Caroline Shipsey

Friday, 6 February 2009

Mendip Hills Extreme Weather

There has been snow and ice up here all week making life just a little tricky at times and it has been steadily getting worse. I've been awake since 5am this morning,there has been several inches of snow overnight and in the past hour (its now 6.45am) there has been thunder and lightning plus even more snow. The windows on both the front and back of the house are now almost completely covered with snow which has blown and frozen, and as I write more lightning. There was apparently 8 inches of snow according to the evening news.

It's compelling to take photographs at every opportunity, there hasn't been snow like this since 1991 and I want to make sure I have the best possible record of how we are affected here on the Mendips - just in case it doesn't happen again for another 18 years.

Sorting through photographs from my trip to Wales has been time consuming, especially as I managed to delete them completely somehow,(eventually recovered!!) added to this are the hundreds of recent snow and ice pics, many of which will be consigned to the trash though. So far I haven't managed to upload anything for over 2 weeks which is why there are no images with my recent blog entries.

Yesterday there was a bit of a thaw which resulted in deep slush on most roads up here, some motorists don't realize it can be just as dangerous as ice though. A stupid person managed to come off the road outside our house and plough straight through a wall into the field - and this on a completely straight road with clear visibility.

The sun managed to break through and give a spectacular light show as it finally sank below the hill, not something we see often up here.

Big drifts fool 4WD folks