111-mph Winds, 36-Foot Waves, Tornado, Snow in U.K.
By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
1/15/2015, 6:11:26 AM
The latest storm to attack the United Kingdom and Ireland has left some impressive stats, photos and videos behind. London was hit both by thundersnow and a possible tornado.
GET MORE OF MY UPDATES! FOLLOW ME ON...
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) January 14, 2015
The storm also made for huge waves off the coast of Scotland, which gave this floating oil rig a wild ride:
One buoy measured 36-foot waves and a tremendous pressure drop as illustrated by this graph:
As of 3 p.m. GMT (10 AM ET), NetWeather.TV listed the current wind gusts and minimum pressure readings today as 79 mph and 950 mb. Late evening yesterday, the winds were even more impressive, gusting to 100 mph.
Mark Vogan of Scotland quoted the highest wind gust at 111 mph, with pressure down to 943 mb offshore. For meteorological reference, Superstorm Sandy (which was a hybrid tropical storm/nor'easter) here in the U.S. in 2012 had a pressure 940 mb and wind gusts to 94 mph.
This week's storm in Ireland has created an Internet sensation -- this lad "went viral" with his excited comments on the storm:
On Twitter, "#snow" was the big trend last night, while "#stormrachel" (the local name for the winter storm) dominated this morning, according to TrendsMap.com:
The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
WeatherMatrix - July 26, 2019, 3:18:12 PM EDT
Extreme heat in the last week of July 2019 has blown away previous high temperature records.
WeatherMatrix - July 03, 2019, 7:39:48 PM EDT
A large fire was started at a distillery around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near Frankfort, Kentucky. Was there lightning in the area?