Storm Doris hits the UK

  • Storm Doris hits the UK
    25.02.2017 18:56

    The UK was affected by Storm Doris on Thursday which brought widespread disruption. The storm originated in the Atlantic as a frontal wave on Wednesday and very rapidly intensified, with its central pressure dropping more than 24hPa in 24 hours. This rate of deepening in a low pressure system is known as explosive cyclogenesis, termed a ‘weather bomb’.

    The centre of Doris tracked in from the Atlantic early on Thursday morning, across Northern Ireland and northern England and into the North Sea in the afternoon. This brought very strong winds, the strongest of which were seen in places to the southern side of the storm’s centre, over north Wales, northern England and East Anglia. The strongest gust recorded was 94 mph in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, while a gust of 87 mph was recorded in High Bradfield, South Yorkshire. Weybourne in Norfolk saw a gust of 81 mph.

    To the north of Doris, colder air was in place across Scotland, bringing heavy snow, especially on the high ground.

    Only a few days before the arrival of Doris, spring-like conditions were experienced in some parts of the UK on Monday, as a maximum temperature of 18.3C was recorded at both Kew Gardens and Northolt.

    Notably, storm Doris was forecast well by computer models which gave at least 3-4 days warning of its potential, despite the storm having only formed on the day before its arrival to the UK.

    The Outlook over the coming days

    The weather will be unsettled and windy today with some strong winds expected for a time in the afternoon for north-west England and northern Wales. There will also be outbreaks of rain in northern and western parts of the UK.  In the following days, the outlook is for fairly unsettled weather to continue with showers and spells of rain, heavy at times. However, winds will not be nearly as strong as were experienced in Storm Doris. Conditions will be colder than of late with some of the showers falling as snow on high ground in the north.  

    By: Callum Stewart