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25th Anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987

The 'Great Storm' of 1987 remains one of the most talked about weather events for a generation. Photo: PA

October 15/16th marks the 25th anniversary of the Great Storm which hit the south of England causing widespread damage and disruption across the region.

There can be little doubt that this 'Great Storm' of 1987 remains one of the most talked about weather events for a generation.

Wind gusts in excess of 100mph were recorded, and it was the worst storm in England since 1703, causing a billion pounds' of damage.

It evolved due to pressure building to 20millibars in 3 hours behind a very deep low, causing an extremely tight squeeze in isobars and excessively strong winds.

In 25 years, the Met Office's forecasting methods have advanced considerably, using their supercomputer and running different weather scenarios until the most likely pattern emerges.

Also, the National Severe Weather Warning Service incorporates both the risk of a weather event happening, as well as the impact that event might have on a specific area.

How the public and emergency services respond to weather warnings has changed and improved during the last 25 years.

Bearing these advancements in mind, although we can not rule out another Great Storm, these days we are more likely to know it's coming and to be better prepared to cope with it.