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The Great Storm of 16th October 1987

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Today is the 33rd anniversary of The Great Storm of 1987. Pictured is the weather forecast for 15th October 1987 (Guardian) which perhaps shows how unprepared the authorities were for the events of the following night. The offending low is presumably the innocuous-looking one in the Bay of Biscay which has headed across the Atlantic (arrowed) and which was supposed to head south from the Channel into France. Its actual track into Southern England was what caused the loss of life and widespread devastation, and the post-Storm ramifications were many and long-lasting.

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