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  Issue No. 2243 Online Edition Thursday 18 December 2014 
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Submitted by The Islander (Met Office) 21.08.2014 (Article Archived on 04.09.2014)

This week marks the ten year anniversary of the Boscastle Floods of 2004.

 

Interesting Missive, compiled by Chase N Rainbows

 

This week marks the ten year anniversary of the Boscastle Floods of 2004.

 

On the afternoon of 16 August 2004 an area of low pressure to the southwest of the UK helped a line of showers to develop just to the east of Boscastle. A band of showers remained almost stationary, maintaining heavy rain for around 400 hours. Almost 200 mm of rain fell on the hills, which fed into the nearby rivers, and ultimately caused the flooding.

 

Two million tonnes of water flowed through Boscastle. This affected hundreds of homes and businesses, and around 115 vehicles were swept away. Thankfully, due to a massive helicopter aided rescue operation by HM Coastguard and military, there were no fatalities.

 

Since 2004 there have been vast improvements to how we forecast the weather, and how we communicate the weather and its potential impacts. In 2011 the Met Office’s National Severe Weather Warning Service changed from the previous threshold-based warnings to a warning systems centred around the likelihood of severe weather happening and the impact it might have. We have a network of advisors around the UK who work with regional local planning groups and emergency responders to help them plan and prepare for severe weather. Our meteorologists ensure these people are aware of how potentially severe weather situations are developing and what the impacts might be.

 

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