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Reigate weather in May 2014: summary

  • Tmax 26.3c
  • Tmin 1.5c
  • Total Precipitation 69.2mm
  • Total sunshine hours 150.5 hours

May was a month with some convective interest but no explosive thunderstorms for Reigate despite one or two possible moments with CAPE values exceeding 1000 kj.  The rapid in-situ development of an impressive Cumulonimbus over the town on a southerly flow on 22 May proved to be interesting for cloud watchers and delivered a well structured gust front but only one crack of thunder and some fleeting cg lightning.

Elsewhere in Europe record breaking rainfall over the Balkans caused tremendous floods and there were numerous funnel clouds and spouts from France through to Italy in unusually convective conditions.

Here are some thundery pics of the synoptic situation in late May.

More pics showing the synoptic situation during thundery epsiodes across the UK and Europe.