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Frank Hovis

Wetaher Bomb For Scotland Wednesday & Thursday

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What a picture!

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A chart showing the movement of swells of up to 40ft from 06:00 to 15:00 on Wednesday

Severe gales have been forecast and sea swells for parts of Scotland of up to 40ft (12m).

40ft swells!! Crikey, no strolling along the beach tomorrow.

A tad windy for the rest of us by the look of it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30393614

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Would not fancy being on an oil rig - is this the kind of thing that they evacuate the rigs for?

Fortunately I think they're all in the North Sea (or up by Shetland/Orkney) where it doesn't look as if thing will be too bad. I still wouldn't fancy it though.

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Strange things going on - sky full of breasts!

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Mammatus clouds over Byker, Newcastle

Scary looking clouds created apocalyptic scenes across Newcastle this morning. Eagle-eyed readers spotted the strange clouds formations - known as mammatus cloud - above parts of the city at around 11am. The Chronicle photographer Simon Greener snapped a photo of the clouds above Byker. Others headed to social media to express their shock of the sightings.

North East-based weather forecaster Jennifer Bartram said: “They form when there is a lot of turbulence within the cloud, often alongside a thunderstorm. “It’s not a cloud in its own right, but a strange pattern of pouches that can form underneath a cloud when conditions are right.” Mammatus clouds take their name from the Latin for ‘udder’ or ‘breast’, and if you see one, it’s not difficult to understand why. Underneath the cloud hang hundreds and hundreds of udder-like, smooth, round lumps.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-weather-apocalyptic-scenes-caused-8256412

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Serious technical question - what is a 40ft swell?

Does that mean that the average water level is 40ft higher? Than what, mean sea level? normal tide?

Or does it mean that the peaks of the waves are 40ft higher? And higher than what?

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Serious technical question - what is a 40ft swell?

Does that mean that the average water level is 40ft higher? Than what, mean sea level? normal tide?

Or does it mean that the peaks of the waves are 40ft higher? And higher than what?

I took it to mean a 20ft wave, i.e. peak to trough in the open sea 40ft.

Add in winds, waves heighteneing as they come in to shallow water, and the increased sea height owing to low pressure and you don't want a house by the sea in the western isles.

The one saving grace is that tides are not at their highest thsi week, reasoanbly so but not the peaks they were this time last month.

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We never get those clouds here............... nimby stratus

we often have cumulus equitas here in the South East, but there is low interest.

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There will be surfers heading to the west coast of jockland and Ireland as we speak - hoping for the big one. Mental radges.

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Would not fancy being on an oil rig - is this the kind of thing that they evacuate the rigs for?

No! They get evacuated when I fart!

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Bloke on Sky said 2.5 times the height of a normal 2 storey house.

I think that would confuse mosts Sky viewers, who live in flats.

If he could give a measurement using multiples of dinosaurs, watching children would understand.

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What is 'wetaher' anyway? Deluded scrapper birds thread?

Doh, no edit facility on the title and no kindly mods to correct it anymore since Doccy and 'Bart' disappeared.

Good pictures on The Telegraph, looks like Wales is getting some decent waves too.

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Did he mention the price of the house though?

nah, the mortgage is underwater.

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It's the main purpose of Wales. Use it.

I've noticed the BBC have started using Belgium as a reference point - bl**dy EU! If it is not Wales then I have no idea how big something is.

I mean, Belgium? Is that the size of a snail or as big as the Milky Way.

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