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  1. Members Photos - Show Yourself !

    Me... Luckily my camera seems to iron out a few of the wrinkles!
  2. And there's even colder air over Asia. If we get a long track easterly that lasts a week or more..... 😍
  3. Off topic but just want to say I'm sorry to hear your news Fred. I like reading your posts and you'll be missed while you're away but get the truly important stuff sorted before you worry about the weather again. Best wishes.
  4. Wavering between sleet and snow in Colchester. Some slight coverage on wet surfaces and it's building up on existing snow cover but generally it's not sticking much. Met Office may have called this just right in terms of the 100m elevation....
  5. Hurricane Harvey

    Harvey is certainly an efficient machine isn't he, it's fascinating watching the loops - thanks to all who have posted these. I hope the inhabitants of SE Texas are taking this seriously, because this is about as bad as it gets. A storm over steaming hot waters with minimal shear, very light steering winds and the likelihood of stalling on the coast...I'm hoping against hope there won't be significant loss of life from this storm, but 20+ inches of rain falling over a wide area is an exceptionally extreme event and not likely to be repeated any time soon (I hope).
  6. The severe thunderstorm of 24th June 1994. It was a huge, violent MCS which moved NE across much of southern England and developed a strong mesoscale vortex so the whole storm system was visibly rotating as it approached. The lightning was incredible, the gust front winds were powerful enough to lift a wall of sand as it came in along Clacton beach and it lasted for HOURS once it hit. Clacton pier was struck numerous times, I was watching from under a beach shelter along the front. The buildup to the storm was the most dramatic I've ever known with towers stretching so far up into the sky they seriously didn't look real. The air ahead of the storm was strongly subsiding so there was a complete clearance of cloud as it came in. Best UK storm I've ever seen.
  7. Have a look at the European view and animate the last hour - there's some decent eastward progression over France!
  8. All the forecasts and model output I saw up until midnight showed the band initially in this kind of position (maybe 50 miles further east) but the overnight rain in the East seemed to be massively underdone. Even at home in Clacton we got 18mm overnight and just north of Colchester (where I work) got in excess of 25mm, where most forecasts seemed to show light rain and a max of 5mm. I wouldn't be surprised to see the band trundle east 50 miles or so over the next 8 hours and any embedded convection will likely be in the eastern portion of the rain band... and may actually be ahead of the area of precip as destabilisation occurs and storms develop in the muggy sunshine over the European mainland. I still wouldn't rule out some very big totals for SE regions and parts of East Anglia during this evening.
  9. Your top decades of music in which you lived in.

    It's all about the 90's for me. I was born in '75 and never really got into music of any sort until about '90 when the rave scene was emerging. I still love all the oldskool breakbeat stuff from '91 to '94, jungle from '94 to '96 and drum n bass up to about '99. So the 90's is my decade of choice.
  10. Rain becoming very slightly icy in Clacton, can see small chunks mixed in at it hits my windscreen.
  11. Members Photos - Show Yourself !

    It's me! I look better in black and white for some reason...
  12. Hi, it usually stays dry here on days with surface storms forecast in a southerly or easterly breeze. Any storms that develop do so along the sea breeze front (if any forms) which is often about as far inland as Colchester. I'm heading down the air show on my bike when I finish work, about 2pm. I've seen it every year since I was about 10 but it never gets old...I'm 41 now!
  13. There's already a lot of cloud over the area where there's potential for storms, and if you check the radar there's a cluster of weak storms and general rain moving NE from France, currently over the Channel Islands with a huge cloud shield ahead and around it.
  14. Seems like the risk is transferring further west with time so much more of the UK could be affected. Don't quote me on that but it does seem steering winds are more backed than originally thought.
  15. Some quite strong echoes on the radar over the Brest area. Animation shows movement is more northward than I'd expect at this stage so perhaps steering flow will bring more of the SE into play later rather than just Kent. I'm hopeful of something here in NE Essex as my 10-year-old daughter wants to camp out tonight to watch the storms as she's off tomorrow due to the referendum, however I'd prefer not to be washed away completely!