Date: Wednesday 24th May 1995   Time: 16:00 BST
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Path: 1 or 2 miles away moving west or northwestwards

Continental Plume / Occlusion
Duration: Unknown
Likely Multicell
Average lightning type: Unknown
Average discharge rate: Unknown
Footage Quality: VHS

This is the first thunderstorm I documented. Unfortunately I wasn’t taking it seriously back in 1995 (being 11 years old) and wasn’t that observant about it. But it didn't stop me being inspired.

The storm was originally audio-taped (for the thunder), however the tape was wiped-over because the storm didn't produce anything exciting in terms of acoustics. It was so long ago I was still in the last year of primary school and was actually off on this particular day! It was a bit distant to say the least, but I can remember the skies being unusually brown and smooth in texture. It was electrically weak and there wasn't that much in the way of precipitation either. It must have been drifting past the area and not directly overhead, or it was isolated and elevated embedded with dynamic. I was only viewing the storm through a window pointing east towards the Pennines, so there may have been a substantial amount of interesting stuff I missed.

To be honest I am not sure why I even logged it in the storm archive. However by the time I had filmed some decent storms I realised changing the numbers of all the storms wouldn't be a constructive use of time, so I just left this one in as it is. There are some Dundee satellite "quick-looks" below to enhance the T0001 file. Looking at these it is clear the storm was frontal, likely a continental plume embedded within the structure judging by the orientation of the low and double-front structure. This would explain the smooth bases if the storm was elevated and embedded. I'd also imagine from this that the cell movement was west or northwesterly, so rolling over the Pennines towards my location.

VISIBLE 24.05.1995 08:48

INFRARED 24.05.1995 08:48
COLOUR 24.05.1995 08:48

VISIBLE 24.05.1995 13:53
INFRARED 24.05.1995 13:53
COLOUR 24.05.1995 13:53

CHARTS (Credits)


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