LiveLIVE: Storm warnings, scarecrows and Tolpuddle Martyrs - the weekend in Dorset

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Summary

  • Amber warning for today includes heavy, thundery showers, thunderstorms, possibility of some torrential downpours with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.
  • Met Office says significant flooding is possible and the public should be prepared for the risk of disruption from any of these elements.
  • Events today include fundraising event for Help for Heroes, Holdenhurst Village scarecrow festival and the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.
  • You can send your weather or events pictures to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or tweet us @bournemouthecho.
  • Alternatively you can text us pictures to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.

5:46pm

Bournemouth Echo:

Daniel Cunningham took these photos in the early hours of this morning in the Moordown area facing towards Bournemouth Airport

5:45pm

Bournemouth Echo:

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3:30pm

The Cherries are playing Dorchester Town today. And they're flying.

3:09pm

2:59pm

The warning is still in place from the Met Office, but it looks like we may avoid the worst of the thunderstorms today! The sun is out in Bournemouth and looks to stay that way for Poole and Christchurch as well.

There could be some showers in Purbeck and west of the county, but otherwise it looks to be a nice day.

But the forecast could be wrong.

2:55pm

This picture of lightning from Ed Holbrook is a stunner!

It was taken at 2.30am this morning looking over to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Echo:

2:25pm

Here's some video from Kings Park Road street party earlier today.

2:20pm

The fire engine wasn't on a shout at the time and the duty mechanic has been sent to help out.

2:08pm

A31 eastbound at Bere Regis is partially blocked due to broken down fire engine between A35 (Shell roundabout) and Marsh Lane (Red Post crossroads).

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11:55am

Bournemouth Echo:

Ed Holbrook sent in these photos taken at 2.30am looking towards Bournemouth from a viewpoint along the B3351, New Road

11:54am

Bournemouth Echo:

11:28am

Bournemouth Echo:

Laura Stephens, 17, sent in this photo of a lightning storm over Parkstone at 1.30am this morning

11:16am

Motorists should be aware of a lot of surface water on the A352 between Wool and Sandford this morning

10:54am

These pictures were tweeted to us in the early hours.
 

10:45am

10:38am

This flooding has just cropped up on our traffic feed - click here for more details

The A350 Blandford Forum is just passable due to flooding on A350 both ways between A354 (Blandford Forum) and A35 / B3068 Blandford Road North (Poole). Flooding very heavy in patches.

10:32am

In other news, Poole police are in Upton today talking about bike security! Go along and see them for a chat.
 

10:26am

There are flood alerts, issued by the Environment Agency for the Corfe Castle and Swanage areas and the tributaries between Gillingham and Sturminster Newton.

Regarding Corfe Castle and Swanage, the Environment Agency said: "Up to 25 mm of rainfall has fallen overnight. No significant river response has been observed. A further 25 mm of rainfall is forecast throughout the day. However, there is still considerable uncertainty regarding the location and timing of the heaviest rainfall and low probability accumulations of 30 to 40 mm in 1 to 2 hours, and 60 to 80 mm locally in 3 to 6 hours could occur.

"Confidence in these high totals is low due to the variability of this sort of weather and rainfall. With this intense rainfall there is the possibility of surface water flooding, and fluvial flooding in smaller, more rapid responding catchments."

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10:09am

Here are some shots of last night's lightnign from Stephen Horey

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Echo:

10:07am

A forecast for Bournemouth is here

10:05am

But the weather warning is still in place.

Here is that amber warning again from the Met Office.

"Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday. Not everywhere within the warning area will see thunderstorms, and indeed some spells of warm sunshine are expected at times, but where thunderstorms do form, some torrential downpours are likely with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.

"Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses. The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption from any of these elements."

10:03am

We'll start with a weather update - 

Both Dorset Fire and Rescue and Dorset Police say they weren't called to any weather/flooding related incidents overnight.

 

10:01am

Welcome to the weekend everyone. Although today might be a bit of a washout weather-wise, there is still plenty happening across Dorset to keep you entertained.

 

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8:32pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Back in the olden days, when deluded people believed in god, they would have thought these storms and thunder and lightening were him getting angry about the behaviour of the Dorset residents.

We now know that thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble (brontide). The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder, often referred to as a clap, crack, or peal of thunder. The distance of the lightning can be calculated by the listener based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard.

So, have a nice evening and sleep soundly my fellow Infidels.
Back in the olden days, when deluded people believed in god, they would have thought these storms and thunder and lightening were him getting angry about the behaviour of the Dorset residents. We now know that thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble (brontide). The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder, often referred to as a clap, crack, or peal of thunder. The distance of the lightning can be calculated by the listener based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard. So, have a nice evening and sleep soundly my fellow Infidels. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

9:11pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

I think the met office should stop annoying us with their false predictions, I haven't seen or heard anything like torrential downpours, thunder or lightening today, their predictions are about the same as the climate change monkeys.
I think the met office should stop annoying us with their false predictions, I haven't seen or heard anything like torrential downpours, thunder or lightening today, their predictions are about the same as the climate change monkeys. Hessenford
  • Score: 10

12:00am Sun 20 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Hessenford wrote:
I think the met office should stop annoying us with their false predictions, I haven't seen or heard anything like torrential downpours, thunder or lightening today, their predictions are about the same as the climate change monkeys.
Have you seen that overly happy Carol Kirkwood on BBC BREAKFAST, if she's not on Methamphetamine then my names 'Salty the Seal'

Mmm,, i like kippers either way.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: I think the met office should stop annoying us with their false predictions, I haven't seen or heard anything like torrential downpours, thunder or lightening today, their predictions are about the same as the climate change monkeys.[/p][/quote]Have you seen that overly happy Carol Kirkwood on BBC BREAKFAST, if she's not on Methamphetamine then my names 'Salty the Seal' Mmm,, i like kippers either way. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Ophilum says...

I sometimes wonder if the MO is run by the green Party and there fellow travellers a bit of weather and they think they can scare us into thinking we are living in wild weather times.STOP Wetting yourselves MO and try and do what you are supposed to do forecast the weather Correctly.
I sometimes wonder if the MO is run by the green Party and there fellow travellers a bit of weather and they think they can scare us into thinking we are living in wild weather times.STOP Wetting yourselves MO and try and do what you are supposed to do forecast the weather Correctly. Ophilum
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Ophilum says...

The picture of the flooding at Charlton marshall on the A350 is due to a total lack of road gulley maintenance and this floods with the slightest bit of rain its just down to Dorset,s 3rd World road maintenance and lack of workers with a shovel.
The picture of the flooding at Charlton marshall on the A350 is due to a total lack of road gulley maintenance and this floods with the slightest bit of rain its just down to Dorset,s 3rd World road maintenance and lack of workers with a shovel. Ophilum
  • Score: 1

2:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Ophilum wrote:
The picture of the flooding at Charlton marshall on the A350 is due to a total lack of road gulley maintenance and this floods with the slightest bit of rain its just down to Dorset,s 3rd World road maintenance and lack of workers with a shovel.
Really, and here was me starting to believe that these floods were down to climate change, silly me.
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: The picture of the flooding at Charlton marshall on the A350 is due to a total lack of road gulley maintenance and this floods with the slightest bit of rain its just down to Dorset,s 3rd World road maintenance and lack of workers with a shovel.[/p][/quote]Really, and here was me starting to believe that these floods were down to climate change, silly me. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Sun 20 Jul 14

spooki says...

So much for that! Useless.
So much for that! Useless. spooki
  • Score: 0

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