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"Severe weather warning"

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  • Started 8 years ago by chdot
  • Latest reply from I were right about that saddle

  1. chdot
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  2. chdot
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  3. wingpig
    Member

    There's a large tarpaulin on our washing line which is supposed to be drying out. Ten pegs, but I'll maybe take it down and pop a few slabs on it this evening. The shed whose roof blew off during Hurricane Bawbag was sold a few weeks ago; hopefully the new owner used the screws supplied to fasten it down properly. The trampoline is trapped in a corner and retained by overgrowth of nearby plants, but could maybe use a wee rope to fasten it to the bay tree.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  4. jdanielp
    Member

    Glad to have opted for shorts and t-shirt today. The forecast claims it will feel like 19 degrees later.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  5. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    I knew it was a bad idea to go back to jeans this week :(

    Posted 1 week ago #
  6. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Had to stop and remove my fleece and my jacket. Totally tropical.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  7. piosad
    Member

    Warm today but also blowy. Going east on the towpath I was basically blown along, could coast without pedalling at all. Met hardly any westward cyclists, and who can blame them. (And I guess I’ll pay for it in the evening.)

    Posted 5 days ago #
  8. ARobComp
    Member

    Very odd at about 7am when the wind suddenly hit us up in the hills in Colinton. All quiet outside and then just suddenly a huge gust hit us and there was the front! Pretty cool in some ways.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  9. jdanielp
    Member

    It was very gusty in places on the towpath this morning, but generally quite manageable. Big John advised me that I should dismount when I reached Slateford Aqueduct because he had seen a couple of cyclists wobbling their way across it, but the water merely looked headwindy as I approached it so I cycled across anyway. If anything, I felt rather less safe cycling across the wider Scott Russell Aqueduct which is odd.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  10. gembo
    Member

    @jdanielp I was alerting you to the incoming presence of the force of nature known as Big John. Several cyclists had stopped for him to pass so he was not in full flow.

    He actually looked frail on the aqueduct. Though maybe just breaking in a new pair of shoes.

    The boxes I had spotted him with the previous Sunday were for CDs, DVDs and books. His wife has asked him to clear them out. THis does not apply to her shoes of which there is a cupboard full still in boxes (he was warming to the topic. We then got on to student loan debt being transferred from universities to Vulture Capitalists which I liked very much.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  11. chdot
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  12. ejstubbs
    Member

    The Met was forecasting 52mph gusts at Gogarbank at 9am today. That's "gusting force nine" in shipping forecast speak AFAIK. Their "last 24 hours" report now shows that it was gusting 44mph - still force eight. Gusts that strong can knock frail people over (or, dare I say it, knock cyclists off narrow towpaths).

    According to the Met web site there was a yellow warning of wind covering 03:00 today until midnight tonight. I didn't receive any notification of that from their app on my phone, and it's not exactly obvious on their web site or the app even now. I'm sure they used to put a clickable weather warning icon on the forecast itself, if there was one in force for the area you were looking at, rather than having to click on a generic weather warnings link and then scroll through the list to find out if any of the warnings currently in force apply to your area.

    The last positive notification I received from them of a weather warning for Edinburgh was earlier this week, about the heavy rain on Saturday. That was later cancelled - though I now see it's been reinstated, albeit without a notification appearing on my phone.

    Basically, I think the Met Office are not doing a good job of publicising their weather warnings at the moment. I do wonder whether they have taken too much to heart previous complaints that they were over-dramatising "a bit of bad weather". (And then I wonder how many of the 1000-odd drivers who got stuck on the M80 by the Beast from the East thought the "do not travel" warning was a lot of fuss over nothing when they set out?)

    Edit: I see that the Met Office's Storm Centre web page still doesn't seem to have officially named this weather system "Storm Callum", although they do seem to be using the hashtag on their rather sparse Twitter feed.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  13. wishicouldgofaster
    Member

    I’m on holiday in Stornoway and the ferries are cancelled. Thankfully the storm should blow itself out tonight as we sail to Ullapool tomorrow.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I woke up this morning at 07h00 and it was so still I could hear the bypass 3km away. Now there are occasional leaf-tornadoes wandering around.

    Posted 5 days ago #

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