On 7th September 2013 a rather unusual event occurred in Cornwall, just 24 hours after Britain baked in a near-record September heat wave, they received what appeared to be an inch of snow! This freak weather was actually caused by an unseasonal hailstorm which was created by an unusual weather pattern passing over Cornwall.
“It hailed for a good 20 minutes, before suddenly going nuts”, local resident Tommy Matthews was quoted at the time, and recorded this video.
This freak weather isn’t as rare as you might think in the UK, it’s been happening for years!
Other examples include the great storm of 1958. This was a storm that created the biggest ever hail stones to ever fall in Britain, which were the size of cricket balls! Added to this it was reported that there were nearly 2000 flashes of lightning in just one hour.
A small village named Martinstown in Dorset also has a claim to fame as the place in Britain that experienced the heaviest amount of rainfall in one day. On 19th July 1955, mid-way through the summer, 11 inches (28cm) of rain fell in a 24 hour period, which caused significant localised flooding.
In 1898, on Christmas day, the UK experienced the hottest ever recorded temperature in December, which was 15.6°C. Not quite bikini weather, but not far off!
Tornados in the UK aren’t unusual, but they are rarely as intense and destructive as the tornado which hit an area of Birmingham on 28th July 2005, which was one of the most intense tornadoes to ever be recorded in nearly 30 years. The tornado hit the Sparkbrook area of the city at approximately 2:30pm, then causing a kilometre long path of destruction through the city. Ladypool Primary School was extensively damaged along with the distinctive Martin and Chamberlain tower. This tornado was rated a T4, with short spells as a T5, by the Met Office’s TORRO team (The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation).
Okay, so that’s pretty freaky, but how about raining fish? Norfolk received this rare, but not unheard-of, occurrence on 6th August 2000 when fish began to rain onto Great Yarmouth. Falling fish, frogs, and tomatoes were reported to have been dropped onto the local residents. This unusual weather pattern is formed by a mini tornado that brews at sea and scoops up water and small fish near the waters surface, carrying the debris along and then dropping it onto land.