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Thunderstorms Of 22/23 July 1967

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Attached is a photo taken of flash flooding outside my home following the severe thunderstorm during the night of 22/23 July 1967.

After a warm, but not particularly hot. day. with temperatures of 24C, the evening became cloudy and lightning was first observed at about 22.00. The storm lasted an incredible 8 hours, with torrential rain and spectacular thunder and lightning. I remember my Mum being very worried that all the flowers she had planted the day before would be washed away, as indeed many were.

Research has shown that up to 90mm of rain fell in our local area (South Bucks) during that night and there was quite a lot of flooding.

Apparently a low moved along the North coast of France during the night, leading to the outbreak of storms. The following day, as can be seen in the photo, saw a return to fine, sunny weather.


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