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Pietro_Mercurios
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PostPosted: 05-02-2014 08:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ronson8 wrote:
Climate change probably not to blame for the recent flooding...
http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/simplistic-blame-flooding-climate-change-says/story-20431095-detail/story.html

Well, that's a source of comfort. Perhaps, it's weather modification, instead? Laughing
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PostPosted: 09-02-2014 12:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
Anome_ wrote:
I'm still trying to work out how, this afternoon, the wind blew one way, while the rain was blowing in the opposite direction.

That sort of thing can happen near thunderstorms, or big Cu-Nim clouds anyway.

A growing cu-nim sucks air in from all directions at its base. So you may see one at a distance and remark "There's bad weather over there, luckily it's down-wind..", only to find it's actually coming towards you! Shocked (The wind you felt was the local wind around the base of the cloud, while the cloud itself moves with the meteorological gradient wind, higher up.)

Just had a short but fierce hailstorm here. But the slant of the falling hail kept switching from one direction to another, almost as if someone was swishing a hose about! That could also be due to local wind effects as mentioned above, but amplified by proximity to the building. (The wind can't go through the building, so it has to go one way or the other along the wall.)

Anyhow, now it's bright sunshine! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 09-02-2014 13:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
Just had a short but fierce hailstorm here. But the slant of the falling hail kept switching from one direction to another, almost as if someone was swishing a hose about!

We had that here last night - really fierce for a minute or so, coming from all directions - and then within seconds it had turned into light rain again.

Still, yet more storms to come this week apparently Confused
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 07:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

More flood fears as further storms forecast


Parts of the UK are again facing flooding as forecasters warn a further band of stormy weather later could mean the "strongest" winds of the winter.
More than 1,000 properties have flooded over the past week while homeowners have been warned many more are at risk.
Fourteen severe flood warnings are in place in Berkshire and Surrey while two remain in Somerset.

BBC weather forecaster Laura Gilchrist said winds could exceed 100mph around the coast of west Wales.
Gales could be the most "strongest and disruptive" of the winter so far, she added.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning of wind on Wednesday as well as yellow "be aware" snow, wind and rain warnings.
The warning for snow covers northern and western parts of the UK - but not the South West - mostly until mid-morning Wednesday.

Other updates include:

There are still major disruptions for several rail services, with passengers advised not to travel. There remain severe delays between Reading and London after water leaked into signalling and electronic devices on the line at Maidenhead

BBC forecasters say a month's worth of rainfall is expected to fall in parts of southern England over the next few days

The River Severn in Worcester is currently still rising and the Environment Agency said there was "no end in sight". New flood defences installed along the river following a previous flood in 2007 are saving 1,300 homes from the deluge, it says

Ch Supt Matt Twist told the BBC there were "100 more homes evacuated overnight" in Surrey and there were "massive resources" on the ground including 250 soldiers and 30,000 sandbags had been distributed across the county. Four schools have been closed

A severe flood warning remains in force on the River Thames and levels will remain very high over the coming days. Water levels are currently higher than those experienced in 2003

Managing director of network operations at Network Rail, Robin Gisby, said it was going to be "another difficult day for commuters", and he described the landscape across southern England and the South West as an "inland sea".
He said the high winds forecast meant that trains would be running at reduced speeds in Cornwall, Devon, parts of Wales, and in the Preston area of Lancashire.

etc...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26148379
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 09:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt cartoon:

In the pouring rain, a man looks at a gift shop window, which is advertising Valentine's Day stuff:

"Nothing says
'I love you'
like a dozen
sandbags"

Cool
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hottest Adelaide summer on record from today. 13 days above 40 degrees ... so far. The heat usually stretches well into March. Thankfully the gusty overnight winds have died down recently. Last week, we experienced what can only be described as a mini cyclone right on the foothills of the city. More trees down and limb debris than I've ever seen. Around 50,000 homes were without power for 48 hours and 49 intersections without traffic signals operating. Our emergency services were stretched beyond their limts. Really quite amazed the power people were able to rebuild the grids in such a short space of time. Our house wasn't without power, luckily, but our internet service was down for three days. I'm still dodging piles of tree debris on my drive to work each day.

One treefall peeled off the roof of a house in the suburbs to reveal a hydroponic marijuana plantation. Neighbours thought the orange glow was a fire. haha sprung
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 11:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rain here stopped about 30 minutes ago, and now the sun is out!
It's still blowing a hooley, though...
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 19:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wind is mental here in sunny Morecambe. I'm on annual leave at the mo which is just as well. I popped out this morning, my wife is away in Edinburgh (she got there), so I've got two days supplies and after this morning I haven't been anywhere, except to stop the bin flying off to Barrow. A friend has already lost some roof tiles. The north west main line is closed until 9pm, the M6 is also closed at several junctions too.
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Techy was on a train home from London. The guard quietly told him 'We can't get any further than Rugby because the power lines're down, and anyway you haven't got a station at Crewe as the roof's blown off and the place is on fire!'

So at Rugby everyone was kicked off. Techy spotted a Travelodge across the road so he legged it over there, and bagged the last room!

Last I heard he was looking down at the station from his top-floor window, watching fist-fights break out over taxis. He says it was like the last lifeboat on the Titanic. Shocked
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Strange 'S'-shaped radar phenomenon appears off Western Australia coast
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-12/wierd-s-in-the-sky/5255808


A strange S-shaped formation which appeared on weather bureau radar off the West Australian coast was not caused by cloud, the bureau says.

The shape was spotted on the weather bureau's radar map on Wednesday about 30 kilometres west of Rottnest.

After checking the satellite, the bureau's Neil Bennett ruled out the phenomenon being caused by cloud.

"There's no cloud, there's nothing to produce a rain echo, ... which we do see a lot, but not this particular shape," he said.

"They don't take on S shapes and things like that.

"The radar that we use are there for the detection of precipitation, it's basically just a beam going out and hitting the rain droplets or ice particles from hail.

"Sometimes the beam itself rather than going straight it gets bent back to earth and you start to pick up reflections from the ocean, rather than rain droplets."

The ABC has asked the Department of Defence whether there are military operations off the coast which may interfere with radar activity.

The department is yet to comment.

The WA Weather Group has seized on the photo and retweeted it to their followers.

"Nice that our pet #RottNessMonster has avoided the shark baits. Her name is Susan & she likes to eat plankton," the group tweeted.

"And I, for one, welcome our new giant sea serpent overlords," Perth Sunrise Prints tweeted.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 08:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

That story appears to have been updated slightly.
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A strange S-shaped phenomenon which appeared on the weather bureau radar off the West Australian coast was caused by a military exercise, the Department of Defence has confirmed.

Which doesn't really explain what it was, of course.
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We've been training sea serpents as part of Operation Sovereign Borders to tow refugee boats back to international waters. It avoids the possibility of Naval personnel maltreating the refugees, and also is less likely to cause an international incident if it strays into Indonesian waters.

Plus, who's going to believe a bunch of refugees or Indonesian sailors when they say it was an Australian sea serpent?
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 11:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anome_ wrote:
Plus, who's going to believe a bunch of refugees or Indonesian sailors when they say it was an Australian sea serpent?


The fact that the sea serpent is wearing a hat with corks hanging from it is a dead giveaway that it's Australian though.
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PostPosted: 13-02-2014 11:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heckler20 wrote:
Anome_ wrote:
Plus, who's going to believe a bunch of refugees or Indonesian sailors when they say it was an Australian sea serpent?


The fact that the sea serpent is wearing a hat with corks hanging from it is a dead giveaway that it's Australian though.

Only to be worn on formal State occasions.
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PostPosted: 14-02-2014 04:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

skinny wrote:
Hottest Adelaide summer on record from today. 13 days above 40 degrees ... so far. ...
...followed immediately by flash flooding. The SES are really earning their pay this year.

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It has been the wettest 24-hour period in Adelaide since 1969 and the fifth-wettest Adelaide day on record, with Adelaide officially recording 75.2mm in the 24 hours to 9:00am Friday.
SOURCE: Floods follow heat in Adelaide's crazy summer
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