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Wildswimmer Pete

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    Runcorn New Town 60m ASL
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    Wild swimming, bare-skin winter swimming, vintage radio collecting and repair. Retired industrial electronics engineer. Experience of industrial chemistry and hazardous chemical trained. Fitted with implanted cardioverter/defibrillator which means I'm officially a cyborg. All round moaning old fart.
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    Sunny and blisteringly hot

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  1. Today, another typical British day - cold, dark, cloudy and thoroughly depressing.
  2. Another vile cold and very windy day. Only the odd shower, currently dry and cloudy. Looks like it could be a cold night with that Arctic blast.
  3. Thoroughly foul day, cold, blustery and an icy near gale. Just had hail rattling against the window. Meanwhile I'm watching my energy monitor relentlessly clocking up the cost, £2.15 up to now: 4:10pm.
  4. Thanks Markyo. Fortunately I wore my electrically heated jacket and at high power it can be like a portable sauna, usually mid- or even low power is enough but today was that cutting wind and icy rain so it was full power. Spent much of the afternoon in 30C water listening to classic Sixties hits - yes, waterproof mp3 player.
  5. Overnight min 0.2C, currently 4.1C. Netweather reports 2.7C for my location but that will the temp. reported by Liverpool AP whereas I live in a minor UHI. Currently dry but the cloud has that yellowish tint of snow cloud. Glad I'm getting a taxi to my local leisure centre this afternoon as being out and about in that sort of temp. would be risky.
  6. Overnight rain but now damp and cloudy and 10C. No discernible breeze but pressure is 956mb! Probably the reason I feel even more stiff and achy.
  7. Had the first ground frost of the season with an overnight min of 0.8C. Saw it on neighbouring roofs. Bright during the morning but intermittent banks of cloud in the afternoon. With the dark evenings on us unfortunately it's now SAD season.
  8. On a delivery to Norwich area, dry there but on the way home our route was via Sheffield and Manchester. Cloudy but dry until we began the descent from Woodhead Pass through Tintwhistle when we hit the rain, and I mean "hit" as the rain became almost torrential round Manchester. Rain still heavy when we reached Runcorn and it's been raining constantly overnight. The rain has just stopped falling. Temp. all yesterday and overnight a miserable 9C so we didn't encounter any of that very mild air further south.
  9. Cold but clear overnight, now sunny with some fair weather Cu. Difficult to read Liverpool AP but they reported 10C which again isn't very good for our supposed "Indian Summer".
  10. Sunny before but now appearing to cloud over. Dry but cold, about 9C which isn't very good for mid-October.
  11. Fairly nasty overnight with heavy rain, dull and damp in the morning however lunchtime cleared to blue sky with just some large Cu about. Getting much colder this evening which is showing the trend for the weekend. Looking at the 10 day forecast for more cold there's obviously no Indian Summer this year.
  12. Yet another dank, dull, depressing, SAD-inducing Autumn day. And this was after a mostly dull and often wet "Summer" with a mostly stationary front parked on top of us. This is a:) a moan and b.) this is my subjective opinion, I'm not interested in stats which can be manipulated to support any point of view.
  13. Yes, but only low enough to maintain 19C in my living room.
  14. I'm fully mobile and have two e-bikes. The problem is I have Stage III heart failure so I tend to get breathless after walking around 50 yards or so. Have to take a breather (literally!) I can swim for long distances because the water supports my weight. I also wear a full-face snorkel mask (Decathlon Easybreath) that lets me breathe normally through my nose, non of this gulping a breath then doing a couple of strokes before the next gulp. Doesn't do much for my looks
  15. Wet morning then dry at lunchtime but the thick cloud has returned so looks more on the way. As Saturday appears to be dry I'll have to do my washing so I can get it on the line before yet more $%^* rain arrives.
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