Sunday, November 18, 2007

THE SURGE


That's a photograph of the seafront at Walcott near Great Yarmouth, England as the storm surge rages along the east coast. The surge came within metres of breaching storm barriers but some nesting bird sanctuaries were flooded.

6 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

I ought to point out that these storm surges happen, on average, about once every fifty years. We have 'tide marks' on the pub wall round here where the flood level reached back in Victorian Times. And in the fifteenth century several villages were consumed by the waves. (There still out there under the briney to this day.)
To be honest, this latest installment passed without any real incident by comparison.
Now, I'm not saying that Global Warming isn't a very real issue (because I'm sure it is) but the storm on the east coast recently was just the usual fifty year combination of low pressure meets full moon meets a scare mongering television news report designed to fill in the gaps where genuine investigative journalism used to exist.

Andrew said...

Makes Victoria's west coast look tame.

JahTeh said...

Bangladesh's storm surge sort of put it in better context. I wonder how much of Pommyland would be left after a cyclone and a 15 metre storm surge? Nice to see the pubs made it through though.

Our east coast is the big worry Andrew, as we've just seen in the Gippsland lakes area. Have you been through a storm in the Port Campbell area(west coast)? The way the water pours into the harbour is hairy.

Brian Hughes said...

"I wonder how much of Pommyland would be left after a cyclone and a 15 metre storm surge?"

Well, good old Lancashire and Cumbria would survive (it's 'cos we've got the mountains, see?) along with Scotland and Wales. The rest of the country might be wiped out though...so there's no downside on the whole.

Mikhela said...

Unrelated to your post, I just popped by to say...
'MOTHERS!'
in an exasperated tone

JahTeh said...

15 foot storm surge, 5 metre storm surge, stupid metrics.

Keep that in mind Mikhela since you're about to join the band. It's amazing how much you don't want to be like your mother but it's in the genes.