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Wildswimmer Pete

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  1. 4 hours ago, knocker said:

    What a thourally miserable day today and yet many are hyperventilating at the thought of more, and extended periods, of bad weather and misery in the form of cold and snow and ice. It's one of life's great mysteries.

    Today, another typical British day - cold, dark, cloudy and thoroughly depressing.


  2. 10 hours ago, markyo said:

    Stay safe Pete, this Autumn must be very difficult for you. 

    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.


  3. 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. 


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 6 hours ago, chrisbell-nottheweatherman said:

    I'm disabled, so I know what you mean.  I was thinking about getting into the garden or just outside on a sunny day rather than staying indoors if possible rather than going anywhere in particular.  If you're having trouble walking, would it be useful to get a mobility aid?

    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 😉

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  8. On 06/10/2019 at 19:32, chrisbell-nottheweatherman said:

    If it never snows where you are, then I can understand that you might find winter rather underwhelming.  For me, the worst weather type is those nothing grey, dry, mild-ish drab days with nothing of interest happening.  By contrast, a wet, breezy day like today is invigorating, especially if you dress appropriately (why do people go out in summer clothes and then moan that they're cold and wet?) and get out in it.  That being said, lack of sun is a problem for many - my advice is to take vitamin D3 supplements (500-1000IU) and try to make the most of the cold, clear, sunny days.  Consider, though, what it's liketo feel unwell every time the temperature goes over 30C and the relative humidity gets above 60%.

    There those of us (like me) who aren't able to walk very far so unless someone gives them a lift - that's it, stuck in.  During winter the only time I "get out" is when someone takes me swimming. Otherwise I'm effectively housebound.  At least in summer I can sunbathe in my back garden.

    Vit.D3 supplements aren't any good for dealing with SAD.

    Don't forget the annual cull of the elderly exacted by the lousy British winter - I'm 69.


  9. Thoroughly vile day up to now although some brightness developing and it's turned dry.  Very dark morning with wind and  intermittent heavy rain.  Looks like winter may be making an early return given the single-digit maxima expected around the weekend.


  10. Poor summer, June even colder than June 1962 and that's saying something.  Two weeks of thick cloud, heavy rain and sub-10C day temps (in June!!!).  Other than three hot days, July was nothing to write home about.  August,like recent Augusts, was taste of Autumn. Days with a stationery front sitting over the Merseyside area. Again like July, three hot days at the end.  So that was Summer 2019: six hot days, the rest pretty well excremental. 


  11. A glorious day, min temp last night 10.8C min so not as cold as the previous night.  Didn't get the promised 23-25C but around 19C like yesterday. Sunbathing in my garden but that is very sheltered as I suspect without it I'd have been cold.  Looking at the outlook, I suspect today is the last summery day for the next seven months - and I do detest the lousy British winter.

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