Saturday, 18 December 2010

Weird Weather

The weather in the past 24 hours has been a little mad to say the least, it all started yesterday afternoon with the onset of a seriously cold arctic blast from the north (well it would be i suppose), roads closed, ice, snow, people taking two hours to travel five miles, abandoned cars you name it we got it, i even heard on chap on the radio saying he was in his car and when he left home it was +2 degrees C, but in the space of 30 minutes the temperature had dropped to -5 - eek.

This morning i was expecting to wake up and find the world was white with snow, but it wasn't to be, at 0530 the skies were clear and the world outside was white with frost and the remains of yesterdays snow, by 0730, wow, what a difference, blizzard conditions, the road outside of the house turned from black to white in seconds.

The snow was followed by sleet, then hail, then freezing rain, then by more blizzard conditions, then it all stopped the clouds blew away and as i type this the sun is shining and the sky is that lovely crisp blue you only get in the winter time.

Out over the coast though there are some massive storm clouds, so being a snap happy type of chap with the camera, i grabbed the compact camera and went down the garden to get a few shots of the "big fluffers" as i call them.

Then off in the distance i see a cloud formation that was slightly unusual, conical in nature, so grabbing a pair of binoculars and the camera, i raced up the hill and from my higher vantage point looking out over the local town,  i could see what at first was a funnel cloud, but in  fairly short order and by looking through the binoculars, you could see the water being flung around at the base of it, a full blown water spout, i got a couple of photo's not very good ones admittedly, but by enlarging and cropping on the computer, you get a better view of it

So far the past few hours have been a wild ride, more snow is forecast for this afternoon, up to eight inches in a very short period of time by all accounts, and we are not out of the woods yet, tomorrow and Monday are supposed be fairly entertaining weather wise as well.