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What Katie Did

March 28, 2016

By Paul Homewood 



Mark Wilson is a Met Office forecaster. Reviewing the progress of storm Katie, he said: “The maximum gust speed recorded was 106 miles per hour at 5am on the Needles on the Isle of Wight. The Needles is a very exposed site and regularly records the strongest UK gust speeds. The speed of 74 miles per hour recorded at 7am at St Catherine’s Point on the island is more typical of values recorded elsewhere across southern England.

“Given the southerly wind direction, it’s no surprise that most of the highest wind gust speeds were recorded in southern England. In fact most of the 30 UK stations recording the highest wind gust speeds are south of the M4 corridor.”

Along with the wind, the weather system associated with storm Katie also brought heavy rain. Up until 9am, Leek in Staffordshire had recorded 33mm of rain, while Exeter had recorded 26mm. Some places in the North Midlands and Wales also recorded snowfall overnight.

The progress of storm Katie on Easter Monday was covered by three National Severe Weather Warnings: including an Amber warning for wind in south-east England; and two seperate Yellow warnings covering swathes of southern Britain for both wind and rain.


You can almost sense the disappointment that it was not a record breaker!


Of course, there is nothing unusual about storms in March. For instance, check out March 1963, which followed on from the coldest winter on record.








It was just weather in those days.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    March 28, 2016 3:04 pm

    Paul, it still is to us oldeies, it is just those profitting from the Climate scam and those scared by all the over hyped news that think it is “Climate”.

  2. March 28, 2016 3:06 pm

    On the BBC News channel, the presenters kept mentioning the 106 mph gusts on the Needles, despite Carol Kirkwood and others repeatedly telling them that they were not typical.

    • March 28, 2016 7:02 pm

      Not so much ‘despite’, more ‘due to’. Anything more than a stiff breeze has to be pumped up into diabolical extreme blood-curdling horror, which tends to wear off as the ‘n’th storm of the season rolls in.

  3. Broadlands permalink
    March 28, 2016 3:43 pm

    1963 was a moderate El-Nino year with the ONI (Oceanic Nino Index) at plus 0.55°C. BUT, 1963 had the lowest NAO index pressure on record (since 1950) at minus 1.92 mb. Might have had something to do with the weather between Iceland and the Azores?

  4. March 28, 2016 6:47 pm

    Pleasant day here in SW Scotland. What a bore for BBC climate alarm frothers 🙂

  5. AlexB permalink
    March 28, 2016 10:02 pm

    but what was the maximum sustained wind speed?

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