Bloody cold wind …

13 Apr

We've been suffering a belated cold snap of late … well, actually, the weather chaps report it as "seasonal", but since our weeks of warm weather, this seems pretty damned chilly. I went down to the Lake the other day, and there was a good, stiff breeze out of the NNW, which gives the moving air about as long a fetch as can be got, to come ashore here, and the water is far from warm. So, naturally, the already-cool air gets cooled some more by its 200 – 300 mile passage over the cold water (Think "Giant Swamp Cooler"), and bestows its gift upon us. It's called "Lake Effect", folks, and sometimes it's great, but just as often, it's not.
Anyway, I managed a few pics, mostly just for record, but I thought I'd post some, just so you could see what it looks like … it doesn't look particularly cold, but it's driven most of the birds inland, over warm asphalt carparks, looking for free grub, except for a few hardy gulls, determined to brave it out.
You'll observe the whitecapped waves, rolling into our little cove, and actually breaking on the rock seawall:

Notice the lack of the usual flights of gulls …

And this is with the long lens … these fellows were hanging there, with no ground speed at all, but plenty of airspeed … they had their wings and feathers trimmed to the wind so that they were motionless, looking down for something yummy to wash by in the waves. And observe the horizon … it's "bumpy" because the true waves can't be resolved at that distance. At this point, the horizon is some 30 miles away.

And THAT'S why I haven't been out much … this bloody wind makes everything so chilly, and then, to add insult to injury, blows anything I want to photograph around so that it's out of the frame when I click the shutter.
I believe a week or so is enough, though … the lads on the telly are predicting that it's going to moderate … soon, whenever that is.
Cheers …


Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


18 responses to “Bloody cold wind …

  1. derWandersmann

    April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you, Eva.Starting to warm up, now … but the new weather pattern appears to be making this a rather dangerous area … tornadoes, you know … but we haven't had any yet. They're threatening the entire Midwest, South to North, with some very dangerous weather for the next couple of days.With luck, we won't get any.

  2. MrLeffe

    April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    A Wonderfull set of pictures. The cold wind shows in the pictures for a bit. I like them all very much.I hope some warm weather will come soon ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. MrLeffe

    April 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I hope indeed you will be out of that kind of weather We are not at all use to this kind of weather it sounds scary and I believe it is. I hope you will be safe ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. gdare

    April 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    It don't look cold, actually, it looks bright and sunny ๐Ÿ˜€ But living in Vancouver taught me that bright and sunny doesn't always mean warm :doh:

  5. SittingFox

    April 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The weather has gone a little crazy up here. My trailcams are logging +30c or more in the sun during the day, but there's still patches of snow in some sheltered spots, and it was snowing a little this afternoon. And clear often does mean cold, of course. Great conditions for photography, but not comfortable ones!

  6. derWandersmann

    April 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Um … the rule in the weather-study community is "never put a thermometer in the sun." It throws the readings so far off … it's rather like the interior of a parked car, in the sun, in the middle of winter. It can get hot enough to kill you, while it might be below zero outside.

  7. serola

    April 17, 2012 at 1:04 am

    You managed to capture the cold looks :up:

  8. fainoantonietta

    April 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I agree Sami ๐Ÿ˜‰ In Italy, in recent days, we have suffered a cyclone called "Lucy", it was terrible, I've never seen such high waves, winds so strong, and hail and rain storm so destructive. Today the weather was nice and warm 21 ยฐ C.

  9. derWandersmann

    April 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Well, I've lived with hurricanes my whole life, and I never heard of such a thing … until you made me look it up. Most remarkable! 100 mph winds are quite damaging, indeed. Was your home damaged?

  10. fainoantonietta

    April 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    Well, I've lived with hurricanes my whole life, and I never heard of such a thing … until you made me look it up. Most remarkable! 100 mph winds are quite damaging, indeed. Was your home damaged?

    no no, no damage to houses, just mud came down from the hills and some rock, some beach property was damaged by the wind and much fear of the fury of the storm ( It was my first ciclone) ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. derWandersmann

    April 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I assume that Lampedusa was spared the full fury of the storm … they are fascinating heat-engines, but dangerous. If one is predicted to hit your island, I would suggest retiring to an interior room, get as many people as you can into the bathtub, and cover up with a stout mattress … and wait until it goes away.

  12. fainoantonietta

    April 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i'm not to lampedusa ๐Ÿ˜ฆ now i am in Cilento a beautiful country ๐Ÿ™‚ next time it can be i return to lampedusa ๐Ÿ˜‰ i hope

  13. crystalacey

    April 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing …..

  14. serola

    April 23, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Originally posted by fainoantonietta:

    mud came down from the hills and some rock, some beach property was damaged by the wind and much fear of the fury of the storm

    Those mud floods can turn very dangerous ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I'm glad it didn't :up:

  15. debplatt

    April 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Nice pictures! I'm hoping that the wind has settled down by now.

  16. derWandersmann

    April 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Thanks, both.

  17. greatZenaida

    October 24, 2012 at 10:10 am


  18. greatZenaida

    October 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Your wlcm! have a gr8 day…and enjoy beautiful weather nxt time.:cheers: :bye:


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