You do realise that weather forecasts here are exaggerated beyond belief, e.g., 'deadly heat wave' at 78°F. That said, airports close for a week with 1" of snow, so the panic may be justified.
I fear for the late season truffle harvest!
All I care about is the next episode of downton abbey
I believe there's a big storm brewing. I think you ignore it at your peril. I'd stock up on my favorite foods, and have plenty to drink. Even bottled water.
I have a few flash lights (or, as you say, torches) and make sure I had enough batteries. Charge up your iPad, and your telephone, and make sure you have a battery powered radio and some reading material.
Oh, and a full tank of petrol in the car. In fact, if you really want to be smart, think of a safe place to store your car, where it won't get crushed by falling tree limbs or flooded out, and make sure you have air in your bicycle tires.
We wish our Brit friends the best of luck and hope they will communicate with their American brethren here on Datalounge. I, for one, would be honored if you left me your stuff in the event of your death on Monday.
I got the cucumbers stocked up, just in case one can't trot to the shops in the storm. And a Victoria sponge sandwich, to feed the search and rescue team.
When I heard of this dreadful news, the first thing I did was run out and get ten kilos of Henna hair coloring because one never knows how long one will be without a chariot to the market.
Nothing shall happen on Monday. Just a few light showers and fresh breezes.
I ain't bovvered.
This will be God's response to gay marriage.
There is no country on earth that makes such a big deal out of mildy bad weather as the UK. It's shocking and embarrassing for you guys over there. Why is there such hysteria when there are a couple inches of snow? Flooding and high winds (expected for monday in the UK) happen OFTEN in a lot of other countries.
and you guys wonder why no one thinks you have any masculine men...
This is a job for...SUPERMAN!
Oh, wait. Henry is busy schtupping his gay pals back in the States. Sorry, UK. You may just have to drown. Finally.
Where is AYB these days?
Brit here (not of the angry, young variety though). The only people getting hysterical about this are the media - a common problem on both sides of the Atlantic I think. The rest of us appear to be remaining our usual cynical selves and the general opinion seems to be that on Monday there will be a few spots of rain and it will probably be a bit blowy out.
[quote]The only people getting hysterical about this are the media
Fellow Brit here, can confirm. This is the usual over-hyped bollocks from the tabloid press.
The main problem is that London is filled with Plane Trees - which can grow to a large size, but have a shallow root system...
Come a fairly high wind, and these buggers come crashing down..
And here in Scotland, we regularly have storms like that without mention in the media...
When the national media talks about "storms to lash UK" they usually mean the South East, and London in particular.
NEXRAD weather control
Rats. I am flying out on Tuesday morning to Ireland for a week - last thing I want is delays at the airport tuesday morning if bad weather is causing delays. It only takes a dusting of snow for airports to close down here, let along some high winds ....
Because we don't get much extreme weather, R27, so we get terribly TERRIBLY excited about what we do get.
And R33 is right, there's a definite metrocentricity about dramatic weather reports.
Where's Sausages McGee?
It's gonna be a big 'un, I can feel it in me water.
I think the Shard will be severely compromised.
[quote]Where's Sausages McGee?
Off with Spotted Dick, I imagine.
"There is no country on earth that makes such a big deal out of mildy bad weather as the UK. It's shocking and embarrassing for you guys over there."
You go that right!
Cheers, thanks a lot.
[quote] You go that right!
Nothing worth losing your tea over, old chap.
It's Britain's turn.
[quote] You do realise that weather forecasts here are exaggerated beyond belief
It's the opposite where I am. Raging gale winds are described as breezes. "A bit breezy on the Twin Forks tomorrow" = quick, take the patio umbrellas down and stash them in the shed.
. "Chance for a passing thundershower" = possible tornado watch.
"Rain, some breezy conditions" = three day long nor'easter.
It seems that the local station was told to downplay weather reports a few years ago when new owners took over. Too much local business was being lost when people stayed home based on impending bad weather.
Who will save the mutton? The mutton! The mutton! Who will save the mutton?
Oh, smile, guv'nor, it might never 'apppen!
Disaster porn...somehow they managed to survive the one 26 years ago and they'll survive this. Call me when a storm is coming they've NEVER expereinced.
There's a very DIFFERENT kind of storm coming to the U.K. in the future and THAT'S the one they should be talking about but don't.
"city under water, city under water!"
I'm downloading all the Vera Lynn songs I can find.
Be brave, Britishers!
Should I take down my umbrella?
Greetings from South East England, currently slightly breezy. For anyone who doesn't know the old story:
Back in 1987, Michael Fish was just a hard working TV weather forecaster with a badly cut suit and a sensible moustache. He told the nation that a woman had rung up asking if a hurricane was on its way, but not to panic, because - pfft - it wasn't. 24 hours and 15 million trees later he'd become a National Icon, single handedly capable of opening Tescos at will. He's never seemed particularly happy about it though.
Anyway, as you know, we have long memories over here so these days our forecasters err on the side of caution.
It's sunny and cloudless this morning in London. A perfect autumn morning, save the vomit in the street on the way to the newsagents.
"There's a very DIFFERENT kind of storm coming to the U.K. in the future and THAT'S the one they should be talking about but don't"
If we knew what you were talking about, we might...
This is a good warning to move all alcohol to higher elevations. Must save that wine we bought on our weekend jaunt to Paris. Women and booze first!
I have a question for any British here.
Why do the Welsh smell like rancid meat? I'm serious, they stink to high heaven.
Stout, surly, rancid smelling people.
Ssssh, R57, or Bonnie Tyler will hear and hunt you down. She's pretty tough, you know.
R48, I loved your work in the remake of Arthur!
This one is no joke. Between the flooding and high winds the southern parts of England and Wales will take quite a beating.
It will rain a ton here in Norway on monday too, as it has done all weekend.
R60--is this the UK equivalent of Sandy? I thought London and the Thames had good flood barriers.
We are ready for the storm here in Greater London - gin and tonics will be to hand as we watch the latest Downton Abbey episode later, as the winds howl outside .... its already dark here at 4.30 pm, as our clocks went back an hour last night.
I dont have to go to work tomorrow morning, but seems it will be hell for commuters, but I am flying out Tuesday morning, so I want things back to normal by then. Some hope ...
Good ol' Paris has been reminiscent of Wuthering Heights all day too! Unusual.
I heard it's already dying down. No?
If the worst should occur, please remember to book container ship space TODAY to haul all your stuff across the pond to me.
Prefer New Orleans or Mobile as POE, but Houston is OK if the shipping rates are significantly better.
How could the storm be dying down, R65? It hasn't even formed yet completely over the Atlantic.
What? Nobody darkly warning it's due to the Jews or the Muslims or the blacks? I'm surprised. Is this no longer Datalounge?
And two people haven't hijacked the thread fighting over the exact wording of their posts yet? What gives? It's page 3 already.
Everyone- go into The Dome- NOW!!!!!
The Millenium Committee
Daddy, hold me. Daddy? DADDY?
Lady Gaga is Queen of Music. She is the second most powerful celebrity in the world. Lady Gaga reigns supreme at the top. She fucking rocks. Lady Gaga is number one.
There, satisfied R68?
Hold me, David Cameron.
Wish I were in Cornwall surfing with my mate. I wonder if it will reach as far north as Bun Dobhráin. I haven't surfed there in a few years.
[quote]What? Nobody darkly warning it's due to the Jews or the Muslims or the blacks? I'm surprised. Is this no longer Datalounge?
I don't know which DL you read, but I've never read anything like that here or...maybe this is your version of a sense of humor. Hahahahha
The Daily Mail claims that immigration is making this worse, and Katie Price will become pregnant again as a result.
A 14 year old boy has already been swept out to sea. Sad.
Yes, R75, but what will it do to house prices?
Is it suspected to cure Alzheimers / cancer / diabetes?
Icarian , the storm has passed here in the North of Ireland and it was just very heavy rain for about ten or twelve hours. Think it is a different storm front for Britain.
London is drowning and I live by the river!
It's an entirely different storm front, R79. The one that hits tonight and goes into the morning is primarily going to affect the southern parts of England and Wales.
I hope they evacuate the Royals to someplace safe. I fear for the baby prince. It doesn't take much water to drown an infant.
The storm has a name now: St Jude, for the patron saint of lost causes.
So ridiculously American.
Thankfully, Sharleen Spiteri and Girl Called Johnny are in Brussels.
I'm alright but I live right on the coast so if it is a bad one (somehow I doubt it'll be hurricane strength like 87's) I will probably get to see a bit of damage (hopefully not my house or anyone I know).
So anyway, the thing I'm most worried about is another day of commuter chaos. Both my boss and myself come in from (different parts) of Kent so if neither of us make it in that would mean a day of no IT support at work. Knowing what drama queens they are, this could be intolerable.
Oh well, wish me luck I suppose.
BTW ayb no longer stands for what it stood for, and hasn't since I turned 30- five odd years ago. TIA!
R79 here. Ciaran, I apologise autocorrect corrects your name to Icarian. Not such a bad autocorrect in a way as it refers to two famous sons in mythology.
I want our next hurricane to be called A Boy Named Sue.
Good to hear from you, ayb. Be safe.
One of you should stay in London. I hear the Savoy is nice.
Hold me, Lady Violet!
BREAKING! The London Ferris Wheel has broken loose and is spinning down Abbey Lane!
Can one of our orthodontia deprived Brit brethren perhaps post various live webcams of London so that we might see its destruction over tea and crumpets?
"hopefully not my house or anyone I know"
How very selfish, ayb.
So if ayb doesn't stand for "angry young brit" now than what DOES it stand for, "amiable yodeling brit"?
Now predicting 90 mph winds. It's gonna be a scary night for a lot of folks. The sound alone can be terrifying.
Since the storm is supposed to entail a big blow, may I offer the suggestion that it be named "Sheridan?"
Has anyone heard about Jodie Marsh and/or Jordan's plans? I hope the premiere England's Roses are safe
[quote]So if ayb doesn't stand for "angry young brit" now than what DOES it stand for, "amiable yodeling brit"?
Anything you believe. Or just ayb as in 'honest abe'. And R93, I was being tongue in cheek. Unless they're a horrible person for some reason (joking! or AM I?). But I think I can confidently say the worst we'll see is a few branches down and some loosened tiles. And train chaos. Probably on a par with the largely forgotten storm of early 1990. It blew about 60/70 MPH but it was no biggie. 1987's storm was well over 100 MPH in some parts.
The devastation was truly epic in the old fashioned sense of the word. This is why people are so super-cautious about this new one. 1987 was a long time ago but storms like that tend to not die out of popular memory until everyone that witnessed it has.. died out. Everyone born before 1983 has a Great Storm story, even if it's one from their early childhood. I was 9.
North London here, steady not-so-strong rain for last three hours - but it has just started to blow a little at half an hour past midnight. I have a no-batteries torch near my bed and filled up a 2-litre bottle of water, so that's my prep, as it were. On the other hand I live in a loft flat with sky-lights, so it could get noisy in the middle of the night.
it looks like it is kicking off in Dorset. Westbay (where Broadchurch is set) and Lyme Regis are on Red flood warnings.I don't think this is a fuss about nothing.
Is the glass in the Shard strong enough to withstand this? London's glass canyons have grown in number since 1997. There wasn't even a Canary wharf then.
I hope Port Wenn escapes undamaged.
BREAKING: London Bridge is falling own! Mary Poppins thrown off course into Northern Europe!
R126, I agree it isn't a fuss about nothing. The leaves are still on the trees and the ground is already saturated. There will definitely be some property damage and hopefully no losses of life.
Princess Di WILL have her revenge!
But what about Weston-Super-Mare?
I bet a crane or two will be swaying in the wind.
Breaking: Johnny Hates Jazz has already offered their services for the inevitable concert to rebuild London.
90 mph winds expected at Heathrow, possibly lasting until midday? Yikes.
It is blowing a gale outside but it doesn't feel storm of the century bad. The kind of storm you get every few years (living in the Southwest). There will be some trees down, floods etc. and it isn't a fuss about nothing but it's also not a Burns Night storm either (or even a weaker storm like the "it's not a hurricane" storm). Hope the flooding isn't anything like we got last year.
Is Big Ben OK? Stiff upper lip- you've been through the nazi blitzkrieg- so this will be a walk in the park.
R136, your report, although appreciated, is way too premature. The brunt of the storm won't be felt for some time yet.
Excellent, R134. We'll be there too.
Torquay = Newquay
I hope Gina G will be on hand to perform.
R117, rent boys have loved ones? Who? Kevin Spacey?
I do hope those lovely old gays in Brighton don't get swept into the sea.
[quote] Breaking: Johnny Hates Jazz has already offered their services for the inevitable concert to rebuild London.
Breathe and Living in a Box have also agreed to perform.
And Sarah Brightman is revving up for a Hot Gossip reunion!
Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na....Hey Jude, don't let me down.
That's SAINT JUDE to you, Mr. McCartney.
Wet Wet Wet has been added to the London Is Drowning Relief Concert!
I guess most Brit DLers are having a good night's sleep. Keep us updated when you wake, OK?
I'm up. I think it blown over, here in West London. Strong-ish winds and a lot of rain, but nothing earth shattering.
I'm going to Paul in Holland Park for a Pain Au Chocolat.
Its blown over very quickly, but was scary about 7am, I was worried about the tall tree in the garden swaying in the winds.
Bit of blue sky now, hopefully the trains will be running again by lunchtime, and my flight ok for tomorrow. I think they all over-reacted to how bad it would be.
[quote] I think they all over-reacted to how bad it would be.
Better safe than sorry.
What would the transatlantic flights have been like yesterday and today? Judging from the little map on the seatback in front of me, most of them would have flown directly over the storm, but are they high enough that a storm like this doesn't matter?
No one will miss Britain is it sinks.
R155, the proper term is Airstrip One.
[quote]There is no country on earth that makes such a big deal out of mildy bad weather as the UK. It's shocking and embarrassing for you guys over there. Why is there such hysteria when there are a couple inches of snow?
You've never been to Censornati, Ohio, have you? Fucking drooling retards fall into hysterical seizures of panic if ANYONE spots a flake of snow.
You think I'm kidding? It's snows an inch and every grocery store in town is laid bare; roads are closed - it will take you two hours to drive a mile. I'm not exaggerating, either.
The fucking dumbest pack of retards ever to grace the planet live in this hell hole of a city. Shameful and stupid.
[quote]Michael Fish's controversial weather forecast featured in the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, playing on the perceived British love of talking about the weather.
This is too funny.
At least two people died as a result of the storm and there was a fair amount of property damage and travel chaos.
Had to work from home. Sounds good, doesn't it? And it was- marginally better than attempting to get in when the trains weren't running anyway. But my work capacity was less than half even with the VPN and it'll all be waiting there for me tomorrow.
Not much destruction in my part of the world at all, it seemed like it was going somewhere nasty between 5 and 7 am and then it just blew over. But the trains just stopped because of all the branches and weaker trees. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised since the one that struck in 1987 was described as the sort you only get every 200 years in the UK. Quite amusing it was exactly as I predicted it.
At its worst it was a Force 8-9 here.