“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”

is the opening line to the song “Let it Snow” (written incidentally during a Californian heatwave in 1945) and made famous by performances by Ella Fitzgerald in 1960 and Rod Stewart in 2012, however it is also what the population of Lancashire, North Yorkshire, North Wales and parts of Southern Scotland were also exclaiming yesterday afternoon when a total of 43 cm (around one and three quarter inches) of rain fell over Lancashire in the twenty four hours finishing at 0600 GMT on November 23rd 2017. And what did this rainfall do? Well…

It flooded Carnforth Railway Station in Lancashire

Caused the River Conger to burst it banks

Flooded the car park of Ynys Môn (Anglesey) council in Llangefni

and even managed to cause the closure of multiple roads in the counties affected and, if you can believe it, we are not out of the woods yet. Starting tonight, the winds that have been coming from the southwest and bringing all this rain, swing round to the north and winter makes it’s first aggressive move into the United Kingdom as seen in this forecast issued by the UK Met Office this afternoon (November 23rd 2017)

3 thoughts on ““Oh, the weather outside is frightful…””

    1. The areas that were worst affected by the flooding were in rural Cumbria in the north west of England where building regulations take account of the high rainfall the area has. It is the infrastructure (drains that are able to take water away as fast as it falls) that needs improving.

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