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  1. Is blowing a hooley here. Not nice at all.
  2. Proper snow here now and starting to lay: radar looks as if it won't last though. But nice to see...
  3. Maybe.....it's stopped again as soon as it started! Groan... update: and now it's trying to rain!
  4. We have blue skies emerging from cloud as all passes to the north, or indeed south, of us!
  5. Wind picking up here again now after half an hour of calmer conditions....
  6. Really blowing up here in St Albans....gutter off and trees doing that Caribbean-palm tree thang! :o
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    Japan: Earthquake, Tsunami + Nuclear Disasters

    Some really good quality research, interpretation and discussion on all things nuclear and beyond can be found on the Union of Concerned Scientists website http://www.ucsusa.org/
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    New Research

    Trouble is GW, it is a costly business publishing material to a high standard [i know: our society publishes a peer-reviewed, journal of record]. It would be great to publish for free, but you cannot cover the costs you need that way. BUT, as I've said before, email one of the authors and they will almost always give you a free PDF off-print or link to somewhere where their work is published in precis or for free.
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    Solar and Aurora Activity Chat

    I'm a bit out of date with my links to be able to verify this, but it looks as if we might be in for a little bit of aurora action in the next few days, if we're lucky. http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-10880852 EDIT: Oops...posted this in the wrong thread...please remove mods.
  10. All good here. Thanks Paul and Karl.
  11. Me too...in fact I'm not even sure whether I'm typing this in the right place...all the graphics have gone and I've just got text. Thought it might be due to updates downloaded today, but have tried Firefox, Chrome and IE and all seem to tbe the same.
  12. And I thought it was to aid with opening coconuts when on foreign expeditions..... You live and learn, eh?
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    The Great Snowstorm Of March 1886

    Also people would have lived and worked in almost the same area, so many of the problems of today, of getting to places, would not have been an issue. Even street traffic would not have gone far by today's standards.
  14. Unless they were in line, they tended to keep a fair way apart (partly due to risk of explosion), and so would pass without each other seeing. A 60 gun frigate would have only been about 100ft long and so could have easily hidden in plain sight. Also, there is always the possibility that he downed his flag and pretended to be part of the enemy fleet: would have been very easy had Centurion been a prize from another country (often fleets of any country were a hotch potch of other countries' vessels that had been taken as prize...very few had the money to build completely new fleets from scratch). Apart from officers, the crews would have been dressed remarkably similarly and so would not have stood out. But, if it really was thick fog he was lucky he didn't hit anything..... EDIT: Looks like it was just good luck: http://www.archive.org/stream/lifeofadmira...00anso_djvu.txt He turned up at Spithead (on the Solent) and was told he'd come through a fleet on the way there! EDIT 2: This is a very good 18th century account (published in 1901) of the voyage which has a large section about how the squadron communicated in fog, etc. 'The next day we had very squally weather, attended with rain, lightning, and thunder; but it soon became fair again, with light breezes, and continued thus till Wednesday evening, when it blew fresh again; and increasing all night, by eight the next morning it became a most violent storm, and we had with it so thick a fog that it was impossible to see at the distance of two ships' lengths, so that the whole squadron disappeared.* On this a signal was made by firing guns, to bring to with the larboard tacks, the wind being then due east. We ourselves lay to under a reefed mizzen till noon, when the fog dispersed; and we soon discovered all the ships of the squadron, except the Pearl, which did not join us till near a month afterwards. The Trial sloop was a great way to leeward, having lost her mainmast in this squall, and having been obliged, for fear of bilging, to cut away the wreck. We bore down with the squadron to her relief, and the Gloucester was ordered to take her in tow, for the weather did not entirely abate until the day after, and even then a great swell continued from the eastward in consequence of the preceding storm.' http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg/di...16611/16611.htm