Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The North East wind doth blow.
...and we shall have snow. Well, maybe not although places higher up the Dale have already had a sprinkling on the tops.
But last night, when the farmer took Tess out for her last Utility Walk at around 10pm, he came in saying that there must have been a strong wind because our Scots Pines had shed huge branches onto the lawn.
This morning, on the local news, there was talk of a Helm Wind blowing through the Pennines. Wikipedia talks of a helm wind which originates on Mallerstang Edge under certain conditions - so maybe that is what caused our Scots Pines to shed branches. As the crow flies (or the wind blows) we are probably about twelve miles East of the Mallerstang.
But strong North Easterly winds are now forecast - good for the bird watchers as it may blow a few more unusual birds our way. Five minutes ago the sun was shining; now it is so dark that I am having to type this with the light on. Any minute there will be a downpour. What wild weather we are getting. Paul Simons in The Times says this wild weather is the result of the jet stream, which apparently is hurtling above our heads at one hundred miles an hour.
Hold on to your hats!