Solardome® glasshouse survives mini-tornado

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The words ‘July’ and ‘tornado’ don’t usually go together, but the residents of Cambridgeshire had to think again this weekend.

One of whom, Diana Bray from The Fens in Cambridge, was not only concerned about potential damage to her home, but also her 20-year-old Solardome® glasshouse as the weather took a turn for the worse on Friday night (27 July).

So, while trees and power lines were falling around her in a mini-tornado – known as a supercell storm – she was delighted to see her old SD3 still standing.

“I’m very impressed with your domes and I was so pleased that mine made it through unharmed,” she said.

“I really couldn’t believe it, especially since I had the door and side windows locked open at the time and couldn’t physically get to the dome to batten it down,” she added.

Much of the UK had to endure high winds and heavy rain as the elongated hot spell came to an abrupt end, but communities in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk were among those hit the hardest.

Mrs Bray told Solardome Industries that the storm was “like a wall of sand, dirt and lashing rain” and “came out of nowhere.”

This glasshouse is one of many that have been enjoyed for decades by Solardome customers.

Solardome Managing Director Pippa Bailey said: “We pride ourselves on supplying domes to customers that are long-lasting, giving them full value for money, and we’re constantly looking at ways to boost their structural integrity.”


We have many other geodesic domes thriving in high risk areas. Check them out on our worldwide dome map!

The low-profile SD3 model has since evolved into a 6.3m Solardome® Retreat. Find out more.

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