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It was 'remarkably dry' overall Britain and near continent. Dry years were common, while wet years were few & far between.Only 5 wet summers during this period compared with 16 during the 2nd half.Storm damage/flooding both sides of the North Sea, also on the French side of the Channel - much significant damage to the dykes on the eastern side of the North Sea.(December 1717 was apparently a 'very stormy month', with the sequence of periods of high winds beginning in the last few days of November/NS.)Fine summer weather gave a good crop of grapes at Richmond in both years, and the summer of 1719 was claimed to be one of the hottest for some time.

Inspection of the CET record has that month as a 'below-average' event, but not exceptionally so, therefore some confusion here.) (Sounds a bit like 1962/63 with the fog at the start of the episode).[ Also "probably" the COLDEST winter across Europe (as a whole) in a series starting 1500; combining proxy & instrumental data.(University of Berne / RMet S / 'Weather' 2004) ] "Lightning strike on 20th May, 1711(OSP) blew a stable block and coach-house apart, killing two men.It was estimated that 8000 people lost their lives in the floods caused by the storm in the rivers Thames and Severn and in Holland.The damage due to the storm and flood in London alone was estimated to be £ 2 000 000. On the south Wales coast, a tidal surge drove up the Bristol Channel, leaving the port of Bristol in ruins, and the hinterland under water. Considerable structural damage occurred across England & Wales, with large loss of standing timber (much as 1987/Oct).

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