Great storms of London

As the stoic souls of the Caribbean and the south-eastern states of the US batten down the hatches, board up the windows and head for the cellar with a month’s supply of tins and bottled water, we Londoners can console ourselves with the fact that we don’t really get weather. Four seasons in one day but none of them a summer that would impress an Italian, or a winter that would scare a Swede. Just a glimpse of what we laughingly call sunshine and a certainty that the British favourite, drizzle, will be along later.

 

But not so fast. London too has its extreme weather (though you may have to wait a century or two for the next ‘tempesta magna’. Earthquakes, volcanic activity, ice ages and tornadoes, we’ve had them all. So pull on your woollies and join us for ten of the best (actually worst).

The London Tornado, 1091

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Famine of 1235

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Volcano of 1258

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Great Storm of 1703

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Lake Haze, 1783

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The Little Ice Age and the River Thames Frost Fairs

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Colchester Earthquake 1884

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London’s Great Smog of 1952

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Storm of the century, 1953

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Winter of 1962-63

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