Tag Archives: weather

Holding back the storm

Holding back the storm

A quiet sea voyage

Pretty amazing footage of the French frigate Latouche-Treville tackling some high seas.

It’s easy to watch it, be impressed, and forget what the film crew must also have been going through! The footage was apparently shot for the film “Oceans”, released in 2009.

The Second Noel?

Today I was given reason to remember that old Noel Coward song – how did it go? Something like:

Mad Englishmen with dogs
Go out in the noonday sleet…

Yes, I think that was it…

It’s raining again…

…and so I turn to one of the most useful sites for British dog-walkers (cyclists, etc), which can help you answer the questions, “Is it about to rain?” and “How long will this rain last?” At the moment, the former question is largely rhetorical, but the answer to the latter can be very useful.

It was Richard who first pointed me at raintoday.co.uk, which gives you a rough animation of the radar precipitation map over the last couple of hours, so you can get a feeling for how fast the clouds are moving.

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Very very handy. And very British.

It’s also worth knowing that if you put ‘/mobile’ on the end of the URL, you lose some features, but you also don’t get any ads. I have it bookmarked on one of the home screens of my iPhone.

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