There's a lot of weather around. Last weekend brought Storm Ciara to the UK. Next weekend we'll get Storm Dennis.
There were fence panels down in our garden and a tree has blown down within sight of the house. The forecast was indicating gusts up to 66mph (57kn). It was noisy indoors.
Ciara seemed much stronger than usual, but how does it compare?
I have data for several weather stations going back to the start of 2017 (source: MetOffice WoW). My preferred weather stations are RAF Benson and RAF Brize Norton because they seem most likely to produce reliable results. Air fields tend to be in flatter, more exposed places so the wind gusts are probably as high as they'll be for that region. Urban wind patterns, and those for a valley like Oxford, may be lower. Unfortunately I don't have data for central Oxford and my urban data series (Headington, Bicester) are not continuous for the same period.
For comparison (values > 40 in bold):
|month||RAF Benson||RAF Brize Norton||Bicester AF||Headington|
In terms of the absolute gust strength storm Ciara doesn't look much bigger than Feb 2017 or March 2019.