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Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland as UK storms cause chaos | UK news | The Guardian

December 9, 2011

The phenomenon is known to meteorologists as a “weather bomb” but a Met Office spokesman said it was officially described as an “explosive deepening”, which is caused when atmospheric pressure drops by 24 millibars or more in 24 hours. In Thursday’s storm, air pressure fell by 44mb.

During the day, hurricane gusts bringing heavy belts of rain and hail nearly broke records, reaching 165mph on Cairngorm, where a highest speed of 173mph was measured in 1986, and 145mph at Aonach Mòr near Fort William.

Across the far more heavily populated central belt, winds hit 71mph in Bishopton in Glasgow, and 68mph at Prestwick airport in Ayrshire and Blackford Hill in southern Edinburgh. In Glasgow, one large bus company withdrew all its double deckers.

The high winds also affected Northern Ireland, northern and central England and Wales, where wind speed hit 62mph at Mumbles Head and 81mph at Aberdaron in Gwynedd.

Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland as UK storms cause chaos | UK news | The Guardian.

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