NATURE OF EVENT
- Depression began over the Bay of Biscay, as south westerly winds carrying warm wet air from the N.atlantic met NE winds carrying cold air from the poles
- The depression deepened rapidly due to unusually warm sea surface in the Bay of Biscay and steep temp gradient between the 2 air masses
- Strong winds developed at core of depression
- The polar front jet stream was located further south than normal so the depression fored over N france instead of Scotland
- On 15th october pressure at the centre fell from 970mb to 953mb (much lower than UK average)
- The storm hit the south coast of cornewall and Devon at midnight and moved across the midlands, wreaking Humer Estuary on the E coast in the morning of the 16th.
- SE suffered with the highest gusts reaching 150kmh-1 which is hurricane strength.
- After 6am on 16th the depression started to weaken and more away over the N sea.