Wildswimmer Pete

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About Wildswimmer Pete

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  • Birthday 21/04/50

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    Runcorn, Greater Liverpool
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    Wild swimming, bare-skin winter swimming, vintage radio collecting and repair. Retired(supposedly)industrial electronics engineer available for part-time work. Experience of industrial chemistry and Hazchem trained. All round moaning old fart and officially a cyborg!
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    Sunny and blisteringly hot

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  1. March of course is the first month we can realistically see the first 20C in the UK. Looking at the model thread there signs of a warm second half of March. Given that March came in like a lion with Doris it hopefully will be going out like a lamb.
  2. Now continuous moderate rain and temp down to 2.3C. Light breeze.
  3. Yes, the Water Tower! Of course there wasn't a cell base station when I lived there (1950s/60s). I remember watching when the Water Tower had its "roof" put on in 1960.
  4. Thurstaston Hill or Heswall Water Tower?
  5. Moderate to heavy rain but seems to be just rain. Little or no breeze and outdoor temp 3.7C
  6. 14:47 Now snowing quite heavily with large flakes but not currently sticking.
  7. We managed 73mph sustained with all Port of Liverpool operations suspended. Newly repaired fence damaged again. Still very gusty but rain stopped. Not posted in the wrong forum: Meteorologically speaking Cheshire is in the Midlands - dividing line is Mersey-Humber.
  8. Liverpool ATIS reporting 40kt gusting 53kt No reports of any problems.
  9. Exceedingly windy with heavy rain sheeting horizontally. Wind howling through nearby high-voltage lines loud to be heard through double glazing. Tree trunks in motion.
  10. The main change in our current "forever Autumn" is the persistent cloudiness. In summer what sunshine does occur is in the small hours before most of us wake. Come breakfast, the grey lid has already slammed down and stays until sunset. Again, dry stats don't tell the full story. Stats might "prove" that 2016 is warmer than 1984 but in '83 and '84 it felt much warmer because we actually saw the sun most if not all of the day. All that incident IR on the skin which you don't get in modern sunless summers.
  11. Dickensian winters are reckoned to have been influenced (and inspired) by the early 1800s Dalton Minimum. Some hold that we are currently entering a new Grand Minimum as solar activity appears to be ratcheting down every cycle.
  12. Believe me, most who hanker after a repeat of '62/'63 would regret it should it happen again. I was there!
  13. We had nearly two months of sunlessness last summer during June and July.
  14. It snowed on my birthday, April 21st 1963. Bear in mind it was That Winter which didn't finally relent until the last week of April (Location: Wirral) we had snow in March in 1970 which is still the Sixties decade (the Seventies decade didn't start until 1971).
  15. Cloud (Cu) now building from the NW, wind seems to have dropped, still dry. Liverpool METAR: EGGP 131420Z 32022G33KT 9999 VCSH FEW031 SCT039 05/M01 Q1013 TAF: EGGP 131237Z 1312/1412 32022G35KT 9999 SCT045 TEMPO 1312/1315 SHGS BKN010CB BECMG 1315/1318 33009KT PROB30 TEMPO 1321/1409 32018G32KT 1200 SHSN BKN006CB ATIS @ 14:20Z wind 320 22kt gusting 33kt visibility >10 showers visible temp 5C DP -1C pressure 1013hpa high wind warning in force Edit: Just been out: still blowing a gale and bloody cold.