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  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms, Warm summer evenings
  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

    As mentioned earlier by a poster should be some fairly swift eastbound transatlantic flights in the next 1-2 days! 

     

    Tonights chart and they are taking advantage of the quick jetstream

     

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  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 would be nice :-)
  • Weather Preferences: Cold and Snow -20 would be nice :)
  • Location: Solihull, WestMidlands, 121m asl -20 would be nice :-)

    Lorenzo... Can you get a link to what Lynxus was showing, It was clearly showing the low to the north of Ireland at 3:00 Tuesday ..Cheers Posted Image

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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    Yes, a good point. The gusts are not likely to be as high as St Jude but that was just a few hours in most places as the system whizzed through the country. This is a good 12 hours of sustained wind and rain so not to be taken lightly. I will be glad when it's all over and am keeping fingers crossed that it won't be too damaging.

    A few hours, where abouts where you?... St Jude came out went in barely half an hour here lol Posted Image  And the top gust in my area was 53mph, MetO are forecasting mean winds of 40mph with 65-75mph gusts in my neck of the woods for the 9pm to midnight period tomorrow so higher gusts and lasting several hours!

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  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    just watched the latests bbc news forecast - didn't look as severe as some people making out on here

     

    yes rainfall totals could be an issue -but away from coasts the winds didn't seem particularly out of the ordinary - for a winter storm that is anyway

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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    St Jude did not bring any strong winds here at all for me and much of the East Midlands wondered what all the fuss was about too!! This looks to be a countrywide threat for the equivalence of what St Jude brought, and lasting much longer too. 

    St Jude was so overhyped especially when they tried to compare it to 1987 that was just embarrassing media sensationalism, a 50mph squall lasting not even an hour hardly constituted all the major storm headlines and I have a feeling this storm could turn out significantly worse (more powerful) as well as longer lasting.

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  • Location: Hampton, Evesham, Worcestershire. 27m asl.
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme and Exciting weather, hate stratus clouds and drizzile
  • Location: Hampton, Evesham, Worcestershire. 27m asl.

    With such an unusually  deep area of low pressure its hard for the models to define exactly how severe the weather will be, afterall this is one of the deepest areas of low pressure near to the uk for nearly 130 years. Computer models have not gone down this road before!Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    just watched the latests bbc news forecast - didn't look as severe as some people making out on here

     

    yes rainfall totals could be an issue -but away from coasts the winds didn't seem particularly out of the ordinary - for a winter storm that is anyway

    Peter Gibbs did say 70mph gusts could get further inland for the South-East tomorrow evening if you where listening?

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  • Location: Kesgrave, just East of Ipswich
  • Weather Preferences: Cold snowy winters, warm dry summers
  • Location: Kesgrave, just East of Ipswich

    A few hours, where abouts where you?... St Jude came out went in barely half an hour here lol Posted Image  And the top gust in my area was 53mph, MetO are forecasting mean winds of 40mph with 65-75mph gusts in my neck of the woods for the 9pm to midnight period tomorrow so higher gusts and lasting several hours!

    Here in Ipswich, St Jude lasted for three hours (6am to 9am) and we had gusts up to 76mph. Forecast gusts for here tomorrow are about 65mph, so about 10mph less than back in October.
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  • Location: Kesgrave, just East of Ipswich
  • Weather Preferences: Cold snowy winters, warm dry summers
  • Location: Kesgrave, just East of Ipswich

    St Jude was so overhyped especially when they tried to compare it to 1987 that was just embarrassing media sensationalism, a 50mph squall lasting not even an hour hardly constituted all the major storm headlines and I have a feeling this storm could turn out significantly worse (more powerful) as well as longer lasting.

    St Jude was quite selective in where it hit; we were right in the path of the strengthening winds as it exited the country, so it was notable for us; just ask my fence and the local woodland, not to mention the power cables!
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  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and Thundery, Cold and Snowy
  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

    St Jude was so overhyped especially when they tried to compare it to 1987 that was just embarrassing media sensationalism, a 50mph squall lasting not even an hour hardly constituted all the major storm headlines and I have a feeling this storm could turn out significantly worse (more powerful) as well as longer lasting.

    The only feeling I got from St Jude was a light headed one! Presumably as the centre of the mistress passed directly above me literally. RAF Wittering recording 975mb. Was eerily calm, and clouds were visible rushing W-E towards the South and NNE-SW towards the North! WInds did not get much above 20mph throughout though.

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  • Location: Southampton, UK
  • Weather Preferences: Hot, hot, hot! Or cold, cold, cold!
  • Location: Southampton, UK

    St Jude was so overhyped especially when they tried to compare it to 1987 that was just embarrassing media sensationalism, a 50mph squall lasting not even an hour hardly constituted all the major storm headlines and I have a feeling this storm could turn out significantly worse (more powerful) as well as longer lasting.

     

    Well, it may have been a squall lasting an hour in Essex, but it was considerably more than that on the South coast. There were lots of trees down and cars and houses smashed by falling trees. Fortunately the worst of it happened overnight and we all had plenty of warning. My fear today is that lots of people are not paying attention to anything but shopping and there will be a lot of inexperienced/tired/micturated drivers out on the roads than there ordinarily would. Add to that changes in the track of the low and we could be in for a rough time.

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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    Here in Ipswich, St Jude lasted for three hours (6am to 9am) and we had gusts up to 76mph. Forecast gusts for here tomorrow are about 65mph, so about 10mph less than back in October.

    Yeah but your near the coast so I can understand why St Jude would have been worse for you perhaps, but here it wasn't anything that exceptional quite a sudden and intense squall but nowhere near the 80mph widespread storm they anticipated. That prediction of 65mph is all based on approximate estimates and the computer runs are probably still trying to catch up, I suspect it'll end up more powerful then that on the coast seeing as inland gusts around my area are predicted at 55-65mph.

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  • Location: Lytchett Matravers - 301 ft ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy Winters, Torrential Storm Summers
  • Location: Lytchett Matravers - 301 ft ASL

    Tomorrow is going to bring a sustained period of very strong winds,with st.judes it was a couple of hours for the strongest winds, and the rain, especially in the south is going to deliver some very high totals.

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  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    Peter Gibbs did say 70mph gusts could get further inland for the South-East tomorrow evening if you where listening?

     

    70mph inland gusts - thats probably an event that happens every couple of years ? if not once a year ? so nothing particularly special

     

    if we were talking 80-90mph gusts - then that would be of more concern - but thats not predicted is it ?

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  • Location: Blackwood SE Wales
  • Location: Blackwood SE Wales

    Shortly after St Jude hit there was another storm which hit Wales hard! All trains were stopped in the Valleys, trees over the roads.. Caravan blown over on the M4, powercuts. I personally find it quite hard to estimate how strong the winds will be once they have funelled  through the valleys.Wind and rain both will cause a big impact here.

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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    Ahead of the storm parts of Scotland have had snow today

     

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    A9 at Drumochter this morning

     

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    A9 southbound in Scotland

    Well at least it's going to be a white Christmas for some! Posted Image

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  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex

    wind warnings seem to be yellow on the metoffice website at the moment - Jude even though hit at night was amber even 3-4 days out wasn't it ?

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  • Location: Saltdean,Nr Brighton,East Sussex,Hither Green,SE London.
  • Location: Saltdean,Nr Brighton,East Sussex,Hither Green,SE London.

    Yes, a good point. The gusts are not likely to be as high as St Jude but that was just a few hours in most places as the system whizzed through the country. This is a good 12 hours of sustained wind and rain so not to be taken lightly. I will be glad when it's all over and am keeping fingers crossed that it won't be too damaging.

    I think the maximum land gust for ST Jude was 81mph? I would be amazed if that figure was not equaled given the data we are seeing or even slightly exceeded around sussex and kent coastlines
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  • Location: Upminster, Essex
  • Weather Preferences: Severe gales/storms, snow, thunder!
  • Location: Upminster, Essex

    70mph inland gusts - thats probably an event that happens every couple of years ? if not once a year ? so nothing particularly special

     

    if we were talking 80-90mph gusts - then that would be of more concern - but thats not predicted is it ?

    No it isn't but then again 70mph inland gusts aren't a yearly event like you say they are quite rare, a once in 5 to 10 year return perhaps especially here in the SE which is the most sheltered corner of the country, it's probably quite common in the SW or up north but not here!

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  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.
  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.

    With such an unusually  deep area of low pressure its hard for the models to define exactly how severe the weather will be, afterall this is one of the deepest areas of low pressure near to the uk for nearly 130 years. Computer models have not gone down this road before!Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

    Yes quite 930mbs is nothing to be casual about...this looks serious...

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  • Location: Gilesgate Moor, Durham City
  • Location: Gilesgate Moor, Durham City

    Remember that the trees were in pretty much full leaf for the St Jude's storm. That makes a big difference in terms of how damaging a storm is, even if the winds are stronger.

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  • Location: Chelmsford
  • Weather Preferences: snow, blizzards, thunder snow, thunder and lightning, heat waves, tornadoes
  • Location: Chelmsford

    I don't know why the wind warning is yellow only and not amber.  Based on what peeps are saying and general agreement on models, surely it should be an amber wind warning for the South?

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