Early morning.

Pre-scheduled post.
Early morning walk before the rain returns, it has been a very wet couple of months, way behind with all the jobs we had planned.
Going out with a camera in the heavy rain is not my idea of fun !!!
Started doing some clearing of fallen branches, gathering plant pots that had blown away and generally checking things around the house, until the rain sent me back indoors. Have not even started on our static caravan at Castle Howard, at least we have avoided the floods that many people have suffered. Don’t tempt fate David.

It could be worse:-

1607: Bristol floods
Some 2,000 people drowned around the Severn Estuary, with 200 square miles of farmland inundated. Long blamed on a storm surge, it is now suspected that the devastation was caused by a tsunami.

1703: Great Storm
The Great Storm of 1703 was described as the worst natural disaster ever to hit southern Britain. Between 8,000 and 15,000 lives were lost and the lead roofing was blown off Westminster Abbey.

1891: Great Blizzard
More than 200 people died and Cornwall and Devon completely cut off from the rest of the country by a great blanket of snow that covered much of the two counties.

1953: North Sea flood
A severe windstorm over the North Sea combined with an unusually high spring tide caused a storm surge in both eastern England and Holland. Over 300 people died in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and in Holland around 1,800 died.

1962/3: the harsh winter
From Boxing Day 1962 to March 1963 much of the UK was covered with snow. In January the sea froze for up to a mile out from Herne Bay and the upper Thames froze over.

1987: Great Hurricane
Michael Fish (metrologist on BBC) laughed off suggestions a hurricane was on the way. A few hours later 22 were dead, 15 million trees uprooted and wind speeds of 122 mph were recorded in Norfolk.

Info from Mark Piggott (IBTimes UK)

15 thoughts on “Early morning.

  1. It’s been a dismally rainy winter here too. Part of the reason I invested in a DSLR this past summer was to better document the (usually) gorgeous, snowy winters we get in my region, but then it just rained every day. I hate rain…

    On another note, I hope Michael Fish lost his job!

    1. I was hopful for lasting snow but not far enough north this year. Had plenty two years ago, but like you have experienced, rain and more rain. Still, with low sunspot activity I suppose it’s only to be expected.
      As for Mr Fish, the BBC sack someone, that’s like expecting a civil servant to be disciplined or sacked – never going to happen.

      1. I used to think it rained all the time everywhere in Great Britain, but I’m finding out that you actually have quite varied topographic and climatic regions there, along with distinct cultures. I feel like, despite its small size compared to the US, I could spend my whole life wandering around Great Britain and still learn almost nothing about it… it must be a good place for curious people.

        1. Josh, if you had been here over the last few months, you would still think it rained all the time 🙂
          There are several wild and out of the way places that time seems to have forgotten. Lots of historic buildings especially some very beautiful ones from the 1600’s.
          The wilds of Dartmoor, Exmore and Scotland.
          You would need a Landrover, lots of time and money for the stupid fuel prices. My LR2 in Oman could be filled for about 1/4 of what it costs here for the same vehicle.

    1. Thanks Julie,
      Actually there are a lot more, but a little more localised. My interest started when I was looking for information about the picture by Thomas Wyke ‘Frost Fair, 1683–84’. As happens, one search leads to another: a few hours later!!

  2. Yes, stay dry is my thought too.

    I remember the hot summer of 1976 in London and the snow settling 18″ to 2′ deep in 1978(?) when I lived in Parsons Green working as a live-in Nanny. Took the children to the local park to build a snowman (and then the council workers went on strike so no salt(?) for the roads) and it was a nightmare trying to drive the car to go shopping. Obviously we ‘Londoners’ didn’t have chains for our cars so it was totally up to the local authorities to keep the roads clear.

    1. The Holland canal?
      I must admit that Bret Weston & Ansel Adams have been among my favourite photographers.
      Historical climate data gets conveniently forgotten so unless you have an interest, it’s unlikely you would.

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