By Paul Homewood
This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most remarkable weather events in the UK during the 20thC.
The Hampstead Storm of 14th August 1975 dropped an massive 170.8mm of rain in considerably less than three hours. The Met Office give a figure of 169mm for 155-minutes, potentially a record for the UK. (At Walshaw Dean in West Yorkshire, it is claimed that 193mm fell in 120 minutes in 1989, but the Met Office have reservations about this.)
Philip Eden describes the event:
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