.....saw this rainbow during the first week: the
way the colours separated out so well appealed to
me. Looking up the Dyfi valley towards
The weather started to get a bit more interesting
on the night of March 11. Snow fell heavily, not
settling in town but on the hills it was a
different story, with the strong winds causing
drifting. This was taken (along with the next
four) on March 12 along the
mountain road, showing drift after drift where
the snow has blown off exposed fields...
...to adorn the roadside in beautiful natural
to gorse-bushes in globs 30-50cm thick...
...and not sparing the sheep. They don't seem
capable of looking fed up - maybe they like it??
further up into the clag - snow was still falling
to the east. A raw wind was blowing and lifted
snow-grains stung the face. Further snow then
came up from the SW, killing off the visibility,
so I turned tail and left the hills to their own
couple of days the snow had gone and a mild
southerly blew up, creating waves of orographic
clouds to the north of the Plynlimon range,
viewed sadly in fading light and haze but the
lenticular structure is still visible....
the previous shot being from near Trefeglwys, en
route to Newtown for an evening meeting...
...as is this one taken through a watery sunset.
Note the sharp horizontal striations to the
As the Spring Equinox approached, a severe gale
was forecast and duly arrived on the 20th. It was
not as strong as the Nov 14 2003 "Atlantic
Bomb" we had filmed for TV, but still had
enough power to down a number of trees and
branches. Here at Aberdyfi, sand from the beach
is blowing off into town...
...and in this composite the state of the sea may
be compared on March 20 (above) and in last
November's storm (below) when the winds peaked at
Violent Storm 11 on the Beaufort Scale. March 20
was more like Severe Gale 9, occasionally Storm
10 - shows the difference between a couple of
points on the scale! Anyway, the system brought
in some welcome convective weather in its
aftermath which Part 2 indulges itself in!
|MARCH 2004 PART 2
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