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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the May 3rd 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak that took 40 lives, the highest wind speed ever recorded and a significant portion of it was broadcast live most likely saving 10's if not 100's of lives. Oklahoma 1999 Tornado Outbreak.
During the 28th the weather was rather humid, but there were no signs in our part of the approaching chaos that was to hit the hythe/kent area that night, even though the forecasts warned of possible storms. By late evening about 10pm, I could hear rumbles and decided to look outside to see if it was a Thunderstorm or just some old person putting the bin out. Sure enough from then on, it turned from the odd flash, to strikes and flashes every few mins. One of the most amazing storms I have ever seen in my life. What was really gutting though, was I didn't have a fully charged camera and missed out on many strikes that not only knocked our power out, but set car alarms off!
We're now into meteorological Summer (you'd never know it today) but here's how May ended up here. Temperature: High: 23.7 °C - [May 12th] Low: 0.2 °C - [May 1st] Avg: 13.2 °C MetO Regional Avg: 11.2 °C Humidity: High: 97 % Low: 32 % Pressure: High: 1029.5 hPa - [May 1st] Low: 1004.7 hPa - [May 12th] Wind: Max Gust: 24 mph - [May 21st] Max Speed (10 Min Avg): 10 mph - [May 21st] Avg Speed: 3 mph Rain: Month: 74.6 mm MetO Regional Avg: 77.2 mm High Rain Rate: 39.8 mm/hr - [May 18th] High Daily Rain: 16.4 mm - [May 21st] High Hourly Rain: 7 mm - [May 18th] Solar & Sunshine: Max Daily High Solar: 1245 W/m² - [May 1st] Min Daily High Solar: 436 W/m² - [May 2nd] Max Sunshine: 12 hrs - [May 4th] Min Sunshine: 0 hrs - [May 21st] Total Sunshine: 157.8 hrs MetO Regional Avg: 194.5hrs More details can be seen here: http://www.warehamwx.co.uk/cumulus/graphs_historic.php http://www.warehamwx.co.uk/cumulus/datasummary.php