Sunday, 9 March 2008

Sunday 9 March

Folks in the US: did you put your clocks forward an hour last night?
Morning all from Stornoway, which is showery but otherwise fairly bright. The survey ship Franklin, which has been pottering about the Outer Harbour for more than a week is still slowly surveying the area.

Weather is dominating the news today. I just read that Columbus, Ohio, had received 20 inches (50 cm) of snow yesterday. I have yet to check my alerts, but several Ohio J-landers were reporting on this yesterday. It is apparently one of the worst winters on record. Later today, I shall tot up the number of days I was mentioning the word "gale" in my diary this winter - preliminary total 15, but probably a lot more.

Talking of high winds, people in western England and Wales are warned to stay away from the seafronts until Wednesday. A severe storm is on its way in from the Atlantic, which is expected to carry hurricane force winds and waves up to 35 feet in height. That last figure is out at sea, but even near shore, the waves will be high. Disruption to transport will probably be severe. An added problem will be high tides. This morning's high tide at Stornoway peaked at 5.2 metres (17 feet 4 inches) - with a low tide of 0.2 metres (8 inches) at 2.15pm. The high tides, in combination with high winds are liable to caused coastal flooding.

Friday night's roadcrash in Gloucestershire, western England, has claimed a 7th life, when one victim succumbed to severe injuries, sustained in the head-on collision on the A429 road between Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Of the nine people involved in the collision, only two children aged 9 and 10 survived. Their grandparents and others died.


  1. How tragic for those poor children to be left alone.  I hope they recover quickly.  God Bless sad.

    The weather is coming in slowly as I write.  We had an idyllic morning of warm sunshine. This afternon the hailstones, rainbows and showers have begun.  I am not looking forward to listening to it all through the night.  I hope nobody gets injured or killed during this one Guido. I believe Stornoway will get off lightly this time.  Good job too.  You are so close to the sea it would be worrying.

  2. katie39041@talktalk.net9 March 2008 at 15:46

    The wind is whipping up here a tad this afternoon. Dark skys, I just hope the storm is not that bad when it gets to the west coast. It was a lovely sunny morning here in Co, Durham.
    love and hugs

  3. specialadyfink9 March 2008 at 16:17

    Those winds and storms are going to shake your rooftops.
    I should find a spot on the lower level,Guido.
    Columbus is south of us,but we got more than our share of snow.It never stopped here yesterday.None coming down as yet today.
    Hubby still stranded in Ashtabula ,may make it home tonight sometime.I haven't been out of the house since Friday,except to stand on the front stoop and take a couple pictures and get back inside.Am going to have to venture over to the barn soon to look for a metal anything to put water in for Shasta and Cher,as son has used the last metal bucket-since he can't go in anymore-he just shoves it inside the door.Shasta loves him and misses his attention,but Miss Cher loves to bully he stays out now. :-(
    Such a shame about the crash and so many losing their lives. Poor children -hope they mend well-body and mind.....

  4. helmswondermom9 March 2008 at 18:51

    I'll be curious to know how many times you used the word "gale" myself.  
    We got a foot of snow here, but nothing like the snow, drifts, and winds they got in Ohio and Northern Indiana.  

  5. Thank goodness our "storm" didn't have any precipatation with it!! They have now indicated it was "straight line winds".  I do hope the folks where the storm is heading take notice and precautions.  The accident sound horrific, those dear children.

  6. Hard to put a definition to this season, very edgy winter.  And we were almost out of it, too - still, snow this time of year used to be normal lol.  CATHY