can behave in some very strange ways, baffling not only the public
but the experts.
coal, avalanches, giant hailstones and tornadoes are just some of
the weird weather experiences to have hit southern England over
the last century.
look at southern England's oddest meteorological moments ..
South has had more than its fair share of strange meteorological
avalanche crashes down on Lewes|
of the most dramatic weird weather events happened to Lewes in 1836.
avalanche hit the town on Christmas Eve, killing eight people.
meteorological event was unique in lowland Britain.
huge ridge of snow had built up on the top of some chalk cliffs
overlooking the town.
suddenly there was a roar and it it collapsed onto the town below.
great storm of 1958 in Sussex produced the biggest ever hailstones
experienced in Britain. Stones the size of cricket balls fell on
out. Unsuspecting pleasure seekers have been caught up in freak
were also nearly 2,000 flashes of lightning in just one hour.
the storm of June 1983 in Dorset, coke and coal fell out of the
sky onto the hapless yachtsmen out for a pleasant day's sailing
in Poole harbour.
the small unremarkable village of Martinstown in Dorset also has
its claim to fame.
day in July 1955 the tourists got a lot more than they had bargained
for when the town experienced the heaviest ever rainfall to fall
in one day in Britain.
weather is a worldwide phenomena. Here's Inside Out's potted guide
to some of the planet's amazing meteorological puzzles.
of the weirdest happened in 1968 when southern England was covered
by a shower of red dust.
was actually sand blown over 1,000 miles inside a massive high pressure
system from the Sahara desert in Africa. It fell as red rain!
the centuries there's been records of birds, frogs and other animals
raining down from the skies.
a thunderstorm in 1939 in Wiltshire, the heavens opened and frogs
fell on local residents.
showers are often the result of small animals being sucked up by
waterspouts, tornadoes and powerful updrafts.
the Loch Nech Monster can be explained by weird weather.
whirlwinds forming over warm waters can spin off a long tunnel funnel
of water, resembling a sea monster.
satellite weather pictures and weather forecasters, most people
relied on observing the weather for themselves, often using nature
as their guide.
if you're trying to predict the weather in southern England, here's
our guide to weather folklore.
sky at night - Shepherd's
tails - Storms
sky at sunset - Wind
in the morning
sky - 'Never
long wet, never long dry'
sitting down - Good
chance of a downpour
- Seabirds - Never
good weather when birds are on sand
changing weather and global warming, it's likely that we haven't
seen the last of the weird weather phenomena.