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1.25" in 5 minutes: 10th August 1893


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Here is a letter by Sydney Wilson who was the observer of this intense rainfall recorded at Preston's Corporation Offices on the 10th of August 1893 that has been a subject of controversy for many years.

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    Around this time period, there were some severe thunderstorms that struck various parts of the UK, here are some reports on these storms.

    8th August: Carrablagh, Thunder and lightning in the SE about 8Pm and in the SW about 9pm gradually increasing and approaching; about midnight a great fall of rain took place; about 12.45am, the storms met and the display was most magnificent; about 1am the thunder and lightning were continuous.

    9th August

    Slough: Lightning all night

    Oxford: Heavy thunder and almost continuous lightning at night.

    Banbury: Vivid lightning most of the night.

    Alderbury: Continuous lightning at night.

    Shirenewton Hall: There were 11,540 flashes of lightning between east and north from 9pm till 2am on 10th.

    Lisburn: Very severe thunderstorm, said to be the most severe for a considerable number of years.

    Belfast: Thunder and lightning, the most vivif and continuous for many years

    Ballymena: Great thunderstorm, unprecedented for many years.

    10th August

    Walthamstow: Thunderstorm in the early morning; in one minute 70 flashes of lightning were counted.

    Bishop's Hill: Very severe thunderstorm early with almost incessant lightning of all colours.

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