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General Category => Weather & Atmospherics => Topic started by: JohnC on July 16, 2010, 09:49:04 pm



Title: Storm damage in Gloucester
Post by: JohnC on July 16, 2010, 09:49:04 pm
We were battered last night with very strong winds and these trees were facing the SW onslaught with an open aspect for miles . I was half-way up a hill.

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Title: Re: Storm damage in Gloucester
Post by: martinastro on July 16, 2010, 10:09:16 pm
Thanks for posting these John, that looks like significant tree damage!, any idea how fast the wind was?, the radar certainly looked interesting last night with a wrap-around frontal system associated with the low between Ireland and Britain with gusty winds near the triple point.


Title: Re: Storm damage in Gloucester
Post by: JohnC on July 17, 2010, 07:31:47 pm
No, sorry Martin- I have an anemometer   but the houses round here would have caused a false reading I'm sure and where the tree is ,is a mile and a half away.. Is there somewhere where the strength would be recorded for Gloucester ? I've googled that but to no avail.   I was wondering if it might have been SLW's but it did ocurr to me it might just have been because of the full foliage but the tree looks young and healthy. We've had more severe winter  gales with no foliage  present and no damage - dunno tbh.


Title: Re: Storm damage in Gloucester
Post by: paulster78 on July 17, 2010, 07:42:48 pm
Great shots John, I reckon a decent gust of 40-50mph would be enough to cause this damage because as you said the full foliage and the leaves were probably soaked as well, the extra weight and snap!


Title: Re: Storm damage in Gloucester
Post by: markt on July 17, 2010, 09:13:35 pm
It was pretty windy just up the road from you John here in the west mids.  I was out at the pub (no surprise there!) when we heard an almighty gust of wind and a great big crash, went out to the beer garden and all 5 tables and umbrellas were blown over and blown up against a fence - was pretty impressive.  Each table took 2 blokes to upright, they were big uns'.