Meteorology: The Thunderstorm of 18th August, 1898


Twenty-first Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XXXI, (1899), pp. 68-77.


J. Brooking Rowe F.S.A, F.L.S.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The report was read at the Association’s August 1899 Torrington meeting. On Thursday, 18th August, 1898, after a long spell of about 12 weeks of fine, hot weather, Devon and Cornwall, and probably the West of England generally, were visited by a series of thunderstorms of great violence, with heavy rain and hail. The first part of this storm began between eleven and twelve o'clock in the morning ; in some localities it continued with more or less violence for the whole day, but in most places it abated after a while and was renewed in the afternoon. From the accounts presented in the report,  it becomes obvious that these storms were violent and caused considerable damage. The extracts that appear in the report were taken  principally from the columns of Plymouth daily papers. The report, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Adams, Mr (Aveton Gifford)76
Ascott, Mr (Bucks Mill)72
Bedell, Mr (Thorverton)70
Blake (Camelford)72
Bolt, Mr Albert (Princetown)72
Brooking (Malborough)76
Catton, Mr W. (Fowey)71
Chenhall, Mr T. (Totnes)76
Chenhall, Mr W J (Totnes)76
Clarke, Colonel (Raleigh)70
Clarke, Mrs (Raleigh)70
Dark, Captain (Instow)73
Davey, Mr W. (Launceston)71
Dreaden, Mr (Ashbury)70
Hicks, Mr J (Trevwesta)77
Hodge (Totnes)75-6
Hutchings, John William (Parford)73
Jewell, Mr Sam (Bucks Mill)72
Martyn, Mr S.S, (Kernick)77
Paige, Major (Tornes)75
Pope (Totnes)75
Prowse, Mr R (Malborough)76
Roper (Malborough)76
Smith, Mr Jeremiah (Kingsnympton)71
Snell, Mr J.C. (Kingsnympton)71
Stancombe, Mr (Walkhampton)71
Tope, Mr (Aveton Gifford)76
Tucker, Mr Sydney (Totnes)77
Wills, Mr C W (Ilsington)71
Wood, Mr (Camelford)72
Woolland, Mr W. (Moretonhampstead)73