3 Jan 2014

Today’s storm in pictures

As expected, another storm swept across the UK today, bringing yet more heavy rain, severe gales and flooding.

There have been some amazing pictures taken of the impacts that the storm has delivered and I thought I’d pull them together and share them with you.

Today’s storm

This high-resolution satellite picture from EUMETSAT shows the storm centred just to the northwest of Scotland at midday. Notice how the cloud spirals outwards from its centre as the air rotates around the storm’s centre.

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Stormy Porthcawl

Matt Smith took this picture at Porthcawl on the south Wales coast this morning, which shows large waves being thrown onto the coastline by severe gale-force winds racing up the Bristol Channel.

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High tide at mouth of Severn Estuary

Kevin Daffey took this picture of high tide lapping onto the river banks at Black Rock, as the tidal surge from the Bristol Channel met the outflow from the River Severn.

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Large hail in Somerset

Neil Sleat snapped some scarily large hail from the heavy showers that moved through earlier today. The comparison to the one pence coin shows how big the hailstones were.

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Mammatus clouds in Bognor Regis

Laura Marmolejo took this image of mammatus clouds as a heavy shower moved through today. The udder-like clouds are caused by pockets of air sinking at the edges of cumulonimbus clouds.

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Rainbow in Derby

Adam Page managed to capture this calm looking picture of a rainbow in between the heavy showers that swept through.

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One reader comment

  1. ashley haworth-roberts says:

    I see they are at it again – Rao, Powell and Madden – offering dire and somewhat attention-seeking warnings of snow:
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/451924/Snow-and-arctic-winds-to-plunge-Britain-into-deep-freeze-after-storm-destruction
    They seem to think we will be lashed by snow and northeasterlies from around 18 January. I don’t.

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/datasets
    The December mean temperature for the UK was 5.7 C (only seven years in a century of records have been milder) and it was also in the top half dozen or so of wettest Decembers. There are few cases where a December as mild as 2013 (or as wet) was followed by lengthy or severe spells of cold in the following January and February – though they do exist. I am thinking of early 1919, 1954, 1955 and 1987.
    It is much more common for prolonged mild weather (and perhaps wet and stormy at times) lasting through the first half of a meteorological winter not to be followed by any notable severe weather during late January or February (though sometimes cold weather shows up in March). Thus I think the Express are wrong – AGAIN. Even if they sold a few extra copies by putting the word ‘snow’ in a front page headline today.

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