meanwhile current weather here in East lancs is very light snow but the wind has certainly picked up in strength in the past hour! It's blowing clumps of snow off cars!