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The 19th century......Weather Extremes in Worcestershire and Beyond Part 2.


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  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury
  • Weather Preferences: Enjoy the weather, you can't take it with you 😎
  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury

December 5th 1822:- As winds reached hurricane force from the southwest, four barns were destroyed near Ludlow and he houses were shattered to pieces. The coachman of the mail was blown off his box and one of the horses dropped dead on arriving, exhausted battling against the fierce wind.

December 1825:- A fearful storm moved into the Ross on Wye area, causing a great deal of damage and killing ten horses which were struck by lightning. A Tornado near Hay On Wye killed three people as debris fell from the skies. The same storm struck Worcester from the southwest and the lightning displaced a stone halfway up St Andrews church spire.

January 14th 1826:- A storm of hurricane force was responsible for felling a number of trees, many torn up by their roots,laying walls and fences flat and scattering corn and Hay ricks. The wind brought down part of the spire of Cleobury Mortimer church during divine service and the congregation rushed out of the church in terror! 

December 28th-30th 1836:- An extraordinary snowstorm struck just after Christmas, as cold north winds blew and lakes froze over. The mail was 36 hours late in getting through in many places ,with the snow said to have drifted to a depth of 20 feet. Winds whipped up the snow to cover the windward side of houses to roof level and visibility  was poor in the heavily falling snow .

June 13th 1839:-A thunderstorm crossed Herefordshire and winds gusted to gale force ,bringing down trees in full leaf. As it crossed the north of the county a hailstorm of Biblical proportions developed. The hailstones came down in such ferocity that hail was reported in some places as six feet deep and lay there for many hours.!

August 9th 1843:- A violent thunderstorm  carried on a Southwesterly gale lasted for twelve hours .The thunder pealed incessantly and ten houses were struck by lightning in Worcester. At one house in The Shambles, a boy was standing with a knife in his hand when the blade was struck and snapped off. The lightning was so bright and so frequent that it was said that the sky glowed like a pearl!

August 21st 1843:- After a hot sunny morning the temperatures were so hot that you could not walk upon with bare feet and hot enough to fry an egg! The heat caused a dust devil just north of Leominster moving in a northerly direction and sounding like a steam train! As it gained momentum it smashed through a deserted farmhouse ,killing six sheep, two cows and four goats as debris fell from the sky. It suckered up burning straw ,starting fires in nearby fields.

 

 

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  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury
  • Weather Preferences: Enjoy the weather, you can't take it with you 😎
  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury

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