Met Office weather: Homes 'shake' as 'skyquake' hits Somerset

met office weather: homes 'shake' as 'skyquake' hits somerset

Some residents said the storm made their houses shake

A “skyquake” which left homes ‘shaking’ hit Somerset as winter storms battered the UK.

People took to social media last night (Wednesday, November 24) to describe a ‘weird long rumbling noise’ heard across the county throughout the day and into the evening.

The noise, accompanied with flashes of lightning, was heard several times before the skies fell quiet. The noise reached right across the area – heard in places from Nailsea to Clevedon and to Weston-super-Mare .

Some people thought the strange rumblings were to do with Bristol Airport, while people in Clevedon blamed it on a hardcore delivery to town’s seafront. Other residents across the district even thought it was an earthquake, while others thought it was heavy lorries passing or bins being emptied.

Others believed the strange rumbling was roadworks while some residents in Wraxall and Clevedon said it made their ‘house shake,’ describing the accompanying lightning as ‘crazy’. Rich Pennock from Clevedon posted: “That’s the loudest I’ve ever heard thunder. My entire house shook.”

Another storm watcher in Clevedon, Jenni James, posted: “Literally just took the words right out my mouth, no joke, my house just shook.”

The strange weather has been described as a ‘skyquake’. According to Wikipedia, a skyquake is a phenomenon where a loud booming sound is reported to originate from the sky.

The sound may cause noticeable vibration in a building or across a particular area. Those who experience skyquakes typically do not have a clear explanation for what caused them and they are perceived as “mysterious”.

However, the Met Office said a skyquake was not a ‘recognised meteorological term’ and the noise was just thunder. But they warned as another cold front pushes in across the area, there could be more thunderstorms today (Thursday).

A Met Office spokesman said: “There was nothing unusual or extraordinary about the thunder experienced across the area this week. When a cold front comes in, it pushes up the warm air which forms cumulonimbus clouds and the warm rises.

“This is where the large thunder clouds form and we can expect more of that today as another squally cold front starts to push in. It is not unusual to see this sort of weather at this time of year as the mild conditions give way to colder air.”

South West England weather forecast

Today: Bright and breezy to start before squally rain soon moves eastwards during the morning. Rain clearing to sunshine and scattered showers. Windy with coastal gales, easing a little later in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Tonight: A further band of showers overnight but these coming much more isolated and restricted to the far west by dawn. Strong winds easing by the morning. Minimum temperature 4 °C.

Friday: Friday mostly dry with light winds and feeling pleasant in the sunshine. A few light showers expected around midday. Maximum temperature 12 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Starting the weekend with widespread heavy rain and strong winds. Rain slow to clear Sunday morning, but becoming drier and brighter later. Mostly dry with sunny spells on Monday.


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