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I've got to know: Has a tropical storm ever hit Ireland or the UK?

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 01:38:45 PM EST
Occasionally, though they're generally pretty sad when they get here. We do get hurricanes, just about.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 01:40:27 PM EST
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I don't know, but it sounds improbable given where they usually form combined with the Earth's revolution's direction, no? However if the Atlantic gets warmer ...

But I'll let the experts talk, I'm just speaking from a very rough and basic knowledge of these beasts.

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 01:45:12 PM EST
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According to Wikipedia, it is indeed rare (but not impossible):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane

Rarely, a hurricane can reach western Europe, including Hurricane Lili, which dissipated over the British Isles in October 1996,[14] and Tropical Storm Vince, which made landfall on the southwestern coast of Spain in September 2005.
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 01:47:23 PM EST
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Hmmm...  Just wait till global warming really hits its stride.  No one will be safe!

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 07:39:54 PM EST
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That was my fifth diary on ET: Tropical Storm Vince to hit... Spain! (Updated) by Migeru on October 10th, 2005

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 07:56:01 PM EST
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Hurricanes or what is left of them come here pushed by throughs, so rotation doesn't count, what counts is surviving the transition to colder zones: hurricanes are driven by evaporation thus cold seas kill them, and strong high-altitude winds blowing over them kill the vertical convection that makes them work. So while the remains of a lot of Atlantic hurricanes reach the region between Iceland and Ireland, almost all do so transformed to an extratropical cyclone (which is driven by frontal systems).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 03:07:31 PM EST
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I don't think anybody has ever come up with a correct word for what hit S england in 1987. But we refer to it as "the hurricane" cos no other word in common usage really gets the emotional impact.

It was a very destructive high wind born of unusual atmospherics.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 27th, 2006 at 04:08:58 PM EST
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