Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oxenhope.... fractus invades! 13-03-2010

Deep fractus invades and spoils the day... sun spots in evidence (c) 2010

Sun Spot 1054 is growing rapidly and poses a threat for C-Class Solar flares... see:

for a better image.

Royal Jordanian Airlines overhead! Airbus A-340-200 (c) 2010

W F2 rising W F5, -1degC, 65km reducing 100m, 2/8 increasing 9/8 stratus fractus, QNH 1027 steady.

0700 - 0930 / 1200 - 1500hr

Hopes of a good morning initially soon demolished by a total block of rolling fractus advancing over the moor out of Lancashire.... just c30 minutes of suitable conditions albeit very cold then the morning closed down at this altitude. However in the initial clear conditions it was obvious that since last weekend big influxes of Skylarks and Curlews had come in and that Oystercatchers had come back to the moors too. Stuck it out for a few hours but it obviously wasent going to clear soon. Sad but interesting that whilst the sun, reduced to monochrome, was always visible veiled by deep fractus and sporting two prominent sun spots that it never got through properly. Tried again in the afternoon but whilst the sky had cleared, little was moving in it up here.

Moving Birds:
Meadow Pipit 3 > N
Curlew 6 > W
Golden Plover 1 > N




Blogger Brian Sumner said...

Disappointing when it starts off clear blue skies and then suddenly gets blanked out. Bet it was bitter cold up there too,you did well to stick it out so long.

March 13, 2010 8:58 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Very disappointing Brian... but forever an optimist... hoping for better tomorrow? Would have stayed longer but things to do in the valley.


March 13, 2010 9:11 pm  

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