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Fifth December Blog


Soon be wearing this one.

Soon be wearing this one.

Fifth December Blog. 11-12-14

Let there be …… Sunlight.

Down in the south the sun gleams brightly,
Never a cloud to daunt the sky.
Of course, the whole deal is temporary,
For winter looms. Bad weather is nigh.

Up in the north, the rain has been sleeting,
Reminding those living and working so hard,
That icy cold tendrils are constantly creeping
Into the airways, so be in your guard.

Warm woolly hats, and gloves keeping you from harm,
Everyone needs them, when icy blasts blow.
Long seasons coats and scarves, safely you’ll be warm,
You will be, if you wear these as onward you go.

Don’t forget boots, these chill winter mornings,
Silly heeled shoes, are not the done wares.
Soon as you see a bright sunshine, a’dawning,
Without them, you ‘ll find you have lots of cares.

Noses like Rudolf, but dripping and drooling
As frozen honkers, you surely will find
Coughing, sneezing, all types of dueling
Between colds, flu, bronchial or kind.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward.

There are all kinds of weather in these Islands of ours. From down in the south, right up to the north of Scotland, always different, never the same. Could be icy in the north, balmy in the south, coast to coast, so many changes.

For we live on a large island that keeps its own council. Unlike Europe, where great land masses mostly rule the weather, ours comes from all over. From Europe sometimes but more often than not, from the west, the Atlantic Ocean, and further on from the United States. Again, a great land mass that has a hand in how its weather patterns emerge.

I am not a weather expert, but have been interested in our weather most of my life. And someone studying this ugreat world of ours might heartily disagree. They are entitled! I do not have a degree in weather science. I do have knowledge from past experience, living in these islands all my life (apart from a few forays abroad for holidays).

I keep hearing that we are in for a hard winter here, but is that just newspaper hype or truth from the Met. Office? You tell me?

What we should all do is get our winter clothing out of storage ( saw a guy crossing the road this a.m. In shorts????? – it was sunny, but quite chilly). Never hurts to be like the Boy Scouts motto. “Be Prepared”, and quite rightly so. Which very often here, when snow does appear. NO ONE IS PREPARED, even though it may have been spoken about for days beforehand. You see, we have snow so little, that we all say ‘ nah! Ain’t gonna happen’, and when it does happen. Really! No! We do not believe it until we have it falling around our ears. And I am not the only one who will tell you so.

It is nearly 4 p.m. and almost dark. Think how dark it must be in the far north? When I tell people we are not that far from the Arctic Circle ( no, really, not far at all) I hear cries of disbelief. OK, not right up against it, but not so far away frim it either. Winter Solstice, 21st December, the shortest day of the year, brings darkness to us early, and I am probably repeating myself, and dawn comes late. Darker if there is cloud, which in winter, more often than not, there is. Today it has been sunny, as I mentioned, so the light has been with us this afternoon for that much longer. A Blessing indeed.

So there it is, one day in winter. Of course, everyone born here and lived here for a greater number of years, knows that winter is not winter here until January and even February, when winter can be at its worst. Even though daylight is inexorably creeping back to us.

Keep well, keep warm, stay cheerful.


Second October Blog.

A beautuful tree in Fall

October in Ontario

Second October Blog. – 6/10/14

The weather so far this October has been calm and not too cool. Long may it stay that way. Winter will be upon us here in good old Blighty, soon enough. No sense wishing it here before it is due. In fact, I shall be very pleased if, like last winter, it stays mild here in Northen climes. Not sure but I am of the opinion that imany people living far from our shores, think we are much further South than we actually are. I do believe Northern Scotland comes just within the Arctic Circle, or at the very least, close too its Southern-most boundaries. The reason we are not often engulfed by snowy blizzards that last for months is that we are warmed by the Gulf Stream coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. This swathe of relatively warm water, keeps our seas, and as such, our lands, much warmer than they otherwise would be.

I have checked us out on the Meridians years ago, and we are more northerly than some parts of Canada. Now that is a thing to think about. Yea for the Gulf Stream. We do also get affected by the Jet Stream, a stream of air that moves across the USA/Canada, the Atlantic Ocean and depending on Natural forces that affect the Jet Stream, it can be either north of the UK ( in which case it seems we have better weather, seasonably or otherwise) or it can dip and be over or further south than these islands. This often means for us, bad or unseasonabke weather. Not so good.

Weather all over the world can be affected by things like uncharted volcanic action. I watched a t.v. programme some years ago where this was explained. Volcanic eruptions in the Southern Hemisphere affect the Northern Hemisphere, and vice versa. There are always volcanic eruptions of one kind or another, small mostly. Then there are the tsunamis, various named winds that usually follow a set pattern. But then something happens, and they change direction or spread further etc. all these forces have an impact on weather systems all over the world.

Just look at all the tormadoes occurring in the United States! All tremendous forces of Nature that have patterns of their own which are affected by other forces that do not normally occur or where patterns have changed due to other atmospheric changes. Mount St. Helens, for instance, that erupted, out of the blue, and affected weather conditions, not only in the general area of the eruption, but sent plumes of smoke and gases into the atmosphere which sent shock waves for thousands of miles far away.

You just have to take these unusual circumstances into account when you say something like ‘we never got weather like this before’ or ‘ strange weather we are having lately’. Then there is the Earth itself. Magma heaving and thrusting beneath our feet. It is not that far down, believe me, and in some places, a foot or two beneath our feet. Earthquakes too, all play their part in impacting the shape of the weather systems above and around our heads.

In recent years, we humans have played our part in the changes. Deforestation for one, the burning of fossil fuels for another. When will we learn? Now we have a new threat on the scene, fracking!!! Can we really not live without more oil being dragged from this planet to move us from here to there, to fuel more industrusl complexes nd so on. Who decides that these ideas are good ones? The oil Companies, the men at the top who want more profit? I do not think it is the man in the street. OK it is only my opinion. You may shout me down, say I have no idea what I am talking about, but this is how it seems to me. And in any case, it is my blog.

Think about it, my friends, do you agree in part, whole or not at all?

Take good care of yourselves.