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Thursday, 13 February 2014

holding back the tide?

Thames barrier up today
After the fire alarm a few days ago, things have settled. Even the tube strike was called off. The weather has been interfering with my ongoing cable-car commute, because of occasional high winds closing the Air-Line.

Nonetheless, this morning it was working and I could get a view of the Thames Barrier. It was raised again for the umpteenth time this year, to protect London from the highest tide for 60 years.

They explain it's the gulf stream's route that is causing the deluge and that the water is being picked up around the other side of the world. Fluid mechanics in action.

3 comments:

Accidental Londoner said...

Wow, so cool you can commute via the cable car. AND you get to see the barrier in action. How interesting! Makes the number 29 bus sound super-mundane.

Pat said...

We tend to get the US weather and apparently the warm Atlantic turns the snow to rain.
Not much fun is it?

rashbre said...

Accidental Londoner Yes, I'm enjoying the Air-Line at the moment. Surprisingly different views each day.

Pat I sometimes see bad US weather and try to work out how long it will take to reach us.