Telegraph’s Record Breaking Claims For Imogen Are Nonsense
By Paul Homewood
I’m not sure where the Telegraph gets “record breaking winds” from. According to the Met Office, we have a figure of 96 mph for the Needles, which generally gives wind speeds well above land based stations, whenever storms head that way. (The weather station there is actually on the headland, overlooking the Needles themselves. At 80m above sea level, any wind speeds there are totally unrepresentative).
According to the Met Office, the Needles set a record for the south of England in 1998, with 115 mph.
Furthermore, the Burns Day storm of 1990 brought gusts of 93kt (107 mph). (It looks as if the Needles station was not operational then)
The 1987 “Hurricane” was much stronger still. Even London had gusts of 94 mph, and speeds of over 90kt (104 mph) were recorded along parts of the south coast.
Readers will also be familiar with the usual suspects on the Met Office list, Pembrey Sands and the Mumbles, which again are utterly unrepresentative because of their geographical position, and again usually appear at the top of lists when storms head their way. Even during Strom Barney (the storm that was not!), winds at Pembrey reached 79 mph.
It appears that Imogen has brought the strongest winds of the winter to the southern half of the country, but there is nothing to suggest it has been anything out of the ordinary.
As for the Telegraph’s record breaking claims, I can only assume Peter Stanford has written the copy!