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Flooding of 8th - 9th April 1998


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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

    My mind was taken back 23 years to the severe flooding which followed 60-90mm of rain in a broad zone from Breconshire across the South Midlands to Cambridgeshire, the highest total being 105mm at Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. According to Philip Eden, this was the most destructive flooding in the area since July 1968 and the Rivers Avon, Leam, Cherwell and Nene all overtopped their banks. Leamington Spa, Warwick, and Northampton were all very badly hit, 2000 homes in Northampton alone were flooded and six people died.

    Being in the North West at the time, I was not directly affected by the flooding but I was due to travel south for Easter which was the following weekend, and I wondered whether I would make it, given the severe effects of the flooding on travel on the motorways. In the event, I did get south but there was still much evidence of flooding in the fields bordering the M6, M5 and M40. 

    I would be interested to know what caused this flooding. An occluded front getting stuck over the area perhaps? I could be quite wrong but it strikes me as unusual that there was this amount of rain in a month such as April. Summer storms or winter rains yes, but early Spring...? 

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

    From memory I think it was caused by a stalling occuluded front marking the boundary between mild tropical air and much colder polar air. The cold air undercut and turned the rain to snow in places. The following few days were cold and we had lots of frost and wintry/snow showers at times.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
    On 09/04/2021 at 09:00, A Face like Thunder said:

    My mind was taken back 23 years to the severe flooding which followed 60-90mm of rain in a broad zone from Breconshire across the South Midlands to Cambridgeshire, the highest total being 105mm at Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. According to Philip Eden, this was the most destructive flooding in the area since July 1968 and the Rivers Avon, Leam, Cherwell and Nene all overtopped their banks. Leamington Spa, Warwick, and Northampton were all very badly hit, 2000 homes in Northampton alone were flooded and six people died.

    Being in the North West at the time, I was not directly affected by the flooding but I was due to travel south for Easter which was the following weekend, and I wondered whether I would make it, given the severe effects of the flooding on travel on the motorways. In the event, I did get south but there was still much evidence of flooding in the fields bordering the M6, M5 and M40. 

    I would be interested to know what caused this flooding. An occluded front getting stuck over the area perhaps? I could be quite wrong but it strikes me as unusual that there was this amount of rain in a month such as April. Summer storms or winter rains yes, but early Spring...? 

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

    Thanks for this Weather-history. What 'messy' weather we had that week. I think I must have left coming south until Easter Saturday 11th April after the main rain band had moved away, and although the ground was still saturated on the south coast, I don't think the weather was particularly bad the following week and we certainly did not see any snow on the coast.

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  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and Thundery, Cold and Snowy
  • Location: King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

    The worst flooding I’ve ever seen. The memories have never left my mind, despite only being 6 years of age at the time! I remember going over the River nene on the A1260 (Nene Parkway in Peterborough) on the morning after the monsoonal rain we had the previous day and night, and seeing Orton Mere completely submerged. Never seen it as bad ever since. A truly extreme period of weather. A once in a century event at a conservative take. 

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