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3-4 July 2015 - severe thunderstorm event


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Anyone recall any moments from this particular event?

At the time this happened I was 12, and because I wasn't as interested in weather as I am now at the time, I had no idea that I was going to get battered by a massive storm on that day. All I remember is I randomly woke up at like 2/3am, tried to get back to sleep and there was a huge lightning strike nearby and a massive boom followed, it scared the living daylights out of me, set off a few car alarms down the road and I crapped my pants. The storm literally went berserk shortly after.

Bournemouth and the surrounding areas were battered apparently.

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I didn't live where I do now but if I did I would've almost had a direct hit from the Bournemouth storm. I did get a good light show from where I lived though and I can't remember seeing a better one than that. 

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I was on holiday in Lanzarote but I remember seeing videos all over snapchat and Instagram. I was actually jealous of the people back home seeing at how unbelievable the storms looked, I wasn’t jealous afterwards when the weather turned crap though! 😂

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Yes the storms missed us here but we got a very good light show to our west as the Bournemouth storm moved northwards.  The overhead sky was clear and you could make out the huge anvil, I think this enhanced the light show.

I think this event was one where storms just developed crazily, roughly north of the M4 and only a few places to the south (ie Bournemouth and I think parts of London) got decent storms.  A bit like 22/23 July 2013, where again we missed out.

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11 hours ago, Zak M said:

Anyone recall any moments from this particular event?

At the time this happened I was 12, and because I wasn't as interested in weather as I am now at the time, I had no idea that I was going to get battered by a massive storm on that day. All I remember is I randomly woke up at like 2/3am, tried to get back to sleep and there was a huge lightning strike nearby and a massive boom followed, it scared the living daylights out of me, set off a few car alarms down the road and I crapped my pants. The storm literally went berserk shortly after.

Bournemouth and the surrounding areas were battered apparently.

Was the best event I’ve watched unfold from start to finish Zak! You would’ve loved it. Started off in the evening like many other events do, as in the will it or won’t it fire? 22:30 still hadn’t seen one sferic and some were even on the verge of calling it a bust! 23:00 came along, rapid development S of Bournemouth occurred, then the first strike appeared! Within 10 minutes it had gone from 0 to 60 strikes per minute and hit Bournemouth head on! 

A whole series of storms then went on to develop around the London area and trundled NNE and formed a MCS. We got hit head on at around 02:00 until 05:00. Best storm of the decade without any doubt! 

Here is the thread 

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Always been fascinated by the weather and thunderstoms, we had one when i was a small boy where the lightning hit the flagpole of the nearby church and left it swaying from side to side ever since that day Ive had thisthing for anything weather, I used stay up for the shipping forecast had the maps sent to me by the Met Office. Biggest thing in the world today is Global Warming, no doubt, I said to my wife a long time ago that we'll have 70 degrees f on Christmas Day in my life time, I think this will still come to pass. 

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2 hours ago, Leveller said:

Always been fascinated by the weather and thunderstoms, we had one when i was a small boy where the lightning hit the flagpole of the nearby church and left it swaying from side to side ever since that day Ive had thisthing for anything weather, I used stay up for the shipping forecast had the maps sent to me by the Met Office. Biggest thing in the world today is Global Warming, no doubt, I said to my wife a long time ago that we'll have 70 degrees f on Christmas Day in my life time, I think this will still come to pass. 

Global warming is happening. But 70F in December? I very much doubt that. I will eat my own hat if that comes off. We struggle to see them temperatures even in March or November in setups with winds as far as the Cape Verde islands. The sun simply hasn’t got the power between them months for sufficient heating. 

Perhaps in SW France you would do. 

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