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Old July 18th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #101
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On This Day In History - 18th July 1818

John Sykes gives this report in his Local records of adverse weather for this day in history, 18th July 1818:

A tremendous fall of rain, called by the country people a water-spout,fell upon Davyshield Common, and caused the rivulet which passes Otterburn to overflow its banks, carrying away potatoes, turnips, corn, &c.

The rise was so rapid that most of the inhabitants of the village of Otterburn were compelled to quit their houses for safety; the women and children being carried off upon the men's shoulders.

In a few minutes all was confusion and desolation. Scarcely an inhabitant of the village west of the bridge but was a sufferer more or less. The scene was truly awful—swine, hay, dunghulls covered with poultry, and various utensils of husbandry, all driven off by the flood.
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Eco-homes go from freezing cold to swelteringly hot as grumbles continue at South Shields development

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Eco-homes are up for national award



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A SOUTH Tyneside architect who helped turn an eco-friendly housing dream into a reality has designs on national success.

Craig Fitzakerly, managing director of Fitz Architects, was the brains behind the innovative Sinclairs Meadows estate in South Shields, the first carbon negative social housing development in the UK.

The green scheme has already been recognised with victory in the sustainable development category of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence awards, and now it has been entered into the LABC’s National Building Excellence awards.

The awards event will be held at The Brewery in London on November 12.

Residents in Sinclair Meadows’ 21 homes enjoy some of the lowest energy bills in the country as the two and three-bedroom properties boast the largest array of solar panels on domestic dwellings for electricity.

A communal biomass boiler, fed with recycled wood chippings, provides heating and hot water while rooms are south-facing to benefit from the sun’s warmth.


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More on the scheme (text and pictures) which completed approx 12 months ago can be seen on http://inhabitat.com/residents-move-...4039/?extend=1

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Eco-homes go from freezing cold to swelteringly hot as grumbles continue at South Shields development
25 July 2016


Vivien Forrest at her home on the Sinclair Meadows estate.

The Sinclair Meadows Estate, off Western Approach, South Shields, was built in 2014 with a range of innovative ways to store heat and keep energy bills low.

Residents, however, say that they are faced with year-round heating problems as temperatures plummet and soar beyond their control. In January their homes- which are heated by a communal biomass boiler as part of the estate’s ‘green’ ethos – were freezing after the 
boiler broke down repeatedly. Residents at pioneering eco houses who lived through a freezing winter because of heating problems now say their homes are too hot.Now resident Vivien Forrest, 67, says the recent bout of hot weather, combined with the homes heat-saving measures, has seen homes reach temperatures of 30 degrees.

Landlords The Four Housing Group say they are working on a range of solutions. Ms Forrest said: “Why can’t Four Housing come up with a solution to our extreme overheating in our homes? Every year we suffer 30 degree temperatures and, as an elderly person, this is dangerous for me. The eco homes are super-insulated which is wonderful as it saves on bills, but means that no air gets in to the building at all.”

Resident Donna Elliott, 36, who has lived on the estate for over two years, agreed. She said: “We are having serious problems with overheating in the houses in the summer months. Because they are eco houses they retain heat too much during the summer. We have complained numerous times with little being done to help.

Bosses at The Four Housing Group, which manages the estate, said they have been offering advice to tenants to help them cope with the hot weather. Dawn Keightley, group director of operations at Four Housing, said: “Like many properties built over the past ten years, those at Sinclair Meadows incorporate high specification insulation to ensure the properties are environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. We’ve been working in partnership with tenants on an ongoing basis to offer support and advice in coping with the hot weather, including keeping blinds closed and, when it is cooler outside than it is inside, to open windows on different sides of the building. We have also offered to apply solar film to homes to help reduce the build-up of heat for those who feel it is an issue. Once again we would encourage any of our tenants who require further advice to get in touch directly.”
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Old August 9th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #103
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Hoyin it Doon in the Toon

Loads of folk caught out in their summer wear when the heavens opened and it stotted down on Northumberland Street this afternoon - 9th August 2016. The 'Northumberland Dene' running down the street.


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I think this is one typical British summer: some nice days, but plenty of rain in between. I reckon for all this summer hasn't been good, it still won't beat 2012 for rain: it only picked up for the last week of the Olympics and the rest was near constant rain and low temperatures. At least 2016 started well with two weeks of hot weather and there have been some warm, sunny days between the overcast skies.
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Old October 30th, 2016, 04:49 PM   #105
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On This Day In History - 30th October 1811

John Sykes gives this note on storm damage at Clifford's Fort, North Shields on this day in history, 30th October 1811.

This month, after much stormy weather, the high sea washed away nearly the whole of the two slips for ship-building at the Low Lights, near Clifford's Fort, North Shields, together with much of the adjoining land near the Fort Gate.

October 30th and 31st it also washed away some thousands of tons of earth and rubbish ; laid bare and then tore up the foundations of an old fort, which, from the nature of the cement between the stones, appeared to have existed previous to Clifford's-fort, built in 1672.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 08:54 PM   #106
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Surface water problem at the junction Granville Street to Durham Rd, Gateshead



Follow up on Alf's pictures

That is not just a problem with surface water backing up against a kerb - there is a road gulley in that location

For years, like most of the gullies on Gateshead streets, it has been "full of debris" due to lack of "cleaning" - most of the problem to to parked cars not allowing access for vehicle to carry out its operation

During the cycle path works the gulley was dug up and replaced - but in a matter of months the problem has reappeared - perhaps the drain leading from it has a blockage, from memory was not replaced during the works, unfortunately have checked and have no pictures taken by myself

Water flowing across pavement & cycle path is not just a problem in that location

Pictures taken by myself on 04/09/16 approx 1000 showing the build up of water in "depressions" in the bituminous material at the end of some heavy rainfall













With the cold weather and cutbacks on speading of salt think ice may become a problem for the cyclists

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On This Day In History - 21st November 1835

Typing this as the rain knocks against the window and the winds howl............., perhaps not as bad 181 years ago when Thomas Fordyce penned this for his Local Records for this day in history, 21st November 1835:

A very heavy fall of rain, accompanied with violent gusts of wind, occurred this evening throughout the valley of the Tyne, and rapidly raised that river several feet above its ordinary height.

In endeavouring to cross the North Tyne, Mr. Henry Gill, of Williamstone, was unfortunately drowned. In the lower part of the river, on the following day, a great many sheep were lost, and much damage was done to property adjoining the stream.
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On This Day In History - 5th December 1836

This piece from Thomas Fordyce in his Local Records for this day in history, 5th December 1836.

During a violent gale of wind, a chimney at Saltwellside, near Gateshead, fell upon a woman and killed her instantaneously.

Many chimneys in Newcastle, and a high wall in Percy Street, in that town, were prostrated, and several persons were thrown down in the streets and received serious injuries.

A scullerman at Shields was driven out to sea in his boat, and was lost.
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Why you might see barriers by the Tyne in Newcastle on Tuesday

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Why you might see barriers by the Tyne in Newcastle on Tuesday
By Simon Meechan 6 December 2016


The scene after the River Tyne burst its banks on Newcastle's Quayside

The Quayside might look a little different on Tuesday - but do not be alarmed.

The Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council are trying out a new bit of flood-busting kit in the North East. In a live exercise, 700m of barrier will be built alongside the Tyne’s bank to test flood prevention. It is the first time the walls have been used in the region. Staff will be trained on how to put up the mobile defences - which can be dispatched to any British location in 12 hours - and tested in flood-operation drills.

On Tuesday, a one metre high barrier will run from the Copthorne Hotel down to the Pitcher & Piano, to protect the “lowest” section of the Quayside, which floods when water levels reach 3.15m. Support staff will test out technology which sends live data to the Environment Agency.

Ian Cadas, operations manager for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “We know the devastating impact flooding can have on people’s lives and livelihoods. We’ve worked hard this past year improving and repairing flood defences across the North East to protect communities and businesses ahead of this coming winter. This exercise is another part of our winter readiness activities. We can never completely eliminate the risk of flooding but by training staff from the Environment Agency and partners in how to erect the temporary barriers, we add another weapon to our armoury.”

The Quayside is one of five North East locations where the portable barriers could be used. Others are in Blyth, Dunston, Hexham and Skinningrove. More sites are being researched by the Environment Agency.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-tyne-12277783


Photographs and video of the exercise in the later edition of the Chronicle Live @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...oding-12280395


The Quayside barrier test to boost flood resilience in North East, a 700m of flood barrier is put up along the Quayside to test flood prevention plans
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Flood barriers by the Tyne in Newcastle - pictures 06/12/16



Some pictures from various locations by myself from Tuesday 06/12/16 in period approx 1500 - 1515 showing some of the flood barriers in position by the Tyne in Newcastle as following the exercise their removal was taking place





















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On This Day In History - 22nd December 1836

Thomas Fordyce gives this note about the weather 180 years ago in his Local Records for this day in history, 22nd December 1836:

A fall of snow commenced in Newcastle about midday, and continued with scarcely any intermission till the morning of the 26th, by which time a prodigious quantity had accumulated, exceeding, indeed, anything seen in the district since 1828.

The mails from the south on Christmas Day were delayed upwards of twenty-five hours, and on the 26th the mail from the north was thirty-four hours behind time.

All communication with the north by coach was stopped from the 24th to the 29th, when the " Union" coach, due on the 26th, arrived.
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On This Day In History - 30th December 1816

John Sykes gives this report in his Local Records of events on this day in history, 30th December 1816:

In consequence of a rapid thaw, accompanied with wind and rain, there was a great flood in the river Tyne, which was supposed by many persons to have done nearly as much injury, though it did not rise to so great a height, as the flood in 1771, which carried away the bridge at Newcastle.

The water was at its greatest height about five o'clock on the morning of the above day (Saturday), when its appearance was particularly awful. Some idea of the force of the current may be formed from, the circumstance of the Carlisle, London trader, which was lying alongside the quay at Newcastle, having torn up the cannon to which she was moored, and broken adrift. Another vessel also broke adrift from the Carlisle running foul of her, but both vessels were soon after brought up and secured. Most of the other vessels at the Quay were obliged, for security, to bring their anchors ashore and fasten them, up to the stems, in the pavement.

The Quay and lower part of the Close were overflowed, and almost every cellar filled with water. The loss this way was very great, many of the cellars being full of sugars and other dry goods.

A man named James Craig, and a spirited youth named John Hoggins, belonging to Newcastle, were unfortunately drowned, when humanely endeavouring to rescue Robert Lindsay and his two sons, the crew of a keel, which, about eleven o'clock on the Friday night, got fixed lengthways across the second arch from the north end of Newcastle bridge. When the cries of the keelmen had given alarm for their safety, the man and boy seized a small boat and went off to their assistance ; they succeeded in rescuing the men from the keel, but, on their return, were swamped in a strong eddy. The others who were on board the boat, were saved by one means or'other, but the man and boy were drowned.

Great apprehensions were at one time entertained for the safety of the bridge of Newcastle, some of the arches being choaked up with keels and ice, and pieces of timber. Happily, however, the bridge stood firm. The two southern arches of the bridge at Haydon-bridge, were carried away at nine o'clock on the Friday night.

In Shields harbour, some lives were lost by the upsetting of a boat, and upwards of thirty vessels drifted from their moorings, and were driven upon the Herd Sand. Several keels were also blown ouf to sea, with their crews, some of which were seen off Flamborough Head.

The effects of the flood were severely felt by the farmers and others on both sides of the river, in the loss of horses, cows, sheep, pigs, &c.

All the low grounds in the neighbourhood of Ponteland were overflowed, and many of the inhabitants were roused from their sleep by the water entering their beds.

Considerable damage was done at Durham, Darlington, Sunderland, Hexham, &c.

The wind corn mill of Mr. Heron, about half-a-mile to the westward of Sunderland, got amain, and taking fire, from the friction, was burnt to the ground.

On the river Wear, the ships and keels were nearly all adrift, but were secured before they got to sea.

Great damage was done by this storm on the banks of the rivers Tees and Wear.
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On This Day In History - 3rtd January 1854

Thomas Fordyce gives this weather report in his Local Records for this day in history, 3rd January 1854:

One of the most severe frosts that has occurred in this district within living memory was experienced from the commencement of the year to the present date.

On the evening of the 31st of December, the thermometer fell to 21°, and it continued to decline gradually till the morning of this day, when the thermometer of the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, marked 11°, or 21° below the freezing point of water.

In more exposed situations the frost was still more severe, Mr. George Clayton Atkinson's instrument at Wylam Hall having registered 4° both on the 2d and 3d, and at Jesmond and Woolsington very nearly as low a temperature was marked. With the exception of one date (January 15, 1815), when Mr. Losh's observations at Jesmond recorded the temperature at 8°, and a second in 1838, nothing approaching the frigidity of 1854 had occurred within the present century.

On the 3rd, the wind, which had for several days been north-west, veered suddenly and boisterously round to south-east, and the temperature soon afterwards rose considerably.

The change of wind, however, had a most disastrous effect upon the vessels near the coast, as about 1,300 sail of ships had left Yarmouth Roads for the north, and their attempts to reach their destined ports became extremely hazardous, owing to the violence of the storm.

On the 4th, the fleet was off Tynemouth, and although some hundreds of vessels entered in safety, a great number of others went on shore on the Herd Sands and the opposite rocks. The scene was of the most exciting character, and the beach was thronged with spectators throughout the day.

At Sunderland, twelve vessels were driven behind the north pier, and two behind the south pier, twelve went aground upon the Potato Garth, and five more near Polka Hole, making thirtyone in all, about one-third of which became total wrecks, many others being much damaged.

At Hartlepool, eight laden vessels grounded upon the bar, and became wrecks, and a still larger number were driven on shore near the mouth of the Tees.

All along the coast, indeed, the loss of property and life was very serious.

After a temporary calm, the gale again arose on the 7th, and continued to rage with fearful violence until the-morning of the 10th. This second hurricane proved still more disastrous to shipping than its predecessor, owing to the disabled state of many of the vessels still at sea, and at the conclusion of the storm, sixty ships had been wrecked between the mouth of the Tees and Hartlepool, forty at Sunderland, thirty-four at Tynemouth, ten at Warkworth, and nearly forty others at various places in the neighbourhood, besides many which foundered at sea. The loss at the mouth of the Tyne alone was estimated by competent authorities at £45,000.

The hull of one vessel, the Sir R. Peel, which was worth fully £3,000 before the gale, sold for £9, and many other wrecks were purchased considerably under even that sum.

The loss of life was, comparatively speaking, unimportant.

Very little snow accompanied the tempest in this district, but in the south of England a great quantity fell, and the trains which left London for the north on the morning of the 4th, did not reach Newcastle till mid-day on the 5th; and, in consequence of the stoppage both of colliers and railway conveyances, the retail price of coals in the metropolis rose to between 40s. and 50s. per ton.

One of the minor incidents of the storm was the fall, at Hartlepool, of a rock, long known in the neighbourhood as the " Maiden's Bower," which, after having withstood the angry surge for ages, was overthrown and destroyed.

In contrast, writing in 1852, Fordyce penned this note about the month of January:

So mild was the weather at this period, that strawberries were gathered at Tynemouth in the first week of the year, and an apple tree at Wallsend was covered with blossom.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 11:44 AM   #114
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North Sea ‘earthquake’ of magnitude 3.9 strikes 100 miles off the coast

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North Sea ‘earthquake’ of magnitude 3.9 strikes 100 miles off the coast
By Daniel Milligan 3 January 2017


A map of the earthquake recorded in the North Sea (Photo: Google Maps)

An earthquake has struck off the North Sea coast.

The British Geological Survey has revealed that a magnitude 3.9 tremor struck 100 miles off the North Sea coastline. Seismology devices in Glasidale about 10 miles east of Whitby show a quake on Tuesday night.

It is unclear whether the quake caused any damage to buildings on the UK mainland.

A spokesman for the organisation said the cause of the tremor was still being determined. The British Geological Survey has monitoring stations across the UK, with the station detecting this tremor at around 6.50pm. It follows two smaller quakes this week; a 0.9 magnitude tremor in Kirkbride, Cumbria on Monday and a 0.8 tremor in Blakedown, Worcestershire on Sunday.

The largest known British earthquake occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. It was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

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Roof collapses onto Newgate Street, Newcastle after gale force winds batter North East

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Roof collapses onto Newgate Street, Newcastle after gale force winds batter North East
By Kathryn Riddell 11 January 2017



A city centre road has been closed after a roof collapsed onto the street in the early hours.

Newgate Street, in Newcastle , is expected to remain closed throughout Wednesday after a roof collapsed at 2.20am.

The roof, which police told ChronicleLive was part of the former Co-op building, was brought down as gale force winds of up to 60mph swept the region.

Newgate Street has been closed to traffic and pedestrians while a council engineer inspects the structure. Northumbria Police said the road is expected to be closed for “some time” with further debris expected to fall onto the street.

Strong winds have also caused travel disruption across the North East with more than 30 reports of fallen trees across Newcastle alone.

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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...treet-12435193
Roof collapses onto Newgate Street, after gale force winds batter North East
By Kathryn Riddell 11 January 2017



A city centre road has been closed after a roof collapsed onto the street in the early hours.

Newgate Street, in Newcastle , is expected to remain closed throughout Wednesday after a roof collapsed at 2.20am.

The roof, which police told ChronicleLive was part of the former Co-op building, was brought down as gale force winds of up to 60mph swept the region.

Newgate Street has been closed to traffic and pedestrians while a council engineer inspects the structure. Northumbria Police said the road is expected to be closed for “some time” with further debris expected to fall onto the street.

Strong winds have also caused travel disruption across the North East with more than 30 reports of fallen trees across Newcastle alone.

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...treet-12435193

This is a bit surprising don't you think? After the former "Co-op Department Store" has just had such a lot of expensive work done on it, to transform it into a Hotel . . . this happens.

Yes, they do look like insulation blocks of some sort . . .

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This is a bit surprising don't you think? After the former "Co-op Department Store" has just had such a lot of expensive work done on it, to transform it into a Hotel . . . this happens.

Yes, they do look like insulation blocks of some sort . . .

I wonder if the blocks are actually from the flat roofed extension which was built at the Stowell Street side of the building, perhaps it is that roof which has come adrift in the high winds and blown over onto Newgate Street.

A news item on BBC Radio 5 Live has just mentioned that the closure is of Newcastle's main shopping street.
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Appears that the damage has been caused to the roof of Debenham's rather than the former Newgate Street Coop.

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Newgate Street will be shut to traffic for three days - but there is good news for pedestrians

It has now been established that the flying material came from the former Co-op and hit intu Eldon Square - appears that the insulation material did come from the new extension at the rear.

From the Chroinicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...three-12440706
Newgate Street will be shut to traffic for three days - but there is good news for pedestrians
By Simon Meechan 12 January 2017

Newgate Street is expected to be shut to traffic for three days after strong winds blew building material off a hotel roof.

Gales damaged the former Co-op building in Newgate Street early on Wednesday morning. Debris from the Premier Inn’s roof scattered into the road below and hit the Eldon Square shopping centre opposite.

Police and Newcastle City Council shut the road all day on Wednesday as it was deemed unsafe for vehicles and pedestrians. But the council says motorists will have to avoid Newgate Street for at least three days.

Newcastle City Council’s head of building control, David Ewles, said: “We anticipate Newgate Street will remain closed to vehicle traffic for at least the next three days. That is largely dependent on prevailing weather conditions and survey work, and any remedial work which is necessary.”

But there is better news for pedestrians. The council is prioritising reopening Newgate Street for pedestrians, and says it will build a scaffold tunnell along the Premier Inn side of the street so people can safely walk down the road.

Scaffolding will then be built behind the hotel so its roof can be fixed and made safe.

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...three-12440706
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Flooding expected after high tides and strong winds, 12 - 13/01/17

Follow up to the exercise of a month ago - see posts above

From ITV News Tyne Tees website on 12/01/17

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The Environment Agency is warning people to expect high tides and strong winds over the coming days. This could result in flooding. The concern is that dangerous debris could be forced over flood defences.

Teams are putting up a temporary barrier along Newcastle Quayside, at a low lying area next to the swing bridge, and 50 metres at the coast at Blyth.

A full 700m barrier is on standby for the Quayside if needed.

People are being advised to stay safe and stay away from coastal areas.





Teams are putting up a temporary barrier along Newcastle Quayside, at a low lying area next to the swing bridge, Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Full article on http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/20...-strong-winds/

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