Frank Causes Widespread Headaches UK To Iceland, Winter Coats Required Across Much Of Europe To Ring In 2016!

Written by on December 30, 2015 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2015/16 with 0 Comments

It’s all about Storm Frank this morning and following a very wet and windy night, many including the Environment Agency are closely monitoring river levels. Flooding is affecting many parts and do expect further flooding issues through today, especially Dumfries & Galloway. Cumbria, Lancashire into Yorkshire, areas very sensitive after recent major flooding.

Serious flooding in parts of Scotland this morning.

New Cumnock, Ayrshire

Credit: Robbie Muir/BBC

Credit: Robbie Muir/BBC

Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Credit: Nick Mitchell

Credit: Nick Mitchell

Port Glasgow, Inverclyde

Credit: Michael O'Neil

Credit: Michael O’Neil

The trailing front which is causing the problems over Ireland and the UK will gradually push east, clearing into the North Sea this evening.

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Waves batter the Irish west coast at Tramore this morning.

Credit: Irish Photography

Credit: Irish Photography

For folks in N France, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark, expect a wet and windy open t0 2015’s final day.

Frank certainly lived up to it’s billing packing winds of 75-85 mph over the Western Isles, 132 mph over Cairngorm with flooding here and there.

Credit: Met Office

Credit: Met Office

Frank saw a pressure fall of some 30mb within 18 hours as he approached Iceland, generating wave heights of over 40ft.

A dartboard-like weather map over Iceland this morning!

Credit: Birta Líf Kristinsd

Credit: Birta Líf Kristinsd

Parts of Iceland saw incredible pressure falls of up to 50mb within just 12 hours.

Credit: Birta Líf Kristinsd

Credit: Birta Líf Kristinsd

Egilsstadir, Iceland saw pressure bottom out at 936mb.

Credit: AccuWeather

Credit: AccuWeather

However, lowest pressure was estimated at between 929-931mb at it’s peak but this was nowhere near the lowest ever recorded surface pressure within a North Atlantic cyclone.

Credit: RGS Weather

Credit: RGS Weather

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A Calm, Quieter But Colder End To 2015

Once the front clears, we’re into somewhat cooler air tonight with temps likely to drop towards freezing in many central and northern inland parts of the UK tonight. This crisp, quiet open to 2015’s final day will be short lived as a secondary feature pushes further squally showers in from the west and with the colder air than of late, snow will fall to lower hills across Scotland.

GFS surface tomorrow.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

It will be a seasonably chilly day tomorrow. Colder than normal the further east across Europe you go.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Into the all important evening and if your heading out to bring in the New Year, you’ll want to dust off the winter coat and put away the water proofs. Clearer skis, lighter winds mean frost likely will form in many places between 8pm and midnight. Looking very cold the further east you are over the continent!

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Beyond the New Year and we continue to see systems pile in off the Atlantic. However, that high builds further and shall continue to push Siberian air westwards. We could find that as early as late next week we have an Atlantic-Siberia battle on our hands and this is the kinda setup which can bring us snowstorms!

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Frank is pumping a tremendous amount of heat into the arctic. A rise from -20s to around 0C at the pole (average temp is -28C). Should have significant consequence over the mid-latitudes beyond New Year.

Credit: Simon King

Credit: Simon King

Credit: WSI Europe

Credit: WSI Europe

Credit: WSI Europe

Credit: WSI Europe

See video for today’s discussion.

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