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11-02-2018, 00:22   #196
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Coldest since the 80's ? but I remember much finer spells in the 80's with a lot more days of warm to very warm weather.
I answered to this in the Irish Weather Statistics thread because I really don't want to clog up this awesome thread to do with the amazing thunderstorms of July 1985 and June 1986.
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Amazing that 1985 sticks in so many people's memories (it's what got me interested in meteorology) when it's such a common occurrence every year on the near continent (and even England many years). What's seldom is wonderful...
Definitely true, I spent two years living in the tropics recently and at first I was rushing to the window and getting my phone out to record every little thundery shower I'd see, I've always loved thunderstorms but towards the end it'd take constant flashes or bomb-like thunder for me to even take notice.

I actually prefer our style of climate in a round about way, I've lived in a few countries and Ireland is the only place I've ever kept a close eye on forecasts and gotten excited about potential events. When extremes are the norm weather watching becomes boring
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Just to compliment GL's nice assessment of the July '85 storm, frontal maps from the UK Met office archives:

July 24th:



July 25th:



July 26th:


A really volatile set up.
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33 years yesterday!

https://www.joe.ie/news/think-bad-lo...nd-1985-634497
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I was only 11 years old when that storm hit. Unfortunately it was the last proper storm I can ever remember in this country. Ever since then it's just been a few rumbles of thunder and a flash of lightning if I'm lucky.
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I vaguely remember the milkman collecting the weekly money with forked lightning in the background. I was terrified of lightning after that, right up until I lived in Brisbane for a few months in the summer of 2010. The Australian storms were awe inspiring, to say the least, especially with a 88m lightning conductor (Skyneedle) 200m away. Lost my terror of lightning after that, but maintain a very healthy respect for it now.

I remember a very impressive evening of lightning in Dublin 2000 and again in 2017.

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Hi ladies and gents.

The storms of 85/86 were by far the best Ireland ever had indeed i remember them with great fondness but i do recall the storm of July 85 was by far the worst.

I do recall that day been hot muggy and dull and as the day went on you could hear the thunder in the distance every now and again and i remember dad saying that's going to be a bad one when it hits make no mistake about it.

Sure enough as the night went on he was right indeed he even got out the old paraffin lamps ready to go and mam asked him what are you doing he said we will need them when the power goes out and she was like no it will not be that bad and he just laughed and asked where are the matches love,,,, She said over there and then she put the kettle on.

He did say with the two weather systems meeting up and their origin this storm is going to be live i recall the storm really getting going and the really bright flashes of the lightning and the sound of the thunder was so loud then the hailstones the size of them and you could hear them hitting the roof and knocking the pebble dashing of the house and the neighbours on the street coming to stay with each other for comfort as some were afraid and then breaking out the whiskey making a night of it sure why not.

I remember looking out when the power was knocked out the only light was dad's old lamps and indeed the lightning and it was amazing to see how clear you could see around the area as it was like daytime everytime the lightning would flash i recall looking over the fields and the whole sky was just covered with lightning streaks may be about 20/25 in one go and different colors blue,green,red,orange it was amazing indeed and the bangs from the thunder were so loud and you could feel the vibrations through the house.

I can remember the smell of sulfur in the air as the storm was raging on and getting worse as the night worn on it now seemed like this was a storm that had plenty of fuel to keep her lit but i enjoyed every minute of it as the lightning seemed to have no gaps in it as it just kept flashing every second adjust constant thunder and heavy hail it was just amazing unreal that it was happening in Ireland as we do not get such weather events especially with thunderstorms.

When dawn broke the storm was starting to calm down i remember just looking at the sky and the color of it was just so creepy if i remember right it looked to be a dirty brownish color lit up with lightning like something from a movie but i am glad i was able to witness this storm the best ever and i love hearing stories from people about it as it brings back very good memories indeed thanks for going down the old memory lane.
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Hi ladies and gents.

The storms of 85/86 were by far the best Ireland ever had indeed i remember them with great fondness but i do recall the storm of July 85 was by far the worst.

I do recall that day been hot muggy and dull and as the day went on you could hear the thunder in the distance every now and again and i remember dad saying that's going to be a bad one when it hits make no mistake about it.

Sure enough as the night went on he was right indeed he even got out the old paraffin lamps ready to go and mam asked him what are you doing he said we will need them when the power goes out and she was like no it will not be that bad and he just laughed and asked where are the matches love,,,, She said over there and then she put the kettle on.

He did say with the two weather systems meeting up and their origin this storm is going to be live i recall the storm really getting going and the really bright flashes of the lightning and the sound of the thunder was so loud then the hailstones the size of them and you could hear them hitting the roof and knocking the pebble dashing of the house and the neighbours on the street coming to stay with each other for comfort as some were afraid and then breaking out the whiskey making a night of it sure why not.

I remember looking out when the power was knocked out the only light was dad's old lamps and indeed the lightning and it was amazing to see how clear you could see around the area as it was like daytime everytime the lightning would flash i recall looking over the fields and the whole sky was just covered with lightning streaks may be about 20/25 in one go and different colors blue,green,red,orange it was amazing indeed and the bangs from the thunder were so loud and you could feel the vibrations through the house.

I can remember the smell of sulfur in the air as the storm was raging on and getting worse as the night worn on it now seemed like this was a storm that had plenty of fuel to keep her lit but i enjoyed every minute of it as the lightning seemed to have no gaps in it as it just kept flashing every second adjust constant thunder and heavy hail it was just amazing unreal that it was happening in Ireland as we do not get such weather events especially with thunderstorms.

When dawn broke the storm was starting to calm down i remember just looking at the sky and the color of it was just so creepy if i remember right it looked to be a dirty brownish color lit up with lightning like something from a movie but i am glad i was able to witness this storm the best ever and i love hearing stories from people about it as it brings back very good memories indeed thanks for going down the old memory lane.

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I was looking back at the weather reports for the Irish stations on the 25th and 26th and made this summary. Unfortunately only the airports (Dublin, Shannon and Cork) reported every hour (though Dublin had no report at 16:00 on the 25th), the other stations only reported every 6 hours. Still, it gives a good overall picture of the lead-up to the big event. I will particularly focus on Dublin airport's reports, which showed thunderstorms in 6 consecutive hourly reports.

Temperatures were not particularly high during the day (around 16-23 °C) and dewpoints remained around 14-15 °C. The thunderstorms formed primarily from elevated convection.

25th, 07:00:
Conditions were pretty calm, with just light southeastly winds, and most stations were reporting either mist/fog or light drizzle, though Birr was fine and reporting stratocumulus. Temperature and dewpoints were both in the mid-teens and pressure was around 1015-1017 hPa. At Dublin Airport, mist changed to light drizzle later in the morning as the flow stayed in off the sea.

25th, 13:00
Temperatures ranged from 15-16 °C near the east and south coasts (which were shrouded in sea fog) to 21 °C at Birr, where a thunderstorm was being reported. There was a rain shower at Clones and haze at Kilkenny. Winds were still light easterly and pressure had fallen only slightly to 1014-1016 hPa. Dublin airport missed a report at 16:00 but a thunderstorm was reported an hour later.

25th, 19:00
The action had started. Thunderstorms with rain were reported at Mullingar and Clones, as well as several stations in Northern Ireland. Max afternoon temperatures had been 23.1 °C and 22.7 °C at Birr and Kilkenny, respectively, but only 16.1 °C at Dublin Airport. Dewpoints were still in the range 15-17 °C and pressure had fallen a little faster to 1011-1012 hPa. Dublin was reporting mist again and visibility only 2 km. Kilkenny had 14 km in haze, and Rosslare and Cork (airport and Roche's Point) had sea mist.



26th, 01:00
Cork Airport had nearby thunderstorms in three consecutive hourly reports (21:00-23:00) and Shannon in two (23:00 and 00:00). Dublin had persistent mist all evening. At 01:00 heavy thunderstorms with rain were reported at Birr and Kilkenny, both with 8-km visibility, and light thunderstorm with rain at Cork Airport. Shannon was reporting lightning but no thunder and Mullingar a nearby thunderstorm. Dublin Airport was still only reporting mist.



Temperatures at most stations were 15 °C and pressure was 1008-1009 hPa. Winds had veered to mostly northerly or north-northeasterly and were still very light (<10 km/h). Clouds reported were Cb calvus at Shannon, Birr and Mullingar and Cb incus at Kilkenny and Cork Airport. Dublin Airport was reporting Ac castellanus, as it had been all evening, and Cirrus covering more than half the sky.

26th, 02:00-07:00
Dublin Airport was still reporting mist at 02:00 and first mentioned a nearby thunderstorm at 03:00. It then reported light/moderate thunderstorms with hail at 04:00 and with rain at 05:00, 06:00 and 07:00, during which time visiblity ranged from 12 km at 03:00 down to 0 km at 06:00 (error?). By 08:00 it was back up to 9 km and weather reported was recent thunderstorm. So thunderstorms were occuring in continuously near or over Dublin Airport for at least 5 consecutive hours. Mist was again reported right throughout the morning and up to 14:00.

At other stations, Kilkenny, Clones, Malin Head and most stations in Northern Ireland were reporting thunderstorm with rain at 07:00. Temperatures and dewpoints were still both 14-15 °C and pressure was now 1003-1004 hPa in the eastern half of the country. Winds were light variable. Later in the day Rosslare reported thunderstorm with rain at 13:00.



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Whatever about Dublin Airport, Belfast Aldergrove reported thunderstorms for 10 hours in a row, plus in two other reports. That makes a total of 12 hours out of 16. Note the report of smoke (FU) at 9 am on the 26th, possibly from a lightning strike?

The chart below is primarily from METARs, so some of the cloud types are not reported. Nearby Hillsborough reported synops at that time so some clout types are taken from there, where available.

VCTS = nearby thunderstorm, RETS = recent thunderstorm.

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Great report GL!
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