Barbara another totally forgettable storm

There were gusts of over fifty knots in the channel and along the French, Belgium and Dutch coastline at 12 UTC today from the low that developed from storm Barbara, but apart from a coastal gale for an hour or so in Kent, nothing much to write home about, as was expected from model guidance. It was quite a windy day across the mainland of Europe with gusts to Beaufort force nine widely in France and Belgium as Barbara tracked E’NE across southern England.

I hadn’t noticed that the Met Office had craftily slipped in a late yellow warning for wind at 2127 BST yesterday evening. The gusts to 65 mph were well over the top as far as I can see, but I’m sure they’ll find some observation from the top of Beachy head to justify it.

Issued: 21:27 (UTC+1) on Tue 20 Oct 2020
Strong southwesterly winds will develop on Wednesday morning, peaking around midday before gradually easing from the west during the afternoon. Winds are likely to to gust to 45 to 55 mph inland and to 65 mph near the coast.


The rainfall from Barbara was nothing to write home about either. Generally most places across the south saw between 4 and 16 mm with some wetter spots seeing from 16 to 25 mm. The wettest place look to have been across the Blackdown hills, where over 30 mm of rain was estimated to have fallen. Altogether a pretty good warning for heavy rain from the Great Oz, it’s only a shame that he didn’t have a yellow warning in force to cover the flooding of the rail line at Ardgay in Scotland.

Estimated rainfall accumulations from weather radar
Courtesy of UKMO
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