|Formed||11 November 1972|
|Lowest pressure||953 mb (28.1 inHg)|
|Highest gust||245 km/h (152 mph)|
|Areas affected||Newfoundland, British Isles, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Poland|
Cyclone Quimburga, also referred to as the Lower Saxony Storm was a deadly European windstorm that struck northern and central Europe between 12–14 November 1972. The storm has been described as one of the most devastating storm events during the 20th century.
The storm developed over the UK where it caused some localised damage in the south, before moving across the North Sea where it underwent Explosive cyclogenesis dropping from 969 hPa to 953 hPa. This development was fuelled by the contrast between cold air in the parent low and the warm water of the North Sea. The storm brought wind gusts of over 35 metres per second (130 km/h) to large areas of the Netherlands, with gusts over 40 metres per second (140 km/h) across northern Germany. The greatest damage was reported across the German state of Lower Saxony, after which it is known in German as the Lower Saxony storm.
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