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Wednesday, 8 January 2014 17:16
sazandra: (is it Friday yet?)
Oh boy did Oxford has horrendous traffic at the moment..  The current flooding has closed Abingdon Road (going south out of the city centre); Botley Road (coming west) was partially flooded in several places and where it turns into Westway it's completely flooded then overnight they closed the road completely; plus yesterday was day back after Christmas & New Year for many schools etc too.  The rivers around here have been on flood alert since Christmas, it's only these last couple of days, with even more rainfall, that it's turned to flood warnings.

High Street and St Aldates were gridlocked yesterday evening and the bus driver of the number 10 I was on from Cowley to the city centre suggested we get off at Queen's Lane and walk the rest of the way.  When I got into the city centre I could see hellishly long bus queues in St Aldates and again in Bonn Square for another route.  George Street was strangely quiet, the queues weren't too bad and an S1 arrived at the stop shortly after I joined the queue.  Of course the bus soon found traffic and it took rather a long time to do the two miles to Botley/Elms Parade thanks to no doubt some traffic that would usually use the Abingdon Road combined with partial flooding in several places on the Botley Road and all the way across where it becomes Westway.  Got home at 6:40 pm (having left the office at 4:15 pm).

A bus using colleague who left the office after me last night ended up walking most of the way into the city centre as the gridlock in the city centre spread further and further out and thus up the Cowley Road.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10917592.Cameras_snap_water_logged_land_as_floods_swamp_county/?ref=mr
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10917571.Homeowners_are_on_edge_as_more_rain_is_due_to_fall/?ref=mr
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10915254.Here_come_the_floods/?ref=mr

Today with Botley Road closed the journey into Oxford this morning was diverted along the A34 from Botley to Peartree then down the Woodstock Road to drop off at the usual (pickup) bus stop in George Street and amazingly I was still in St Aldates to get my usual 6:50 am number 1 bus.  Tonight coming home I had a lift from a colleague who lives in village about three miles north of here and I got home 35 minutes after leaving the office without having to run the gauntlet of the city centre or the S1 on diversion.

At least both major bus companies have got their act together quite well considering the traffic. The 400 Park & Ride service that usually goes Thornhill P&R (east of Oxford) to Seacourt P&R off the Botley Road hasn't been going to Seacourt since Monday when that car park started flooding so they've now got the 400 running to and from the railway station (it usually goes past it like the S1 etc)  to city centre (then off on it's usual route to Thornhill) so that all the other bus routes that usually terminate at the railway station are able to terminate in the city centre (or at Gloucester Green bus station)  - and it's not like there's a lot of trains running since there's a whole load of flooding (as usual) on the lines to/from Didcot limiting speed etc. 

Link to stuff today:
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10920703.Blog__Oxfordshire_flooding_latest__Wednesday__January_8/?ref=var_0

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Monday, 28 October 2013 18:48
sazandra: (Default)
Seems we got off quite lightly around here with the weather in the last 24 hours, okay reports of the occasional fallen tree in Oxford and the south of the county but not the problems the storm with such high winds caused in more southern counties.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:14
sazandra: (Crichton in black)
1 day until Chevron 8.0 and I have almost finished packing, basically just my kindle to go in my new shoulder bag and a few odds and ends to go in my case, and the weather looks like it will be reasonable as in dry and reasonably warm for the weekend, which is something of an upturn considering this year so far has been the chilliest  in 50 years.

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Friday, 22 March 2013 19:02
sazandra: (Default)
10 weeks until Chevron 8.0   

Have we got to soon yet?

As far as the weather is concerned we certainly haven't got to spring yet.  Here today has been wet, windy and bitterly cold.  Tomorrow snow is due to return.

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Monday, 18 March 2013 00:18
sazandra: (winter ~ Sazandra)
The forecast for today was for rain with snow showers on higher ground further north and west of here in the Cotswolds, what we actually had here was a bit of rain followed by an inch or two of snow.

Seems the county got caught out a bit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-21821820 ;

When the snow first started coming down here about 8:30 am it wasn't normal sized snowflakes, it was two or three inch long feather sized pieces that laid quickly even though it was onto wet ground.  Once the snow stopped falling it soon started to melt on the roads and pavements.

Am thinking it will be winter boots again in morning as it's forecast around freezing overnight, even if it's dry under foot it will be chilly at the bus stops.

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Saturday, 30 June 2012 14:18
sazandra: (Rick Savage Def Leppard)
Saturday and the right side of my neck is almost back to normal :)
Am almost certain this has just been me getting very run down.

Last day of the month and dad's weather station shows we've had just over 6 inches (about 15.5 cm) of rain this month and it could go up a bit more since the forecast is for some rain later today. Looking at the weather map on the BBC website it shows rain to the west of this afternoon so we could get some at any time. At least we haven't had the torrential storms and flash flooding that have occurred elsewhere recently.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:40
sazandra: (a light angel ~ Sazandra)
Following on from yesterday's post, Thames Water are ending the hosepipe ban from midnight tonight :) Does this mean the weather might improve? Around the time they brought the restrictions in the weather went downhill.

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Monday, 4 June 2012 10:42
sazandra: (Rick Savage Def Leppard)
Today there is actually some sunshine and blue sky along with rather a lot of big clouds but at least it isn't bucketing down with rain like yesterday. Yes the weather realized the bank holiday had been moved so was okay last weekend then did the usual trick of being lousy this weekend. All I'm going to say is the Queen looked pretty cold on that boat at yesterday's river pageant in London and it's a good job they had a plan b for yesterday's lunch down in the village square if it rained of putting the tables and chairs in the parish church and the nearby church halls.

We didn't go down for that though we may go down to the square for the beacon lighting tonight, providing it isn't pouring with rain again. Not sure how much there will be much to see since it will be a torch up on top of the church tower (well it is the highest point in the village) unlike other places around here where they're having a bonfire up on a nearby hill or the like.
sazandra: (snowflakes)
1) Story about drivers spending the night stuck on roads.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16891654

2) Picture of sheep/cattle/other herd of animals in snow.
fifth slide in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16889537

3) Critizing authorities etc for not being prepared.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096586/UK-weather-Now-big-freeze-thanks-sub-zero-nighttime-temperatures.html

1) and 3) the forecasters have been warning us for several days of inpending S N O W ! There is such thing as having to wait for it to fall and settle before you can deal with it, you can't exactly catch it on the way down and ask it nicely to fall on fields but not on roads.

Here we had less than an inch of snow, barely enough to cover the grass and on the road outside it turned icy on cold surface but has melted somewhat and turned slushy and grey. Unlike the last few times we've had a fall of snow no desire to go out and take photos, not really enough of the stuff to look picturesque here and I'm quite happy to stay snug and warm indoors - and it is quite a bit warmer that the last few days.

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Saturday, 1 October 2011 15:01
sazandra: (autumn view - coy-dreamer)
First day of October and it feels like high summer with the living room door into the back garden open wide. Unlike yesterday at least today there is some high cloud but it's still pretty warm outside.
sazandra: (snowflakes)
Saw this image on the BBC news last night, kind of spectacular in it's own frozen way BBC News - Frozen Britain seen from above
sazandra: (snowflakes)

BBC News - Sleepover for snowbound shoppers

Well there are way worse places to get stuck in bad weather.

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Sunday, 9 March 2008 11:54
sazandra: (flooded fields 2 ~ Sazandra)
It looks quite a nice day out there today, sunshine and lots of big fluffy clouds but the forecast isn't good "large parts of England and Wales are preparing for what is predicted to be the worst storm of the winter" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7285859.stm

I'm glad I don't have to travel to work tomorrow, unfortunately the latter part of the week doesn't look good either.

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Sunday, 20 January 2008 10:29
sazandra: (flooded fields 2 ~ Sazandra)
Yesterday afternoon Dad and I went for a walk.

Somewhere in the middle of this is the River Thames:
Read more... )

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Wednesday, 4 July 2007 20:20
sazandra: (Daniel season 7 gif ~ Sazandra)
Police lock up bikes on streets http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/6262942.stm
Some people are either very trusting or just don't care.

Global CD sales slump in 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6265436.stm
Not exactly surprising.

Where has the UK's summer gone? (and the Netherlands' and Denmark's too)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6269046.stm
From that it sounds like April was 'summer'.
Okay I could complain about the amount of rain and how chilly it is at times but at least I'm not going to be suffering from heat exhaustion and trying to avoid brilliant sunlight.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2007 21:34
sazandra: (flooded fields ~ Sazandra)
Wellies at Henley this year.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/6267132.stm

Pictures of hailstorms this afternoon:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/6267038.stm
It doesn't look like it can possibly be July in some of those.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2007 23:29
sazandra: (flooded fields ~ Sazandra)
At least somebody is making use of the flooded flood plains of the River Thames: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/6268037.stm

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