Apparently this has developed into a thing now in the UK. Well southern England anyway... just crazy...
Ashley Road, Ryde
New Esplanade Court, Paignton
The White House / Cary Court, Torquay
The Earls Court pool CIDP is about 15-20 foot now, but it is dwarfed by the 30 foot Robusta. That CIDP will start putting on 3 foot of growth per year now though at that size, like the others.
Splashdown Quaywest waterpark in Paignton has a lot of CIDP's growing there, which will be as big as some of the others I have posted in another decade or so...
North Ford Road, Dartmouth
Anyone got any photos of big CIDP's towering over pools? These UK ones are a work in progress still obviously. I know a lot of people are against the idea of growing CIDP's next to pools and having them tower over eventually like the ones in the first picture I posted. I know some people feel the same with Washies and many other big/tall palms. Personally, I love the look of it.
Well as we transition from winter to summer, I think this probably warrants a post. Some devastating bush fires on Saturday evening in northwest England. It's like something you would expect to see in Australia or Greece during their summer. I'm now hearing that a cigarette butt may have caused this inferno below near Liverpool! An entire nature reserve lost and 800 people evacuated from their homes.
How the actual hell does a 'wetland' catch on fire in March!?
This is crazy...
The scale of the damage on Sunday morning
As if that isn't enough, another fire was absolutely raging in Cumbria as well on Saturday. Language warning on this one but the video is absolutely crazy for northern England in March. I suggest you mute the sound before you play the video. This looks like the Hollywood hills during fire season.
There was another one burning in Derby on Saturday night as well...
Here's another one burning away in Mannings Heath...
Another on Shawforth Moor...
A forest fire in Oldham, Manchester in early hours of Sunday morning too
Wildfire at Dawns Glaw in Wales on Sunday...
Northern England must have been the most fire-active place in the world on Saturday 19th March 2022. Over 20 separate fires recorded this weekend now. I know Texas is having them as well.
Lots of dry weather coming up now as we go into the warmer, drier period. April's have become exceptionally dry in recent years averaging just 0.1 inches. It could be a bad fire season this year. The peak isn't usually until about June, with fire season typically running from April - September. In recent years May and June have seen the worst fires with some in July. It may have started earlier this year due to the drier than average autumn/fall and winter. It will be interesting to see how this develops going into April.
So I had a couple of hours spare and challenged myself to see as many palms as possible in the Richmond area of London, which is in the southeast of capital. I have put together a photo-documented record of palms in this vicinity of the city and their progress up to now.
First up, Butia Odorata…
This Jubaea is something else
The Brahea Armata is getting bigger
Parajubaea Cocoides growing under the Yatay
Washingtonia and smaller Jubaea
Yucca Elephantipes, one of the most common exotic plants in London
Typical London CIDP
I had to visit the two Kew/Richmond Robusta’s up close. The neighbour’s front yard has had all the big Trachy’s and Chamaerops cut down though!
Another Brahea Armata
It was a mild early February day in southeast London…
CIDP’s aplenty too…
Terrific washingtonia lurking down a side road in Mitcham…
Spotted a few more CIDP’s as well…
I actually missed quite a few palms off, but I can’t complain given the decent haul I managed to view and photograph still, all in the space of about 2-3 hours. That also included a stop at Richmond Park for lunch too, so it was a fairly productive visit.
Right, so this has pretty much come out of nowhere over the past 24-48 hours. Two major Atlantic storms are due to barrage into us this week with the first less severe one making landfall on Wednesday evening, affecting northern areas more. However the second more severe storm is due to hit central England with extremely violent wind speeds affecting the whole of the UK. That second storm is the one I am worried about down here in southern England. Potentially 100mph+ winds in the pipeline, looking at some of the models.
This is the first, and less severe, storm Dudley that is due to hit Scotland and northern England on Wednesday. This will still bring widespread disruption for most of the UK...
Here's the second storm. This map looks real nasty, so hopefully it doesn't verify. The UKV model is predicting 110-115mph winds off the coast of Wales and southwest England as Eunice makes landfall with category 2 hurricane wind speeds. I have 70mph gusts forecast for me here at 6am, before it even properly arrives.
The DWD Icon model is terrifying. 80-90mph winds for me here at 3pm on Friday. 100mph off the southeast coast of England. Again, hopefully this model does not verify either.
Potentially 130mph winds off the southeast coast of Ireland and UK. That is category 4 hurricane strength winds! Heaven forbid it makes landfall at that strength.
Worryingly there appears to be a third, even bigger storm building up behind the two others...
There seems to be multiple scenarios and it could potentially be downgraded, or even upgraded further yet still. Some really worrying runs appearing in the models.
This needs to go in the bin/trash. Record wind speeds are going to be getting set in the southeast on Friday if this materialises. Potentially 100+ mph winds just southeast of London.
The French Met are commenting on it, so you know things are serious. I hope those wind speeds are kmh and not mph!!!!
London has a high of 17C / 63F forecast for Wednesday, but make no mistake it will still be overcast and windy as storm Dudley crashes into northern England and Scotland. The hurricane force winds won't arrive until Friday (black triangle) for the south of England, when storm Eunice makes landfall. Hopefully it gets downgraded between now and then...