Date: Monday 12th June 2006
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Path: Overhead, travelling NNE
Cold front riding continental plume
Duration: 20 minutes
Type: Frontal Multicell
Average lightning type: C-G
Average discharge rate: 71 seconds
Footage Quality: VHS / Hi-8 / Digicam
elongated meridional cold front draped over the British Isles from north to
south was tapping into an unstable continental plume, also dragged up from
the south. At 6am BST a particular wave approached Macclesfield from the
West Midlands at high speed, with warm and humid surface air (already
21C!), eventually making a direct hit around 7:15am BST. I was
asleep, but luckily the noisy C-G it was dropping woke me up just before it
was incredibly difficult to film initially, facing south into a strong and
gusty wind. The rain driving into the face of the camera and into the room.
After capturing a lucky C-G I had to give up and point the camera northwards
before I broke it. I continued to be lucky though as the C-G strikes
followed my camera rather than the usual reverse situation.
Not a bad storm in the end, and some
of the closest CG strikes I've captured to date.
As the storm passed
it left behind the usual frontal layers you would see to the rear of a
cold front, abeit slightly more broken than you'd expect with the
convective element. Later that day the cold front was still affecting
Northern and eastern England, and further, potentially more severe
storms developed in the afternoon heating.
I sent an image of the
first C-G into the BBC, and Diane Oxberry later showed it on Northwest
Tonight that evening :).
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