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A summary of notable weather events from across Northamptonshire.
The county experiences the force of Storm Ciara with gale force winds and driving rain. A peak gust of 59.5mph is recorded at Pitsford during the morning, but sustained high winds continue for much of the day. Fallen trees and branches cause travel disruption and there are several reports of structural damage including parts of the roof of the Sol Central building in Northampton. Horsemarket remains closed in Northampton on the 10th to ensure safety to the public. Cineworld and 360 Play at Rushden Lakes also close owing to tiles being torn off the roof of the building. A lorry also overturns blocking the M1 in both directions near Milton Keynes. Records show that this was the windiest day locally since 5th December 2013 when 62mph gusts were recorded at Pitsford. The windiest day on the local record fell on 27th October 2002 when 70mph was recorded.
Wind and rainfall recordings made at Pitsford Weather Centre during Storm Ciara. The charts begin at 18:00hrs on the 6th, with the peak of the storm occurring through the morning of the 9th.
Scenes of destruction across the county caused by Storm Ciara.
A flood warning is issued for Cogenhoe Mill caravan park and other numerous flood alerts issued for parts of the rivers Nene, Tove and Great Ouse, as Storm Dennis brings heavy rain to the county overnight between the 15th and 16th. 13.9mm of rain is recorded at Pitsford over the 24 hour period ending at 0900GMT on top of the 7.6mm recorded the previous day. Horsemarket remains closed in Northampton as wind gusts peak at around 50mph.
Rainfall and windspeeds recorded at Pitsford beginning at 14:00hrs on the 13th and running up to Storm Dennis on the 15th and 16th. Some torrential rain is recorded around 0600hrs.
A tornado touches down at around 20:00 BST as high winds and storms associated with a cold front sweep across Northampton. The footage shows it ‘ripping’ through the north side of the town. Gardeners at Moulton Allotments are left counting the cost as entire sheds are overturned and fence panels lifted from the ground. Others report tiles being ripped from rooftops, power lines coming down and trampolines and bins being lifted from gardens.In a typical year, the UK sees around 30-35 tornadoes each year, though it is very rare that are they strong enough to cause any significant damage. The tornado came after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain earlier in the day.
Averages used in these reports refer to the period 1981-2010 unless otherwise indicated.