Posted by: christinelaennec | December 11, 2014

Stormy weather

Those of you who live in the UK won’t have missed the media hoo-ha about the “Weather Bomb” that has come in from the Atlantic:  “explosive cyclogenesis” to give it its technical name.  You can see some photos and read about it here.  I must say I was a little worried about our friends in the Outer Hebrides, when I saw this map, and heard that the Stornoway Coast Guard said that they were expecting unprecedented wave heights:

Map by Magicseaweed.com of tidal swell approaching Britain December 9, 2014.  Black represents waves of 48 feet or more.  Source:  BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30407295

Map by Magicseaweed.com of tidal swell approaching the British Isles on December 10, 2014. Black represents waves of 48 feet or more. Source: BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30407295

All schools were shut, and also all medical services, in the Western Isles yesterday.  Most ferries were cancelled. People were warned not to go out unless it was an emergency.  I imagine that the experience may have brought back some scary and sad memories for those who lived through the 2005 storm, in which a family in South Uist lost their lives.

Here in Glasgow, we had thunder, lightning, sleet and some snow, but nothing too dramatic.  I went for a walk to the park, and saw a beautiful rainbow in the snow clouds:

Rainbow cloud in the storm, Glasgow, 10 December 2014.

Rainbow cloud in the storm, Glasgow, 10 December 2014.

I was surprised to see that a number of non-resident swans had flown in.  You may remember that Mama Swan lost her mate this spring, and raised eight cygnets by herself.  About six weeks ago, four of the original eight had left.  They are partly white now, and very handsome.

Four of the eight cygnets hatched this spring.  Glasgow, Dec 10, 2014.

Four of the eight cygnets hatched this spring. Glasgow, Dec 10, 2014.

I was surprised to see that five other adult swans had joined the resident swan family.  Were they taking shelter from the storm, or blown off course by it?  They were all grouped together.  Although I noticed a bit of hissing between them, there wasn’t any full-blown aggro.  I suppose the severity of the weather over-rode their usual territorial instincts.

Some visiting adult swans, December 10, 2014.

Some visiting adult swans, December 10, 2014.

There was a bit of hissing, but overall solidarity.

There was a bit of hissing, but overall solidarity.

However, one visiting younger swan kept well away from the others.  I presume that, being younger, it would not have come off well in an encounter with the others, or with Mama Swan.

A visiting young swan keeping its distance.

A visiting young swan keeping its distance.

Mother Nature is very wise, even in the city.

I’m pleased to say that all our friends on the islands are fine.  More storms and snow are forecast to come our way.  But now the sun is out and I am going to go for another walk!

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Responses

  1. I have never heard of a weather bomb before but it certainly made startling news. Glad to hear all your friends are safe.

  2. Oh, yes, I have heared this from a friend, living in Glasgow…. and we always get the Storms of Scotland attenuated here … so we have heavy winds here today !
    Good that all your friends are safe!
    The weather is strange this year …
    Take care and stay warm and safe!
    Love and hugs to you,
    Claudia

  3. I’m happy to hear the storm has passed and everyone is fine. Being from the Seattle area, I’m used to rain but down here in Southern California it’s a big deal. We are expecting a big rain storm to come through tomorrow night. We need the rain badly. Enjoy your day 🙂

  4. I had never heard of a weather bomb before, but it sure gives a good idea of what was going on. Those swans photos are so cute. Stay warm and cozy. Happy Holiday Season to you and yours. 🙂

  5. The weather forecasters around here are embroiled in hooha here with a Pineapple Express hitting the West Coast and a Nor’easter hitting the East Coast as well, Christine. Your sighting of swans and a rainbow in the midst of all is encouraging. While we had much blue sky and just a tiny shower of rain here today a gust of wind blew a branch onto our roof [which thankfully was not damaged] and then another gust of wind brought down an even heftier tree section into our yard while 3 of my adult children were out checking for any damage from the falling of the first branch! The menfolk got out the chainsaw to deal with the second tree section and our power has just flickered a few times, but we are grateful to have been spared the suffering of some. I hope you enjoyed your second walk, too 🙂 xx

  6. Glad that your friends in the islands are OK, Christine. The swans are beautiful. We don’t get many swans this far north (we have a lot in lower Michigan) so am always glad to admire them. Wishing you a happy holiday season!

  7. I love to get outside and walk when it’s sunny. I love these beautiful swans. Happy holidays my friend. Hugs, Diane

  8. I’m glad you liked the swans! Obviously not all my friends on the islands escaped untouched, poor Jacqui’s phone and internet connection was blown to smithereens by lightning: http://www.thebarefootcrofter.com/2014/12/offline.html


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