Thursday, November 24, 2011

Stormy in NE Atlantic predicted for Thanksgiving Day 2011!

This rather strange looking wave picture accompanied the BBC article this morning that entitled
"Hurricane warnings for the sea off northern Scotland" with these local warnings:
The Met Office has issued a warning of hurricane force winds at sea off the Western Isles and violent storm force 11 winds off Shetland's coast.

Severe weather warnings have also been issued for the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and the north Highlands, with gales expected over land.
I guess that's not too unusual for this time of the year. The article also reports the BBC weather presenter Chris Fawkes described the intense low pressure causing the stormy conditions as "absolute monster" in the video.  He also said that winds could gust up to 100 mph and higher at sea with the potential for wave heights of up to 18 m.  So this is the time of the year it's better to stay home on land doesn't matter which side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Twenty years ago there was that famed early November, 1991 Nor'Easter, the "Perfect Storm" that harrased boats from Nova Scotia down to New Jersy coast, including the 70' longliner Andrea Gail went down in that storm.  May God bless all those who have to be out there this time of the year.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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