SEVERE WEATHER RECORD 2014

A summary of severe weather warnings
and other notable weather extremes for
Northamptonshire since February 1998.

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25 January

Marked squall works south-eastwards across the county accompanied by hail and thunder. Wind speeds at Pitsford increase suddenly to 52 knots (60mph) at 15:30 and there are reports of structural damage to properties in Cottesbrooke.

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Trends in temperature, wind speed & wind chill (left), synoptic plot (middle) and thunderstorm distribution (right) for the squall event of 25th January 2014. Click on images to open into a new window. Note: the rainfall record on the graph is unreliable as the sensor 'locked up' during the storm. However, 3.4mm of rain was captured by the 5" gauge over the same period.

31 January

Month ends as the wettest January in Northampton since 1939. Other stations in the county report even higher totals and their wettest January on record. Click here to access the full weather report for January 2014.

5 February

Unsettled weather continues as depressions continue to track across the British Isles. The low, pictured, tracks north-eastwards driving strong winds and outbreaks of rain across the county. Peak gusts reach 54mph at Pitsford at 11:16am.

7 February

With the first week of February barely at an end, Pitsford is recording 65.5% of the normal monthly total for February. The total stands at 27.0mm, with 21.lmm (just over half the usual February total), falling in the 24 hours from 0900 on the 6th.

8 February

Another deep low tracks slowly north-eastwards across the British Isles driving strong winds across many areas. The day records some good sunshine, 5.2 hours, although winds increase significantly through the day, gusting to 62mph at Pitsford at 14:19.

Deep low west of Ireland at 00:00 on 8th February 2014.

The Enviroment Agency has a flood alert in place for the River Nene at Billing Aquadrome and nearby business parks including the Riverside Business Park and Crow Lane Industrial Estate.

The agency also has a flood warning for low-lying undefended areas of the River Nene between Daventry and Billing. Its warning added: “Tributaries may also affect Daventry, Weedon, Badby, Nether Heyford, Bugbrooke, Blisworth, Collingtree, and Moulton.”

Paul Mustow, Flood Risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We’re preparing for yet more heavy rain, which is falling on already saturated ground following the wettest January on record.

Following a rise in the level of the River Nene, the Northampton washlands near the Cogenhoe Mill Caravan site are used to store water to protect nearby properties. The Environment Agency has said river levels are expected to remain high for the next few days as the washlands empty.

11 February

Another low tracks across the north of the UK driving frontal systems eastwards. The passage of the cold front across the county is marked by a significant gust front and squall. Wind speeds reach 51mph bringing a tree down on the site of Pitsford School and temperatures drop from 6.2C to 1.4C in the space of half an hour. The heavy rain turns briefly to snow as the system moves through.

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Graphs showing changes in temperature, wind chill, rainfall, wind speed and wind direction during the squall event of 11 February 2014 at Pitsford School weather station.

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Tree being violently shaken during the 11 February squall, captured by one of the weather station's web cams.

12 February

Report pending on today's storm event...

The weather extremes documented here are generally only those observed at Pitsford School Weather Station. Unconfirmed reports received of extreme events in other parts of the county are indicated by *.

Averages used in these reports refer to the period 1981-2010 unless otherwise indicated.