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    Storm in a tea cup: The weather thread

    Guy Potger wrote: But as we all know thanks to the sterling work undertaken by UKIP, flooding is caused by homosexuals.
    Apologies.

    It appears that UKIP have updated their policy on the causes of flooding.

    It's caused by the immigrants -

    https://twitter.com/junayed_/status/673899057778159617

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    Carlisle United aren't getting on their pitch for a few months. Even once the water's subsided, the pitch and the ground will be fucked. Where are they going to play?

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    Mentioned this in the darker corners of Football (Div 4 thread), but we do have some previous.

    In 2005, when it was as bad as now, we played home games (both FA Trophy) at Workington and Morecambe, and had a third (Conference) game scheduled for Gretna but it was postponed due to a frozen pitch. We were out of the ground for approx. five weeks.

    The pitch is in much better nick now. Last week, it was under a foot of water (as described above, Saturday wasn't a sudden downpour) on Monday morning, and it passed a pitch inspection on Tuesday morning for an evening kick off in the FA Youth Cup.

    There's obviously been more damage off the pitch this week and we'll still need to do something for 2-3 home games. One idea is to swap fixtures with Notts County (we are scheduled to play them at home next week, and away on the last day of the season); we might also need to call in a favour from Gateshead (they played a home game at Carlisle last year); more fancifully some of our support is expecting us to be able to rock up at Newcastle for a couple of games. It would make the festive bank holiday game with Hartlepool something of an event....

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    Hello people, latest update from the front line of the floodline here.

    Three nights already without power and the possibility of a fourth evening in darkness looms, with LancsPower saying they might need to shut everyone off again before they can get the main substation back online. Seems that some bright spark had the notion that housing the city's main substation in a building right by the tidal section of the river Lune would be a sensible move. Of course on Saturday night the raging waters burst their banks and swept into the installation. A large explosion ensued and suddenly the town's candle-vendors were rubbing their hands.

    Listening to local station Bay FM, transmitting from a tiny back-up studio, has been like tuning in to broadcasts from the BBC in the wake of a third world war. They've been listing public buildings that have generators, shops that are able to sell food, and in a particularly apocalyptic move even forecasting which areas are likely to have power. It's like something out of Threads, with rain instead of radiation.

    On Sunday we went down to the quayside to witness the devastation first hand. Flood waters had reached as far as Nice and Spicy, completely ravaging Sainsbury's en route. A shipping container had been swept along by the flood, striking both road bridges on its way to the estuary, necessitating the closure of them both. And of course the entire area that had been affected by flood waters now sang with the delicate aroma of raw sewage.

    That's about all I have time for now, no telling how long before the next outage. I've daubed my face with boot blacking and am about to venture into the garden to hunt hedgehogs with a sharpened stick. If I don't succeed then it's going to have to be one of the rabbits. And once the rabbits have gone...

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    Crikey. Hope it gets better for you soon.

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    Jings, Mumpo. I just assumed that it was Cumbria that was buggered.

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    Gangster Octopus wrote: Jings, Mumpo. I just assumed that it was Cumbria that was buggered.
    I thought he was in Cumbria?

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    Sounds like Lancaster, from his post.

    Actually loads of other places in the country have been flooded (Northumberland, Scottish borders, York etc.) but that hasn't been massively reported on as Cumbria has copped the worst of it.

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    Fussbudget wrote: Sounds like Lancaster, from his post.

    Actually loads of other places in the country have been flooded (Northumberland, Scottish borders, York etc.) but that hasn't been massively reported on as Cumbria has copped the worst of it.
    I'd just assumed he was on the Cumbrian side of the border from his profile bio.

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    OK, this is getting ridiculous. I'm used to my flat being warm, but it's the winter fucking solstice and I'm having to run a fan to stay cool.

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    Update from flood-hit CarlisleTM now that the media have moved on to other things:

    The main bridge connecting the north of the city to the rest of it re-opened on Friday (previously traffic had to go on the M6 or the recently built bypass, meaning journeys of 4-5 miles replacing journeys of half a mile, and no easy pedestrian access) after initial fears it would have to be condemned.

    Hundreds of houses vacated, with one of the main roads into Carlisle (Warwick Road, also home of Carlisle United) still lined with skips and with piles of furniture and belongings neatly piled outside. Many small businesses closed for the foreseeable.

    Three secondary schools won't be re-opened until 5 January at the earliest, meaning an extended Xmas break of at least four weeks for most of the pupils (including my two), although some have been accommodated by another school temporarily.

    Two of the biggest supermarkets desperately trying to keep their Christmas trade - Sainsburys reopen today, Tesco installed a 10,000 sq ft 'pop up' in the car park.

    Carlisle United's woes documented elsewhere. The adjacent rugby union club out of action til August. Damage to the cricket club, tennis clubs, bowling clubs, municipal facilities - and most of the junior / Sunday league pitches will be out of action til well into January at least.

    The city's new municipal arts/music venue, which was a refurb of the old fire station - the fire service having moved out following the last flood - and had been open less than a year, now back to square one and closed til the spring at least.

    Less visibly, an influx of contractors, loss adjusters and specialists beginning the rebuild. Sandwich shops and B&Bs are doing a roaring trade, the former being asked to open on Xmas day and the whole Xmas period, due to the number of people working right through.

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    I'm thinking of having a stroll out on Blackpool's south pier, to see if I get blown off by Eva.

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    Auckland today: High 19, Low 19. Never seen that margin anywhere before.

    It's 18 now, so ...

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    I'm keeping an eye on what's going on in the Atlantic right now. There could be our next named storm making its way over us on Wednesday and it could be very nasty.

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    Shocking news from South Wales. It's stopped raining. It's rained as far as I can tell every day since the start of November.

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    Tubby Isaacs wrote: Shocking news from South Wales. It's stopped raining.
    It hasn't, you know.

    Village mops up rain with its vowels...

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    In the week's most startling, yet at the same time almost meaningless, statistic it is revealed that 1.15 trillion litres of rain fell on Cumbria during Storm Desmond.

    The authors have attempted to provide some useful context by describing it as enough to fill Wembley Stadium 290 times, although in this particular case you'd think they would go for the more appropriate cliché of how many Olympic-sized swimming pools it equates to.

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    That's so stupidly uninformative, really. Whoever came up with that figure must also have the far more useful figure of average (for Cumbria as a whole) "height" of the rainfall over the period in question in inches or cm, but there's no indication at all what that was. One could do a back of the envelope calculation by reference to Cumbria's land area, but I can't be arsed given that I don't particularly trust the volume figure given.

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    http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/01/15/video-mountain-rescue-team-battles-cumbria-floods/

    Not sure how long this will be kept up but a drivers eye view....not sure about the soundtrack, mind!

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    It looks like the eastern seaboard is going to get shellacked by wind and snow at the end of this week. Stay safe, USians.
    Edit: NWS statement
    NWS forecasters are monitoring the possibility of a major winter storm affecting the Northeast later this week, including the possibility of heavy snow for the urban corridor extending from Washington, DC, to New York and Boston Friday into Sunday. Based on the anticipated storm track, as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible near and northwest of I-95. Coastal flooding is also likely.

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    Looks like NYC is going to get it too. Total snow is less than it might have been though. Looking at two feet for DC/Baltimore.

    STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 02 FOR EASTERN U.S. MAJOR WINTER STORM
    NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
    300 AM CST FRI JAN 22 2016

    ...A HIGH-IMPACT MAJOR WINTER STORM IS FORECAST FOR THE EASTERN
    U.S. BEGINNING ON FRIDAY AND INTO THE WEEKEND...

    BLIZZARD WARNINGS ARE EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE
    MID-ATLANTIC REGION STARTING FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

    BLIZZARD WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FARTHER EAST ACROSS THE NORTHERN
    MID-ATLANTIC REGION INCLUDING NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND.

    AN EXPANSIVE AREA OF WINTER STORM WARNINGS EXTEND FROM ARKANSAS
    EASTWARD ACROSS THE APPALACHIANS INTO THE INTERIOR SECTION OF THE
    MID-ATLANTIC STATES.

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES AND WINTER STORM WATCHES COVER PARTS OF
    THE SURROUNDING AREAS OF THE WINTER STORM WARNINGS.

    FOR A DETAILED GRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE LATEST
    WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES...PLEASE SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV

    AT 200 AM CST...A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WITH A CENTRAL
    PRESSURE OF 1004 MB...29.65 INCHES...WAS MOVING EASTWARD ACROSS
    CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI. FROM THIS LOW...A COLD FRONT WAS DRAPED
    SOUTHWARD TOWARD THE GULF COAST...ALONG WITH A WARM FRONT MOVING
    NORTHWARD IN ALABAMA AND GEORGIA. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADARS
    AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS SHOWED A VIGOROUS SQUALL LINE MOVING VERY
    QUICKLY EASTWARD ACROSS ALABAMA AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. NORTH
    OF THE SQUALL LINE...LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN WITH EMBEDDED
    THUNDERSTORMS WAS MOVING ACROSS THE INTERIOR DEEP SOUTH AND INTO
    THE CAROLINAS AND TENNESSEE VALLEY. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WAS
    BEGINNING TO FALL IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA. IN
    ADDITION...LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WAS BEING REPORTED IN EASTERN
    ARKANSAS...AND EXTREME NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHWEST
    TENNESSEE. MIXED PRECIPITATION WAS ALSO BEING REPORTED ACROSS
    NORTHERN ARKANSAS...NORTHERN TENNESSEE...AND SOUTHERN KENTUCKY.

    ...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 1100 PM CST THU
    JAN 21 THROUGH 300 AM CST FRI JAN 22...

    ...ARKANSAS...
    N LITTLE ROCK ARPT 4.0

    ...NORTH CAROLINA...
    HIGHLANDS 1.0

    ...SELECTED STORM TOTAL FREEZING RAIN ICE AMOUNTS IN INCHES FROM
    1100 PM CST TUE JAN 21 THROUGH 300 AM CST WED JAN 22...

    ...KENTUCKY...
    WILLIAMSBURG 0.13

    ...TENNESSEE...
    CLARKSVILLE 5 NW 0.11

    THE LOW PRESSURE CENTER IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI IS EXPECTED TO
    CONTINUE DEVELOPING INTO A MAJOR WINTER STORM WHICH WILL IMPACT A
    LARGE PORTION OF THE EAST COAST FROM ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
    APPALACHIANS THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES FROM FRIDAY INTO THE
    WEEKEND. SNOWFALL TOTALS MAY EXCEED 2 FEET IN PORTIONS OF THESE
    AREAS...INCLUDING THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON D.C. METROPOLITAN
    AREAS. STRONG WINDS WILL LIKELY COMBINE WITH HEAVY SNOW TO PRODUCE
    LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
    MID-ATLANTIC FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING
    AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW. IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT ICING IS
    LIKELY FOR PORTIONS OF TENNESSEE VALLEY AND INTERIOR NORTH AND
    SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXCEEDING HALF AN INCH ARE
    POSSIBLE. THERE IS ALSO THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING
    WINDS...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COASTAL AREAS...RESULTING IN
    WIDESPREAD MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING. COASTAL FLOODING COULD BE
    SIGNIFICANT IN NEW YORK...NEW JERSEY...AND DELAWARE.


    THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE WEATHER PREDICTION
    CENTER AT 900 AM CST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT.

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    Ginger Yellow wrote: Looks like NYC is going to get it too. Total snow is less than it might have been though. Looking at two feet for DC/Baltimore.

    STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 02 FOR EASTERN U.S. MAJOR WINTER STORM
    NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
    300 AM CST FRI JAN 22 2016

    THE LOW PRESSURE CENTER IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI IS EXPECTED TO
    CONTINUE DEVELOPING INTO A MAJOR WINTER STORM WHICH WILL IMPACT A
    LARGE PORTION OF THE EAST COAST FROM ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
    APPALACHIANS THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES FROM FRIDAY INTO THE
    WEEKEND. SNOWFALL TOTALS MAY EXCEED 2 FEET IN PORTIONS OF THESE
    AREAS...INCLUDING THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON D.C. METROPOLITAN
    AREAS. STRONG WINDS WILL LIKELY COMBINE WITH HEAVY SNOW TO PRODUCE
    LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
    MID-ATLANTIC FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING
    AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW. IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT ICING IS
    LIKELY FOR PORTIONS OF TENNESSEE VALLEY AND INTERIOR NORTH AND
    SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXCEEDING HALF AN INCH ARE
    POSSIBLE. THERE IS ALSO THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING
    WINDS...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COASTAL AREAS...RESULTING IN
    WIDESPREAD MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING. COASTAL FLOODING COULD BE
    SIGNIFICANT IN NEW YORK...NEW JERSEY...AND DELAWARE.


    THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE WEATHER PREDICTION
    CENTER AT 900 AM CST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT.
    Damn weather broke their Caps Lock key too.

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    If that's a meme it's one I've missed...

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    When I went to Washington years ago they were playing Ultimate Frisbee on the lawns on the Mall.
    We watched it for ages and I took the game home, not knowing what it was called or even the proper rules and introduced it at 6th Form College in the last term.
    We basically played it from then until we left. There was a game on pretty much constantly (with rules I'd gleaned from watching it in Washington) as people came in and out of free periods.
    Anyway. They play (or at least played) Ultimate Frisbee on the Mall. But you probably won't get to play if there's 2 feet of snow.

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