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  1. No it wasn't, it's was a forecast made on probabilities and potential. Forecasting thunderstorms is not easy and has a huge amount of uncertainty.
  2. While we await for it all to go pop, a few more photos taken yesterday from folks in North Devon. I love the first one taken by Leasa Allen. Image 1 - Leasa Allen, Torrington, North Devon Image 2 and 3 - Bob Cowlard, nr Ashford, North Devon Image 3 - Kev Lyford, Combe Martin, North Devon
  3. Great shot here from a photographer in North Devon a few hours ago of lightning over Instow.
  4. Can't remember the last time we had a good storm over Colchester, used to be guaranteed every year, now they seem to either crawl up the coast and hit Mersea Island or Clacton area and into Suffolk, or further west by about 10 miles and run away from us in short order.
  5. FOLKS, NEW THREAD HERE.... This one has only been left open for quotes to the new thread. You are missing the party if you post here. ?
  6. Well, all these storms about and not a sniff of one in Colchester. Carry on and keep watering ?
  7. My work involves me restoring heritage narrow gauge Victorian railway carriages for a little line in North Devon. But last year saw the return to the rails in the USA something a little bigger, a huge steam engine, the biggest ever made, the 'Big Boy' Union Pacific 4014. Below is a clip of a 'chase', within the clip you see UP 4014 and UP 844. The combined length of the two engines is roughly 230ft (91m), a combined weight of 2,625,550lb, or 980 metric tonnes. They both together produce 11,500hp at the drawbar and produce 201,040lbft tractive effort. Sheer power of a bygone age. Enjoy!
  8. A little ray of promising light in these dark times. I hope all goes well with this. ?
  9. I think the 'Silver Hour' being introduced led by Iceland and now Sainsburys is an excellent idea and should in my view be made law in emergency legislation to include all essential shops whereby from say 7.30am to 9.00am all shops only serve those over 65. Eventually this could become a click and collect service as things get more strict and to limit contact within the shops themselves, the elderly can then either order online for delivery or collection and for those who cannot access online a list given to the shop one morning and collected/delivered the next.
  10. That's crazy. Unfortunately I feel some are now doing it out of anxiety, they cannot control what's happening with the virus but buying things even when they don't really need becomes a coping mechanism. Retail therapy gone wrong.
  11. Let's hope we don't see too much of it Matt.
  12. There is somewhat of a reason for shortages is to do with a huge supply chain shift though, away from workplaces, hotels and restaurants. Many people who may normally eat out for work and leisure, perhaps two or three main meals a week on take out or at say Hungry Horse, Toby's etc are now eating at home. The lunch time food got at the food outlets in town or London and other cities are now at home too with more being told to reduce travel or workplaces shutting down. It's no one's fault in that regard, gradually the supply chain will adjust and stock begins to go more to retail supermarkets than commercial food outlets, restaurants and takeaways. My local shop has now started selling large commercial toilet rolls from the wholesaler as they have loads which would normally have been sold to commercial properties but not currently buying as closing or little custom. Perhaps shop managers could have been a little quicker in introducing limits at the beginning in light of other places in the world eg Australia,experiencing odd supermarket buying patterns, but I guess no one expected the idiots stockpiling 40+ packs of 12 roll toilet rolls and 150 tins of beans! It's selfish, greedy and inconsiderate.
  13. This panic buying is crazy. I can understand some of it with people perhaps working from home and maybe need loo rolls and food that would otherwise normally be at work but the excessive hoarding is rediculous.
  14. I would just like to invite everyone here to show a big appreciation to Matty, for his words and contributions here on Netweather, and for all he is doing at work along with everyone else in the NHS and emergency services at this time. A big Thank You. Stay safe Matty.
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