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Old 12th Aug 2020, 16:58
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Helol, I know you're pretty close to where I live... Did you enjoy that squall tbat just went through?
We didn't get to all our windows quickly enough so we're mopping up a bit at the moment.
Our ducks seemed to be enjoying the downpour.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 17:01
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They always seem to miss us. Just at the moment there is a storm nearby but odds are it will swing west. They seem to follow the river valley and we are on the high ground in the middle of a loop. Local farmer tells me we are in the lowest 3 percentile for rain in UK.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 17:26
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Originally Posted by Blues&twos View Post
Helol, I know you're pretty close to where I live... Did you enjoy that squall tbat just went through?
We didn't get to all our windows quickly enough so we're mopping up a bit at the moment.
Our ducks seemed to be enjoying the downpour.
Yes, we are in the same area. That was pretty good, the wind really whipped up, then the thunder arrived, and the best bit was the heavy downpour.

If someone could bottle that smell of the rains falling - petrichor I believe it's called - I'd be their best customer.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:06
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Storm cell passed over Twickenham this afternoon (storms always seem to pass near Heathrow), with strong gusts, torrential rain and hail - large hailstones, up to the size of my thumbnail, actually forceful enough to switch on the LED rear lamp on a bike that the wind blew the cover off! Like Blues&twos, not quite quick enough with closing the doors and windows...
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:11
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35c outside - 30c inside!

Lawn looking like shredded wheat.

Not getting to sleep until 2:30 am.

Bring on those thunderstorms.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:14
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Question to all the meteorologists out there. Storms this year seem very different to what we are used to in the U.K. Normally get a good storm once in a while that lasts about half and hour to an hour with definite, sporadic bolts of lightning accompanied by thunder. We have now had two or three good storms this year which seem to linger for a good 2 to 3 hours with almost continual lightning but relatively little thunder. Are we experiencing different storms, or is this a particular weather phenomena?
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:17
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Just a few rumbles and some rain in Swindon.

Should have realised because the window cleaner came today.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:19
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
35c outside - 30c inside!

Lawn looking like shredded wheat.

Not getting to sleep until 2:30 am.

Bring on those thunderstorms.
One of the joys of having a house with UFH and a heat pump. Just put the thing in reverse and it cools the floors down. Currently sitting at 21.1C indoors, with the floors at a very pleasant 18C, just over 30C outside. All for free, too, as the heat pump only uses about a kW or so, and we've been generating over 5 kW most of the day from the solar panels.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 18:41
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Had almost continuous lightning (Southport( between 2330 Sunday and 0400Monday, almost all up in the clouds, very few ground strikes. About 4 inches of rain and some local flooding as well. Damage limited to the filter on the phone socket, heard it go as a nearby strike hit, induced current maybe? (the phone lines are underground here but could still happen). Nothing much last night some lightning in the distance apparently. Looking like more in store tonight though.
Judging by the rain radar the storms kick off in Midwest Wales then move north and slightly east. Radar pic 0400 Monday showed rain from Liverpool to Edinburgh and everything in between!
Never known storms last so long and with such an amount of lightning. Flash every five seconds minimum, normally get storms passing over in 20-30 mins with a few flashes. Must be some serious energy up there!
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 19:02
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Check out.

https://www.lightningmaps.org/?lang=en
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 19:27
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Originally Posted by Big Tudor View Post
Question to all the meteorologists out there. Storms this year seem very different to what we are used to in the U.K. Normally get a good storm once in a while that lasts about half and hour to an hour with definite, sporadic bolts of lightning accompanied by thunder. We have now had two or three good storms this year which seem to linger for a good 2 to 3 hours with almost continual lightning but relatively little thunder. Are we experiencing different storms, or is this a particular weather phenomena?
A few years ago we had a terrific lightning storm very close but no sound of thunder. In my investigations as to why I discovered that it is due to a temperature inversion. IIRC a layer of colder air close to the ground prevents sound waves passing through it.
Apparently submariners know this trick and submerge beneath areas of colder waters to avoid detection from above by sonar.
I prepare to be corrected of course.

Gotta go cos there's a storm blowing in here. Unplugging pc and tv.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 19:43
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I’m sure they can be bettered, but some of the best lightning shows I have witnessed were on the Gulf Coast of Florida in August. We went regularly for a few years when the kids were younger. It was fantastic to sit after dark, ice cold wine in hand, and watch the spectacular displays. The lightning ‘crawlers’ were particularly fascinating. However, there were plenty of thunder cracks overhead which seemed to rock the house on occasion.

Just in case you’ve never seen crawlers. Amazing!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...es-it/10692794
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 20:11
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One of my most favourite things, is to watch the spectacular lightning shows when I fly on the overnight LHR-JNB route. I suppose I am in the minority, but even now, I still retain this almost child-like sense of wonder when flying, especially over beautiful landscapes (ok, usually during the day).
I can never understand how people fail to be impressed at just what can be seen outside the window of an aeroplane when flying over land. Whilst everyone is either watching a film, or in the land of nod, my nose is pressed to the window, marvelling at the lightning enroute over central Africa.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 20:15
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
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I have only just realised, after all this time, that you are in the UK I always read your location (on the left hand side of posts) as to be living in 'Wilmington', USA - completely oblivious to the 'Warwickshire' bit of your location!
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 20:34
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Originally Posted by Big Tudor View Post
Question to all the meteorologists out there. Storms this year seem very different to what we are used to in the U.K. Normally get a good storm once in a while that lasts about half and hour to an hour with definite, sporadic bolts of lightning accompanied by thunder. We have now had two or three good storms this year which seem to linger for a good 2 to 3 hours with almost continual lightning but relatively little thunder. Are we experiencing different storms, or is this a particular weather phenomena?
Try g00gling Elevated Thunderstorms. As you say, our storms are usually Atlantic cold fronts running in to warmer air, with typical convective storms that typically have a lower cloud base, and usually blown along by the pressure drop. Elevated storms form much higher and can hang around like the one over NW Wales and Merseyside at the moment . Often with little precipitation getting to the ground . I'm no expert but a curious amateur!


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Old 12th Aug 2020, 21:06
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Having had to replace four phones and one Apple Mac when we were struck a couple of years ago I don't mind if thunderstorms miss us.
Most cheap consumer grade surge protectors are "single use" - they can protect from one good surge, but that's it. If you're lucky it'll fail 'open circuit' - so it's obvious that it's failed, but they often fail shorted - so everything seems fine but there is no longer any protection. If you know you've had a surge, it's a good idea to replace your inexpensive surge protectors.
Better to spend a few dollars/pounds more and get one with a 'reset' or a 'fault indicator'.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 22:06
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Haven't had any rain of significance here in Lincs for a while.
I watched the Arrows practising their "heart" with an arrow through the middle last week. Nothing this week - does temperature have a bearing on aerobatics- sorry, probably a stupid question, but living close to Scampton I do like to monitor what is happening.
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Old 13th Aug 2020, 12:07
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Well the weather seems to be breaking here in Brighton. Overcast, some light rain, with a light breeze as the temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees.

Thunderstorm predicted over the entire weekend - should keep the day trippers away.
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Old 13th Aug 2020, 12:27
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Be careful what you wish for! Here in Telford we have had two consecutive nights with extremely heavy rain, lightning and thunder. Made sleep very difficult. Not seem anything like it before in the UK. More like a bad day in Miami in Summer.

New leak in the roof discovered plus twice having to mop out a flooded barn. No more please!
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Old 13th Aug 2020, 12:38
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To be honest, after spending thirty years of my life living in the equatorial region, nothing in UK qualifies as a "decent thunderstorm". We just get a bit of gentle rain accompanied by the odd weak flash of lightning and a mild rumble.

Here's a bit of the real thing

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