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Weather of Friday 5th September 1958

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

My family was abroad at the time, but it seems the weather of 62 years ago was particularly dramatic and horrendous in the south east of England:

131mm of rain at Knockholt and 102mm at Eynsford, both in Kent, and most of it in two hours

Two tornadoes causing a great deal of damage in the Horsham/Gatwick district

The UK's largest authenticated hailstone, 10 cm across and weighing 141g, which fell at Horsham. 

(Great British Weather Disasters by Philip Eden)

'Hailstorm of the Century' - The Surrey Weather Book by Mark Davison and Ian Currie.

Does anyone have any recollections of this particularly dramatic weather event?




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