I am sure that everyone is heartily sick of hearing about storm Ophelia (on the radio it always sounded like ‘stormaphilia’ which must be a love of storms) but the power went off yesterday afternoon and was off for almost 24 hours so I was unable to post while we were being battered by what was, according to who you listened to, the worst storm for 50, 60 of less years. It is strangely ironic that it was 30 years to the day after the ‘great storm’ that hit the south of England. Of course there was no damage there this time but I happened to be ‘hit’ by both.
As it happens, the storm seemed to do less damage than expected here but I believe that to be because of the gales we had in February 2014 which caused real havoc and thinned out the weak trees. Yesterday’s storm was supposed to pass in about 4 hours but it lasted much longer, from about 12 till 12! What was weird was the lack of rain and the warmth – it was like being in front of a hair drier. Anyway, it is all over now, till the next one.
What was shocking today was to see the effect of the searing wind on plants. I am not convinced that the strength of the wind exceeded February ’14 – I remember standing in the garden terrified as the roaring wind sounded like an animal. But yesterday the wind was relentless and scorched the leaves, sucking the life out of them.