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Who flushed?

This is what meteorologists call a “swirly.” They should, anyway. They really should.

South of England has been getting weather off the Atlantic for twelve solid weeks. That means warm, wet and windy. I mean, day after day. After day after day after day. ‘Round about 45° in the daytime, 37° at night, and cloudy.

Sometimes wind. Sometimes rain. When it’s both at once — boy howdy! — this house leaks in all sorts of new and interesting places. “Honey, have you pissed on the floor in the pantry? Because there’s this, like, huge puddle…”

I shouldn’t bitch. What they’ve gotten in the Western half of the country is much, much worse.

That’s because they bear the brunt of it on the West Coast. But here on the East Coast, every few centuries the Channel hikes up her skirts, tiptoes inland and nicks a couple of fishing villages. Much more of this — and there’s much, much more of this in the forecast — and we’ll be looking over our shoulders for her.

Today’s magic word or phrase: Grote Mandrenke.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 13, 2014, 12:41 am

S is for Sweasel who was swept out to sea.

Oh, wait, no that was M. Never mind.

Comment from Nina
Time: February 13, 2014, 12:41 am

Weather’s been mostly good here…we did have a few days of rain, but generally it’s been dry, sunny, and warmish.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 13, 2014, 12:48 am

At least Winter Storm Anus didn’t kill me.

Comment from Bob
Time: February 13, 2014, 12:59 am

From the Wikipedia article you linked”
“This storm tide, along with others of like size in the 13th century and 14th century, played a part in the formation of the Zuiderzee,[1] and was characteristic of the unsettled and changeable weather in northern Europe at the beginning of the Little Ice Age.”

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: February 13, 2014, 1:32 am

Heres a guy in somerset building his own moat to save his house. In the US, they do this when the Mississippi levee overflows. But in the UK, its the rain. Pretty impressive rain to flood like this. Pretty impressive brit too.


The good part of a heavy rain is that it exposes all the leaks. So you know what part of the roof to worry about and what part is fine.

Comment from lauraw
Time: February 13, 2014, 2:31 am

It has been a dreadful Winter. Stay safe, Stoaty! Do you have a boat?

Comment from Mojo
Time: February 13, 2014, 3:30 am

Surf’s up!

Comment from drew458
Time: February 13, 2014, 6:24 am

When I was a young nipper off at college in the frigid tundra of upstate NY, one year we didn’t have everlasting winter from November to April. That year we had rain instead of Spring. It rained for 53 days, every single day. And I don’t mean light drizzle. We were all just about to go mad, wearing our “duck shoes” everywhere.

I don’t know how you’ve managed to get through 12 weeks of it. Oh wait, yes I do, since we’re having the never ending winter here this year; right now we’re on our way to getting another foot or more dumped on us and the whole East Coast is closed. I’m about to go mad again!!

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 13, 2014, 12:28 pm

Oh what terrible pictures. The poor animals—it’s awfully hard to rescue herds of cattle, horses, et cetera. You can’t bed them down in the gym. And how can you prepare for twelve weeks of storms and flooding.

I live in a flash flood zone, but I’m high on a hill above a large lake, so if I flood, it’s curtains for everyone.

My son rescued a young woman from a flood—carried her in his arms to safety through waist-high water. Their 15th wedding anniversary is coming up soon 🙂

Comment from surly ermine
Time: February 13, 2014, 7:12 pm

“My son rescued a young woman from a flood—carried her in his arms to safety through waist-high water. Their 15th wedding anniversary is coming up soon”

Awesome! 🙂

Pretty cold here in the mid-west, couple of -14 F mornings this week.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 13, 2014, 8:04 pm

AGW in the 11th century, who knew?

Comment from Susan G
Time: February 16, 2014, 3:26 pm

I live in Florida and have had my share of storms. I have a picture of Hurricane Floyd from 1999. It was a monster storm. On the picture is written “God flushed and flushed, but man would just not go down”.

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 16, 2014, 9:54 pm

Ahhh the cruel Sea … sorry, ocean.

It is winter, there was a Ice Age once.

Comment from interesting things
Time: June 28, 2014, 11:52 am

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