13 Oct 2014

The Bay today and North Sea weather.

What a difference a day makes. 24 hours ago we were walking on a warm, sunny beach with a blue skies and a calm sea. Why the change? The Met Office pressure chart below shows the centre of a low pressure area over London, causing the nasty north westerly winds that made today a bit grim if you were outside. Look out into the Atlantic though; there's a big, deep low pressure area out there with lots of tightly packed isobars.

That will mean strong winds, big waves and probably plenty of rain on the way in 2-3 days time. Good. Let's have some cliff collapses and beaches churned up and scoured clear of sand and tourist rubbish so we can have some decent jet and fossil finds. There's a high pressure ridge over Northern Ireland and Scotland that may bounce the low pressure system south and spare us our first good autumn gale.

3 comments:

Richard Carter said...

If the gales could hold off until Wednesday, that would be just great. I'm supposed to be taking an autumnal walk in Grange-over-Sands with Irish Mick tomorrow. Thanks.

(Nice moody photo, by the way.)

Peter McGrath said...

Thanks Richard, it was your photography that was mostly responsible for me splashing out on a DSLR to try to raise my game. You should be OK tomorrow.

Richard Carter said...

Ah! I didn't realise you'd gone for a DSLR! Excellent! That would explain the nice photos.

Some hard-learnt tips that will improve your photos at least 400%:

1) shoot in RAW;
2) post-process in Adobe Lightroom (which costs quite a bit, unfortunately)—it is astonishingly useful;
3) do not fight Lightroom. I did for ages, wanting to do things my own way, but it turns out the chaps at Adobe have thought about these things a lot longer than me;
4) take time to learn all the features of Lightroom. There are some pretty handy tutorials on YouTube. I didn't bother for ages, only to be stunned (about 4 months back) by all the stuff I didn't know it could do.

(Warning: Photos shot in RAW format look very flat. This is because they preserve the maximum amount of detail/data. You have to post-process them to make them look more natural. When you shoot in JPG, the camera does this automagically for you. But you get much better results if you do this yourself.)

I'll shut up now.

Happy snapping!