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7-10 February	Strong winds and driving rain associated with a succession of 
		fronts affect the county. Gusts reached gale force on 8th (57mph)
		and 9th (52mph). The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for
		the morning of 10th February as driving conditions become treach-
		erous on the main trunk routes across the Northampton Uplands.

27 February	12.2mm of rain falls in 6.5 hours. Further rain on 28th and 29th
		February results in flood warnings being issued on the River
		Great Ouse in the south of the county near Brackley.

14 March	11 consecutive days without rain, only trace being recorded on
		9th. March total as of 14th: 4.2mm. The passage of a cold front
		southwards during the morning produced a significant gust front
		with winds recorded up to 53mph.

31 March	Second driest March since 1972. Only 12.8mm recorded at Pitsford
		Hall, 28.7% of the March average. Rain falls on only 7 days.

2-4 April	Heavy rain and showers of snow and sleet affect much of the
		county. 15.5mm and 18.6mm of rainfall recorded on the 2nd and 3rd
		respectively. Rainfall on the 3rd accompanied by strong winds 
		with gale force gusts (56mph). Lying snow recorded on the hilly
		tracts of the Northampton Uplands around Thornby and Naseby.

23 April	Several days of wet weather brings chaos to the British Grand
		Prix at Silverstone. Police are forced to turn away spectators as
		car parks become unusable due to waterlogging. April rainfall at 
		Pitsford Hall currently standing at 89.7mm, 188% of the April 
		average (61-90), with complete saturation of the ground being 
		recorded everyday since the 12th. 15 mile tail backs reported on
		the approach roads to the grand prix circuit. The local vicar is
		ferried by helicopter to conduct Easter Sunday services in
		surrounding villages. The organisers are criticised for not fore-
		seeing the bad weather with the event having been moved from
		July.
		Click here for Silverstone news report.
		Click here for Silverstone image.
30 April	The wettest April since 1998 and the second wettest since 1920 is
		recorded at Pitsford Hall with a total of 108.6mm, more than twice
		the April average of 47.7mm. 
		Click here for the local newspaper's feature on April's weather.
		Note that the article refers to 1891, this should read 1920.
		This April was the first for 9 months to have near normal temperatures.
		The average of 8.0C was just 0.3C short of the average for April.

26-27 May	Heavy rain results in widespread flooding and difficult driving
		conditions across the county. Totals: 0830-0830 (26th) 19.8mm, 0830-
		0830 (27th) 21.8mm. The latter occurred despite 9.7 hours of bright
		sunshine. The county escaped the worst affects of the flooding in the 
		eastern counties which centred on Essex.

30 May          Intense thunderstorm deposits 11.9mm of rain in 1.3 hours. Widespread
                flooding on roads in many areas as storm drains are unable to cope
                with the volume of water. Storm accompanied by spectacular fork 
                lightning.

17-19 June	Heat wave affects the county. Air maxima: 26.1C on 17th, 29.4C on
		18th and 30.3 on 19th, the hottest June day in Northampton since
		1995 (30.6C). Sunshine totals: 12.7hrs on 17th, 12.5hrs on 18th 
		and 12.2hrs on 19th.

1-3 July	A thundery start to July. Intermittent moderate and heavy showers
		associated with southward moving fronts. Notable fall of 5.9mm over
		2.3 hours on 3rd.

28-29 July	Heavy and thundery showers reported across much of the county. On
		28th reports of a house being struck by lightning in Irthlingborough.

3 August	Thunderstorm with heavy showers and significant lightning close to
		the station. 6.7mm fell in just 15 minutes just after 1700hrs BST.
		Total rainfall over the period 0830 (3rd) to 0830 (4th): 7.6mm.

14-19 September	Prolonged spell of wet weather across the county. 19.5mm fell on 14th,	
		followed by 7.1mm on 17th and 10.5mm on 19th. Following the rains on
		the 19th several flood warnings were issued on local rivers.

23 September	Earth tremor centred on Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, felt at
		Pitsford Hall. Time: 05.23BST, 4.2 on the richter scale. The event
		shook the rooftop screen leaving a record in the thermograph
		trace. Vibrations continued for approx. 5 seconds. Reports indicated
		that the tremors were especially noticeable in the Northamptonshire
		Uplands around Guilsborough. No structural damage was reported from
		any location across the county.

11 October	Intense low pressure tracks across the United Kingdom becoming
		centred over Northamptonshire at around 0300GMT. Pressure recorded
		at 965mb (reduced to sea level). Winds gusted to 48mph as the
		system approached on the 10th, but winds were remarkably calm as
		the centre of the low passed through early on the 11th. Heavy rain
		over the previous couple of days led to flood warnings being
		issued some rivers. Rainfall on 9th - 9.0mm, rainfall on 10th -
		15.0mm. However, the county escaped the severe flooding which
		occurred in Kent and Sussex.

29-30 October	Severe weather conditions lash Northamptonshire as southern
		Britain is hit by gale force winds and rain. Commuters in the
		county are stranded as trains are cancelled and falling trees
		and debris block roads. The Environment Agency issues flood
		alerts for the Rivers Nene, Avon and Ouse. Traffic came to
		standstill when a bus crashed into a fallen tree on Wellingborough
		Road in Northampton, while the A438 between West Haddon and
		East Haddon and the A50 at Welford were also blocked by trees
		toppled by winds. Speed restrictions were also put in place
		on the M1. Gusts of more than 70mph caused disruption to train
		services. All trains out of Northampton were cancelled during
		the morning of the 30th and there were long delays on trains
		out of Wellingborough on the Midland Main Line.

		28.7mm of rain fell over 12.5 hours between 0900hrs on the 29th
		and 0900hrs on the 30th. The highest recorded gust at Pitsford
		Hall was 54mph shortly before 0900hrs on the 30th. Among the
		worst affected areas was the A508 from Road to Northampton,
		Blisworth village and roads between Daventry and Napton. Apart
		from fallen trees, no reports of severe structural damage were
		recorded, the county lying just north of the main swathe of
		disruption to the south.
		Click here for photograph.
5 November	A severe flood warning is issued for the River Nene as further
		rainfall is forecast for the county. The period since the 30th
		October has seen significant rainfall across England and Wales
		with scores of rivers having burst their banks or on severe
		flood warnings. 200 people have been evacuated from their homes
		in Northamptonshire.

6 November	25.6mm since 0900hrs on 5 November (Pitsford Hall). Flood warnings
		released for the River Ise in Kettering and Wellingborough. Police
		officers reassure care homes and elderly people in the Far Cotton
		and St James area of Northampton, areas devastated by floods in
		1998. Weedon, Kislingbury and Bugbrooke are placed on flood alert.

7 November	Severe flood alert on the River Ise at Geddington. Several homes
		are inundated by the floodwater as further rain falls overnight.

6 December	Rare winter thunderstorm centred over Wilby. The following report
		was sent in from weather correspondent Jeremy Borrett. "This morning, 
		between 1am and 1:30am, Wilby had a thunderstorm with a very
		heavy shower and some moderate easterly to south-easterly winds.  
		It resulted with two lightning strikes with two thunderclaps which 
		included one right above the house(wasn't as loud as you might think!) 
		and the other was about a mile away.  It resulted in 8mm of rain in 
		around 30 minutes." At Pitsford Hall only 0.8mm was recorded in the
		same period.

8 December	Flooding experts keep an eye on the River Nene after heavy rain
		(16.4mm at Pitsford Hall since 0900GMT on 7th) causes rivers to
		burst their banks across the country. The river is placed on
		'floodwatch'. Flood alerts are issued overnight on the Great Ouse
		between Brackley and Buckingham and the River Avon upstream from
		Rugby. Strong winds also cause disruption on the railway as
		branches are blown on to cables.

		In the evening the Environment Agency issues a flood warning for
		the Great Ouse on the Northamptonshire border between Thornborough
		and Stony Stratford. The River Nene and tributaries continue on
		'floodwatch' warning. 
		Click here for photograph.
12-13 December	Gale force winds whip across the county. Gusts exceed 60mph in
		many parts (56mph recorded at Pitsford Hall). 5 lorries are blown
		over on the M1 motorway near Crick and trains out of Northampton
		are cancelled as debris is blown on to the line.

28 December	First snowfall of the winter across the county. Depth of lying
		snow at Pitsford Hall at 0900GMT 8.0cm. Snow fell continuously
		from 0430 to 0930GMT (3.1mm rainfall equivalent).

29 December	Following a sharp frost (-7.4C air minimum at Pitsford Hall), icy
		roads and frozen snow cause chaos on the county's roads despite 
		night-long gritting. The icy conditions result in 30 accidents
		during the morning rush hour. Temperatures remain below freezing
		all day (-0.4C air maximum).

30 December 	Icy conditions continue. Depth of lying snow 5cm. Grass minimum
		thermometer at Pitsford Hall (reset above snow surface) registers
		-13.6C. Overnight air minimum -5.8C.
		Click here for photograph.



The weather extremes documented here are generally only those observed at Pitsford Hall Weather Station. Reports received of extreme events in other parts of the county are indicated by *.