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9th/10th February 1988 gale

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Don't often see this mention in past notable gales lists but I remember this one well. That evening was wild here with rain and sleet thrown in as well. Side of of our local Rumblelows store gable (remember Rumblelows?) collapsed because of the wind.

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Highest wind gusts in mph

Crosby: 92

Carlisle: 86.3

Mumbles: 86.3

Blackpool Airport: 84

Liverpool Airport: 82.9

Lizard: 82.9

Plymouth Mount Batt: 80.5

Swansea: 80.5

Bristol Weather centre: 72.4

Nottingham: 71.3

Aldergrove: 69

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Now you've brought it up I remember it quite well as I started a new job at around the same time.

To my untrained eye the chart shown looks very similar to what's coming tomorrow.

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Am I thinking of a similar storm in 1989 or this one which brought cold air and strange soft hail and stormy winds hard hail in the winds.

Its on my other PC I`ve kept somewhere.

Edited by Snowyowl9

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I remember it too and the fact that the Met Office overstated it, due to the fact they were caught short the previous Autumn.

 

I distinctly remember on the Radio 4 weather bulletin at 12:55, on the Tuesday of the storm, the forecast calling for gusts of up to 90 or 100 mph, the same afternoon / evening, for a fairly large part of the country. As can be seen, by the stats posted, this didn't happen, although it was a fairly impressive storm in the northwest.

 

I remember TV footage of large waves on the Blackpool Promenade as well.

 

My area had gusts up to 60 mph. I can remember the Look East weather presenter getting annoyed, due to the fact he'd been questioned about the over-egging and saying something like 'just because parts of the region are not now in the North Sea, doesn't mean etc. etc.' The fact was the storm had been very much exaggerated for my locality - and he knew it.

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This is the only other storm I can see for February 1989,there was cold air tucked in behind this too with a NW-ly.

It was the 1988 one I remember as the stormy winds came that evening with a covering of soft hail,I`m never seen nothing like that before.

http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/1989/Rrea00119890214.gif

http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/1989/Rrea00219890214.gif

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