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Old January 25th, 2017, 08:11 PM   #141
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Please see the below, copied over here from the "Admin Thread" . . .

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25th January 2017.

Posts about our Weather, Floods, Storms, etc . . .

There have been, over the years, a lot of posts about the above, and the various extent of 'impact' that these natural things have had (and continue to have) on our Urban Environment in this City and Region.

As our Skyscraper City Forum is specifically about "our Urban Environment" (and therefore the above mentioned posts are very much on-topic) it has always seemed strange that these posts have had to be made on our one and only off-topic thread, namely our SKYBAR.

The reason for that has been simple, there just wasn't another logical thread to post comments about this sort of 'natural event' on.

So, I have now set up a thread for this purpose, so could that thread please be used from now on, for discussions about this type of topic.

The new thread . . .

The WEATHER Thread (Climatic Events, Floods, impact of Global Warming, etc) - Newcastle and the North East
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1972952


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SO . . .

Herewith is the new "Weather Thread" (and so much more) . . .

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Had a look around the former Newgate Street Coop this afternoon, 12th January 2017. It appears that the flat roof between the towers has suffered gale damage, certainly there were workers on the roof.

Scaffolding is being erected at the front of the building so that repairs can be made.


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Appears that Newgate Street has reopened to traffic following closure whilst scaffolding was erected and damage repaired on intu Eldon Square - that should ease the flow of bus movements on Blackett Street etc.
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Start Finess - Grainger Street

The Chronicle Live are reporting gale damage to the upper facade of Fitness Sport on Grainger Street - Fire Service have attended.

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Article now on the Chronicle Live site @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...doing-12628880 copyright NCJMedia Ltd.
What were fire engines doing on Grainger Street in Newcastle city centre this morning?
By Laura Hill 20 February 2017


Fire crews deal with falling debris on Grainger Street in Newcastle (Photo: LHR)

Fire crews were called out to Newcastle city centre after stonework started crumbling on a historic Grainger Street building.

Chunks of limestone fell loose on the building on the corner of Market Street and Grainger Street where Start Fitness is based. The shop remained open as fire crews used a cherry picker to reach the loose stones and make the building safe.

Linda Todd, manager at Start Fitness, said the shop is opening as usual while the police closed off part of the pavement below.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service tweeted to say: “An appliance and an aerial ladder platform from Gateshead have dealt with falling debris from a building in the Newcastle city centre.”

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...doing-12628880
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Flood Alert

The Environment Agency had their flood barriers in place in the Swing Bridge this afternoon after a potential overtopping from 16.30 due to a high tide.
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Newgate Street - 1st March 2017

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Old March 4th, 2017, 12:20 PM   #146
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Not a particularly eventful winter, 2016/17, with only low amounts of snowfall and fewer storms than last winter, although Doris had her moments. It seems most of the winter has alternated between mild and wet weather and cold and dry weather. I think for snow lovers, you'd have to go back to 2010/11 when there was a month of bitterly cold weather and the snow lasted from the last week of November to the last week of December and at times the temperatures dipped to minus 14.

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Not a particularly eventful winter, 2016/17, with only low amounts of snowfall and fewer storms than last winter, although Doris had her moments. It seems most of the winter has alternated between mild and wet weather and cold and dry weather. I think for snow lovers, you'd have to go back to 2010/11 when there was a month of bitterly cold weather and the snow lasted from the last week of November to the last week of December and at times the temperatures dipped to minus 14.
Not sure which part of the country you mean - I was looking through my photographs from that period and whilst we certainly had periods of snow fall it didn't last from the last week in November to the end of December 2010. Snow lying 25th/27th November, clear 30th November and back again 2nd/5th December. Cleared by 9th December Snowed 23rd but gone by 31st December.

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/t...cord-1-8423270
This winter was one of ten mildest on record
James Caven 6 March 2017



Britain experienced one of the ten mildest winters since records began more than 100 years ago, according to the Met Office.

Normally winters are either cold and dry, or mild and wet. But instead we have seen the unusual combination of dry and mild conditions over the last three months. Experts say this is because of high pressure conditions over Scandinavia, which has acted as a "shield" over Europe. Statistics varied across the UK, with Scotland experiencing the fourth mildest winter on record, and Northern Ireland the fifth mildest.

As a whole, the UK has had the ninth mildest winter since records began in 1910. Although the winters of 2013/14 and 2015/16 were both milder, the crucial difference is they were also very wet and often stormy. Weathermen define winter as the months of December, January and February.

Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: "This winter has been quite unusual because of the pattern. "It has not been particularly stormy. We have had Storm Doris and Storm Ewan recently, but so far this winter we have not had anywhere near the number of storms we had last winter. What we have had this winter is quite unusual, in that we have had a relatively mild winter. But also a very dry one. "To get a relatively mild, dry winter is climatically quite unusual. That is basically because we had high pressure over Scandinavia this winter. What the high pressure does is it tends to deflect any of the storms coming in from the Atlantic. It is almost like a shield, sitting over the UK and Europe. Which is why we have had relatively calmer conditions. Obviously we have had the odd storm that has broken through, but the pattern is we have had this relatively calm period of winter.”

The UK has also had about three quarters of the average rainfall, he added. Northern Ireland has been the driest with 63.5 per cent of its average, while Scotland the highest with 82 per cent.

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Old March 26th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #148
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Where is the wettest place in UK? The answer might surprise North East people

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700
Where is the wettest place in UK? The answer might surprise North East people
By Mike Kelly 26 March 2017


The scenes in Newcastle as a 'Supercell' thunderstorm passed through in 2012

It might come as a surprise to people in the North East but a new report reveals it is one of the driest areas in the whole of the UK.

A rainfall league table has been put together containing figures from more than 60 cities across the country. And it put Newcastle and Sunderland in joint sixth place for the least amount of rainfall at an average of 597mm a year. Only London, Cambridge, Derry, Ely and Chelmsford had less rain over the period studied from 1981 to 2015.

The soggiest place in Britain to live is Cardiff in Wales where the annual rainfall rate was 1152mm, nearly double that of the North East.

Nicola Maxey, spokesperson for the Met Office, sadi: “Predominantly UK weather comes from the west across the Atlantic. In simple terms once it hits the UK it rises over land and as it rises it rains. By the time it reaches the east side of the country we have much drier air. This doesn’t mean we don’t get great climate variants. These figures are worked out over a long period of time and so we’re not saying the region doesn’t get periods of very heavy rainfall. like the rest of the country”

The results were published by Freeflush which produces rainwater harvesting vessels and based on Met Office statistics. It confirmed the UK’s reputation for the variability of its weather, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Experts say its position in the mid-latitude westerly wind belt on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with its relatively warm waters, yet close to the continental influences of mainland Europe, plays a major role in this. In general, places in the east and south of the UK tend to be drier, warmer, sunnier and less windy than those further west and north.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700
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Old March 26th, 2017, 05:01 PM   #149
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700
Where is the wettest place in UK? The answer might surprise North East people
By Mike Kelly 26 March 2017


It might come as a surprise to people in the North East but a new report reveals it is one of the driest areas in the whole of the UK.

A rainfall league table has been put together containing figures from more than 60 cities across the country. And it put Newcastle and Sunderland in joint sixth place for the least amount of rainfall at an average of 597mm a year. Only London, Cambridge, Derry, Ely and Chelmsford had less rain over the period studied from 1981 to 2015.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700

I cannot imagine that anyone would be surprised at this, surely.

Almost all of the UKs weather, particularly the wind and rain, comes across the Atlantic in the fairly permanent Westerly Airstream that the UK is in.

The wet weather hits the West Coast first and after it travels across dry land to the East, much of the rain has fallen before it gets anywhere near Newcastle.

That is why (for example) people talk about the permanent (seeming) wet weather in Manchester and all down the West Coast, including Wales.

The main weather split in this country (as shown on weather forecasts, and in what actually happens) is nearly always East/West, rather than (say) South/North.
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Old April 1st, 2017, 06:20 PM   #150
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Can I get home from the Newcastle match? Flash flooding causes chaos in South Shields

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Can I get home from the Newcastle match? Flash flooding causes chaos in South Shields
Tom Eden 1 April 2017


Flooding in South Shields

Flash floods caused havoc in South Tyneside as roads were closed, cars stranded in flood water and the Metro was stopped for an hour. A downpour around South Shields also flooded homes, leaving residents devastated.

Here’s what we know so far about the travel disruption:

Metro Trains are back up and running with a regular, but not-to-timetable service. They had stopped running for around an hour due to flooding in the Tyne Dock tunnel, but this has now cleared. During the stoppage, buses were accepting Metro tickets in the affected areas, A Nexus spokesman said: “The service has now resumed. Trains were off for about an hour as there was flooding from an extremely bad bout of rain that caused floodwater to form in the Tyne Dock tunnel. The tunnel has to be drained and engineers have inspected it. Thankfully there was not too much damage and the service has now resumed.”

By car Jarrow Road, near Tyne Dock was flooded, with police warning drivers not to pass. The Tyne Dock roundabout is a notorious flood flash-point and was hit particularly bad, meaning driver heading to and from the Tyne Tunnel were hit. In Fatfield there’s also flooding on A182 Washington Highway in both directions at A195 Northumberland Way.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service say they are in attendance at a number of floods, trying to pump away the standing water.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...flash-12831246

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 01:40 PM   #151
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700
Where is the wettest place in UK? The answer might surprise North East people
By Mike Kelly 26 March 2017


The scenes in Newcastle as a 'Supercell' thunderstorm passed through in 2012

It might come as a surprise to people in the North East but a new report reveals it is one of the driest areas in the whole of the UK.

A rainfall league table has been put together containing figures from more than 60 cities across the country. And it put Newcastle and Sunderland in joint sixth place for the least amount of rainfall at an average of 597mm a year. Only London, Cambridge, Derry, Ely and Chelmsford had less rain over the period studied from 1981 to 2015.

The soggiest place in Britain to live is Cardiff in Wales where the annual rainfall rate was 1152mm, nearly double that of the North East.

Nicola Maxey, spokesperson for the Met Office, sadi: “Predominantly UK weather comes from the west across the Atlantic. In simple terms once it hits the UK it rises over land and as it rises it rains. By the time it reaches the east side of the country we have much drier air. This doesn’t mean we don’t get great climate variants. These figures are worked out over a long period of time and so we’re not saying the region doesn’t get periods of very heavy rainfall. like the rest of the country”

The results were published by Freeflush which produces rainwater harvesting vessels and based on Met Office statistics. It confirmed the UK’s reputation for the variability of its weather, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Experts say its position in the mid-latitude westerly wind belt on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with its relatively warm waters, yet close to the continental influences of mainland Europe, plays a major role in this. In general, places in the east and south of the UK tend to be drier, warmer, sunnier and less windy than those further west and north.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...might-12798700
I can remember at school in geography and we learned that the North East's average rainfall was 30 inches a year, compared with 60 in the North West( this was the less metric early eighties). I think there was little difference in average July temperatures, as both averaged at 16 C. Living in Whitehaven now, the trade off we have for having more rain are milder winters than the North East and in summer we tend not to have a cold breeze from the sea.
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On This Day In History - 16th April 1837

Thomas Fordyce gives this weather report in his Local Records for this day in history, 16th April 1837:

A great fall of snow took place throughout the North of England. The roads between Hexham and Alston were in many places impassable, and at Middleton-in-Teesdale the snow drifted to the depth of fifteen feet.

180 years later it is a grey, rainy Easter Sunday here in Whitley Bay.
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Thunderstorms, hail and dark skies - the latest weather for Newcastle and the North East

Thinder certainly work me up at 6.30 this morning.

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-hail-13212854
Thunderstorms, hail and dark skies - the latest weather for Newcastle and the North East
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Lightning over the Angel of the North (Photo: PA)

Thunder, lightning and torrential rain have all hit the North East today, but the bad weather is set to continue - with a hail storm now forecast for the evening.

The storm rumbled across Tyneside from 7am on Wednesday morning, with the heavy rain causing flood water to gathered on the region’s roads, including the Felling Bypass. The downpours eased as the morning progressed, but it’s not the last we’ve seen of the wet and wild weather.

An updated weather warning from the Met Office now says that heavy, thundery rain can be expected throughout the rest of the day and until 2am on Thursday. The new warning says: “There is a risk of more severe thunderstorms breaking out over parts of the Midlands, northern England and north Wales from late Wednesday afternoon onwards into Wednesday night, leading to torrential downpours, frequent lightning, very large hail and strong gusts of wind.

“This could result in some disruption, more likely from late Wednesday afternoon, which may include sudden localised flooding of transport routes, homes and businesses. Frequent lightning in association with the heaviest rain may also temporarily disrupt power supplies, whilst damage from large hail could occur on a very localised scale.”

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The Great Tyneside Storm five years on - how the apocalypse-style deluge happened

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The Great Tyneside Storm five years on - how the apocalypse-style deluge happened
By Mike Kelly 28 June 2017


Lightning striking the Tyne Bridge in June 2012

It was like a scene from an ‘end of the world’ movie.

On the afternoon of June 28, 2012, the most ominous wall of black cloud appeared on the horizon, making its sinister way across Tyneside towards Newcastle. The weather event was to become known as ‘Thunder Thursday’ - or the Great Tyneside Storm - when 50mm, or a month’s worth of rain, fell in about two hours.

As anyone who endured it will tell you, it caused pure chaos. It had already left its mark on the likes of Corbridge and Hexham, before the storm swept to Tyneside. The Tyne Bridge was among several structures that were struck by bolts of lightning.

Trains, Metros and buses services were either suspended or faced major delays as commuters struggled to make their way home. Tens of thousands of properties across the region were left without power as the weather made access to some substations and power lines difficult. Shopkeepers frantically lay sandbags in a bid to stop the waters destroying their business.

Water poured into parts of the Metrocentre in Gateshead, forcing some shops to close in an attempt to stop the rain flowing from the malls into their stores. Residents in Eastwood Gardens in nearby Felling were evacuated as the water severely damaged their homes.

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ather-13248973
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Here's the beginning of the downpour - in Exhibition Park - hosted on Photobucket.



This is what it looked like in town, half an hour later. I've seen downpours like this a few times in the country, from a tent, and often the cloud is only a mile or so across. One side of a valley can be flooded while the other remains almost dry. What was noticeable in Newcastle was how unprepared and lost everybody was. CFMs.
In the general election the term 'global warming' was never heard and yet this is the threat that will make life on earth very difficult, if not impossible. (We've seen nothing yet). I hope all sensible people keep at least three days supplies of food and water, torches, a whistle, a book to read (etc) for when some calamity occurs.
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The Great Tyneside Storm five years on - how the apocalypse-style deluge happened
By Mike Kelly 28 June 2017


Lightning striking the Tyne Bridge in June 2012

It was like a scene from an ‘end of the world’ movie.

On the afternoon of June 28, 2012, the most ominous wall of black cloud appeared on the horizon, making its sinister way across Tyneside towards Newcastle. The weather event was to become known as ‘Thunder Thursday’ - or the Great Tyneside Storm - when 50mm, or a month’s worth of rain, fell in about two hours.

As anyone who endured it will tell you, it caused pure chaos. It had already left its mark on the likes of Corbridge and Hexham, before the storm swept to Tyneside. The Tyne Bridge was among several structures that were struck by bolts of lightning.

Trains, Metros and buses services were either suspended or faced major delays as commuters struggled to make their way home. Tens of thousands of properties across the region were left without power as the weather made access to some substations and power lines difficult. Shopkeepers frantically lay sandbags in a bid to stop the waters destroying their business.

Water poured into parts of the Metrocentre in Gateshead, forcing some shops to close in an attempt to stop the rain flowing from the malls into their stores. Residents in Eastwood Gardens in nearby Felling were evacuated as the water severely damaged their homes.

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...ather-13248973
It was the summer that never was( or almost). I can remember starting two weeks leave then and seeing the supercell storm over Newcastle, and the summer being dominated by heavy rain and well below average temperatures. It only seemed to warm up for the second week of the Olympics, I was in Newcastle on August 12th and it was 23 degrees, but then autumn kicked in rapidly.
2012 I do recall having an unusually warm spell in the last week of March, when the temperatures reached 21 degrees and people having early barbecues. They certainly conned by this as the rest of the spring and summer was mostly cool and very wet.
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This summer seems to have died. We had the heatwave during Royal Ascot and then some nice days early on in July- I can remember being at Alnwick Castle and Beamish and it was 23 degrees- and then the summer seems to have vanished. It quite reminds me of the summer of 1985, when July and August were a washout and very cool- a visit to a Radio 1 roadshow in Seaton Carew was like November as it was wet and cold. Looks now as well, the rest of the summer could be below average temperature wise with spells of rain.
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Anyone remember this storm on September 12th 2011? I can remember the drive from North Shields to Cumbria being one of the most frightening I've endured as I had to drive in 70 mph winds and narrowly missed being hit by tarpaulin flying off a lorry on the A69.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14887875
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