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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

May 1924 was an active month weatherwise with frequent thunder and heavy rain. Some locations recorded up to 8 days of thunder.

A northerly flow brought thunderstorms to the south on the 3rd.

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Thunderstorms were general in the south from the 18th to the 20th bringing heavy rain and hail. There was notable flooding for parts of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bucks, Essex and Suffolk.

34mm fell in 35 mins at Berkhampsted

36mm in 6 hours at Stroud

35mm in 1 hour at Cheltenham

27mm in 20 mins at Woburn

27mm in 18 mins at Benson

On the 29th, a squall line moved across southern parts of England bringing thunderstorms and darkness.

On the 31st, extensive heavy rain hit the West Midlands, central and north Wales, NW England and the far NE of England. There was extensive flooding in these areas.

76mm fell in 105mins at Leominster

70mm fell in 24hrs at Durham

123mm fell in 24hrs at Ludlow

Alfred Barnes account of the 123mm Ludlow rainfall

"The afternoon and evening had been exceedingly sultry and oppressive and warning of the storm was indicated by thunder in the direction of Chruch Stretton but even so the actual burst of rain came with suddenness. Within seven minutes of the first drops of rain at 7.50pm, the intensity had reached tropical proportions...this rate continued unabated for 39 minutes. There was lightning and thunder from 8.10pm to 8.35pm, after which there was only one isolated crash of thunder."

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  • Location: Shrewsbury
  • Location: Shrewsbury

May 1924 was an active month weatherwise with frequent thunder and heavy rain. Some locations recorded up to 8 days of thunder.

A northerly flow brought thunderstorms to the south on the 3rd.

Thunderstorms were general in the south from the 18th to the 20th bringing heavy rain and hail. There was notable flooding for parts of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bucks, Essex and Suffolk.

34mm fell in 35 mins at Berkhampsted

36mm in 6 hours at Stroud

35mm in 1 hour at Cheltenham

27mm in 20 mins at Woburn

27mm in 18 mins at Benson

On the 29th, a squall line moved across southern parts of England bringing thunderstorms and darkness.

On the 31st, extensive heavy rain hit the West Midlands, central and north Wales, NW England and the far NE of England. There was extensive flooding in these areas.

76mm fell in 105mins at Leominster

70mm fell in 24hrs at Durham

123mm fell in 24hrs at Ludlow

123 mm at Ludlow and thunder in the direction of Church Stretton means Shrewsbury, Atcham, Wellington, Dawley, Oakengates (I can't say Telford because it didn't exist then) all saw towering CBs to the S and dull grey skies overhead, giving some occasional light rain and muggy conditions. Central and N Wales and NW England had some fun too. As did the SE. Just like the last 2 days!

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