Weather events of December


Well, the last month of the year saw unprecedented amounts of rainfall and tons of weather warnings. We were concerned for Father Christmas at one point, poor bloke would need a boat?December started off with an ice warning as the temperature fell below freezing on the first few nights of the month.
With mist and fog around and during the day it stayed dry, this didn't last long.
As from the 5th, the weather went downhill. We issued a weather watch as Atlantic lows began to rev up with wet and windy conditions taking hold. 50- 70mph were expected as rain and strong winds arrived. On the 6th the Met Office issued a Yellow weather warning for wind, with Met Eiteann naming the Low as Storm Atiyah. Warnings of up to 80mph were possible. Another few days of multiple radars and wind speed updates covered the page, with plenty of media coverage from Pirate fm.
On the 7th KWT issued our own weather warnings due to a combination of high winds of 70-80mph and flooding were our concern.

On the 8th KWT issued another weather warning as the latest charts showed the potential for 80-90mph gusts, we weren't far off as our weather station recorded gusts of 85mph. Debris and flooding caused travel problems and power cuts across the Duchy. I lost count how many radars went on the page.
And that was just the first week!!!!

Into the second week, we issued another weather warning as due to a strong jet stream and a series of Low-pressure systems, the next round of 50-70mph winds were about to batter Cornwall.
The amount of rainfall we were having started to cause problems across the county with runoff from fields flooded lanes roads it was beginning to be endless.
On the 11th we issued another weather warning for more wind and rain as winds of 50-70mph were expected yet again.
Further travel advisory and flood warnings went out, even flood alerts from the environment agency due to the added high tides.
We had a succession of lows that just kept on coming, with rainfall becoming relentless to the point roads turned into lakes.
12th was another weather warning with further rain and winds 40-60mph.
As we move into the middle of December there was no let up in sight. The 14th saw KWT issue another advisory, as more wind and rain moved in, 30-40mph with gusts from 65+mph once again battered us

The next few days saw downpours continue on top of already saturated ground. On the 16th the Met office issued another yellow weather warning for wind, South/ Southeast with again the potential for 30-40mph inland, with gales from 50-70mph. By the 17th the Met office issued a DOUBLE weather warning. The Met service IMPAP(Portuguese) named Storm Elsa. This was not a named storm for us but we saw a secondary Low move in from this. This large area of Low Pressure brought more torrential rain and severe gales of 50-70+mph. Once again, the threat of flooding and travel problems across the Duchy. We issued another weather watch for 17th Dec as another Low was ready to batter us with even more strong winds and rain. This was now becoming an issue regarding rainfall. Travel advisories were endless with it getting worse, as by the 18th the Met office issued 5-day weather earning. With more downpours and winds with gales or severe gales again hitting 60-70mph. This was certainly the wettest I've ever known. There were flooding reports, lose debris fallen trees and multiple power cuts, with our weather station recording 8.6mm of rain in one hour!!. This kept us on our toes with Pirate Fm Supporting all of our headlines

The next few days saw downpours continue on top of already saturated ground. On the 16th the Met office issued another yellow weather warning for wind, South/ Southeast with again the potential for 30-40mph inland, with gales from 50-70mph. By the 17th the Met office issued a DOUBLE weather warning. The Met service IMPAP(Portuguese) named Storm Elsa. This was not a named storm for us but we saw a secondary Low move in from this. This large area of Low Pressure brought more torrential rain and severe gales of 50-70+mph. Once again, the threat of flooding and travel problems across the Duchy. We issued another weather watch for 17th Dec as another Low was ready to batter us with even more strong winds and rain. This was now becoming an issue regarding rainfall. Travel advisories were endless with it getting worse, as by the 18th the Met office issued 5-day weather earning. With more downpours and winds with gales or severe gales again hitting 60-70mph. This was certainly the wettest I've ever known. There were flooding reports, lose debris fallen trees and multiple power cuts, with our weather station recording 8.6mm of rain in one hour!!. This kept us on our toes with Pirate Fm Supporting all of our headlines

 

 

 

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