Friday, 29 June 2012

The Big One (13-6)

Friday 29th June 2012

Waring's Wharf to King's Norton Junction.

The night was the first dry one for a while, but the wind had built up a bit by morning. The sky is still overcast though there are the odd patches of blue to be seen. Cooler and a bit less humid than yesterday. It looks like this part of the UK took a severe weather battering yesterday. 

Television pictures of major flash flooding, cars up to their roof in water and home owners surveying the aftermath. A major drought situation is followed by epic deluge. In places a months rainfall apparently arrived within an hour. Global weather patterns are changing and this is this a portent of the future. A future with global warming seemingly the driver.

There is a temptation to blame every major weather incident on global warming. and for a time I was like one of the "Flat Earth" society believers. However, unusual weather patterns on a global scale seem to give more credibility to the "pro global warming" camp as opposed to the "anti global warming" pundits.

We said goodbye to Mick and Nick as Waring's Wharf and were under way again by 10:30. The sky looked leaden with rain that would arrive at almost any moment. On our cruise to King's Norton we only experienced two short showers. Our first stop was at Lyon's boatyard for a pump-out and to top up the tank with diesel.

As we approached King's Norton Junction the wind suddenly arrived and stated to whip the trees around. Then a heavy shower started, so we called a halt to the day and moored up.

Four Spotted Chaser  © Stephen Burch 
Wildlife: Jays were seen in the hedgerows in ones and twos. Banded Demoiselles in good numbers, Small Red Damselfly, a single Four Spotted Chaser was the best spot of the day!

Not many boats on the move today.

Daily Total
Miles: 7.7
Locks: 1
Swing/Lift Bridges: 2
Tunnels: 1
Pump Outs: 1
Engine Hours: 9.9
Diesel: 40L

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 964.2
Locks: 722
Swing / Lift Bridges: 119
Tunnels: 8
Pump Outs: 11
Engine Hours: 2247.3
Diesel: 40L (49.57)

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