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Dunstable got a good snow cover but melted in the afternoon. Hills around the area did ok. I drove to the highest point in the Chiltrens to have my snow fix. Some photos from Wendover Wood this mornin

Nice bit of snow here this morning, so that means it won’t go down as one of the worst winters I can remember but only by the skin of its teeth . Photos below ?

Shower cloud lit up nicely by the low sun earlier this evening north of Heathrow where I work.

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Compulsory cloud shot as the day progresses.  Unbearably hot inside and out, fingers keep sticking to keyboard when I'm trying to work. Hoping the fluffy stuff aloft yields some stonking storms. 🤞🌩️

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Some clouds seem to be bubbling up in the distance in Bexleyheath.  Please mother nature, let us have storms this evening 🤞⛈🌩⛈🌩

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2 hours ago, TomSE12 said:

Hi Angela,

myself and my Wife, have said in the last few Days, we must think about investing in a more efficient Air Conditioning Unit, for future Summers.

I've been struck in the past few Days, that a few BBC Forecasters have said we need to get used to these Summer Temperatures, as due to Climate change, this is what we have in store for us!! 

Speaking of violent August T/Storms, they don't come more violent, than what occurred on Thurs. 6th August 1981.

I was working in an Office in Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, at the time.

Myself and my first Wife, were "house sitting" for some friends of ours, and looking after their German Shepherd.

Three very active T/Storm Cells, struck the area between 9 AM and around Noon, that Day.

Our friends lived in North Dulwich, and the Husband was Groundsman at Alleyn's School. It was around about a brisk 15 minute walk to my Office. I vividly remember it being very humid, and being "chased" to Work by peals of thunder, and a very angry, coppery looking sky. Just managed to get into my Office, before all "hell broke loose".

Frequent lightning, gunshot Thunder and Monsoonal type Rain.

This first Cell moved away and there was a brief lull, before another intense Cell passed over the area, and a repeat performance ensued. But these two Storms were just the Hors D'oeuvres, before the main event.

There was another lull in proceedings, when a little before Noon, the light faded abruptly.

The Sky became as black as Midnight. There then followed an eerie silence, except for the twittering of Birds.

Thunder then started to be heard, and grew louder and louder, before the "Mother" of all T/Storms, erupted over our Heads. This final and most active Cell, of the three, eventually moved away.

My Wife phoned me and told me that the entire Cricket Square, on the Sports Ground, was under water.

A while later, I got back to the Sports Ground and found evidence for myself of the effects, of that violent event. 

Below, are some images of the event, reproduced with the kind permission of Ian Currie, and taken from his Surrey County Weather Book:

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Above is the scene at Midday, on the A217 at Lower Kingswood.

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Above, near the Swan and Sugar Loaf Pub, in South Croydon, in the aftermath of the events of 6th August 1981. 

Below, the archived 500mb Chart, at the time of the event.

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Dare I say it, not a lot different to how the Synoptic situation is Forecast to look like, over the next couple of Days:

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That's the end of, a very Thundery look down Memory Lane.

Regards,

Tom.  :hi:

I remember this!! I was 4 - and sometimes, I think I dreamt about this day so I'm really glad you posted this Tom. I went to work with my grandad that day (we lived in Croydon at the time) and I remember vividly the sky going as dark as night - I was quite frightened, more by the darkness in the middle of the day than anything else. I only vaguely remember the actual storm. 

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Currently relocating our kennel block, much pressure washing required. Recommend it (the pressure washing that is), very refreshing!

Mostly overcast here since about 11am with a few sunny breaks occasionally. 

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34 minutes ago, Electricmumma said:

Keeping an eye on the cell in France, but I’m guessing it’ll probably either die out in the channel or just not get here at all lol

The visible sat shows that particular storm does appear to be exploding in size but looking at the trajectory get the sense that the storm is more likely to be pushed towards Holland by the UK storm shield (otherwise known as the English channel).  😩 However there are signs of other rapidly growing cells to the west of that (see attached) which with any luck might potentially head towards the South-East this evening  😎 

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It just shows that the satelite is accurate to the radar - with high top storms

look at the small local one

Blends into insignificance V the French ones lol

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4 hours ago, TomSE12 said:

Hi Angela,

myself and my Wife, have said in the last few Days, we must think about investing in a more efficient Air Conditioning Unit, for future Summers.

I've been struck in the past few Days, that a few BBC Forecasters have said we need to get used to these Summer Temperatures, as due to Climate change, this is what we have in store for us!! 

Speaking of violent August T/Storms, they don't come more violent, than what occurred on Thurs. 6th August 1981.

I was working in an Office in Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, at the time.

Myself and my first Wife, were "house sitting" for some friends of ours, and looking after their German Shepherd.

Three very active T/Storm Cells, struck the area between 9 AM and around Noon, that Day.

 

 

 

I was only 8 years old but I will never forget that day! The way the clouds looked in the morning was so weird. The earlier cells missed Staines that day but we heard the thunder from them. The mega 3rd cell hit us though. It went so dark and still, I remember people coming out to look at the sky. Then all hell indeed broke loose, with crazy forked lightning. extremely loud thunder and torrential rain. My Mum was very frightened and tried to keep us away from the windows! That storm started my love of thunderstorms and weather, in general. We certainly used to get some humdingers in the 1980’s. Hopefully, some to come this week 😊

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if you like sitting in a pool of sweat you have had a great day, if you like storms then it was been poo.

Very disappointing so far.

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55 minutes ago, Electricmumma said:

Keeping an eye on the cell in France, but I’m guessing it’ll probably either die out in the channel or just not get here at all lol

Sorry Electricmumma, i failed to read your post before i posted, yes that cell/storms are well worth keeping an eye on, lets hope they cross the channel.

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Massive difference in temps round here. MAidstone at 34/35oC and back home it’s 28oC. Not that far away 

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Frustratingly, the Writtle station has been offline since yesterday morning.

Strangely though, the @EssexWeather Twitter account posted a maximum figure for it and it's not clear how that was obtained. Someone else asked them but got no reply.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Are these thunderstorms heading for West Sussex this eve? Could this ruin the last day of excessive heat tomorrow? 

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