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  1. Just finished reading the old thread. I was tracking the radar, lightning maps and a variety of forecasting models last night, while intensely browsing the previous discussion, camera and tripod at the ready in the spare room looking over the fields to the south/east (London way) but I just had an inkling the storm was gonna be a Kent clipper after a while, around say 10PM. I woke up about 1AM and looked at the radar which pretty much clarified this. Hats off to you though mate, driving all the way from Derby to the south coast. Was it Hastings you said you ended up eventually? Glad you got to see some lightning. Fingers crossed the UK will see less disappointment when it comes to French imports (and thunderstorms in general) over July and August. Onwards and upwards!
  2. Ah, I remember that one, mental strike rate! I never saw it but I remember staying up and feeling envious at the lucky sods south and west of the New Forest!
  3. It was hitting 140 strikes per min and it lost intensity in this regard and was peaking at 115 per min for a while and now hovering around 85 per min. I've seen French imports that have usually hit Kent only over the years that have had 3, 400 strikes per min at some points. Oh down to 65 strikes per min now. What's happening?!
  4. If I were you mate I'd personally go to Brighton/Eastbourne. Can't miss the lightning if you're there, surely. Doesn't look like the most intense stuff will head west of there, and perhaps it will shift more north-easterly across the channel and steer more towards Kent, but I think those two spots on the coast are a good bet. Just my opinion.
  5. Was just thinking this. Seen far too often an area of heavy thundery rain move northerly or even north-westerly and the actual more intense cells shift north-easterly to hit east of London (in other words usually just hit Kent.)
  6. Hope to be in a good spot tonight here on the edge of the Chilterns. I reckon the worst of the stuff will hit central London and Eastwards, but no surprise if another Kent clipper. If needs be, I could get up at 4am and head south-eastwards if I have the energy, as I work on the Surrey/Hants border.
  7. Oh that’s cool, nice one mate! Love the Lakes, just been hiking for a couple of days. Everyone is so friendly too. Back to the boring and overpriced Home Counties now!
  8. Just seen this funnel cloud heading south on the A591 near a place called Sizergh just south-east of the Lake District National Park! We virtually drove under the funnel but there was no wind. Never seen anything like it!
  9. Was up in London tonight (Canary Wharf) and around 6:15PM when I exited the underground tube there, it was tipping down with some fantastic intra-cloud lightning. Very loud thunder. Nothing back in the Chilterns but it seems that south and east London had some decent action this evening!
  10. Depends where you go. I'd say the Alps and Central into Eastern Europe is a good bet for storms. Italy and south-east Europe not bad either. But then again, the Low Countries into NW Germany get a sizable share of whoppers which develop over France and track NW. If you want somewhere easy to see lightning, go to Florida! Or better still, chase NNW from say Alabama to Nebraska! Arizona can be a spectacle in late July/August too, when they have the "South-West Monsoon" I believe they call it, when typically hot, dry air in the SW United States, begins to turn more humid, and things go out with a bang. I saw a phenomenal lightning show just outside Phoenix about 10 years ago, in August I think. Not sure about Cornwall/Dorset. Though, there were some big thunderstorms west of the New Forest into Cornwall and Devon, earlier this summer. Must be land mass-related. It's cooler there too, compared to the South-East. I'm sure a number of factors come into play, when we're looking at the tracking and location of thunderstorms in Britain. It's oppressive right now in south Bucks, really not enjoying this heat/humidity. And tonight I'm up in the city, which will be even worse! Mind, me and the mrs are doing some thames boat cruise thingy, might get a nice breeze, and perhaps treated to a light show from mother nature! Still, I'll believe that when I see it!
  11. I share your pain bro! This is the thing, a while ago I read in a weather book, or perhaps a writing about storms in the UK on the internet, something about "South East England is the hotspot for thunder and lightning strikes in the UK." See, I think that is utter balls! I have said for years now, that this could be true ONLY if you live in Kent or East Sussex, and are subject to the predictable French imports from May to September. Otherwise, in my opinion, the best place to see big thunderstorms (and more so, homegrown, to boot) is midlands tracking north-east, with Lincs being a hotspot. I have seen this year after year now, Lincolnshire is a hotspot for storms that develop in say the north home counties and move north. By the time they're situated over Lincolnshire, they've developed into fully-fledged, strong thunderstorms, occasionally supercellular. I've just been on holiday to Norway for a week and a half, and now find myself temporarily bankrupt (well, until pay day next week) as it's so damn expensive there! But to drive four-five hours north, into the heart of fjords, to arrive at midnight, with enough light to set up my tent without needing a torch, and then witness lightning between the mountains and booming thunder, was truly a spectacle. As some Norwegians may say, "Thor was beating his hammer!!!" It was awesome!
  12. Hello all, anyone in Surrey/Chiltern area/Oxfordshire and can report 1 or more inches of snow? I'm in south Bucks, and while we had 5 inches (over a foot up on Ivinghoe Beacon two weeks ago), all that's happened this time is all the flakes are just melting as it's so wet outside. I do landscape photography and have a 4x4, so looking to take some photos plus also test out some new Michelin Semi Off-Road tyres which should be better in snow. Cheers
  13. Morning all. I got woken up at 2:30ish by more close lightning strikes. What a night last night! Never have I ever seen such strong winds associated with a thunderstorm though....that storm yesterday evening around 10PM was insane....I thought there was gonna be a Tornado for real.
  14. Aye, looking north-east over the last half hour or so there's been constant flashing....I could've got some proper good footage tonight of flashes and bolts but instead I got 3 mins of me swearing accompanied by strong winds and a downpour. Ah well. The lightning has been in all directions tonight....crazy!
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