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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    There were some notable thunderstorms during June 1910 especially in the early part of the month with the 6th-10th being particularly thundery and accompanied by hailstorms.

    CET: 14.7

    Here are some reports on the storms

    6th June

    Shrewton: From midnight for nearly 90 minutes, thunder and lightning were almost continuous, most of the flashes within a half a mile...on many occasions the thunder sounded like the rush of an enormous live shell across the sky, ending in an explosion; perhaps this may have been ball lightning as this was seen by a neighbour.

    Brighton: A house was struck by lightning and partially destroyed by fire.

    7th June

    Epsom: sheet and fork lightning, the fork lightning flashes being red and orange. Frequent thunderstorms throughout the day.

    Chiselhurst: During the thunderstorm, a nursemaid and two children sheltered under a tree. The stree was struck, the girl instanteously killed and one of the children received a severe shock.

    Wantage: At 11pm, a large barn adjacent to the house was struck and soon in flames, the phenomenally heavy rain which accompanied the storm proving very useful in preventing the house from catching fire from the burning pieces of thatch carried over from it.

    Swerford: About 8.45pm, another thunderstorm came on from the west and was the worst storm experienced for many years. Rain came down in torrents, blocking the drains and damaging the roads considerably.

    9th June

    Wych Cross Place: Quantities of large hail stones and irregular pieces of ice were accompanied by vivid lightning which did much damage to trees and buildings.

    Caversham: For 35 minutes hailstones varying in size from a marble to a large walnut, fell so that the ground was white with them. The lightning was very severe.

    Assenton: Some hail stones were half an ounce in weight and lay in places a foot deep. They froze compact and it was two days before all disappeared.

    Waterstock: Extraordinary hailstorm, the stones being as large as walnuts. At one stage there were nearly 4 inches of hail on the open ground, while against walls in places there were broad mounds 4 feet deep. All the hail stones were composed of dense clear ice wrapped round a dull centre.

    Broadstone: Brilliant display of sheet lightning in all directions of the sky at night, the prevailing colours being orange, blue and red.

    Jersey: Hail stones fell the size of small marbles and did much damage to greehouses

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
    6th June

    Shrewton: From midnight for nearly 90 minutes, thunder and lightning were almost continuous, most of the flashes within a half a mile...on many occasions the thunder sounded like the rush of an enormous live shell across the sky, ending in an explosion; perhaps this may have been ball lightning as this was seen by a neighbour.

    Assuming that is from Shrewton, Wiltshire, on Salisbury Plain (17 miles from here) it's interesting to have the sound of thunder compared to 'an enormous live shell' as they'd be used to those sounds thanks to it being a military area.

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  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and heatwave
  • Location: Napton on the Hill Warwickshire 500ft
    One minute, 46 seconds actually.

    My grandad was born in 1910 and always said 1 min 47 secs, whats your source ?

    Thinking about it how could a 4 month old baby remember ?

    Nice pics anyway

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