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A Face like Thunder

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  1. You may not have to worry about the wasps on Sunday. Rain, rain and more rain forecast for the area, and I'm due back for a few days on Monday!
  2. Thank you staplehurst. I meant to say Sunday rather than Saturday for the rain on the NE coast, but I still do not see why such a wide area of England is covered by the yellow warning.
  3. To my surprise, I see there is a yellow weather warning in place for rain covering much of England on Sunday. I could see a problem tomorrow on the NE coast with rain in view of a trailing warm front, but not after that and not over a widespread area. Any thoughts?
  4. Another cloudy start but signs of brightness to come and still dry.
  5. We've not had any rain so far today but forecast of another dry bright day has certainly not been correct.
  6. I do not remember Debbie in 1961, having just started back at grammar school in Surrey. And Charley? I was in Scotland where it was not a bank holiday and climbing Ben Lomond on a calm dry day. Probably one of the best examples of the folly of transferring the Bank Holiday in E & W from the start of August (as in Scotland) to the end!
  7. Sunday 15th September 1968 - 53 years ago but the floods of that day are remembered as if it were yesterday. Quoting from Ian Currie's very good book on Surrey Weather, "the culprit was a rapidly deepening depression to the SW of Britain which produced a pronounced trough of low pressure across Surrey, along which there were large scale vertical motions of the atmosphere. Worse still, it remained stationary all day on the 15th, and that meant prolonged heavy rain. The approach of the trough was heralded by a violent storm on Sat 14th which served to saturate the ground in preparation for the deluge to come. Later that evening the eastern horizon was lit up by frequent flashes of lightning. By midnight violent squalls buffeted Eastern Surrey and continued almost unabated throughout the 15th". I remember it all, living in the same town as Ian at the time. Not being in a river catchment area meant that we got off comparatively lightly where we were, but my sister was stranded with her cousin on the other side of Dorking and the River Mole, and I was unable to take my driving test the following day because my instructor was stranded elsewhere and unable to get back in time to take me to the test centre. Ironically, my church was celebrating the Harvest Festival that day and there were certainly a few wry smiles as we sang of 'soft refreshing rain'! With over 100mm of rain falling over much of Surrey and Kent, I think this must have been one of the wettest days ever in local weather history, and certainly the wettest I can remember. It took over a week for the clean-up to be completed, and flood prevention measures followed soon after in vulnerable parts of the region.
  8. A bright autumnal morning. A pity that Mrs FLT and I could not have seen something similar on our short cruise from Southampton to Liverpool and back over the past four days. No sign of the sun and mainly cloudy and drab, although our day out - in Chester of all places on Sunday - was dry until we prepared to head back to Liverpool Docks and the boat home. Still we enjoyed ourselves with indoor activities and our journey back to Cheshire yesterday was uneventful if wet at times, and we must have missed the worst of the rain further east. Nice to be back cruising after an absence of 2-3 years in our case, and we're booked for the Round Britain cruise next May/June. Keeping our fingers crossed on this one!
  9. Us too bar an overnight sprinkling on the ground. V grey and muggy and wouldn't be surprised if the rain comes down soon. We're heading south shortly to Southampton for a short cruise and are hoping to avoid the rain. I'll let you know how Mrs FLT and I get on when we're back next week! If you're in Liverpool on Sunday, give us a wave (QE) as, believe it or not, our cruise is to Liverpool with a day out at Chester. Talk about a busman's holiday!
  10. Yes, I'm still with you in S Cheshire (also part time in N Yorkshire). I'm rather hoping I won't have to resign tomorrow as Mrs FLT and I are travelling south to Winchester and then on to Southampton for a short cruise, and the last time we did that, it was Sept 2016, and following a v hot day, the heavens opened and we were kept awake most of the night with thunder and lightning. Hopefully no similar problems this time!
  11. No mist here this morning and already hot and sunny again.
  12. Yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms in a limited area tomorrow and more generally on Thursday.
  13. We certainly adapted later in the winter of 1962/3, we had to, but bear in mind the lack of central heating in 1963 compared to 1979, hence the 'smog' of early Dec 1962. I recall sledging down a road hill in S London / Surrey for several weeks in Jan 1963, quite unhindered by traffic, and our activities were only stopped after the bin lorry eventually made it around for collections, 3-4 weeks after the last collection, and we were shooed away. Again I couldn't see that being acceptable nowadays. Food shortages, lack of heating fuel and power cuts, we had them all in leafy Surrey in early 1963. However the schools stayed open throughout, something which I don't think would happen in a similar winter now!
  14. The winter of 1978/9 was indeed less severe than 1962/3 but it actually lasted a lot longer, with heavy snow falling from New Year's Eve 1978 and settling snow falling near my home on the edge of the North Downs on 1st May 1979. It was also the 'Winter of Discontent' which did it for PM James Callaghan and led to Margaret Thatcher becoming PM just as the winter finally relented. So yes, the winter of 1978/9 was an especially rough one to deal with.
  15. Can you imagine this scenario from S London / Surrey in early Jan 1963 replicated now? I shudder to think what the consequences would be
  16. In the present climate (pardon the pun) I sincerely hope we don't have another winter like 1962/3!
  17. Cloudy this morning, but hopefully the sun will burn off the cloud later.
  18. Roles reversed it seems, with little or no rain forecast for us in the south of the region, just a bit of cloud which should clear into another warm sunny day. We shall see!
  19. Yes, it is now officially sunny and warm here in the south of the region after a slow start, and long may it continue!
  20. V informative as usual Weather-history, thank you. The smog of the first week of Dec 1962 should not be forgotten. I was at grammar school in Surrey at the time, and I recall the Headmaster sending the whole school home early one afternoon because of the smog. Except my class got forgotten at the far end of the school building, and it was only when the Head appeared to see what all the noise was about that we discovered that everyone else had long since gone home. We were not best pleased! What a winter!
  21. Bright rather than sunny here in the south of the region, but certainly better and warmer than any of the past few days.
  22. If I get through the day without seeing the sun, it will be a week since I've seen that great big orange thing in the sky (N Yorkshire and Cheshire). Now where are my vitamin D tablets when I need them?!
  23. I have to say I remember precisely nothing about this event. Being a Thursday (Thor!), I was probably working in Leeds at the time, so maybe that part of the country was not affected. Stats from Philip Eden: 9th June - Culdrose, Cornwall, 123mm in 9 hours, with flooding in Helston 10th June - 121mm at North Weald in Essex (most in 150mins), with flooding in Harlow, Epping and Ongar. On the same day, Llandudno collected 175mm, mostly in 4 hours, with extensive flooding in many parts of Wales. 11-12th - 151mm at Aberporth, N Wales and 162mm near Bude in Cornwall, leading to the worst flooding there since 1904.
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