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« Reply #1860 on: February 10, 2020, 09:07:04 PM »

Thanks for the Ventusky link Chas .
     Took Andy to remind me. Grin.
    We have really foul weather here. It has been a while since I saw an ice shower, it was really noisy and battered the car with 10mm ice crystals for about 5 minutes. Very strange.
  All is good here Andy. Storm roaring away outside and we have retired to bed. Best place to be. Tomorrow  is giving ice and snow and stronger winds again. Angry
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« Reply #1861 on: February 11, 2020, 03:12:21 PM »

 Strewth,
      Thousands of Donegal homes are presently without power, Our night went by here without event. In truth, I have not ventured further than 100 yards. I freed our turbine from the straps at 11am and after a few gentle puffs, she shot off at a fair old lick and soon she was clocking the figures below. We should have this until about 9pm
    Most of which goes directly into the immersions and will help the stove heat the house. The turbine of course is still lowered and resting on it,s trestle. It is easy to tell that the winds during the night were really severe. The remaining grasses have been battered flat and our shrubs and bushes are the worst from wear,.. Once you have taken every possible precaution, all you can do is get out of the way and keep safe.
   We had to drive down to Sligo yesterday. I would rather have stayed at home but it was totally necessary. The journey back from 3. 30pm to 5pm was pretty hairy in places. I kept to a steady 50mph and well in on my own side, leaving loads of room for the brave hearted. There were very few takers if any, The closer we came to Donegal ,the worse the wind became. Even the simple job of opening our driveway gate and taking in the little shopping we had, was a major operation. The wind was ferocious.  There was great feeling of relief once inside with the fire going, hot drinks and a place to rest our heads. We did not bother with the news, Sure we could have told them all about it,
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« Reply #1862 on: February 11, 2020, 04:19:22 PM »

Hi Biff glad to hear you OK.

Winds eased of now this afty  but still about 12 Msec.  Since midnight (16 hrs) I've logged 17 Kw coming in from the WT. Every thing is toasty warm indoors.

Cheers.
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« Reply #1863 on: February 16, 2020, 09:12:53 AM »

Strewth, freeze
         T,is a tad windy. Lots of folks with no mains lecky.
 This must be one of the longest storms we have ever had.
Still the bad bit to come this afternoon.
  Massive storm from once again.
 God help anyone trying to keep to a building schedule  in this penance.
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« Reply #1864 on: February 16, 2020, 11:15:29 AM »

Certainly the longest, noisiest storm I have known in these parts. The sky roared and boomed, the background sound was like a freight-train of empty stone-hoppers travelling at maximum speed over rough track, to the background of a thunderstorm. I was awake all night wondering what was breaking and smashing; the workshop didn't budge a millimetre, I had tied the No1 shed roof down after Ciara. I'd put the wind here at just a bit higher than the 1987 October gale. The shortwave listening wire was felled by Ciara.
We are now back down to a peaceful 14 mph with 39 mph gusts; bliss! (I'll probably spend the rest of the day nodding-of unexpectedly)
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« Reply #1865 on: February 16, 2020, 05:32:11 PM »

It,s bad out there now,
                      But not bad bad, The fire in the stove was getting sucked up the chimney around 2pm, Then it eased off for a while, Now back with a vengeance .
   The house controller is clocking 138vdc steady, so loadsa hot water Grin .
  The forecast for the week ahead is more of the same, So this February must already be something of a record for strong wind. Our stove is playing like that long bushman Didgeridoo. That is when the fire starts to die. We have often had it worse than this but this is so prolonged and it is very difficult to get anything done about the place while the wind is blowing a force 8 +. It can be quite dangerous.
     I sincerely hope all our members are safe and out of harms way..
                           Biff
    Just coming on dark, We had a really roaring wind that shook the house for a few minutes and continued to thrash about the place, I donned my parka and boots and made it down to the shed, The UVPC side door had blown in but must have just happened, The floor was dry and the door seemed fine and the glass not broken, I think I locked it with the handle last time I used it but this time I locked it again with the 5 point security mechanism then Put a plank across the doorway and tied the door to the plank. The sky went suddenly dark and the wind began gusting in earnest, It has been pretty bad since, This would be as bad a wind if not the worst we have had for a long time.It is still roaring away out there. It would be terrible to think that because of climate change, this was the new normal. I sincerely hope not. freeze
 
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« Reply #1866 on: February 21, 2020, 05:29:04 PM »

We have serious bad storm at the moment,
 We are fine but our local rivers are also at a high with the rainfall. The main one is  tidal and backing up.
These past 3 weeks are certainly  breaking records for wind strength and duration.
Our turbine is still down and still doing the business.
    Roll on the Spring. surrender
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« Reply #1867 on: February 21, 2020, 06:46:02 PM »

https://energynumbers.info/gbgrid
 currently showing 16.5Gw -wow.......
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« Reply #1868 on: February 29, 2020, 03:40:36 PM »

We were doing fine around noon,
        The map showed us entering the centre of the storm and we have been there more or less until now,. The storm centre moves east towards Barra and then we get the full whack from the north. There is serious flooding farther South in Galway and Clare with serious strong winds.
       The outlook for Wales is pretty grim as well. I have never before had our Turbine down for 3 weeks and sent it back up on Thursday.  Then the news of our latest impending storm  started coming in and I lowered it again yesterday at noon. I see no point in having it thrashed.
It still fills the clock 10ft from the ground,  like it is doing at present. I have never known a time like it for storms and constant heavy rain. Our local roads are normally very good but they are in terrible shape at present
 The hail and driving rain seek out any weakness in the tarmac and act like giant power washers ,stripping away the layers and exposing the hardcore underneath in just hours. Then the bog is so saturated that the hollows are going deeper and the rises getting higher on roads that were perfectly straight and level last summer.
 It is hard to believe but in places the roads sink a good 6ft x 100yds long . It is a full time job keeping them passable.
 Sadly our national routes are in terrible shape also with potholes studded  all over them and speed restriction signs saying 100km .
    There is going to be a lot of work for the road workers when the weather improves.
   Good luck tonight everyone.
    Stay safe,
       Biff
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« Reply #1869 on: February 29, 2020, 05:27:23 PM »

This is getting a bit tedious  banghead
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« Reply #1870 on: February 29, 2020, 06:20:18 PM »

Absolutely Tod Grin
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« Reply #1871 on: March 08, 2020, 11:11:09 AM »

March has arrived once more,
                           Controllers will flash the red lights and exude the magic white smoke (sometimes black). We had brilliant rock splitting sunshine on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last and since that we have had a series of good healthy force 8s. Thankfully we managed to put the 12v system, flashing red lights and white smoke behind us years ago and our 138vdc controllers have been performing faultlessly ever since. Those 3 days of sunshine really lifted our hearts and when the rain and wind closed in around us once more, we were fortified in the knowledge that spring and some decent weather are not far away.
 We talk about heating water with PV, Yes, That is possible. We have 3.8kw of PV but frankly, we are lucky to get 10% of that during the dark days of winter. Fortunately,our turbine pulls out all the stops and force 8s deliver good quantities of hot water to both our DHWT and T/S,
  Roger lived off grid for many years and would have a very good idea of cost and value for money. He says the wet solar is a worker and he would know..
  Meanwhile everything is budding like mad, Spring is definitely here. genuflect
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« Reply #1872 on: March 13, 2020, 10:12:06 AM »

From the balmy, sunny Bluestacks,
             I bid you all good morning.
  The wind is having a rest and we have run out of rain, so life is good except for the dreaded virus.
 I note with some sadness that villains are ripping off the public with exorbitant prices for hand cream disinfectants and no real guarantee that they are reliable.
  You could take the opportunity to visit your local chemist and buy 500mm of Hibiscrub. The instructions are taped to the back of the square bottle. It is a pre surgical disinfectants and I would regard it as the Rolls Royce of such liquids. I have used it on Dogs pads, skin, gravel burns, etc. The smell is faint and not unpleasant. It is simply a miracle worker. Just follow the instructions.
               Biff
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« Reply #1873 on: March 13, 2020, 01:19:36 PM »

Make your own sanitising gel:
60 percent isopropyl alcohol.
40 percent aloe vera gel.
a few drops of smelly to cover the alcohol.
mix and decant into your little squirter bottle.
Do not drink! Use away from open flame!
don't forget the aloe vera, your skin will dry out.
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« Reply #1874 on: March 13, 2020, 04:34:41 PM »

I have just opened  a bottle of Aldi finest NZ  Sauvignon blanc to mark the  return of MrsT from a visit to her Mum.  Sanitizer from inside to out.
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