By Paul Homewood

 Record tornado kills two people and leaves a trail of destruction in southern England – May 1950

While the weather in 1950 was not quite as wild as 1940’s in Britain, but it certainly had its ups and downs, with several notable episodes.

Although the year started with near average temperatures in January, this fact hid an unusually mild start, with temperatures in Wales exceeding 60F, an extremely rare occurrence.

This warm spell was followed by an intense period of cold weather with heavy snowfall.

The snow quickly turned to rain, lots of it. In England and Wales, it was the second wettest February since records began, causing considerable flooding in places.

April brought an unusually severe snowstorm at the end of the month to the southeast, where up to 6 inches fell. The storm caused much damage, bringing down trees and telephone poles.

The wild weather continued into May, with a tornado causing great damage in Buckinghamshire and killing two people. The tornado is officially the longest track in England, and the longest lasting in Europe:


June was an extremely warm month, the second warmest on record at the time in England. Temperatures reached 92F in London.

Following a wet July and August, September proved to be exceptionally wet, particularly so in N Ireland and Scotland. The heavy rainfall caused serious flooding  and did great damage to the harvest.

In both Scotland and N Ireland, 1950 still holds the record as the wettest September on record.

The year had a final sting in the tail, with December experiencing exceptional cold and heavy snowfall.

Most people would regard all of this as “wild weather”. It is telling that the BBC had to resort to “record sunshine” to bolster their claims of wild weather this year!



December 13, 2020 at 06:48AM