Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:49
Wind picked up in the Vale of York around 3am. It was howling in the bathroom fan vent or the stink pipe or something near my head. My cuttings are in a hastily-dug trench by the shed, so they shouldn't fall over. We had wind blowing again around 4:15pm today, followed by snow/hail, but it's all settled down again now. I've moved a long piece of chocolate vine from next door back through the fence to my side and tucked it into a clear pot of compost in the hope of layering it. For a plant considered invasive in some climates, it's strangely reluctant to get layered here. In the process, I found a pigeon. Bottom of the fence, head down, very floppy neck, blood on the beak. Possibly a casualty of the 3am gale?
Had to go round and pick up a lot of plastic and card, too, as the council men did not collect the recycling today. I was passed on the way home by someone's 2l milk bottle with no respect for the speed limit at all.
Current warning here:
Northwesterly gales will continue for parts of southern and western Scotland, and for much of Northern Ireland, northern and eastern England and north Wales during Tuesday. Gusts of 50-60 mph will occur in places, particularly in association with squally showers, and with isolated gusts to around 70 mph in exposed locations in southwest Scotland and along some coastal stretches of Northern Ireland. This warning is an update, removing much of southern England and Wales, where winds peaked overnight, and will be a little less strong today. The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage, for example to trees, and for minor disruption to travel.
Icy patches are expected to form on untreated surfaces later on Tuesday evening and overnight, following wintry showers which leave surfaces wet. These showers may also leave temporary slight accumulations of snow at lower levels in the north of the warning area, but snow is more likely to affect higher level routes, with 2 cm above 200 metres and 5 cm or so above 400 metres, although primarily on grassy surfaces. Strong winds will lead to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions on the more exposed routes.