A Tangle of Winter Colour

Tangled up colourful stems with some green leaves set this Winter scene. Photographed on the same calm sunny day as Winter Stem Colour.

I’m sitting here typing this as the winds are picking up and the rain has started; a prelude to Storm Ciara arriving overnight and into tomorrow. Amber warnings have been given for wind which could gust in excess of 80mph in some areas. We’re pretty much used to strong winds in this part of Wales – they feature strongly all-year-round – but tomorrow’s storm does look like something to prepare for. It looks like the whole of the UK will be affected along with Ireland and other Northern European countries.

Let’s get those hatches buttoned down ……. (or battened down, even šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ )

17 thoughts on “A Tangle of Winter Colour

    1. šŸ™‚ The worst of the storm has gone through and it wasn’t as bad as expected here but the strange thing is the temperature today is the highest it’s been this year! Strange weather …..

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    1. Thank you, my friend. We’ve had several days of extremely windy weather, but today was much calmer and more Spring-like. However, we now have Storm Dennis due to arrive this coming weekend! It’s not boring šŸ™‚ XX

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      1. I think that what isn’t boring is the names they give to storms! I don’t know about you but over here it’s a very new thing. Every time a rain is due to visit, it gets baptized a name and then everyone waits in fear of the worst! So I hope ‘Dennis” isn’t as threatening as his …name! šŸ˜‰ xoxoxo

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        1. I think it is a relatively new thing. Our Met Office does the naming but they ask the public to offer potential names. I don’t really understand why some weather conditions become named storms whilst others – which seem often to be worse – don’t get named. We had stronger winds and heavier rain after the storm left!! šŸ™‚ XX

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            1. Yes, I agree with you that the forecasters seem to go ‘over the top’. I’ve always wondered whether it was since one of our well-known BBC weather forecasters – Michael Fish – got the great storm wrong in 1987. He famously said that a woman had telephoned the BBC saying she’d heard a hurricane was on the way and he replied that there was nothing to worry about. That night, the UK had what I think was its worst ever storm where hundreds if not thousands of trees fell and it was really devastating.

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            2. I’m guessing his career took a down turn after that huh?! Over here we place bets on whether they’ll get it right or not! Funny enough a few years back, the forecast used to be more accurate than today! šŸ˜‰ I’m sure if one goes back to a time without weather forecasters, farmers would make an even more accurate prediction! šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£

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            3. I think he eventually stopped appearing as one of the main BBC weather forecasters! Although some jumped to his defence saying strictly speaking it wasn’t a hurricane, but I think it was his dismissal of the danger of the strong winds which ruined his reputation.

              I think you’re right about farmers. We would be wise to listen to them again, I think. It seems as if the computers used in modern forecasting are ever more expensive and powerful but maybe they are very sensitive and over-forecast! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ xx

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