Record-breaking May winds over northern France

Record-breaking May winds over northern France

A severe weather system moved over northern France on Wednesday, May 8 into Thursday, May 9, 2019, bringing record-breaking May winds to part of the affected region. The system moved in from the Atlantic Ocean, where it underwent rapid cyclogenesis at the beginning of the week.

According to Meteo France, Belle-Ille recorded wind gust of 139 km/h (86 mph), Pointe de Chémoulin recorded 127 km/h (79 mph), Ile de Ré 126 km/h (78 mph) and St-Nazaire 106 km/h (66 mph).

These are records for the month of May, Meteo France meteorologists said.

The system underwent rapid cyclogenesis (bomb cyclone) from Monday, May 6 into Tuesday, May 7 over the open Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and western Europe.

Image acquired May 7, 2019. Credit: EUMETSAT, Meteo France

Image acquired May 8, 2019. Credit: EUMETSAT, Meteo France

Featured image credit: EUMETSAT, Meteo France

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