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Where abouts did the Tyne nearly burst? Further up the valley I'm guessing? Still, it's hardly good news. Presumably it will eventually burst if it's getting close now - we seem to have seen a growth in the amount of spring/autumn flash floods in the past few years.

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Where abouts did the Tyne nearly burst? Further up the valley I'm guessing? Still, it's hardly good news. Presumably it will eventually burst if it's getting close now - we seem to have seen a growth in the amount of spring/autumn flash floods in the past few years.
The Quayside, right in the city centre.
 

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I was down on the Tyne last week at North Shields and the river was only about a foot from bursting its banks. Quite an impressive sight really.
i love seeing the river swelling tbh, looks great. i always check out the tide when im crossing scotswood or redheugh bridge or going along the river by newcastle business park or dunston. for some reason its always a bit disappointing when its low tide and you can see mudflats.
 

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Yeah, I went for a walk along the Quayside on Sunday and the river was as high as I've ever seen it. Couldn't have been much less than a foot off the level of the paths.
 

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that happened a few years ago, the bit of the quayside next to the swing bridge was flooded, but only by a few inches
That regularly happens during the high spring and autumn tides. You'll usually see an Environment Agency type person taking notes/photos in that area when the really high tides occur.

Anecdotally, I was told that the Tyne and Wear Urban Development Corporation put the flood defences in along the Quayside. But they were lowered at the Swing Bridge abutments to allow access for a mini-bus service along the Quayside - which subsequently never occurred.

I'm a bit dubious about that, as the headroom under the swing bridge 'tunnel' is low even for me on my mountain bike, never mind a minibus.
 

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Here in Newcastle too, keeping me awake, so I came on here to see what is happening - not much!
If you ever want to see what the wind is like down at North Shields, the Port of Tyne have weather gauges at three of its locations, North Shields Western Quay (VTS), Whitehill Point (just to the West of the Royal Quays) and Riverside Quay (South Shields - Tyne Dock). Just aim your browser @ http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/business-divisions/marine-and-environmental-services/weather-feeds/latest/

Doesn't give historical data but gives real time and averages but gusts of up to 44.1 mph at the moment.
 

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Yes, crazy winds. The port of tyne site shows speeds not too bad but they feel a lot stronger. Some of the strongest winds I've ever felt just walking around.
 

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^^ Summer was nice. I think people have unrealistic expectations in the UK when it comes to weather. For me the British summer is defined by mild temperatures, sometimes overcast, with occassional rain. Average temp around 19-21 degrees C. It comes with the territory of living at 55 degrees North.

I'm often surprised by my fellow countrymen, many of whom seem permanently surprised (not necessarily you Steve by the way... speaking broadly) that we are not basking in blazing sunshine and 25 degree heat for 3 months of the year, despite the fact that we always have, and always will (until we enter a new geological era) have mild summers with the odd hot day. Same as we always have mild winters, with the odd bad week or two.

I like the British climate, it suits my delicate skin :)
 

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^^ Summer was nice. I think people have unrealistic expectations in the UK when it comes to weather. For me the British summer is defined by mild temperatures, sometimes overcast, with occassional rain. Average temp around 19-21 degrees C. It comes with the territory of living at 55 degrees North.

I'm often surprised by my fellow countrymen, many of whom seem permanently surprised (not necessarily you Steve by the way... speaking broadly) that we are not basking in blazing sunshine and 25 degree heat for 3 months of the year, despite the fact that we always have, and always will (until we enter a new geological era) have mild summers with the odd hot day. Same as we always have mild winters, with the odd bad week or two.

I like the British climate, it suits my delicate skin :)
Well I can remember real summers when I was a child................:)
 

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Well I can remember real summers when I was a child................:)

Thats how I remember them too, but I wonder if I really "remember" correctly . . .

The best summers in recent times ('fairly' recent times, I suppose people would say now!) are 1975 (not often talked about) but the heat 'switched on' on the 2nd day of June and seemed to stay like that until the end of August.

Then ver similar the following year (1976 . . . OFTEN talked about!) but since then, not too many like that!

Bit 'off topic' for the NE1 thread, but I have always been interested in Climatology/Meteorology, etc.
 
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