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As everyone embarking on the mid to late 40s dreams of, I've had to move in with my Dad for a while as he recovers from illness. He lives in a village that lies at the foot of the Pennines in Cumbria and is prone to the Helm Wind; apparently the only named wind in the UK. He's lived in the house for years, and while I know it can get windy there, I've never really experienced what the Helm Wind can do. Here area a few videos to give you an idea....

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Pe8FFCLcWp3Dg7o2

Bear in mind that it can be almost dead calm just 3 or 4 miles away. 

I hate wind, but it can be quite pretty, particularly when it forms a Helm bar...a bank of cloud which breaks off and hangs over the Eden Valley. I still hate wind though. 

 

 

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Very interesting post, and great photos/videos. Was that the snow from March just gone?

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Aye - well, the snow in the photos was from the late Feb/early March dumping and the snow in the videos was from a few weeks later. The last patch on Cross Fell disappeared only this week. 

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Thanks for that OON, the snow shots are pretty amazing and remind me of being very small in the winter of 1947 on the edge of the Peak District.

Re the Helm, this link may be interesting to yourself and others

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/wind/helm-wind

or this

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305748814000474

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Thanks John... doesn't say how you stop it though. I think Cross Fell is going to have to go. 

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I guess there are other areas of the country that have localised winds although not as prevalent as the Helm.In this area of the Pennines in summer we tend to get a lot of days that are fairly calm at both ends of the day but can be really quite windy on the hilltops in the afternoon,another world to the calm conditions in the valley just 3 miles down the hill.There is also a farm that I know of called 'Helm' but it is half way down the valley and I don't really recall it being a particularly windy spot.

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1 hour ago, hillbilly said:

I guess there are other areas of the country that have localised winds although not as prevalent as the Helm.In this area of the Pennines in summer we tend to get a lot of days that are fairly calm at both ends of the day but can be really quite windy on the hilltops in the afternoon,another world to the calm conditions in the valley just 3 miles down the hill.There is also a farm that I know of called 'Helm' but it is half way down the valley and I don't really recall it being a particularly windy spot.

I live just over into Lancashire from the Todmorden end of the Calder Valley and sometimes in spring and summer we get a strong and very gusty wind from the Yorkshire side of the ridge that can last for a couple of days with little more than a leaf rustler a couple of miles away.

only last spring I had a couple of fence panels blown out on a day when wind was never mentioned in the forecast.

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