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  • Location: Coventry
  • Weather Preferences: anticyclonic unless a snow storm
  • Location: Coventry

    The storm currently being modelled for 27 Dec looks quite potent.

    Has anything hit the UK during Christmas time like it during forum members living memory?

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  • Location: Bacup Lancashire, 1000ft up in the South Pennines
  • Weather Preferences: Summer heat and winter cold, and a bit of snow when on offer
  • Location: Bacup Lancashire, 1000ft up in the South Pennines

    Christmas eve 97 was bad ,lost part of my chimney and all my garden wall in my previous house ,fair bit of chaos from that one !!...

    This one was quite bad down here as well.

    We lost e few roof tiles and about 6 fence panels but compared to your part of the region, we got off lightly.

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  • Location: inter drumlin South Tyrone Blackwater river valley surrounded by the last last ice age...
  • Weather Preferences: jack frost
  • Location: inter drumlin South Tyrone Blackwater river valley surrounded by the last last ice age...

    Boxing day 1998 Northern Ireland had its electrical infrastructure badly damaged by tremendous winds . My parents had no mains power for 14 days .

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

    Yes Christmas Eve 1997 was the last major intense storm over the UK, more so NW quarter, we had a power cut on Christmas day. Boxing Day 1998 also exceptionally stormy.

     

    Last year saw major stormy weather on the 23rd and 27th, but the Christmas period was calmer.

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  • Location: Ashbourne,County Meath,about 6 miles northwest of dublin airport. 74m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Cold weather - frost or snow
  • Location: Ashbourne,County Meath,about 6 miles northwest of dublin airport. 74m ASL

    Xmas day 1990 or more especially in the early hrs of xmas day that yr was fairly stormy here and of course xmas eve 1997.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Christmas eve 97 was bad ,lost part of my chimney and all my garden wall in my previous house ,fair bit of chaos from that one !!...

    That was a real nasty one. Really hairy at times. The next morning was a mess

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

    Both Christmas Day 1997 and New Year's Day 1998 were stormy down here. Although only a child at the time, I distinctly remember the fence panels between us and next door in the middle of the garden. There was also thunder and lightning on the 3rd and 5th if I remember correctly.

     

    Can't remember 1998 specifically, in fact I can't remember that winter at all, but I do remember it being windy, thundery and a bit wintry on Christmas 1999, more so Boxing Day.

     

    I think last year was the first year since the late 90s that it was truly stormy around Christmas, albeit not on the day itself. The 23rd was horrifically windy, the strongest wind gust of the winter occurred here on that day at 67mph, followed by 64mph on Jan 25th and 57mph on March 02nd.

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  • Location: Wrexham, North East Wales 80m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and thunderstorms
  • Location: Wrexham, North East Wales 80m asl

    Christmas Eve storm of 1997 was a really nasty one in North Wales. Winds in excess of 90mph. Was working for Merseyside and North Wales Electricity Board at the time...more than 50,000 people without power here from Christmas Eve into Boxing Day. Christmas Day was wet and very windy as well.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Boxing Day 1998 storm was bad not as bad as the previous year's festive gale for here as it tracked further north but it was still nasty

    Forecasts from that period. I think there must have been errors in the conversion process as it seems jumpy and slippy at times as though other broadcast got caught up in the mix.

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  • Location: Christchurch, Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme weather what else!
  • Location: Christchurch, Dorset

    Yes the 1997 storm was very strong, I was living in Blackpool back then, and I remember being in the town centre around 1pm and the wind was already very strong, so I new we where in for it!

    The most i was affected was that our tv aerial was blown off the roof, but a lot of damage was caused on the seafront.

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  • Location: Weymouth, Dorset
  • Location: Weymouth, Dorset

    Xmas Eve last year was bad down here. With literally the last major gust of the night I lost a ridge tile and very nearly a velux window in the process as the tile careered down the roof.

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  • Location: Denby,Derbyshire,90m/295ft asl De5
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms/Clear and Frosty/Snow Showers
  • Location: Denby,Derbyshire,90m/295ft asl De5

    The storm, snow and winds of late December 1990 were bad around here.The snow clung to power cables which then snapped under the sheer weight.I remember waking up at 3 am and watching the blue power flashes in the pitch black out my bedroom window.My neighbour was interviewed by BBC Radio Derby the next day and we had no electricity for the best part of 2 weeks!!.Snow depths were 24 inches in Derby.

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