Saturday, December 10, 2011

minus three and worse to come!!... 2011-12-10

 Snow before dawn!... heavily montaged!! it had almost passed whilst still in the car (c) 2011
 First Light.... on Mountain... with snow moved through (c) 2011
 pre sunrise.... scud (c) 2011
 Mist enveloping the Moor at dawn.... (c) 2011
 Downfall and Scar.... (c) 2011
 Hazy cold col....(c) 2011
 Snow Squall..... one of many!!... pre sun (c) 2011
 instability over Lancs.... rapidly developing cunim (c) 2011
 pre sunrise.... (c) 2011
 cumulus fractus..... (c) 2011
 a wonderful mix!!.... (c) 2011
 snow looms large.... (c) 2011
 evacuate evacuate..... (c) 2011
 snow squall passing through!.... just missing us.... (c) 2011
the 0930hr sky.... evil affect!.... (c) 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 10 December 2011
Counting period: 7:05-9:35
Weather: wind WSW3, cloud-cover 4/8, precipitation snow, visibility 40000m, temperature -3 ℃, 0 increasing 9ok, wind F5 in squalls.
Observers: Dave Barker, Lester Ward

Woodpigeon 5 S + 150 NE
Meadow Pipit 3 -

Totals: 158 individuals, 2 species, 2:30 hours

Comments: A very active snow squall before dawn was almost preventative but none of the other many cunim snow squalls visible really got us. All in all, virtually no birds but the exceptionally dramatic skies were worth every minute of discomfort!! A single big group of pigeons NE with 5 in bits going west. Mips were a single and a 2 going south.