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Weather - or not!

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getreal
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Re: Weather - or not!

#501 Post by getreal » February 6th, 2011, 9:32 pm

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Wow! Alan. I heard it had been very bad up there in the frozen north.

I worked beside a woman from Shetalnd whose father was a builder there and she said that her father installed double glazing from Norway as UK stuff was not strong enough. She also said that roofs were constructed differently because of the wind. D'you know if that's right?
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#502 Post by Alan C. » February 6th, 2011, 9:54 pm

getreal wrote:Wow! Alan. I heard it had been very bad up there in the frozen north.

I worked beside a woman from Shetalnd whose father was a builder there and she said that her father installed double glazing from Norway as UK stuff was not strong enough. She also said that roofs were constructed differently because of the wind. D'you know if that's right?
The double glazing I replaced two years ago was made here in Shetland,
Most of the new build houses here come from Scandinavia and the glazing is probably part of the kit.

Not only roofs but everything is constructed with the gales in mind, in 11 years here I've never heard of any major structural damage caused by the gales.

I don't know if you're aware of the "Viking energy" plans to erect 129 huge wind turbines here (to say there is a heated debate would be a massive understatement) Anywhoo, they put up a mast (much smaller than the proposed turbines) to measure and record the wind speed, it blew down :smile:
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Re: Weather - or not!

#503 Post by getreal » February 6th, 2011, 9:56 pm

:hilarity:

that's insanely ironic!
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#504 Post by Dave B » February 7th, 2011, 5:28 pm

I love it! :pointlaugh:
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#505 Post by Alan C. » February 7th, 2011, 8:19 pm

I can't find the original story about the one that blew over but it's mentioned in this article. Read it for a laugh.
CAMPAIGNERS against plans for one of Europe’s largest wind farms being built on Shetland have raised concerns after a test mast was discovered to be damaged in the past few days.

A guy rope holding the top of the test mast at South Mid Field, above Tresta, has snapped leaving the mast bent. More than a year ago a similar mast on Shetland toppled over in winds measured at 115mph.
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#506 Post by robzed » February 7th, 2011, 9:01 pm

Alan C. wrote:I can't find the original story about the one that blew over but it's mentioned in this article. Read it for a laugh.
CAMPAIGNERS against plans for one of Europe’s largest wind farms being built on Shetland have raised concerns after a test mast was discovered to be damaged in the past few days.

A guy rope holding the top of the test mast at South Mid Field, above Tresta, has snapped leaving the mast bent. More than a year ago a similar mast on Shetland toppled over in winds measured at 115mph.
Sounds like you need to source your wind turbines from Scandinavia.

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#507 Post by Alan C. » February 7th, 2011, 10:43 pm

Sounds like you need to source your wind turbines from Scandinavia.
I don't think Scandinavia get the winds we get here Rob, although saying that; most of the house kits here come from Scandinavia, so you may have a point.
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#508 Post by Vicky » February 8th, 2011, 8:41 am

It was a clear (cold) night here last night, and I stayed up way past my bedtime in the hope of seeing the Northern lights. We rarely see them here, although I can remember being taken out one night when I was 8 or 9 by my father to see them, and being overawed.

Did any of you guys further north see them last night? Apparently there has been a solar flare, as a result of which there should have been a good light show last night. It's also likely to be seen tonight, but our forecast suggests we will have cloudy skies, so last night was probably my only chance.

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#509 Post by Alan C. » February 8th, 2011, 1:16 pm

Vicky
Did any of you guys further north see them last night? Apparently there has been a solar flare, as a result of which there should have been a good light show last night. It's also likely to be seen tonight, but our forecast suggests we will have cloudy skies, so last night was probably my only chance.
We see them regularly, I didn't see them last night but will watch out tonight and see if I can get a photo.
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#510 Post by Dave B » February 8th, 2011, 3:58 pm

Wasn't exactly summer here this am, but for the first time since the beginning of December I did not turn any heating on when I got up (at 0900). Been out all day but, sitting here now, sunlight streaming through the window, don't need the heater yet either.
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#511 Post by Nick » February 8th, 2011, 7:14 pm

Nine hours sunshine today. Lovely! :D

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#512 Post by Carja » February 10th, 2011, 7:25 pm

I woke up to 0F/-18C. It's up to 15F/-9C now.
We're predicted to get a bit of a warm up next week. I'm ready.
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#513 Post by Fia » February 10th, 2011, 10:41 pm

That's pretty chilly, Carja - summer will hopefully make up for it :D

Mild here: 9C today, hovering above freezing now - long may it continue. I'll be happy if I never see a snowflake again.

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#514 Post by Dave B » February 11th, 2011, 8:05 pm

Ah, no nostalgia for the Winter Wonderland then, Fia?
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#515 Post by Carja » February 14th, 2011, 10:26 pm

After seeing these pictures, I feel rather silly complaining about our few feet of snow. :D

http://jasongrim.com/2011/02/10/lead-so ... -snow.html
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#516 Post by Nick » February 21st, 2011, 2:51 pm

Yesterday, Aviemore had the most hours of sunshine in the UK. Lucky Lewis!

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#517 Post by Fia » March 12th, 2011, 12:47 pm

Here we go again :boohoo:

It's been snowing here for hours - too much (approx 6" so far) to take the car out so will be walking for working tonight. And I'm supposed to be 20 miles up the valley for 8am tomorrow, and the main road is currently partially closed.

At least I'm glad I bought new snow boots this winter. But I've really, really, really had enough of it now, thank you very much.

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#518 Post by Alan C. » March 12th, 2011, 1:22 pm

We've had it here since Wednesday Fia, and yes! I'm bloody sick of it.
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#519 Post by lewist » March 12th, 2011, 1:27 pm

Here too, currently about 5" or so, some of it left from yesterday and it's lying on the roads. I'm supposed to be going to Inverness this evening to sing with the choir.

Diesel went up to £1.44 a litre this week. Roll on spring.

How much is fuel for the car in Shetland at the moment, Alan? More than we are expected to pay, I'll warrant.
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#520 Post by Alan C. » March 12th, 2011, 1:34 pm

lewist wrote:Here too, currently about 5" or so, some of it left from yesterday and it's lying on the roads. I'm supposed to be going to Inverness this evening to sing with the choir.

Diesel went up to £1.44 a litre this week. Roll on spring.

How much is fuel for the car in Shetland at the moment, Alan? More than we are expected to pay, I'll warrant.
£1.50 diesel, £1.46 petrol, last time I filled up the guy in front of me with a big 4x4 was paying £109.10 for his fill, ouch!
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#521 Post by Gottard » March 12th, 2011, 3:11 pm

I'm almost shy to say that I took appointment with my garage next week to replace winter tyres.
Gasoline here is the equivalent of £ 1.094 x litre at present.
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