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Offline TonyKath

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #25 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 18:01:19 »
Damn - spoke too soon!! Trying to batten down the hatches here - winds up to 80 mph forecast slightly north of us.   Distinctly breezy out now.  :oki:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #26 on: Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 @ 19:24:40 »
We sympathise with folks that have been affected by the recent bad weather, a lot of what has effected Britain first passed over us in Brittany,  several rivers flooded, also canal's, land slides and numerous reports of property damage caused by wind & rain. You can't take a ten minute drive without counting dozens of trees brought down by the storms.

Tony, we had high winds come through a few hours ago, a few slates missing off the roof and a cement mixer re positioned, maybe the same storm? You & Kath  keep your heads down, have a glass of no12 and stay safe. We hope everyone stays safe...

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #27 on: Thursday, 13 February, 2014 @ 00:32:51 »
First UK casualty I've heard of:

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A man has died apparently trying to clear a fallen tree as hurricane-force winds batter parts of the UK.

The dead man, believed to be in his 70s, was killed after the tree brought down power cables in Wiltshire.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26153889

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« Reply #28 on: Thursday, 13 February, 2014 @ 19:55:38 »
Thanks Bedlam - I've been thinking we don't hear how the weather has been affecting nearby countries.  Surprised no one is ascribing it to Eurocrats!  Not too bad here though I think we were on the southern edge of the worst.  Damage to a short bit of fence that was getting on a bit but otherwise OK.  Overall I don't think it was anywhere as near as bad as the hurricane of '87 - which Kath always reminds me (and anyone else) I managed to sleep through.   :doh:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #29 on: Friday, 14 February, 2014 @ 16:02:07 »
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Weather gets even freakier: after storms, floods and gales - now there's a bog fire

Despite being drenched by storms, powerlines torn down by winds have reportedly started a bog fire in a Welsh coastal town, as a fresh round of extreme weather wreaks havoc across Britain.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/weather-gets-even-freakier-after-storms-floods-and-gales--now-theres-a-bog-fire-9127516.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #30 on: Friday, 14 February, 2014 @ 16:05:42 »
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The storms have flattened a red squirrel forrest in County Durham. The red squirrel is a protected species and has drastically reduced in numbers in the UK in recent years.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10635142/Floods-Met-Office-predicts-terrible-day-of-storms-live.html

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« Reply #31 on: Friday, 14 February, 2014 @ 18:28:04 »
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The storms have flattened a red squirrel forrest in County Durham. The red squirrel is a protected species and has drastically reduced in numbers in the UK in recent years.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10635142/Floods-Met-Office-predicts-terrible-day-of-storms-live.html

And no doubt the floods in Somerset will have seen off far more badgers than the "culling" did last year.   :unsure:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #32 on: Saturday, 15 February, 2014 @ 03:57:16 »

save-me.org.uk


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Floods could remain until March, Environment Agency warns
Full effect of this weekend's storms may take days to filter downstream in major rivers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10639945/Floods-could-remain-until-March-Environment-Agency-warns.html


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Expect no let-up in severe weather, UK forecasters warn
Around 5,000 military personnel committed to flood relief work as violent storms set to batter southern coast over weekend
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/14/no-let-up-severe-weather-storms-flood-uk-forecasters-warn

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« Reply #33 on: Saturday, 15 February, 2014 @ 15:43:16 »
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Two people have died as strong winds and heavy rain hit southern England, adding to problems already caused by widespread storms and flooding.

An 85-year-old man died after a freak wave hit a British cruise ship in the English Channel.

In central London, a 49-year-old female taxi driver was killed when her car was crushed by falling masonry.

More than 120,000 homes are without power and severe weather warnings are in place for much of the UK.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26200497

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #34 on: Saturday, 15 February, 2014 @ 16:00:08 »
Thanks Bedlam - I've been thinking we don't hear how the weather has been affecting nearby countries. 

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T'other side of pond:

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US East Coast left reeling from massive storm

The east coast of America has been left reeling by a ferocious winter storm that has killed at least 25 people.

The extreme weather conditions moved up from the south-east and swept along the Atlantic coastline.

Some areas experienced almost 70 centimetres of snow. Power supplies were cut to millions of homes and businesses and more than 2000 flights were cancelled.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26201587


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The new Dust Bowl: 'epochal' drought hits California's Central Valley

On the road into the small California farming community of Mendota the signs read “Stop – dust bowl!” and “Save Water” as farmers in orchards are busy bulldozing withered almond trees.

It didn’t used to be like this here. Until recently this town of 11,000 people was proudly known as the “Cantaloupe Capital of the World”. Of all the many local crops its melons were most prized. Mendota’s farmers have been growing them since the 1920s, when Greek immigrants arrived and found the soil was perfect. The lush fields used to provide 70 per cent of America’s cantaloupes.

But today Mendota is becoming known for another reason. It sits at ground zero in an unfolding, slow motion billion dollar disaster, what climatologists are calling an “epochal” drought. Analysis of the rings in ancient sequoia trees suggests the region is experiencing a lack of rain not seen since 1580, around the time Sir Francis Drake reached the California coast and claimed it for Elizabeth I.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10638983/The-new-Dust-Bowl-epochal-drought-hits-Californias-Central-Valley.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #35 on: Sunday, 16 February, 2014 @ 04:21:49 »
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Flood-hit areas earmarked for more homes
Councils have issued plans to build hundreds of new homes in some of the areas worst affected by the country's flooding crisis

Mark Wilson, the chief executive of Aviva, Britain’s largest insurer, calls for a halt to building on “defenceless” floodplains. In the past decade alone, tens of thousands of homes have been built in areas of significant flood risk, with the British insurance industry paying out more than £5 billion to homes and businesses since 2000. Mr Wilson says: “As a nation we need to build more homes, but the cost of development must include the cost of defences. Let’s be crystal clear: no defences, no development.”

Throughout the country, tens of thousands of properties are due to be built on high-risk “grade 3” flood land as councils struggle to meet government targets for house-building.

Between 2001 and 2011, about 40,000 properties were built on wholly or largely undefended plains at “significant risk” of flooding, according to a report produced by a sub-committee of the Government’s committee on climate change. Floodplain development grew faster than building in the rest of the country.

In the six years to 2011, the Environment Agency did not object to more than half of all planning applications for flood-risk areas, the report said. In about half the cases where it did oppose an application, it dropped its objection after negotiations with councils and developers.  In almost 10,000 cases over the past six years reported, the agency was not informed of the final outcome of the application.  In the past year alone, councils allowed 87 developments involving 560 new homes to proceed against Environment Agency opposition.

There are no national regulations to prevent developers from building homes on floodplains, and construction companies bear none of the subsequent risk should the houses flood.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10641488/Flood-hit-areas-earmarked-for-more-homes.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #36 on: Sunday, 16 February, 2014 @ 17:43:16 »
Four Mayday calls made during storm.

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On one BA flight from Moscow to Heathrow the pilot aborted an attempted landing “as the wheels touched the runway” because of a 60mph crosswind, leaving the 143 passengers screaming with fear.

According to reports in the Sunday Times, three of the “mayday” flights were believed to be running low on reserve fuel, while the fourth suffered problems with its rudder.

The ITV reporter Jonathan Swain, on board BA flight 767 on his way back from covering the Winter Olympics in Russia, said passengers were left “very shaken” by the aborted landing.

He wrote: “My most frightening flight ever. People screaming on flight as thrown around by strong winds. Pilot aborted as wheel touched runway.

“Even the cabin crew were worried. We were like a paper plane swinging over London approaching HRW [Heathrow].”

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/four-pilots-over-london-issued-most-severe-mayday-calls-at-height-of-valentines-day-storm-30014221.html

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« Reply #37 on: Monday, 17 February, 2014 @ 02:49:51 »
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Floods could have devastating environmental impact

The full scale of the damage being wreaked upon wildlife and ecosystems by flooding can be revealed today, as conservationists warn that Britain could have an “absolutely devastating environment incident” on its hands.

Noxious hydrogen sulphide fumes and lead poisoning are among the threats from floodwater contamination – while animals at almost all stages of the food chain, from insects to small mammals and birds, are already thought to be drowning or dying from lack of food.

Hedgehogs, badgers, voles, worms, birds, wood mice and bumblebees – all are said to be perishing, according to experts.

Many animals could be poisoned by floodwater redistributing pesticides and toxic chemicals from industrial sites, a new report indicates.
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/uk-weather-floods-could-have-devastating-environmental-impact-9132299.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #38 on: Monday, 17 February, 2014 @ 02:55:33 »
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A 20ft deep sinkhole has suddenly appeared... under a quiet cul-de-sac.

It is the third sinkhole to emerge in a week in Britain.

A 15ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation of the M2 on Tuesday and a second - 17ft-deep, 10ft-wide - opened up in a Kent garden the following day.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/15/uk-weather-sinkhole-hemel-hempstead_n_4794141.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #39 on: Monday, 17 February, 2014 @ 17:38:49 »
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More sinkholes expected to swallow up Britain
Britain should brace itself for more sinkholes opening up as geologists find they are appearing at five times their normal rate, and areas near homes and roads are at risk

Sinkholes are rapidly appearing across Britain as downpours continue and geologists warn more are expected to open up in the coming months – even when the rains stop.

Sinkholes are closely associated with heavy rainfall, but... once the deluge stops and groundwater levels start to recede there is a risk of even more.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10643787/More-sinkholes-expected-to-swallow-up-Britain.html

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #40 on: Monday, 17 February, 2014 @ 19:12:23 »
Poor old UK, homes have being blown away, washed away or flooded and now, could possibly disappear down a bloody great hole - I think I would rather cope with a major earthquake every 50-60 years! I hope I don't have to eat my words any time soon..!

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #41 on: Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 @ 12:41:47 »
Looks like the government here has acted more positively than the gov in the UK, too. Though it may be fortunate the 'quakes occured before the elections  :hmm:

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« Reply #42 on: Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 @ 19:41:03 »
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More sinkholes expected to swallow up Britain
Britain should brace itself for more sinkholes opening up as geologists find they are appearing at five times their normal rate, and areas near homes and roads are at risk

Sinkholes are rapidly appearing across Britain as downpours continue and geologists warn more are expected to open up in the coming months – even when the rains stop.

Sinkholes are closely associated with heavy rainfall, but... once the deluge stops and groundwater levels start to recede there is a risk of even more.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10643787/More-sinkholes-expected-to-swallow-up-Britain.html

So have I got this right?  If it rains we get sinkholes.  And if it stops raining we get.... sinkholes.   :blink:

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #43 on: Thursday, 27 February, 2014 @ 00:33:58 »
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UK weather: snow forecast for England and Wales
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for snowfall across England and Wales on Friday

It is officially the last day of winter and, as if to mark the ocassion, the country will see a flury of snowfall on Friday.

The Met Office has issued “be aware” severe weather warnings for the whole country, with only Scotland likely to remain unaffected.

Snow is expected to coat England and Wales on the last day of February, which marks the last day of winter according to the meteorological calender.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10663110/UK-weather-snow-forecast-for-England-and-Wales.html

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« Reply #44 on: Thursday, 27 February, 2014 @ 17:24:37 »
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England and Wales hit by wettest winter in nearly 250 years
Met Office confirms that England and Wales have experienced their wettest winter since records began in 1766
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/27/england-and-wales-hit-by-wettest-winter-in-nearly-250-years

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #45 on: Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 @ 13:48:11 »
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Spring weather on the way for Britain after weeks of rain
Southern England to enjoy temperatures of up to 17C this weekend, bringing welcome relief to flood victims
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/05/spring-weather-britain-rain


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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #46 on: Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 @ 14:50:27 »
Warm floodwater is just so much nicer....

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #47 on: Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 @ 15:45:29 »
It's actually rather pleasant darn sarf today, very cold/frosty start but went for an amble at lunchtime and sun made me take my scarf off  - looking forward to actually being able to do something in the garden this weekend other than stare at the mud

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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #48 on: Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 @ 16:02:52 »
Just read this headline on Daily Mail


Britain wakes to a frosty, clear morning of fire and ice - but it's going to be HOTTER than the Greek Islands this weekend with temperatures set to rise to 18C in welcome warm spell at last


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Re: UK weather warning
« Reply #49 on: Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 @ 16:11:57 »
Oh my, TonyD will now be airing off his swimming trunks and looking forward to a paddle along the high street.

...not sure what APB will be wearing this weekend   :blink:  ;)