Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Storm Doris

Storm Doris impacts

Storm Doris was named on the 21 February as yellow and amber warnings for wind, snow and rain were issued by the Met Office.

Overnight and into the morning of the 23 February, Storm Doris underwent explosive cyclogenesis labelling it a weather bomb. The centre of the storm moved rapidly through Northern Ireland in the early hours, across northern England and out into the North Sea by the early afternoon.

The storm brought heavy snow to Scotland during the morning rush hour causing widespread disruption particularly to transport including the closure of the M80, one of Scotland's busiest motorways.

Strong winds and gusts were experienced across the UK particularly in North Wales where a gust of 94 mph was recorded at Capel Curig. 

Transport was widely disrupted with the Dartford Crossing and the Port of Livepool both closed for time while there were delays and cancellation to train services and flights throughout the day.


Storm Doris - maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
Capel Curig Snowdonia 94
High Bradfield South Yorkshire 87
Lake Vyrnwy Powys 83
Valley Snowdonia 82
Needles Isle of Wight 82
Aberdaron Snowdonia 82
Weybourne Norfolk 81
Mumbles Head West Glamorgan 75


Storm Doris - rainfall totals (mm)
Site Name Area Rainfall total 0500-2100 (mm)
Capel Curig Snowdonia 25
Kielder Castle Northumberland 23
Charterhall Berwickshire 22.8
Chillingham Northumberland 21.4

Satellite imagery of Storm Doris

This animation uses EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 Rapid Scan Service images and NASA blue marble imagery.