7:30pm UK, Tuesday 24 December 2013 Residents faced Christmas without power and travellers remained stuck at airports and stations after storms caused havoc across much of Britain.
The death toll from the violent weather rose to five and people heading home for the holiday had to battle with difficult conditions on roads and railways.
Some of the worst chaos was at Gatwick airport in West Sussex where a power outage at North Terminal led to cancellations and delays.
Police officers stepped in to calm passengers as they demanded to know more information about their plans.
24 December 2013 Last updated at 21:10 GMT
Published: December 23, 2013 http://www.wunderground.com/news/december-record-highs-historic-rainfall-20131223 The weekend before Christmas proved nightmarish for many travelers and surreal for holiday shoppers, as Winter Storm Gemini tied up air travel and record warmth forced East Coast residents to hang up their coats and don short sleeves instead.
Now, this freakish weather is being etched into the record books. Let’s step through some of the highlights, starting with the record warmth.
2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events
Ice storm forces rewrite of Top Weather Stories list
By Tom Spears, OTTAWA CITIZEN December 23, 2013OTTAWA — David Phillips knew he was tempting fate when he announced the Top 10 Weather Stories of 2013 with 12 days left in December.
Would the weather let him off the hook by not throwing anything new at him?
“Nature doesn’t wait, doesn’t hold its breath,” he concluded Monday.
Sure enough, the ice storm that covered Toronto and much of southern Ontario is forcing him to rewrite his list. He said Monday the storm belongs at the No. 3 spot on the annual list. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/storm+forces+rewrite+Weather+Stories+list/9318164/story.html
The 5 top U.S. weather stories of 2013
By Dennis Mersereau December 23 at 11:40 am
In the United States, the major weather stories of 2013 are somewhat contradictory. One the one hand, several horrible weather events occurred, from violent tornadoes in Oklahoma to record wildfires in the West to “biblical flooding” in Colorado. But the year also brought the fewest tornadoes in recent memory and a largely absent Atlantic hurricane season.
Overall, 2013 is likely to finish with 8 billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S., down from 11 in 2012 and 13 in 2011 but up from the 4 in 2010 and 6 in 2009. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/12/23/the-5-top-u-s-weather-stories-of-2013/