As I have observed before we British do like to witter on about the weather, surprisingly that because we get so little of the stuff. You are talking about a nation that gets a snow fall that Canadians wouldn't think of as snow and the country grinds to a halt.
The night of the 15/16th October 1987 was different. It was the night of the HURRICANE . It was the night that weatherman Michael Fish dismissed a viewers concerns
"Earlier on today apparently," he began, "a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard that there was a hurricane on the way.
"Well if you are watching, don't worry there isn't."
Well apparently he didn't.
What happened was pretty awesome by British standards with winds of 122mph. The head gardener of NT Sheffield Park garden in Sussex penned just one entry for Oct 16th 1987 'DEVASTATION'. In total 18 people were killed and 15 million trees were uprooted.
Apparently the 1987 storm was the worst since 1703 BUT the 1990 storm was even worse. Now I can remember the 1987 one but have forgotten about 1990. The 1987 storm
happened when the trees were fall of leaves so the damage was much more severe.
Whereas the initial thoughts were of the devastation it has proven that the storms long term impacts weren't as bad as first thought (well if you were one of the 18....). Yes many old trees were sadly lost but at NT Emmetts Garden (somewhere else I want to visit) in Kent they have found that they get a greater range of wildlife than they did pre-storm. They get Dormice now for instance.
Some pictures here and here to show it was actually quite bad.