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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 19:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chobham 'mini-tornado lifted cats in air'

A "mini-tornado" brought down trees, damaged property and even lifted cats in the air, an eyewitness has said.
People living in Chobham in Surrey said the wind hit the area at about 17:00 GMT on Saturday.
The storm is also reported to have swept through Kent and Sussex. One person said it was "like something out of a Steven Spielberg film".

About 13,000 customers were left without power in Kent, Sussex and Surrey after storms on Saturday.
On Sunday, UK Power Networks said the number had been "significantly reduced", although about 1,100 customers were still affected.

Fire crews from East and West Sussex said they took dozens of weather-related calls on Saturday afternoon and early evening.
Surrey Fire and Rescue said its control room took a series of calls reporting fallen trees and damaged roofs across the county.

Shirley Blay, who keeps horses at the Jolly Blossom Stables on Station Road, Chobham, told BBC Surrey: "It was a mini-tornado, I can't describe it as anything less.
"It started with very heavy rain, hailstones and very strong wind and all of a sudden, the wind was very, very strong, to the point of lifting roofs.
"Stable roofs were shaking and lifting and my granddaughter went to make a feed up for the pony and the shed she was in lifted.
"She jumped out of it and it just shattered, it was thrown backwards and broke into four pieces. Shocked

"We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground - about 6ft off the ground - they just went round like a big paper bag."
She said the people and animals who were caught up in the storm were uninjured.

A spokesman from Valgrays Animal Rescue in Warlingham said: "It was like something out of a Steven Spielberg film.
"The sky went black, hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces hammered down on the ground, bouncing back off the ground so high.
"Our fencing, which was only just put up, shattered and span around on the ground. Thunder and the lightning was horrific.
"This came and went within 10 minutes, it was like a whirlwind - just swept through our village and left leaving damage everywhere."

Steve Wyles, from Hunton in Kent, said: "A mini-tornado hit us at just after 5:15pm.
"It lasted less than five minutes but it brought down power cables and lifted the roof off an 80ft by 20ft barn over an oak tree and dumped it 70ft away in a field. Shocked
"As the wind hit I had the front door open and it was too strong for me to close it.

"We had an impromptu fire display from the power cables that lasted several hours and we are aware of at least one dog that was electrocuted by stepping in a puddle."

Laura Gilchrist from the BBC Weather Centre said: "Eye witness descriptions and photos of the damage suggest that an isolated small tornado could well have occurred in Chobham, however without an expert visiting the site or footage or photos of the tornado itself, it cannot currently be confirmed that a tornado was responsible."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25902371
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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 23:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not just cats in the air.

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Peterborough 'flying shed': Man injured sheltering from storm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-25916453

Bus shelter damaged by flying shed during storm in Peterborough

The man was treated by ambulance staff and helicopter medics at the scene

A cyclist was knocked out by a "flying shed" as he sheltered from a storm, in what paramedics described as a "bizarre collision".

The man, in his 40s, was injured as he waited in a bus stop in London Road, Peterborough.

"The corrugated iron shed must have flown between 50 and 70 metres from a nearby field," an East of England Ambulance service spokesman said.

He said the victim was "fortunate to have sustained just a cut to his head".

Ambulance technician Stuart Henderson, who attended the incident on Saturday afternoon, said: "The initial call came through to us as a casualty struck by lightning.

"When we arrived, there were power cables down and debris everywhere."

The casualty was also treated by staff from medical charity Magpas before being transferred to hospital, where his condition was described as "not life-threatening".
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PostPosted: 29-01-2014 09:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of trees came down near here yesterday, before the winds started to ease off.

Let's hope that all the weaker trees have already succumbed, because there's another storm forecast for the westcountry on Friday and Saturday!
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PostPosted: 29-01-2014 10:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've all seen satellite weather maps - but maybe not like this!

From Haiyan to St Jude's: watch how storms formed across the globe in 2013
On a changeable Spring afternoon it can sometimes feel like four seasons in one day, but what would a whole year of weather actually look like? Forecasters have compiled 365 days of satellite images from across the globe to show the changing weather patterns of 2013
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3:30PM GMT 28 Jan 2014

It was the year cyclone Haiyan hit the Philipinnes and St Jude's Storm whipped up sea levels around the UK, and now all of 2013's weather can be seen as part of a global pattern.

This animation, compiled from data provided by international satellites, shows the all storms that occurred around the world during 2013.
Mark Higgins, Training Officer at the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) described the flow of weather patterns across the globe.

"You'll see in the north and south this flow of storm systems moving from the west to the east.
"In the centre ... you'll see this pulsating flow of smaller clouds but with much brighter white tops."

The satellites capture major weather fronts, such as the St Jude Storm and cyclone Haiyan.

Describing how typhoons and cyclones develop, Mr Higgins said: "Typhoons tend to have quite curved tracks and when get they really develop they have that very classic ... centre of the cyclone eye.
"What drives the cyclone is the amount of energy in the sea's surface, so if the cyclone travels over a warm patch of ocean it will then be able to grow in intensity, and therefore impact if it hits the land."

The satellites also show seasons changing across the world and how systems, such as the jet stream, effect global weather patterns.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10601505/From-Haiyan-to-St-Judes-watch-how-storms-formed-across-the-globe-in-2013.html
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PostPosted: 29-01-2014 12:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating stuff!
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 07:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

This increase in frequent high velocity winds in the past few years is alarming. Climate change researchers have been prediciting this symptom of global climate change and IMO we're seeing the predictions materialise now. I don't remember our summers having always been so gusty overnight, but we get gale force winds most nights these days in our hilled landscape. It ain't gully breezes in the afternoon. This is nightly tempests sans cloud and rain. Associated with regular 40+ temps, it hasn't been a lot of fun.

Check out this video from Oregon in the NW USA from a few days ago. Something tells me we're not in Kansas any more, Toto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/viral-video/10604111/Pedestrians-blown-off-their-feet-by-hurricane-strength-winds-in-US.html
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 10:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Climate change probably not to blame for the recent flooding...
http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/simplistic-blame-flooding-climate-change-says/story-20431095-detail/story.html
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 11:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK floods: January rain breaks records in parts of England

Early figures suggest parts of England have had their wettest January since records began more than 100 years ago.

The Met Office said much of southern England and parts of the Midlands had already seen twice the average rainfall for January by midnight on Tuesday - with three days left in the month.

And it is warning of more rain, as well as snow and high winds, for much of the UK in the coming days.
In Somerset, the military is preparing to help flooded areas.

Up to and including January 28, the South East and central southern England had 175.2mm (6.9in) of rainfall in January - beating the previous record of 158.2mm for the same parts of England set in 1988.

Across south-west England and south Wales, the 222.6 mm (8.8in) of rainfall up to midnight on Tuesday meant January 2014 was already the fifth-wettest on record.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25944823

Interesting map on page showing how different parts of Britain fared.
Driest region was NW Scotland!
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 20:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heavy rain tomorrow and some strong winds.

Glad I work outside! Confused
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 22:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris138 wrote:
Heavy rain tomorrow and some strong winds.

That'll make a nice change then. Sad
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 07:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still trying to work out how, this afternoon, the wind blew one way, while the rain was blowing in the opposite direction.
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 09:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anome_ wrote:
I'm still trying to work out how, this afternoon, the wind blew one way, while the rain was blowing in the opposite direction.

That sort of thing can happen near thunderstorms, or big Cu-Nim clouds anyway.

A growing cu-nim sucks air in from all directions at its base. So you may see one at a distance and remark "There's bad weather over there, luckily it's down-wind..", only to find it's actually coming towards you! Shocked (The wind you felt was the local wind around the base of the cloud, while the cloud itself moves with the meteorological gradient wind, higher up.)
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Drought-hit California unable to supply state water

California's water agency has announced it may for the first time be unable to deliver water to local agencies, amid a worsening drought.
Two-thirds of state residents and 1m acres (404,500 hectares) of farmland get part or all of their drinking and irrigation supplies from the agency.
A state-wide drought was declared earlier this month, as the largest reservoirs sank to record low levels.
Forecasters have warned 2014 could be California's driest year on record.

The extreme conditions have already caused a wildfire that destroyed homes in the Los Angeles area.

Previous extremely dry years led to catastrophic wildfire seasons in California in 2003 and 2007.

It is the first time in the water agency's history that it has predicted a so-called "zero allocation", which will affect around 25m people.
State governor Jerry Brown said the announcement was a "stark reminder that California's drought is real".
He urged residents to conserve water, suggesting they avoid flushing toilets unnecessarily and to turn off the tap while shaving.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the state's farming federation called the news "a terrible blow".

The water originates from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
It is delivered to local agencies via a vast network of reservoirs, pipelines, aqueducts and pumping stations.

The 29 agencies that draw from the state's water-delivery system have other sources, Associated Press reports, although these too have been badly hit.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25996522

Perhaps we could export all that fresh water from the Somerset Levels to California! That would satisfy two lots of farmers - those with too much, and those with not enough! Very Happy
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Power cut hits 15,000 households in south-west England

About 15,000 households in south-west England have suffered power cuts because of high winds and stormy weather, engineers say.
Strong winds and heavy rain are spreading across the region once more.

Western Power Distribution said homes from Taunton in Somerset to Penzance in Cornwall were affected, with 10,000 in Cornwall alone experiencing outages.
It added that repair works were being "fully resourced" but bad weather was hampering their efforts.
Penzance, Redruth and Bodmin in Cornwall were particularly affected by outages, Western Power said.
Engineers were to work through the night on repairs, it added.

A flood warning was in place along the south Cornwall coast for high tide on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the Environment Agency said.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for high winds in the South West from 15:00 GMT until 23:00 on Wednesday.

More than 65 reports of fallen trees requiring police to attend were received across Devon and Cornwall in an hour, officers said.

In Looe harbour water was described as swirling "like a cauldron" by a BBC cameraman and the town's lifeboat station flooded.

The Tamar Bridge between Plymouth in Devon and Saltash in Cornwall was closed to all traffic for a period after wind speeds went over 70mph, police said. It was later just closed to high-sided vehicles.

Cornwall Council's Silver Command asked drivers not to make unnecessary journeys.
It said it was dealing with a "high number of weather-related emergency call-outs".
"As well as reports of a number of flooded properties, we are also dealing with trees blocking roads, the shutting of the promenade in Penzance and power lines down."

Storms have caused more than £4m worth of damage across the county in a month, Cornwall Council has estimated.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26042112
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PostPosted: 05-02-2014 07:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBC is running LiveText UK storms:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26044283

(I may well quote from this on Lone CG, since the action involves a lot of coast as well as inland stuff.)
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