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Waves breaking over the sea wall at Exmouth on 6 January 2014. Photo taken by Paul J Martin.

Storm Frank

29 - 30 December 2015 - Storm Frank impacted the UK bringing heavy rain and strong gusts.


Storm Frank summary graphic

Storm Frank impacts

A spell of wet and windy weather from 29 - 30 December 2015 affected parts of the UK as Storm Frank, the sixth named storm of the season arrived.

Storm Frank brought gales to western parts of the UK with gusts as high as 85 mph in northwest Scotland.

The storm resulted in further flooding across the UK and caused disruption to transport and infrastructure in affected areas.

Strongest winds

Storm Frank brought gusts over 80 mph. This table shows the maximum wind gusts recorded:

Storm Frank - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
South Uist Outer Hebrides 85
Altnaharra Highlands 79
Magilligan Northern Ireland 78
Fair Isle Fair Isle 78
Loftus North Yorkshire 77
Tiree Inner Hebrides 75
Scilly Isle of Scilly 75
Benbecula Outer Hebrides 70

Storm Frank satellite imagery


Why are we naming storms?

'Name our storms' is a pilot project between the Met Office and Met √Čireann which aims to increase awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

Over the course of Autumn/Winter 2015 wind storms with the potential to affect the UK and/or Ireland will be given a name to help effective communication of the storm and its impacts.