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About mike Meehan

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    Doesn't really matter, I've been called all sorts of things.

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    Mostly Watford but 3 months of the year at Capestang 34310, France
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    Weather, climatology,aviation, reading and staying at our place in Languedoc.
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    Continental type climate with lots of sunshine with occasional storm

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  1. Saw my first view of the snow this season whilst driving through the Massif Central on 14.11.2017, it was patchy at first but as we progressed north it became more wide spread and at the northern end at about 1100 metres altitude the area was well covered, including the branches of the trees - by then the temperature had dropped to 1 C and although the fall was relatively light, say about 1 to 2 cm there was evidence of drifting. No idea what this winter is going to bring - keep praying for a nice Scandi high which brings us dry powder snow with a max of -5 c - it's been a long time since I have seen that at Watford.
  2. France weather

    As a follow up to the above - we left Clermont Ferrand with a clear sky, the previous evening had been cloudy and some fog had developed with the wind dropping out, with the temp mostly about 2 C but dropping to 1 C in the region of Orleans. Visibility along the autoroute was mostly about 300 to 500 metres, though with occasional clear patches. I marvelled at the French technology when enabled drivers to travel without any lights at well in excess of the 130 kph speed limit in those conditions. It's either that, where they could make a fortune if properly marketed, or might it just be that some of those drivers have a suicidal streak? As was the low temps stayed as far as Orleans when by stages they peaked at 13 C near Rouen with variable cloud. An interesting 30 hours weatherwise.
  3. France weather

    Took an interesting drive through the Massif yesterday - left Capestang with almost wall to wall sunshine, though a little cool at 12 C, but as we neared the Massif the temperature rose to 14 C - with a northerly I suspect there was something of a fohn effect but by the time we reached a service station at 600 metres altitude the temperature had dropped to 7 C but with clear skies persisting. As we progressed north there was evidence of cu which gradually increased in area though not much in height until it was spreading out a little, tending towards strata cu. About half way we saw the tops were covered in snow and as we continued it was more and more in evidence, with the temp dropping further to 2 C for quite a while but at the northern end at altitudes of a 1000 to just over 1100 metres it had dropped to 1 C and the snow was more widely spread with some evidence of drifting. There wasn't enough to impede the journey and as it turned out it tied in well with the Accuweather forecast for St Flour, which predicted a cm of snow. Down the other side at Clermont Ferrand the temperature rose again to 7 C. Invariably the drives which we do twice a year return each year are invariably interesting and at this time of year we have had a high of 25 C and lows of about 0 C - we have had fog and torrential rain and snow above about 900 metres some of which I have posted. Yesterday for example the bottom halves of some wind turbines were plainly visible whilst from the axle upwards was obscured by the cloud.
  4. I seem to recall now that the reason it was never adopted was particularly because of that complaint by the Scots - as far as I am aware most of the country was in favour of it. As far as travelling on two wheels was concerned I had to do plenty of that - it is called adapting to the conditions and is first class training in observing the road conditions - however, I did come off once with my now wife as a pillion when riding over a snow covered road, the front wheel struck a patch underlain with ice. We were travelling slow at the time and no damage to the bike or ourselves. I don't know how you manage to get as much as 8 hours daylight in Scotland when in midwinter it's about 7 hours 50 minutes for us down in the south east and as I said in my original post what about the people in Tromso? For the early shifts I used to start at 0600 hours, so it was dark - for the nights 2200 to 0600 hours it was dark both ways, got to bed whilst it was still dark and when I got up it was getting dark - ma week of that with little normal daylight can get quite depressing. It is as broad as it is long - with the current system it means very often that people are driving to walk in the mornings and driving home also in the dark which increases the hazards on the roads. Scotland, especially the more western parts sustained the later sunrises and I can appreciate the problem but the local school times could have been adjusted to suit - I wouldn't mind betting, depending on the distance of travel that some school children in Glasgow would be returning home with at part of their journey in the dark. We are never going to satisfy all the people with this - there are pros and cons on both sides but for most I would not say it was the unmitigated disaster as you describe. http://www.theweek.co.uk/61009/when-do-the-clocks-go-back
  5. We are all different but for me I hate the dark evenings graduating into the dark afternoons of mid winter. Many years ago when my children were still quite small we did have, as an experiment for a year, BST - I relished every single minute of that extra light in the evenings and would dearly love to return to that situation. As an aside I recall 'Paddy' saying once during one autumn, "Ah to be sure, it's getting much later earlier these days" - I love that way of phrasing it - it is almost poetic if you understand what I mean but the fact still remains that as the next three months pass I will be getting increasingly depressed until finally the glimmer of hope arrives at the other side when the days are noticeably getting longer again. How the hell the people in Tromso get on with their two months of perpetual darkness I just don't know. On the other hand, especially when we have nice clear weather, I really love the way the twilight lingers until close to 11 pm with a wonderful shades of blue, gradually deepening. Well unless we are fortunate enough and rich enough to do a transhumance from one side of the globe to the other every 6 months we will just have to put up with it.
  6. Hello Mike.

    Just 2 years ago I had my doubts about the EU and our membership of it but I took the time and trouble to dig deeper and research. As a result I went from undecided to a firm 'remainer'  I share your passion and belief in the EU and want the UK to remain a part of it.

    It's far from perfect but only by being a member can we improve it from within. I truly despair when I read some of the posts from the Brexit brigade on the Netweather forum and elsewhere on other forums.

    I have yet to see or hear any sound arguments as to how this country might benefit from leaving. I am sick and tired of soundbites from career politicians who care nothing for this country or its citizens.

    Best wishes and keep up the fight. SenlacJack (aka Martin ).

    1. Nick L

      Nick L

      Just be aware that this is a publicly visible post :)

    2. Nouska



      The patient may need to undergo full immersion therapy before improvement is seen.

  7. What age do you think you will live to?

    Aw shucks, that only gives me another 5.5 months then
  8. The link below refers to a CAA investigation report into the damage and crash of a K21 glider which was struck by lightning on 17.04.1999 in the region of Dunstable - the strike caused severe damage to the air frame to the extent that the instructor and the pupil pilot had to bail out. The report also includes fairly detailed descriptions of types of lightning and their effect which some of you may find interesting: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/542300e540f0b613420009cf/dft_avsafety_pdf_500699.pdf
  9. Paul,

    There is still not enough time for editing - I just posted and there were typos which I wished to correct but was precluded from finishing these before I was timed out.

    I am conscious of the fact that too many errors in a post can reflect adversely on the poster and detract from what he/she wishes to say so I try to avoid this as much as I possibly can.

    This does take time, especially with a long post.

    Mike M

  10. Editing posts

    I am finding this restriction on editing something of a bugbear - there have been a number of occasions when I have wanted to edit my posts, sometimes through typos and sometimes considered that I need to add or amend something pertinent only to find that further access to make corrections etc is verboten. Can we at least have more time allowed for making such corrections?
  11. Old temperature scales

    From 1960 to 1963 I was a scientific assistant in the Met Office - we were plotting in C and most of the world was sending their obs in C, however the Americans still insisted on F, meaning we had to convert all their temps into C. After a while that became automatic, I still remember a lot of them. As a matter of interest do the Americans still send obs in F? looking at some their forecasts for their own public, they are still in F.
  12. Photos of sunrises and sunsets

    Never seen anything like this before - get the impression that it is a rainbow effect from rain falling from the smaller cloud above the main one, any other ideas?
  13. Hi Mike , just seen this great story which you may have seen but if not here you go .:)


    1. mike Meehan

      mike Meehan

      Thanks Mark, I would have loved to have flown one of those - from what I hear they were a pilot's dream.

      Currently I am learning to glide again in a K21 at Dunstable but at my age it is taking a lot longer than the first time round in 1959 in a T31!

      And when I get the chance on the Costa Brava, this Foxbat, the other name for it. Strangely enough it is easier to fly than a K21.

    2. Mark wheeler

      Mark wheeler

      Wow , il be totally honest with you , I love planes etc have studied military aviation history etc but don't particularly like flying myself , infact before going on commercial flights I nearly always get the trots . Having said that it certainly wouldn't stop me getting in a spitfire .

      Anyway you probably have seen this a million times but just in case you haven't I found this on YouTube after you said what you have flown in the past and are now got me intrigued.

      Cheers Mark 




    3. mike Meehan

      mike Meehan

      That's the type I did my first solos in in 1959 - great fun, the weren't aerobatic 'cos the wings would drop off if you turned it upside down but they taught m how to do stall turns and it took a further 6 months to get rid of the grin on my face!

      Like you I am not over passionate about flying in airliners - small aircraft are much more fun  :yahoo:

  14. Rugby League / Union 2013 onwards

    I think England's discipline was much improved - I think Eddie Jones has done them a power of good - hopefully should be set up well for the 6 nations.
  15. Paul with reference to the below do you think it might be possible for when people want to post an excerpt from twitter they could perhaps copy/paste as a screen shot then post it as an attachment?

    1. Paul


      I'm looking into it Mike, but if you can switch to a more modern browser in the meantime it'll fix it straight away :) 

    2. Gael_Force


      Guilty of posting the tweet link to show but there is an option for link only; would that help?

    3. Paul


      Yep, using that would stop it happening.