Still no sign of spring as hail, snow and lightning batter Dorset

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SPRING was on hold in Dorset this weekend after the county was hit by snow drifts, hailstorms, lashing rain and even a rare moment of sunshine.

An ominous bolt of lightning on Saturday afternoon that set off car alarms and briefly caused electrical problems in the Bournemouth area heralded the beginning of the bad weather followed, as it was, by a sudden and unseasonal hailstorm.

However, a number of roads were also flooded earlier on in the day, with the A352 Wareham Road and the A351 Sandford Road both hit.

 

Standing water was also reported on several country lanes.

 

@bournemouthecho Here is a picture I took half way through the hail storm, it was heavy! twitter.com/willowaz/statu…

— Gemma Read (@willowaz) March 17, 2013

A Dorset Police spokesperson reminded drivers to be careful in difficult conditions.

He said: “We would remind motorists to drive cautiously in these conditions.

“If other vehicles are stuck in flood water, do not attempt to drive through.”

Despite driving rain and blustery winds, visitors still made the most of Bournemouth’s golden sands on Sunday.

Emma Whitehand, who was walking along the stretch with newborn son Casper and five-year-old daughter Honor, said the weather had driven away friends.

“My friends are leaving because the weather’s so awful,” she said.

“It’s a horrible old day, but it’s still nice to be out.”

The north and west of the county suffered an unexpected snowfall that caused some roads to grind to a halt.

Drivers were warned to allow extra time for travel between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton because of snow, while Dorchester residents woke up to a blanket of snow yesterday.

While the bad weather started to clear up in the afternoon, it still felt cold, with gusts of wind reaching 26 miles per hour on the coast.

And although British Summer Time is set to begin in less than two weeks, on March 31, the weather will remain grim for the rest of the week.

A county council spokesperson said yesterday that gritters would be out overnight as the wet roads froze.

The Met Office has predicted misty mornings and overcast afternoons until Friday, with the mercury dropping to lows of 1C.

Thursday will also see gusts of up to 35mph, making the weather feel even colder.

However, tomorrow is predicted to be more pleasant, with temperatures up to around seven degrees.

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6:16pm Sat 16 Mar 13

b26b says...

Wow, just saw a big flash that took out the computer, telly and homehub. clearly it hit earth very close by and raised the earth potential voltage by quite a lot. Love nature at its finest it spiced up a dull rugby game on the telly.
Wow, just saw a big flash that took out the computer, telly and homehub. clearly it hit earth very close by and raised the earth potential voltage by quite a lot. Love nature at its finest it spiced up a dull rugby game on the telly. b26b
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6:17pm Sat 16 Mar 13

Boscombe Warrior says...

the lightening must have hit something in Boscombe, as the bang was so loud and all the street lamps have gone out
the lightening must have hit something in Boscombe, as the bang was so loud and all the street lamps have gone out Boscombe Warrior
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8:32pm Sat 16 Mar 13

letsmakecupcakes says...

The issue isn't that this is not news, but rather that it's been reported very badly.

The hailstorm wasn't the issue - the lightning flash and thunder clap that set off alarms, took out people's power and had me convinced my building had been hit due to the proximity and sheer volume, is news. The hail that followed was fairly heavy, but I was too busy making sure that the building wasn't on fire and that I wasn't having a heart attack to really care.
The issue isn't that this is not news, but rather that it's been reported very badly. The hailstorm wasn't the issue - the lightning flash and thunder clap that set off alarms, took out people's power and had me convinced my building had been hit due to the proximity and sheer volume, is news. The hail that followed was fairly heavy, but I was too busy making sure that the building wasn't on fire and that I wasn't having a heart attack to really care. letsmakecupcakes
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11:08pm Sat 16 Mar 13

beaniebee says...

It's refreshing that the news isn't always doom and gloom.
It's refreshing that the news isn't always doom and gloom. beaniebee
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9:53am Sun 17 Mar 13

bbird says...

There was a pretty amazing flash of lightening over the sea! Came out of the blue.
There was a pretty amazing flash of lightening over the sea! Came out of the blue. bbird
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7:12pm Mon 18 Mar 13

alasdair1967 says...

I see the censors have been hard at work again
I see the censors have been hard at work again alasdair1967
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7:17pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they.

Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"
People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they. Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas" Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
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7:20pm Mon 18 Mar 13

alasdair1967 says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they.

Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"
What's happened to free speech
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they. Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"[/p][/quote]What's happened to free speech alasdair1967
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7:30pm Mon 18 Mar 13

retry69 says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they.

Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"
If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they. Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"[/p][/quote]If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying retry69
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7:39pm Mon 18 Mar 13

alasdair1967 says...

retry69 wrote:
Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they.

Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"
If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying
I shall say no more than this I think it's a sad day the way that these comments have been so drastically censored ,sarcasm is the greatest form of wit a lot of the posts that where deleted where in jest about the weather sadly the powers to be have seen different
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they. Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"[/p][/quote]If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying[/p][/quote]I shall say no more than this I think it's a sad day the way that these comments have been so drastically censored ,sarcasm is the greatest form of wit a lot of the posts that where deleted where in jest about the weather sadly the powers to be have seen different alasdair1967
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7:41pm Mon 18 Mar 13

retry69 says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they.

Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"
If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying
I shall say no more than this I think it's a sad day the way that these comments have been so drastically censored ,sarcasm is the greatest form of wit a lot of the posts that where deleted where in jest about the weather sadly the powers to be have seen different
Yep i cant say too much more as i am on a yellow card,but alas humour is lost on some
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt get all negative and argumentative amongst themselves and have a go at the Echo then should they. Complaining about this being a no news story. What do they want to hear about, crime and such? Maybe they should be grateful that this is all that has gone on during the day. Maybe they should move to run down areas like the council estates in most of our inner cities and other "no-go areas"[/p][/quote]If you had read the comments before they were deleted you would understand it was not just about a no news story it was about the Echos attitude to its readers and its inabilty to take constructive criticism and perhaps listen to what their readers are saying[/p][/quote]I shall say no more than this I think it's a sad day the way that these comments have been so drastically censored ,sarcasm is the greatest form of wit a lot of the posts that where deleted where in jest about the weather sadly the powers to be have seen different[/p][/quote]Yep i cant say too much more as i am on a yellow card,but alas humour is lost on some retry69
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7:43pm Mon 18 Mar 13

alasdair1967 says...

Have you been warned ?
Have you been warned ? alasdair1967
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7:48pm Mon 18 Mar 13

retry69 says...

Yep not about a comment on here but someone reported me previously and the ref showed me a yellow, but i have had three comments deleted from here that werent offensive but the Echo make the rules
Yep not about a comment on here but someone reported me previously and the ref showed me a yellow, but i have had three comments deleted from here that werent offensive but the Echo make the rules retry69
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11:25pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Bournemouth2014 says...

Dorset got battered? It was over in 20 mins. Echo - Why open the comments then remove the ones that you dont agree with?
Dorset got battered? It was over in 20 mins. Echo - Why open the comments then remove the ones that you dont agree with? Bournemouth2014
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1:40am Tue 19 Mar 13

billd766 says...

My old Mum back in the last century used to say
"March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers".
Age old wisdom.
My old Mum back in the last century used to say "March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers". Age old wisdom. billd766
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