Friday, 9 December 2011

Storm

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.
Keep warm.

17 comments:

Tom Stephenson said...

165 MPH gusts on the Cairngorms - 165 MPH! I was talking to my friend in the Highlands yesterday, when she said, "No cooking for us tonight. I've just seen the Ag flu fly past the window."

Tom Stephenson said...

Aga

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BilboWaggins said...

Very glad you're all OK.

West Cumbria very windy, apparently 75 mph recorded at St Bees Head yesterday afternoon.

Drove to Penrith at 8.00pm to meet the London train, very windy but nothing like as bad as I expected. Calmer today.

rkbsnana said...

Goodness. Be careful out there.

Toffeeapple said...

Good grief, batten down the hatches everyone and stay safe.

Heather said...

I thought of you and my friend in Scotland as I watched the weather forecast and listened to the wind yesterday. Damage and disruption, but hopefully no casualties, even of the minor kind. The worst we had was wheelie bins blowing about. Keep safe.

Pondside said...

I've heard that the cliffs in some areas near the sea have been washed away quite a bit. Stay warm and safe at home and don't go out unless you really need to!

Golden West said...

Just been reading about your extreme weather there and in Scotland - those are some powerful winds! I've been through 2 Caribbean hurricanes and it sounds like you're getting winds of a similar strength - stay safe, Weaver!

Rachel said...

Yes, it was a bit windy here too. Understatement. It was the day they were putting the gate posts in for my new gate and I had volunteered to help. You can imagine..... Later I had to go to work and I couldn't hold the pen. We discussed hypothermia in a shouted conversation whilst we were hanging the gate.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Tom - that sounds like a nightmare to me!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all for thinking about us. There are a lot of stone walls down, where rivers have rushed through. Still, this makes plenty of work over the next few months for the stone wallers (not a very warm job in winter though).

John Gray said...

my shed went for a burton!

Eryl said...

It was definitely rather exciting around here, yesterday, too. My husband found himself driving through a puddle that came over the bonnet of the car on his way to work, but made it out again. I just stayed by the stove which roared rather magnificently all day.

Cloudia said...

" Pen Hill - to our West - is white over and is sparkling spectacularly in the morning sunshine. "


Gosh! You made me see it!


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ChrisJ said...

Wow! I wonder what it was like at Flamborough which can get high winds most winters.

Elizabeth said...

Gosh!
This sounds dramatic and even a little frightening!