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Waiting for Bertha #2

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 13 August 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Just over a week ago I was following the progress of Hurricane Bertha as it formed in the Caribbean and tracked northwards to the west of the Bahamas, eventually it neared Nova Scotia before becoming an extra tropical depression and heading across the Atlantic towards Great Britain and Europe. At this point the Met Office and television weather experts began getting all silly and excited, weather warnings were issued, predictions were made of a month's worth of rain in a few hours, damaging gusts of gale force winds etc. Needless to say, I thought they'd all over hyped the event, but others took heed and towns were totally deserted on Sunday, as if a Cat. 5 hurricane had driven everyone into underground shelters! I searched around South Shields for someone to photograph, for some catastrophic consequences of this weather event, for pictures of flash floods or damaged buildings - but all to no avail.

Yes, South Shields was bereft of people, and sadly missing much of the rain that was forecast, we got a few odd showers but nothing too heavy at all. The breeze was brisk at times but nothing to fear, it all ended up as a damp squib here - all very silly I suppose, but I bet others have better weather tales to tell about Bertha.

This is the coastline at Marsden South Shields showing Camel Island and Velvet Beds as we waited for ex-hurricane Bertha.

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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13 Aug 2014 6:13am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Oh Curly Bertha stood you up :)

13 Aug 2014 9:35am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The calm before the storm ..... so to speak! Wonderful processing here Curly! ;-)

13 Aug 2014 11:45am

Maryvonne from Sorel, Canada

une belle ambiance, j'aime

13 Aug 2014 2:29pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Nice bit of coastline with millpond flat water.

13 Aug 2014 2:41pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I'm glad there was no damage from the storm.

13 Aug 2014 2:51pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


14 Aug 2014 8:35am

1/180 second
ISO 200
82 mm (35mm equiv.)