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April 2nd 2011 - Sunset

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Published on Apr 4, 2011

A completely unexpected and unforecast thunderstorm passed overhead during the night affecting much of Wales and N England. I was awoken by very heavy rain and 'another noise' around 4.15am. A few minutes later a blinding flash and booming thunder followed by another flash and boom. The storm quickly moved to the North and then for a few minutes there was constant thunder and lightning every 10-15seconds. Mostly flashes (intracloud) but saw one 'fork' of lightning almsot overhead crossing the sky (cloud to cloud). This left an imprint on the eye, so I got to see it again several times when blinking. There was also an amazing green flash which lasted a couple of seconds and centred on a point on the Northern horizon. The storm was small and fast moving so soon cleared away NNE'wards taking the bursts of torrential rain with it. Night storms are rare here especially outside of summer, this was probably the best I've ever seen this time of the year. It was also another extremely mild night with a minimum of 10.7C.
The next day, put broadly, was 'cloudy am sunny pm. Fresher too - max 13.7C even in the afternoon sun. It became beautifully clear late in the day and remained so through the evening with a Southerly breeze keeping any frost at bay.

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