Saturday, 13 February 2016

Calm between storms

It is certainly a weather rollercoaster at the moment. I managed to get out last weekend up to Grovely Wood, and then Storm Imogen struck on Monday. This resulted in me stuck on the A35 for an hour as part of it was shut around Dorchester due to flooding!

Thankfully, Thursday was a beautiful day for meeting up with a friend in the Forest - we walked around Canada common near Wellow on the edge of the Forest. You could certainly see the flood storage use of this large area - indeed, much of the Forest is flooded at the moment with Brockenhurst pretty much an island!

The Forest is well placed to act as a sponge, protecting the many surrounding urban areas from flooding, soaking up the copious amounts of rainfall we've been having this winter, and holding it back from the towns and villages. This property could be even more valued in the future, as climate change is predicted to see even greater fluctuations in our weather - the irony of predicted weather being even more unpredictable!

And so, once more, into yet another band of wind and rain. It always seems to time its impact for when I'm crossing the Town Path in Salisbury at the weekend, resulting in much bedragglement and rustling of full top-to-toe waterproofs whilst shopping.

I'm off skiing for the next couple of weekends, so there'll be a bit of a hiatus in posts - a bit of a contrast to the winter here!

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