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4 minutes ago, coldfingers1 said:

Haha! So says someone who lives in the Midlands and didn't experience the event!

"normal british weather" I don't think so!!! I am undoubtedly far, far older than you and NEVER before was what I experienced that night in any way, shape or form, "normal british weather!" My mother was 60 years old at the time and she would also agree! Never before in LIVING MEMORY had ANYONE in Southern England  experienced winds like that! Maybe in the Highlands of Scotland but NEVER in Southern Britain!

115 mph is NOT normal Southern weather for sure!

No... I say it as someone who knows the mean wind speeds for each storm, and who'd looked at the FAX charts for them.

As it goes, I haven't always lived in the Midlands, but that's by the by.

Yes.. Burns Day Storm... St. Jude Storm... Great Storm of 87 - they are all European Wind Storms, and they all had similarly high winds. They are at the upper end of normal British weather...

... though as you seem to have ignored in my comment, the special features of the Storm of 87 were how quickly it developed and where, I agree. That doesn't make such a strong storm in the UK a freak event... or make it a hurricane.

Next to be added to that list of European windstorms is Ex-Ophelia.

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their armoured vehicles are being made ready-

I'm pretty sure the sky turning yellow is the met office trying out a new warning system after some backlash. 

Looking forward to my trip to #Ireland

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1 minute ago, Andy Pepler said:

im in westbury 1 mile below the westbury white horse ...and yes could be fun parakite weather :)

Have family in Westbury and Trowbridge i arrive next friday for 10 days visiting

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4 minutes ago, coldfingers1 said:

Haha! So says someone who lives in the Midlands and didn't experience the event!

"normal british weather" I don't think so!!! I am undoubtedly far, far older than you and NEVER before was what I experienced that night in any way, shape or form, "normal british weather!" My mother was 60 years old at the time and she would also agree! Never before in LIVING MEMORY had ANYONE in Southern England  experienced winds like that! Maybe in the Highlands of Scotland but NEVER in Southern Britain!

115 mph is NOT normal Southern weather for sure!

Have to agree, it was mental, just incredible that night......

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Just now, Man With Beard said:

Good luck. I have a feeling you're going to need it.

yeah cheers mate. i have never seen wording so strong by NHC shows you how serious it's gone down to 85mph as per 500pm AST Ophelia advisory 27 which is still dangerous with people in its path. One question are we going to see any baroclinic strengthening it seems possible.

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7 minutes ago, audiotech said:

Is it officially post tropical yet? it still looks like it has a distinct core of high cloud tops and convection.

 

 

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The center is actually that dry bit just west. It looks like it's still a hurricane but no longer has a eyewall. As soon as that burst east of the center detaches, it will be declared post-tropical. We are probably 6-12 hours away at most. 

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10 minutes ago, audiotech said:

Is it officially post tropical yet? it still looks like it has a distinct core of high cloud tops and convection.

 

 

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No it remains a hurricane for now.

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Just a thought - IF it is still a hurricane at next advisory it will officially make landfall as a hurricane.

 

Unlikely but you never know!

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4 minutes ago, Allseasons-si said:

Ophelia looks to be tracking straight north now and could miss Ireland all togeather,but it is the sat i am looking at and not winds of which could be a diff story.

It does look like there would now have to be quite a sharp eastern diversion in its track for its centre to make a direct hit on the Irish southern coast.  

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