The example below details an event that happened across England and Wales. It would have generated a red warning of wind with the new warnings service.
Weather situation on 18 January 2007
A deep area of low pressure moved quickly across the north of the UK during the day. Very strong winds on its southern side brought damaging gusts to much of England and Wales during the afternoon.
Highest gusts during the afternoon of 18 January included:
|Capel Curig (Conwy)||100mph (87kn)|
|Needles Old Battery (Hampshire)||99mph (86kn)|
|Crosby (Merseyside)||84mph (73kn)|
|Aberdaron (Gwynedd)||82mph (71kn)|
|Blackpool Squires Gate (Lancashire)||82mph (71kn)|
|Rhyl (Denbighshire)||82mph (71kn)|
|Conningsby (Lincolnshire)||81mph (70kn)|
|Marham (Norfolk)||78mph (68kn)|
|Wittering (Cambridgeshire)||78mph (68kn)|
|Heathrow (London)||77mph (67kn)|
The timing of this weather event, during the day when many people were out at work and school, meant that this had the potential to be a dangerous and life-threatening winter storm. Sadly, this turned out to be the case.
A car crushed by a tree
Based on the new warning system the following assessments would have been made:
This would have resulted in a red warning for wind: