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I was listening to a gardening program on the radio today and some guy called about planting peas now. The answer was that here in Texas peas will grow and produce all winter as long as you protect them from the occasional freeze. At the end they said "give peas a chance".
 
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My daughter once gave me a Christmas card with a photo of “Peas on Earth.”
 
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Bumper sticker:  Pray for Whirled Peas.
 
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Campbell may get a few whirled peas of his own. Ophelia should be making herself felt about now. The centre track last I looked was due to go over western Ireland and up into Scotland and it reminds me somewhat of how Irma took on Florida.

Irma passed about 120 miles west of me and had lost its full hurricane status while it was still 350 miles further south and moving overland and it was still the single most intense storm I've ever experienced with the possible exception of Dora in 1964 when I was a tyke and forbidden to go out in it. The flooding in Irma exceeded even that of Dora (and ruined the much of the carpets and walls of my next-door neighbor's house). It's nothing compared to what Puerto Rico and Barbuda saw, but it was still formidable and we're still hauling detritus and will be for weeks to come.

Hurricanes often take on the UK and Europe, but usually that's after they've gone post-tropical coming from the US Northeast. Ophelia is a genuine gift straight from the tropics, so stay safe, Campbell!
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:Campbell may get a few whirled peas of his own....


Probably the sticker meant "Pray for World Peace".
 
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Speaking to the side topic, by the time a hurricane hits Ireland it is pretty worn out. Its kind of like when Harvey hit here in Austin, we are far enough from the coast we got only very strong winds and 2 solid days of rain.
 
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Randall Twede wrote:Speaking to the side topic, by the time a hurricane hits Ireland it is pretty worn out. Its kind of like when Harvey hit here in Austin, we are far enough from the coast we got only very strong winds and 2 solid days of rain.



That's under the normal situation where a hurricane comes up from the Carribbean, runs up the US East Coast (or overland), degenerates into a post-tropical weather system, then moves more or less directly East.

Ophelia isn't like that. It was expected to still be a full Category 1 storm almost until the moment it hit land. It was definitely still a hurricane about the time it passed France.

The winds from Irma were still powerful enough that even after its 300-mile overland trip, I was seriously beginning to regret not having boarded up the windows (which are hurricane-spec) and I wasn't even that near the core of the storm. I don't know how long it's taking Houston to dry out, but there are lakes down in Central Florida that only reported subsiding yesterday.
 
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As a resident of Ireland I can report that it's been pretty windy this afternoon, enough so that we all got sent home from work at lunch time. All schools in Northern Ireland were closed today and remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday). All buses and trains ceased operation around 6pm with the Belfast to Dublin train stopping at lunch time. My neighbour has a fence down and there's quite a few houses nationwide with the power out, traffic has been affected by trees down, a few industrial units have lost their flat roof, some sports spectator stands have gotten bent out of shape, and the news are reporting 3 deaths.

Certainly nothing massively life changing so as you say the sting was well and truly out of it before it arrived here. However, as a country we don't get winds like that very often so is pretty disruptive and a little destructive.

It appears to have calmed a good bit now so hopefully that'll be the end of it for us and tomorrow morning will be nice and calm again.
 
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By the time it had travelled the 200 miles to where I am, it had mellowed slightly. We have large twigs and small branches all over the roads, particularly near the park where my daughter lives, and cycling has been difficult, but no more than that. It has eased slightly in the last two hours.
Not nearly as bad as the December Sunday two years ago when the tree across the road from us (a poplar) came down (it is still growing but at about 30° rather than the customary 90° expected from trees) and the reindeer parade plannned for 3.00o'clock for turning the Christmas lights on was cancelled. By 3.00o'clock there was but a gentle breeze.
 
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That's good to hear. In past storms we have had a lot of oaks tip over, but the last 2 major storms apparently ran out of oaks and instead it's been a lot of pines and maples snapping their trunks about 3 meters or so off the ground.

The city and electric authority did a comprehensive job of trimming and storm-proofing earlier this summer and it paid off. Roads were blocked and power lines were downed, but people cleared the roads fairly rapidly and we got back power about 4 days later. Alas, full Internet took several days more. The horror!

The curious thing about Irma was the sheer number of sticks left lying everywhere. They're typically about 10-14 inches long by about 1/4 inch diameter and they're all over the place. Just sticks, no leaves. Mostly swept to the edges of my driveway now, but this is an uncommon sort of litter.

Irma finally got me motivated to get seriously solar. I can conjure up plenty of light, even some lightweight power for a small electric fan/tablets/phones, have charcoal and propane cooking resources (still trying to burn my way through the last ancient cylinder so I can buy fresh ones). But the one thing I can't make in sufficient quantity is cold. The freezer stayed frozen for 36 hours and that was good enough - this time -  but ice wasn't to be had for love nor money. I bought a 100W solar panel and a tabletop icemaker. Turns out that my 300W inverter can't do the trick so I bought a 500W inverter. It can't do it either. The icemaker runs overall at a little less than 100 Watts, but when it first starts a cycle, the compressor motor pulls a whopping 800 Watts for a few milliseconds and my inverters can't handle that. I just ordered a 1KW unit which I hope will finally assure me ice when everyone else is looking for gas for their generators.

(And keep my peas frozen!)
 
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It is almost exactly thirty years (15th‑16th October) since we had Michael Fish say on TV that there was no hurricane on its way and half the trees in southern England were brought down. Where we were in the Midlands it was much more peaceful, but the trains only ran up as far as (I think) Bedford and turned tail and returned north thence.
 
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Some things never change. Rush Limbaugh claimed that Irma was just another hoax by the Librul Global Warming Alarmists and that everyone should just ignore it.

Fast-forward several days and he's boogying off his Palm Beach estate mumbling something something something.

Of course, he wouldn't have had to worry if he'd moved to Costa Rica when Obamacare was passed like he said he was going to. He would have been hit by Hurricane Nate, instead.

The great thing about being a pundit is that no one ever holds you to account for your words. Even politicians rarely get that much of a pass.


Back in '64 a young local weatherman defied the consensus prediction for Hurricane Donna (Dora? I never remember) and told local residents to prepare for the storm. When it hit nearly dead on, it made his reputation as the pre-eminent local hurricane expert and gave him job security for 30+ years. In fact, he may still be forecaster emeritus at the TV station where he worked. I never heard an official retirement announcement.
 
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