140 mph gusts in Corsican storm

A fierce northwesterly storm is affecting the northwest of Corsica at the moment (fig 1), and there have been gusts in excess of 100 knots since 17 UTC at Cap Corse, with maximum gusts of 122 knots (140 mph) reported at 00,01 & 02 UTC earlier this morning. Mean speeds on the cape have been in excess of 50 knots for the last 24 hours. From reading the Wikipedia article it appears that Cap Corse is the name for the whole peninsula at the top of Corsica, and that Capo Grosso (I wonder what that translates to?) is the proper location of the SYNOP station WMO #07785. Anyway at […]

The Glasgow gale of 14/15th January 1968

It’s been 50 years since the Glasgow gale of 1968. I can’t find any better way of describing the events of the night of 14/15th of January 1968 over central Scotland than the one in the Wikipedia article:- “The 1968 Hurricane (or Hurricane Low Q) was a deadly storm that moved through the Central Belt of Scotland during mid January 1968. It was described as Central Scotland’s worst natural disaster since records began and the worst gale in the United Kingdom. Some said that the damage resembled what happened during the Clydebank Blitz in 1941. Twenty people died from the storm, with nine dead in Glasgow. 700 people were left […]

The Sheffield Gale – 16 February 1962

It’s fifty-five years ago to the day – Friday the 16th of February 1962 – that the Sheffield gale occurred. This was the synoptic situation on the morning of the Sheffield Gale (fig 1). I recreated the chart by scanning in the SYNOP observations from the Daily Weather Report [DWR] that you can freely download from the Met Office, a truly wonderful resource. To unlock the SYNOP observations that are in the DWR, I had to carefully scan the text using some OCR software to breathe some life back into these lines of numbers. That will only give you 52 weather reports, which isn’t that many, and you have […]