Name That Storm

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Well it's torrential in Tunisia, rather moist in Malta and showery in Sicily.

Tunisia had 4 inches of rainfall in 24 hours yesterday;

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while a line of storms is forming west of Malta. Presumably related to yesterday's rain in Tunisia

Lots of thunderstorms in that area as well now. From N Africa up into Spain and East as far as Italy/central Med.
 
200-400 mm of rainfall possible in eastern Spain today and tomorrow. That area has been getting a bit of a pasting for the last week or so.

The Balearic Islands and Catalunya, yes. Got a bit wet in Benidorm a few weeks ago but only a little rain and no winds south of Alicante for a long time now.
However, every now and again (every 10 years or so) a weather condition called a Gota Fria appears. This means, literally, a cold drop and is caused by cold weather suddenly hitting the hot weather from the Med.
Usually accompanied by very high winds, more rain than you can imagine (150mm per sq m every minute) which can last up to 10 or 12 hours. Also often accompanied by very large (golf ball sized) hailstones which have damaged cars and roofs and is a definite danger to life.
And, yes, the gota fria is now forecast. Here, south of Alicante, we have no wind at all at the moment, it's been 28C and just light clouds with people still in their outdoor pools.
However, just north of Alicante at Valencia around 2:30pm, roads have been cut off with around 200mm of rain, loads of planes had to divert to Alicante as they couldn't land. Ford closed down its night shift and loads of schools closed early.
Now forecast to get here around midnight tonight and, quite unusually, forecast to last for 2 or 3 complete days.
Took my gazebo down today, lashed down the outdoor furniture and put everything that could get blown away under cover in the shed and under the balcony. Cleaned out my guttering and will close the shutters tonight for the first time this year.
After all that we'll probably get a spattering of the wet stuff and it'll go whizzing by to the north as it usually does.
 
It rains almost everywhere bar Bahrain. :relax:
It never rains in southern California.



That's a flippin' lie, it hoyed it down when I was there.
 
Well that Gota Fria we were warned about failed to materialise. Looks like the bad bit went over to the north of us and we have a lovely, sunny day with 28C and not even a breath of wind out there.
The big storm went across the Balearics, the south of Catalonia and the north of Valencia and then across the middle of Spain and downwards.
The whole of the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria were on alerts but skirted round us.
We have a forecast of 4.5mm over the weekend but nothing more. Then back to sunny weather from Monday onwards.
North of us, Castellon has been hit pretty bad and hundreds of aid workers (Guardia Civil, Civil Defence etc) have been called in and evacuated hundreds of people. The Balearics, hit pretty badly just recently, has got it again and loads of people evacuated there as well with the alert being raised to red in Aragon, Castellon, Valencia and Mallorca for today and tomorrow.
No name for the storm, though, just being referred to as a possible Gota Fria.
 
Firefighter killed in flash flood in Malaga yesterday

Campillos(Spain): A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

In the town of Campillos, cars were borne along the streets by the water and left in wrecked piles after the flood subsided. Almost 400 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales - around 62 km (40 miles) from the main city of Malaga - alone, according to the regional government's environmental department.

Firefighter Jose Gil disappeared when the truck he was travelling in with two others overturned, the local fire service said on Twitter. His companions were rescued, but Gil was later found dead.

Floods kill firefighter in southern Spain

Tornado in Nicosia


and hailstones in Rome

 
Firefighter killed in flash flood in Malaga yesterday

Campillos(Spain): A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

In the town of Campillos, cars were borne along the streets by the water and left in wrecked piles after the flood subsided. Almost 400 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales - around 62 km (40 miles) from the main city of Malaga - alone, according to the regional government's environmental department.

Firefighter Jose Gil disappeared when the truck he was travelling in with two others overturned, the local fire service said on Twitter. His companions were rescued, but Gil was later found dead.

Floods kill firefighter in southern Spain

Tornado in Nicosia


and hailstones in Rome

It's God telling the Euros to give us a better Brexit deal.



Am I going to hell now?
 

Sub Tropical Storm Oscar formed yesterday. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph at present.



Oscar is predicted to turn our way early next week.
 
the tail end of Hurricane Oscar, coming in from the west... storm Adrian heading here from the continent


didn't we just used to call that "Autumn"?
 

Oscar hoves into view. By now he's a Post Tropical Storm and a pale shadow of the man he was just a few days ago. Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the west coast.

Status Yellow - Wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry
Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, gust 90 to 100 km/h later Friday and Friday night in Atlantic coastal counties, strongest on the coast.

Issued: Thursday 01 November 2018 13:00

Updated: Thursday 01 November 2018 13:00

Valid from Friday 02 November 2018 15:00 to Saturday 03 November 2018 12:00


Warnings - Met Éireann - The Irish Meteorological Service

The Met Office meanwhile has a Yellow Rainfall warning for much of Scotland from Midnight tonight. 30-50mm is expected quite widely, especially on high ground with 60-80mm possible in a few areas.

Weather warnings

Presumably it will also be a bit wet and windy in Northern Ireland but no warning given by the Met Office. And Met Eireann doesn't mention rainfall while the Met Office doesn't mention the wind.
 
UK weather forecast: Hurricane-strength Storm Deirdre to SLAM Britain with weekend of HELL

It's going to be a weekend of HELL according the Daily Express, with hurricane strength winds as Storm Deirdre is going to SLAM into Britain bringing icy polar blasts, flooding and general doom and gloom.



Actually this weekend's storm has not yet been named and Met Eireann has issued a Yellow wind warning for Southeasterly winds with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr. A hurricane by definition must have a one-minute maximum sustained wind speed of at least 119 km/h.

We'll be getting a drop of rain too with 25 to 40 mm predicted. The Met Office has issued similar warnings for the UK from Friday lunchtime.

Dublin Fire Brigade is particularly concerned for our wheelie bins. They have issued a warning alongside the weather forecast, appealing for people to secure any outdoor furniture or trampolines.

"There is a Status Yellow wind and rain warning in place from 0600 tomorrow morning," they wrote.

"Please take the opportunity to secure any outdoor furniture, trampolines etc. Think of the poor wheelie bins, they could blow out on to the road if tonight is bin night."

Won't someone think of the bins.
 
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UK weather forecast: Hurricane-strength Storm Deirdre to SLAM Britain with weekend of HELL

It's going to be a weekend of HELL according the Daily Express, with hurricane strength winds as Storm Deirdre is going to SLAM into Britain bringing icy polar blasts, flooding and general doom and gloom.



Actually this weekend's storm has not yet been named and Met Eireann has issued a Yellow wind warning for Southeasterly winds with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/hr. A hurricane by definition must have a one-minute maximum sustained wind speed of at least 119 km/h.

We'll be getting a drop of rain too with 25 to 40 mm predicted. The Met Office has issued similar warnings for the UK from Friday lunchtime.

Dublin Fire Brigade is particularly concerned for our wheelie bins. They have issued a warning alongside the weather forecast, appealing for people to secure any outdoor furniture or trampolines.

"There is a Status Yellow wind and rain warning in place from 0600 tomorrow morning," they wrote.

"Please take the opportunity to secure any outdoor furniture, trampolines etc. Think of the poor wheelie bins, they could blow out on to the road if tonight is bin night."

Won't someone think of the bins.
My friend Deirdre is not too happy about it!
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Wheelie bins and mis spelt friend’s names be buggered, I had to work Friday night. Landing in Manchester at about 2030 was interesting. White caps on the coffee and formation squealing down the back. Had to put the newspaper down and everything.

All except a little lad who came up to see us later and announced “that was ace, can we do it again?”
 
Bit of a blow forecast for the northern British Isles tomorrow.



Met Eireann and the Met Office have both issued Yellow/Orange wind warnings and the Met Office a Yellow Rain warning.

Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal and Mayo
This warning pertains to coastal regions and high ground in these areas: Southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h overnight and early tomorrow. There is also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge.

Issued: Thursday 06 December 2018 10:00

Updated: Thursday 06 December 2018 10:00

Valid from Friday 07 December 2018 01:00 to Friday 07 December 2018 08:00

The Met Office Wind Warning applies to Scotland and Northern Ireland from 0500 Friday while the Rain warning applies to Wales and South West England from 0100.

No mention of using a Storm Name though.
 
Bit of a blow forecast for the northern British Isles tomorrow.



Met Eireann and the Met Office have both issued Yellow/Orange wind warnings and the Met Office a Yellow Rain warning.

Status Orange - Wind warning for Donegal and Mayo
This warning pertains to coastal regions and high ground in these areas: Southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h overnight and early tomorrow. There is also a risk of coastal damage on exposed northwest coasts due to a combination of winds, high spring tides and high storm surge.

Issued: Thursday 06 December 2018 10:00

Updated: Thursday 06 December 2018 10:00

Valid from Friday 07 December 2018 01:00 to Friday 07 December 2018 08:00

The Met Office Wind Warning applies to Scotland and Northern Ireland from 0500 Friday while the Rain warning applies to Wales and South West England from 0100.

No mention of using a Storm Name though.
Is this not Storm Etienne which was forecast yesterday to hit today and tomorrow?
Storm Etienne

Or is this yet another one?
 
Is this not Storm Etienne which was forecast yesterday to hit today and tomorrow?
Storm Etienne

Or is this yet another one?
Another one. This is all getting a bit silly.

The UK and Irish Met services have a list of winter storm names. So far this winter there have been three such storms, Ali, Bronagh and Callum.

France Spain and Portugal have their own storm names. Etienne is on their list. As far as I can tell the rainfall in SW England will be associated with Etienne while the wind warning in Scotland will be Deirdre.

To add to the confusion when an ex-Hurricane hits these parts that storm retains the Hurricane name assigned it by the Septics.

So far the British Isles have had Storms Helene, Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Leslie, Adrian, Beatriz, Etienne and possibly Deirdre.
 

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