Storm batters parts of Western Europe

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An Atlantic storm, the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, brought high winds and heavy rain to parts of Europe, including the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Date & Time
20 October 2014 06:00 UTC–22 October 2014 06:00 UTC
Meteosat-10, Metop-A & B
Airmass RGB, ASCAT winds

At least two people died in the UK after the first Atlantic storm of the autumn hit and gusts in excess of 113 km/h were recorded in a number of places. The gale force winds and heavy rain also caused travel disruption, with some train and ferry services being cancelled.

In Ireland the maximum gust was 93 km/h at Casement Aerodrome near Dublin and in the Netherlands gusts of more than 100 km/h were recorded in Friesland.

Metop-A & B, 21 October 2014, 09:00 UTC
ASCAT 12.5 km winds
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Met-10, 21 October 2014, 10:00 UTC
Airmass RGB
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Download RGB animation (MPG, 12 MB)

The Airmass RGB animation shows the storm's progress as seen by Meteosat-10, each hour from 20 October 06:00 UTC to 22 October 06:00 UTC. The main cloud structure passes over Ireland and the UK during the early hours of 21 October, with the associated strong winds.

The ASCAT image shows the winds as seen by the Metop satellites. Yellow areas show average winds of about 70 km/h (Gale Force 8), orange 80 km/h (Strong Gale Force 9).

See also:

Hurricane Gonzalo: Two dead as strong winds batter Britain (The Telegraph)
Storm causes localised flooding in Rotterdam but little damage (Dutch News)

Previous case studies

Storm St Jude batters the UK (27/28 Oct 2013)
Ex-Tropical Storm Grace (6 Oct 2009)

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