Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Weather and a countdown

I see that John Hee is noting the approach of spring in the New Forest. This really perks me up. Our daughter and son-in-law live in Minnesota. Yesterday it was -11°F (-24°C), with a windchill of -40°F (-40°C). No problem. She says she only fell down once.

Right now, Woodbury’s weather is unusually warm for this time of year, but it’s giving me good Scotland practice: a few degrees above freezing, frequent rain showers, and occasional gusting wind. Paul and I looked like drowned rats after our walk this morning, but my Precip rainjacket continues to make its case for inclusion in my TGOC kit.

Alan Sloman reminds us that Challengers have the Napoleonic 100 Days before we begin our trans-Caledonian stroll, and calls these the days of preparation and nervous apprehension. He’s exactly right, at least in my case. I hope I avoid a personal Waterloo and am able to “look back and smile at all those imagined terrors of this time.”

Thanks, John and Alan, for vital encouragement of two different kinds.

3 comments:

John Hee said...

"occasional gusting wind" - well very nearly good practice conditions. Just drop out the word occasional.
But hope its sun and balmy breezes all the way

Alan Sloman said...

Hi Mark

Be prepared for nights of -6C (not sure what that is in Farenheit) which are quite common. However, when it is that cold at night it's usually becasue of steady high pressure, which means that the following day might well be stonkingly hot and you will be breaking out the sunhat.

There again, there have been Challenges where it has seemingly rained solidly for two weeks!

One thing is for sure - you will experience a whole lot of weather - very often four seasons in one day.

Mr. Grumpy said...

"seemingly rained solidly for two weeks!" What do you mean seemingly? Ah but then you are too young to remember '83, rained every day for most of the days; '86, Chernobyl- warning "don't drink the water" despite the fact that it fell out of the sky for two weeks solid; '94, the year of snow instead of rain but only for the first week. Then again there have been the years when we were roasted for two weeks and Challengers were retiring through heat exhaustion. I'm missing it already!