Meteorology: The Thunderstorm of 24th July, 1899


Twenty-first Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XXXI, (1899), pp. 77-84.


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 the evening of Saturday, the 24th July, 1899, soon after nine, a heavy thunderstorm burst upon the county of Devon and the surrounding district. In the Three Towns it was one of the sharpest storms experienced for some years. Much of the information in the report was extracted from the columns of the Western Morning News accounts of the storm: " Throughout the districts of Dunsford, Bridford, Christow, and Ashton the roadways were flooded, and the storm did not abate until midnight. Reports from Teignmouth, Princetown, Honiton, Shaldon, Tavistock, and Dartmouth showed that the storm was general through East and South Devon and East Cornwall. 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.

Heath, Mr E. (Dockwell)79
Hellier, Mr (Dunsford)79
Lucas, Colonel (Dunchideock)79
Potter, Mr (Cullompton)78
Mortimore, Mr (Exeter, St Thomas’)78
Stidstone, Mr Henry (Brent)79
Undy, Mr & Mrs. (Plymouth)78
Webber, Mr (Bradninch)78