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Weather

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:25 pm
by sheddi
What a lot of weather we're having at the moment!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26035460" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And even a bus in Wales hit by a wave:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26020805" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

My trip out to my ham radio club meeting was more eventful than usual; localised floods, tree debris in the roads (no whole trees though), driving rain and one road closed with a police car and cones blocking it off.

Everyone else OK?

Re: Weather

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:30 am
by sheddi
44,000 without power overnight (although reports are that most have been reconnected).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26042990" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

All rail services west of Exeter cancelled.

I don't think it's been the worst storm of the winter, but still a bit of a blow.

Re: Weather

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:44 pm
by K9medic
Strangely for once the Northeast coast seems the place to be

Re: Weather

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:55 pm
by sheddi
K9medic wrote:Strangely for once the Northeast coast seems the place to be
And to think people (well, people in the south) say it's grim up north!

There's another winter storm due to hit the southwest on Saturday, and current forecasts are that in some respects it'll be worse than any of the previous ones this year :?

The winds aren't especially strong - Force 9 or 10 is well short of the hurricanes that ZSers on the Gulf of Mexico regularly experience - but the sea state is horrible. 40' swell coming ashore really smashes things up.

Re: Weather

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:15 pm
by Hoipoloi
sheddi wrote:
K9medic wrote:....but the sea state is horrible. 40' swell coming ashore really smashes things up.
When it picks up the ballast from the railway line before smashing them into people's homes it obviously means business. Glad I'm in the middle of the country (and higher up).

Re: Weather

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:24 pm
by sheddi
I wanted to share this BBC article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26136975" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
BBC wrote:Groundwater levels are so high in some parts of the country that flooding is likely to persist for weeks or even months, experts say.

A scientist with the British Geological Survey (BGS) said levels were likely to keep rising even if there was no more rain as so much water was soaking through the soil. He told the BBC waters could keep increasing for months. The BGS runs 32 boreholes across the country to measure water levels. It said nine of them show record water levels and one has never been so full in its 179 years of operation.

"We fully expect it will take several weeks to fully return to normality," Andy McKenzie told the BBC News Channel.
The accompanying video (at the link) shows the Wallingford, Oxon borehole is now an artesian well ...

Re: Weather

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:06 am
by sheddi
Last night was the worst yet around here.

We lost another three fence panels (including two of the newer ones) plus half the felt of my shed roof.

Currently waiting for the wind to drop enough that I can get out with a blue tarp to cover up the naked bit of shed roof!

Re: Weather

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:20 am
by fourpaws
Well all Im going to say is batten down the hatches, dust off your horned helmet and get some mead in....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... -2014.html