“Discuss the Impacts of Storm Events in the British Isles and Evaluate the Responses to Them” (40 Marks)

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“Discuss the impacts of storm events in the British Isles and evaluate the responses to them” (40 marks)
A storm event is characterised by very strong winds and (or) heavy rainfall over a short period of time. They can occur more often In the British Isles due to the climate it has. It is located between the Polar and Ferrell cell which means it is influenced by the jet stream, these regulate the nation’s climate. Its temperate climate comes about due to its oceanic and air born currents, but the main regulator of the BI is the North Atlantic drift. This comes from the Caribbean, and carries warm tropical air towards the BI and results in the South-Westerly prevailing winds. Although beneficial is some ways, this unstable air around the Caribbean area, due to warm temperatures causing air to rise rapidly and air replacing this at the earth’s surface, can also be transported up to the BI. These hurricanes and strong tropical storms will never fully impact the BI as it does further south due the air masses cool as it travels over the Atlantic, but depressions are likely to occur.
Depressions form when a mix of hot light air and cold dense air come together. Instability over the Polar Front allows hot air to force its way into the colder air and a boundary forms called the warm front. Because the cold air is more dense it under cuts it and the cold front forms. This is faster and will eventually catch up with the warm front and lift away.
The great storm of 1987 was a major storm event in the British Isles which caused international chaos and death. The depression formed over the Bay of Biscay on October the 15th 1987 and quickly began to impact the BI. As soon as the storm moved in, predicted wrongly by the Met Office, the impacts began to roll in as people were not expecting the massive power the depression generated. This can be related to an incident which…...

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