There has been very severe stormy weather here. Yesterday the wind was storm force almost all day, apart from a short lull in the afternoon, when I nipped into our little town to go to the Post Office.
Trees are down, rivers are in flood and branches are down everywhere. There is at least one bridge that has been swept away and in today's paper there are reports of various people being rescued from cars trapped in flood water. A friend was at her embroidery class when the Police came in to warn them that it was becoming dangerous outside and that if they lived in Wensleydale they should get home now before it got any worse. The schools were already closed and these things are always so much more scary once it gets dark.
This morning the weather is quite benign - a slight breeze and sunshine, but we have moors to the North and East of us and both are covered in snow. Pen Hill - to our West - is white over and is sparkling spectacularly in the morning sunshine.
No doubt by now the worst of the flooding will have passed. It is the combination of rain/snow and high Westerly winds that makes it so much worse up here. And, of course, while we survey the damage the poor folk of Boroughbridge and York, lower down the country, bear the full brunt of the water as the Rivers Swale and Ure join the Ouse to make one very large river. So they will be bracing themselves.