Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Battened down ...

It's been a stormy night ...

Not in the thunderstorm and lightning sense, but very strong winds and rain. Skopelos news reported last night ...

'Various weather forecast sites are predicting a storm overnight tonight (Monday), with winds estimated to reach 75kph, strong gale force 9 on the Beaufort scale. The worst of the weather will pass in the small hours of tomorrow morning, although heavy rains are expected this evening'

Well this time the weather forecast was right. Now they are a lot nearer the action than we are, friends on Alonissos must be feeling the full force of the winds. 

On this occasion we are sheltered from the gale, it's coming hard from the north east. However I can hear the howling of the winds as it gusts. (Note to self) I never want to live in a house that does not have shutters again. They keep out the worst of the weather, keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

Only yesterday, I was reading of snowfalls in northern Greece. We have friends in Florina, and they had problems yesterday as a result of the snow.

Today will be another trawler free Tuesday, so no fresh fish again. The boats remained in port yesterday again too.

However my friend up in the Wirral, (who hates fish but eats our Hake - cleverly disguised as Codfish) will be pleased to know, the fire is still warm, and Arkalos red and white wine in Carrefour, was flying off the shelves yesterday at just €1 a bottle .... 


It helped that the new shopping baskets had finally arrived, and you no longer had to fight for one, from the eight left in the store at the tills. Talking of bargains, Last week's special offer of washing powder, was wiped from the face of the earth on Saturday. 

Strangely some of the corner shops, now seem to have a good supply of the same article this week but it's much more expensive. This week it's the Carrefour own brand on special, that one will be harder, for the island entrepreneur's to shift ...

It still looks like this winter on the rock,  is going to be a tough one ...

Later update:

Weather conditions have improved during the morning ...




So its now just 'rough' in the new harbour ...


Nea Limani 08:50am ...

Just after this photo was taken, the wind took my hat for around the fifth time this morning. Despite a valiant attempt, at a catch. This time the carry was around 40 metres. It ditched in a puddle the size of a lake. Nasa with the moonshots, and waiting USS Nimitz, could not have plotted it better back in the 60's ...

Nikos at the Nunki Observatory weather station advises: High wind gust 96.6km/hr - 10 bf

Thats why today the flying cat is riding out the storm in Glossa, and Proteus is still moored in Volos. Its going to be a quiet day in the port.

The €1 wine lake in Carrefour has evapourated overnight, watch out for that Arkalos cheeky red and white in the tavernas next summer. Unless its used for something else.
This mornings bargain was Honey - a scant resource even here - but an essential winter cold remedy. Two grabbed just before the locusts descended ...

13:00 Stop press:

Keep talking Greece report that trees have been brought down in Athens due to the weather, and that  in suburbs where trees were fallen, residents rushed with saws to get wood for their fire place ....

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