Jump to content


Forum Team
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

737 Exceptional

About Cakie

  • Rank
    Mad but friendly with it

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Up North like
  • Interests
    art, cooking, thunderstorms

Recent Profile Visitors

12,589 profile views
  1. For me it has to be the Ottery St Mary storm. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/learn-about-the-weather/weather-phenomena/case-studies/ottery-hail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1081758/Hailstorm-swamps-small-town-6ft-drifts--October.html I lived nearby about 15 miles away. We spent the night with constant lightening so bright we didn't need to put the light on to calm my daughter The following morning I set off for work (at the Met Office) and was listening to the local BBC news interviewing a farmer in Ottery St Mary saying he had 'snow' in his farmyard feet deep. I was confused as I was now about 3 miles away and no sign and this was October and not that cold. Went to go over the river and a guy was stopping everyone saying the bridge was flooded. Long alternative trip to work. When I got there I was gobsmacked at the data (see above) I do remember the day before there was a huge wall cloud straight outside the Met Office and Mammatus cloud on the way home but this caught everyone by surprise
  2. Just skirted North of me. Looks like you had a good shower in Aycliffe
  3. Cakie

    VISA problems - cashless/electronic society

    Having experience technical wobbles in the Middle East we always had a bit of back up cash for down time be it planned (but not always communicated) or just a random "your card has been stopped" Why??????? I hated bartering though. I got ripped off big time as I was too polite to barter. One time I was truly to tired, hot etc to buy a rug and walked out. They cut the price from 5000 AED to 1200 AED. I still said no (they would have gone lower) Always have a bit of cash handy
  4. Cakie

    Middle East - Summer Furnace

    Having lived out in the Middle East for a few years I can concur that it never gets below 40c in the 3 summer months. I watch with interest to see if this year is likely to be a record setting year
  5. Cakie

    Did you know.

    Not in my car they didn't and won't until Autumn
  6. From reports from friends down in the South West I would check if schools are open in the morning
  7. Whiteout in Darlington. Supposed to be taking my daughter to ice skating lessons but might pass on that today
  8. "Did any of you see the video on Sky News from Darlington "coming down like Prawn Crackers"
  9. Ah, bit further North than me. Hope there's only sleet for my return journey. Been I while since driving in snow, although it's similar to driving in a sandstorm, just the temperature is different
  10. Roads weren't too bad but standing water will be a problem soon. Sleet showers turned to rain some great icicles in Darlington unfortunately I can't upload any pictures
  11. Fresh snow overnight but think it's starting to melt today. Got a trip to Billingham later but not sure if I should go with the chance my car, instead of my daughter, ends up ice skating
  12. I think this is an exceptional event, enjoy the snow and the late start
  13. Sideways snow OMG. Thinking we are having a home day tomorrow