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On 26/11/2021 at 17:59, HibeeJibee said:

Is this a true rare superstorm or has last 18 month reset everybody's "intervention threshold"?

Well must say damage to trees in eastern Berwickshire is startling - entire plantations flattened (in some parts all torn off halfway up leaving a forest of jagged spikes), lines of old trees planted in Napoleonic times or earlier down like dominoes, stretches of main road still single-file where they've cut passes through mountains of lumber. Certainly worst for decades. Sad.

Near me:

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Somebody lost their head:

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@heedthebaa's hoose:

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10 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

Well must say damage to trees in eastern Berwickshire is startling - entire plantations flattened (in some parts all torn off halfway up leaving a forest of jagged spikes), lines of old trees planted in Napoleonic times or earlier down like dominoes, stretches of main road still single-file where they've cut passes through mountains of lumber. Certainly worst for decades. Sad.

I'm guessing that's because the ancient trees are left standing on their own under some protection order instead of surrounded by thousands of others to share out the battering from the wind, like many years ago?

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12 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

Well must say damage to trees in eastern Berwickshire is startling - entire plantations flattened (in some parts all torn off halfway up leaving a forest of jagged spikes), lines of old trees planted in Napoleonic times or earlier down like dominoes, stretches of main road still single-file where they've cut passes through mountains of lumber. Certainly worst for decades. Sad.

Near me:

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Somebody lost their head:

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@heedthebaa's hoose:

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Never witnessed wind like it, but think I got off light. One summerhouse into next doors garden, another with no roof and 8 tiles off. EUFC got it bad anaw

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Shame to see the big hoose (Gunsgreen?) in Eyemouth with the tiles aff. Hopefully it'll get repaired before too long.

Eyemouth suffered 140 years ago when a windstorm on "Black Friday" in October 1881 wiped out their fishing fleet. There was a plan to expand the harbour but the money went to the North East instead otherwise Eyemouth United might have played in the Scottish League rather than Berwick or Peterhead.

 

 

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12 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

I'm guessing that's because the ancient trees are left standing on their own under some protection order instead of surrounded by thousands of others to share out the battering from the wind, like many years ago?

I'm no naturalist so wouldn't know.

What makes it so stark is it's not localised, it's over the whole landscape - 'skittled trees' wherever you look. Not just old deciduous monsters either. Even passed 2 areas of modern evergreen timber woods - near Grantshouse and on Greenlaw moor (part of which my grandfather planted decades ago) - huge lengths of which look like scenes from an atom bomb test or the Tunguska event.

EDIT: it must have been exceptionally strong for a while up on the moor as there was a stretch where several roadsigns were all bent the same way from the force of the wind.

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1 minute ago, HibeeJibee said:

I'm no naturalist so wouldn't know.

What makes it so stark is it's not localised, it's over the whole landscape. Not just old deciduous monsters either: passed 2 areas of modern evergreen timber woods - near Grantshouse and on Greenlaw moor (part of which my grandfather planted decades ago) - huge lengths of which look like scenes from an atom bomb test or the Tunguska event.

I'm not either, just thinking that a big mix of young and old trees, some more supple and others with deeper roots, would give more protection than pine factories and isolated copses of old trees. Sounds horrendous though, think the worst that happened in Inverness was the odd bin blowing over.

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8 minutes ago, tamthebam said:

Shame to see the big hoose (Gunsgreen?) in Eyemouth with the tiles aff. Hopefully it'll get repaired before too long.

Eyemouth suffered 140 years ago when a windstorm on "Black Friday" in October 1881 wiped out their fishing fleet. There was a plan to expand the harbour but the money went to the North East instead otherwise Eyemouth United might have played in the Scottish League rather than Berwick or Peterhead.

 

 

Aye there’s been tears over the Big hoose ffs, I’m more devastated over the Taverns roof blawn aff, there was a EUFC race night on Saturday night cancelled 

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2 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

I'm not either, just thinking that a big mix of young and old trees, some more supple and others with deeper roots, would give more protection than pine factories and isolated copses of old trees. Sounds horrendous though, think the worst that happened in Inverness was the odd bin blowing over.

In terms of damage it's certainly worse here than January 1987 ("the Michael Fish storm").

Local opinion seems to think it may be the worst since January 1968 ("the Glasgow storm"), but for example my father insists there are far more trees down this time.

If so you'd potentially have to return to October 1881 in these parts, which was in a league-of-its-own and would certainly eclipse it.

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Just now, heedthebaa said:

Aye there’s been tears over the Big hoose ffs, I’m more devastated over the Taverns roof blawn aff, there was a EUFC race night on Saturday night cancelled 

How can you be devastated Heed mate, you avoided getting a round in... :lol: :cheers

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Got my power back at 10pm last night - been off since 4pm on Friday. 

I had my woodburner installed a couple of weeks ago so that was brilliant timing - even managed to cook meals on it which was particularly satisfying.  However, it was wierd not having easy access to the phone or internet (even 3G and 4G intermittent on my mobile) - spent the evenings reading by torch and candle light.  Some neighbours are still waiting for power but this is no surprise given the number of trees doon.

Went for a walk round my golf course - next to my hoose - I would say around 50 or 60 trees down......worst I have ever seen and probably the worst windy storm of my lifetime.

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Was wondering whether a lot of damaged was caused by the storm blowing in an unusual direction. On the west coast we had gales but it was a bitterly cold wind, I had to go to Largs during a high tide and was expecting coast road being closed or getting hammered by breaking waves but the swell was blowing down the river. The Western ferries also went off for a while too even though they hammer through rougher weather all the time.

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Was wondering whether a lot of damaged was caused by the storm blowing in an unusual direction. On the west coast we had gales but it was a bitterly cold wind, I had to go to Largs during a high tide and was expecting coast road being closed or getting hammered by breaking waves but the swell was blowing down the river. The Western ferries also went off for a while too even though they hammer through rougher weather all the time.
Think this was part of it for sure. We have no damage, but the giveaway about the wind direction for us is where all the fallen leaves had gathered. Normally we end up with a pile at the end of our driveway as the wind generally blows through the gap between our house and next door. We ended up with a pile of leaves under our living room window which has never happened in the 11 years we've been in this house.
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Went out for a walk yesterday and never quite appreciated just how many trees have been annihilated up this way.

This is the current state of the tarmac track that I regularly use (looking along the 'track').  Everything along one side of the forest has been flattened as if there was a nuclear blast:

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8 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

Went out for a walk yesterday and never quite appreciated just how many trees have been annihilated up this way.

This is the current state of the tarmac track that I regularly use (looking along the 'track').  Everything along one side of the forest has been flattened as if there was a nuclear blast:

Aye it's like that all over eastern Berwickshire:

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Side roads still being reopened and power reconnected today. Must be 10s of thousands of trees down. It'll take years to clear, if they ever are.

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6 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Aye it's like that all over eastern Berwickshire:

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Side roads still being reopened and power reconnected today. Must be 10s of thousands of trees down. It'll take years to clear, if they ever are.

Can you deliver to Fife.

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