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Wildswimmer Pete

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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. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    But you live right on the coast so don't suffer the convective infill. I've been to New Brighton on several occasions when it was sunny most of the day but looking back to where I live (about 10 miles inland as the crow flies) I could see the cloud shrouding Frodsham and Helsby hills. Actually the sun did put on an appearance just after lunch but the cloud has now closed in again.
  2. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    The relentless slide into autumn carries on. This week a total cloudfest with little or no sunshine during normal waking hours. No doubt someone will quote sunshine stats but at this time of year any sunshine occurs during the small hours when most of us are asleep. August so far has seen clear nights followed by infill during the day which melts away around sunset, pretty well par for the course for the past few years.
  3. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    The two most savage winters in the 20th century where 1946/7 (before I was born) and 1962/3 which I most definitely remember. 1981/2 wasn't too far behind.
  4. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Felt distinctly chilly tonight riding back from my swim session, was actually wearing a fleecy hoodie which I haven't needed for months. Also needed lights on my bike coming home, another unwelcome sign of approaching autumn. Mind you I'd just got out a swimming pool with water at 29C, and being lazy I didn't actually pedal, just let the motor do all the work.
  5. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    I was always under the impression that 1969 was during the late Sixties I'm obviously mistaken. "But you stated matter of fact" - I didn't. A subjective opinion isn't a "fact". "You only mentioned subjective experience " I wasn't quoting "stats", I was describing a subjective experience. That's all I mentioned: a subjective experience although I know the temp. was in the Seventies F but that's not a "stat", it was the temperature I measured in one particular area, under particular circumstances for my own interest. Again, that's why I don't frequent or post in the "formal" forums. "If that's how we do things I may as well say it was 36C yesterday because I was doing physical work outside and felt pretty hot.". Precisely, you've answered your own question. My impression of today is distinctly autumnal: cloudy, windy, showery with the max here a miserable 19C and the prospect of a distinctly chilly night. That's not a hard "stat", that's my subjective impression. Perhaps I should do what I used to do, emphasise that all my posts are subjective because I don't keep weather records any more, although I did during previous years.
  6. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Sorry, but stats are irrelevant to me as when I post about the weather it's my SUBJECTIVE experience. Some people don't seem able to understand the difference. This is the Moans, Ramps and Chat thread not one of the formal threads, where I avoid posting.
  7. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Tonight I'm going swimming at my local leisure centre, doing so outdoors would be a thankless affair. Looking at the future prospect, it looks like Summer '18 is now done and dusted, at least here in the NW with early autumn now here.
  8. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    No, my long-term memory is very keen. In my neck of the woods the last weekend in September saw temps. in the 70s F as I remember wandering round Chester overdressed for the heat (we used old money in those days). Summer '69 was mediocre at best with our intended holiday in North Wales rained off - we bailed out and went home so that late September mini-heatwave was a welcome surprise. I'm not interested in stats, but how I experienced the weather at the time. It became noticeably colder during early October as I had to ride a bike to work so was very aware of the chill. Likewise sunshine stats are misleading as often any sunshine occurs during the small hours before most of us are up with the almost inevitable grey lid slamming down around breakfast time - which has been the case so far this week.
  9. Wildswimmer Pete

    Summer 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    The end of September 1969 saw a mini-heatwave but then was a sharp descent into cold and cloudy conditions at the beginning of October.
  10. Wildswimmer Pete

    Hatchmere Lake, Delamere Forest

    Hatchmere Lake, Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  11. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    Feels distinctly autumnal today which is of course par for the course. True to form the hot weather finished promptly just as the schools broke up. Probably Atlantic dross all month until the start of September when high pressure will re-assert itself just as the autumn term begins. Been the same for most of my 68 years with the exception of 1976 when the autumnal weather did actually wait for the arrival of September.
  12. Summer 1976 finished with a bang - literally. The hot weather broke just after Late August Holiday.
  13. Would that article be by Nathan Rao?
  14. It's not UV but a specific wavelength of blue light (if I remember correctly its 450nm). I've got a pukka SAD lamp but will have to bring it out as soon as the nights really begin to draw in.