Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Storms, Floods, a Dirty Toxic Cloud, April Snow ... and a Very Big Puddle; Reporter Katie Dickinson Takes a Look Back at Some of the Wildest Weather Stories to Hit the Region in 2016

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Storms, Floods, a Dirty Toxic Cloud, April Snow ... and a Very Big Puddle; Reporter Katie Dickinson Takes a Look Back at Some of the Wildest Weather Stories to Hit the Region in 2016

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FROM flooding in January to snow in April and record-breaking temperatures in September, it's been a year of bizarre weather for the North East.

As the year began, the region was still counting the cost of the devastating storms in December, and it wasn't long before more flooding misery was on the way.

The year also saw a puddle in Jesmond go viral after being watched by thousands online, a toxic cloud hit the North of the country, and a summer photoshoot ruined by snow in Newcastle city centre. Here we look at some of the year's top weather stories.

FLOODS IN JANUARY The year started with more flooding misery for sodden North East residents, after Storms Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva and Frank all caused chaos across the region in November and December 2015. Rivers across the North East burst their banks on January 5 as more than a month's rain fell in just one day. The River Tyne at Ovingham and the River Wear, in Durham city centre, both burst their banks just weeks after Storm Desmond swelled waters across the North.

And a puddle in Jesmond was at the centre of a social media storm as thousands of viewers watched passers-by attempt to avoid getting their feet wet.

As pedestrians and cyclists attempted to negotiate the 1.5 metre-wide puddle blocking a busy path, 20,000 people watched a live-feed of the action via the streaming app Periscope.

By the time the feed was stopped at around 5pm, over 50,000 tweets had been sent about the "Drummond Puddle", which blocked the end of the pedestrian tunnel under the A167 leading from Jesmond to the city centre.

Later that month, an Arctic blast gave way to unusually balmy weather with temperatures hitting 13C on January 24.

But as January drew to a close, the region was battered by Storm Gertrude, which caused travel chaos on the roads, rails and ferries.

snow in April Just when we thought we could put our woolly jumpers away for another year, April 16 brought us an unwelcome bout of wintry weather.

A cold snap brought a sudden end to the warm spring temperatures as parts of the North East woke up to snow. Social media was awash with people reporting a dusting of the white stuff across higher ground in parts of Northumberland and County Durham, while hail and heavy rain also fell in Newcastle city centre.

And on April 26 models from Jet2 holidays arrived at the Centre for Life armed with deckchairs, buckets and spades, all ready to promote the company's summer 2017 programme from Newcastle Airport.

But there was a black cloud hanging over the sunny shoot as snow suddenly started falling.

As the weather took a turn for the worse, the models scrambled for their winter woolies to cover up. …

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