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Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Paul C » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:31 pm

Please list any noteworthy Cumbria weather events, focusing on the last 30 years. But can go back further. The bigger scale events the better, hot,dry,cold,wind,snow,hail,flooding,storm surge,landslides etc

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Paul C » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:40 am

No list from anyone yet ?
1. Long hot summer of 1976 - drought
2.Carlisle Floods 2005
3.Cockermouth/Workington Floods 2009

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Post by Carl M » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:40 pm

Carlisle Floods etc

26th March 1380, during a severe storm, the upper portion of the central tower of the cathedral collapsed...Carlisle Cathedral History.

February 1809 worst flood in memory.

January 1815 or 1816 The River Eden was higher than for 40 years.

1st November 1815 Great flood of Eden water up to Three Crowns Rickergate.

December 1821 Floods.

12th January 1839 Storm (Gale) ''worst in living memory''.

26th January 1884 Severe gale.

6th January 1925 Floods.

22nd August 1958 Severe thunderstorm city houses flooded.

6th June 1982 Violent thunderstorm much flooding.

11th October 2005 109.2mm Record 24 hour total.
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Post by Anne » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:27 pm

Since we moved here in October 1986 there has only been one serious weather event that directly affected us here is Scotby. In January 2005 (at the same time as the Carlisle floods) the extremely strong winds took the ridge tiles from part of our roof.

The January 2005 floods were very interesting. I have frequently explained to people that the rain I received the day before the floods was heavy but not exceptional. I had 45mm and have had that amount on several other occasions. On 12 October 2005 I measured 78mm - I'm not sure how much flooding was associated with that but it was not as serious as the Jan flood. (Edit to say I've just seen that Carl's wettest day was the same)

I believe that flooding events usually have a number of causes. In the case of January 2005 there was certainly heavy rain (not so much in Carlisle but more in the headwaters). However there was ALSO a westerly gale and a high tide both of which would have the effect of preventing a good flow of water out of the River Eden.

In the case of the recent floods on the Cocker and Derwent the rainfall was unprecedented but ALSO it had been very wet for a long time beforehand, leaving the ground waterlogged.

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Carl M » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:08 am

Good post Anne.

Yes the 2005 floods were a combination of the factors you mention
i.e., High tide, severe W'ly gale and heavy rainfall.

I recorded my highest gust of 82mph with 50.6mm of rain.
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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by wmb » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:13 pm

A few suggestions for debate.
Jan 5/6 2005 day of Carlisle flooding - 100 mph gusts on Cumbrian coast.

Jul 2006 and Jul/Aug 2003 high temps

Jul 2001 severe storm + local flooding (3rd I think)

Christmas Eve 1997 storm.

Dec 95 cold spell.

Feb 5/6 1996 alsight dusting of snow here in the west ;)

Jan 87 severe cold and snow.

Jan 84 snow

Dec 81 Jan 82 cold.

Feb 79 severe cold mid month.

The next 2 I'm a bit iffy about exact but I remember a local farms silo top blowing off and soem serious local fllodinsg roughly around these dates.

Oct 77 flooding.

Jan 77 storm.

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Paul C » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:28 am

Looks like we have to include Winter 2009/2010 as being the coldest since 1963, with Carl M confirming this as a local event aswell.

When was that Boxing Day storm ?

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by wmb » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:05 pm

Paul C wrote:Looks like we have to include Winter 2009/2010 as being the coldest since 1963, with Carl M confirming this as a local event aswell.

When was that Boxing Day storm ?
1998. Wasn't anywhere near as good as the 97 Christmas Eve one here - though it did have the massive advantage that it happened when BBC where showing "Titanic" with a very convenient power cut here. :D

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Paul C » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:42 am

I am trawling through the Cumbria Weather Reports and picking out events from there. Its going to take me a little while, still on 1974 at the moment !
I will try and post a few events shortly

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Re: Historical Cumbria Weather Events

Post by Paul C » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:38 pm

This my list so far upto May 1980. I will whittle it down to a top ten later.
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