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Storm Barney

17 - 18 November 2015 - Storm Barney swept across southern parts of the UK bringing wind gusts up to 85 mph.

Storm Barney impacts

The storm swept across the UK relatively quickly on the afternoon of the 17 November into the morning of the 18 November. 

The table below shows the highest wind speeds that were recorded across the UK.

Storm Barney - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
Aberdaron North Wales 85
Capel Curig North Wales 84
High Bradfield Yorkshire 83
Lake Vyrnwy North Wales 83
Pembrey Sands South Wales 79
Bala North Wales 68
Crosby Lancashire 68
Wittering West Sussex 66

The strong winds brought several impacts with more than 3,000 homes in Derbyshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire without electricity over night. In Wales 6,000 homes were left without electricity for a short period.

Fallen trees across the country caused delays to road and rail travel.

In the run up to the storm, Neil Davies of the Environment Agency warned against taking 'storm selfies' saying "the power of Mother Nature is a fascination to us all - and taking storm 'selfies' may seem exhilarating - but over the last few years we've had an increasing number of people putting themselves and family members at severe risk along coastal paths and promenades."

Storm Barney satellite imagery

The satellite imagery below shows the track of Storm Barney as it brought wind gusts up to 85 mph to the UK.

Why are we giving names to storms?

As part of a pilot project in collaboration with Met √Čireann, the Met Office announced that wind storms with the potential to affect the UK and/or Ireland will be given names to help raise awareness of severe weather in the interest of public safety.