Saturday, 13th December, 2014.

Weather Warnings

     Yes, we’ve had some atrocious weather right across Wales in the last week.   So bad was it that we had to import a phrase from our American cousins and call the thing a “weather bomb”.

I don’t know what we called such a phenomenon when it’s happened before, so “weather bomb” was an easy phrase for the Yanks to slip into the English language.

That’s another thing in favour of the Welsh language:  it’s its own master and can’t be corrupted by people with vested interests slipping in words of their own.

Those of you who have long memories will recall that we had similar weather last Winter:  horrible storm-force winds and lashing rain.   In my opinion, unless a plan to stop the damage humankind is doing to the planet is implemented in all nations, the situation will get worse.

So let each of us do what we can to convince our politicians – Assembly Members or MPs – to get stuck into the issue of Climate Crisis.

A Result Of The Situation

     Down in Pembrokeshire, Scomer and other islands off that fair county have the reputation of being covered in puffins.   They’re delightful birds, and I’ve spent lots of time just sitting and looking at them.   It’s a restful practice.

Alas, that atrocious weather of last Winter had a terrible effect on Pembrokeshire’s puffin population.   A report says that thousands of the birds have died due to that weather.   It seems that they couldn’t get enough food during the massive sea swells.

Puffins are monogamous, but they’ve bred later than usual this year.   Their offspring hatch a lot later than in other years.   And their parents are having difficulty in keeping up the chicks’ food supply.

It has been said that the puffin population will recover – if we don’t have extreme weather conditions for the next few years.

Another great reason to fight Climate Change.

An Ill Wind?

     One would have thought that the wind-farm industry would flourish in the present gales.   But a firm which makes the turbines in Chepstow is laying off three-hundred-and-thirty of its staff.

Did someone once tell me that wind-farms were a solution to energy supplies . . . ?

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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