Weather hazards

The Bracknell Storm - 7 May 2000

At Beaufort Park, Bracknell 65 mm fell in the space of about an hour and hailstones in excess of 1 cm diameter were measured. The 1961-90 average for the entire month is only 56 mm and this comes after the wettest April on record when Bracknell had over 3 times its normal rainfall amount.

Heavy rainfall - East UK 20/21 October 2001

Towns and villages in Cambridgeshire and Essex have been kept on flood alert as forecasters predict more torrential downpours following what experts say are the worst floods in 20 years.

Strong Winds - 27 October 2002

There were gales and severe gales over much of the south of the UK on the 27 October 2002.Highest hourly mean wind speeds were 68 knots (78 m.p.h.) at the Needles (Isle of Wight) and 61 knots (70 m.p.h.) at Mumbles Head (south-west Wales).

Flooding in north Cornwall - 16 August 2004

These showers formed bands which aligned themselves with the wind helping to maintain the heavy rain across certain areas of north Cornwall for several hours. The trigger mechanisms for these storms appeared to be convergence of winds along the coast and the high ground in the local area which also helped to generate showers. It would appear that the serious nature of these floods was exacerbated by the local topography around Boscastle.

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