There is one combination here in the Yorkshire Dales which is lethal as far as the weather is concerned. That combination is heavy rain and a strong wind (Abigail) blowing from the West. Here it has been a blustery day with periods of sun and periods of rain, but higher up the dale, on the tops, it has been continuous rain (over two inches today) and that has led, as it always does, to serious flooding of the River Ure. The Ure, usually a gentle, peaceful river, is fed by dozens of streams, becks, gills (call them what you will) which cascade over the fells to join the main river. By tonight it is well over in those places which local know will cause problems and many road are impassable. Hawes, which is fifteen miles West of our farm, has serious flooding all round it and will have to sit it out until the water goes down (few, if any, of the cottages and farms are affected - the Ure has always done this since time immemorial, so all building has been built to take this into consideration.)
Friend W and I went to Teeside Park shopping centre this afternoon to buy our turkey crowns from Marks and Spencer - they are frozen and we took our cool bags and transferred the turkeys to our freezers on our return. (we do this every year and I can thoroughly recommend them). By the time we reached the A1, about six miles to the East of our village, the wind had dropped and the rain had stopped. On our return we collected both wind and rain in the same place. It had rained and blown here all afternoon. That, in a hilly area, at this height is the nature of the weather, Abigail or no Abigail.