A Spanish Plume

  morddwyd 07 May 11

Learn something new every day.

I've just been on the Met Office website, looking at the surface pressure charts.

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It appears we are in the path of a series of low pressure troughs, known as a "Spanish Plume".

  Quickbeam 07 May 11

Not to be confused with a Scottish soor plume.

  Forum Editor 07 May 11

The Spanish plume

was mentioned in a TV weather forecast a few days ago. I've not heard the phrase before, and I assumed it was dreamed up by someone in the media department at the Met Office.

  Quickbeam 07 May 11

I found this reference and description for a Spanish Plume that occurred in 1968 Spanish Plume

  eikonuj 07 May 11

Quickbeam, a very informative link, thanks.

  Forum Editor 07 May 11


An interesting link - I'm the wiser for it.

I see we may expect to experience "obsidian skies, sonorous thunder, and riotous electrical fulmination" as a result of the Spanish plume, which makes me quite glad I'm not flying this weekend.

  morddwyd 07 May 11

There really are some glorious constructions available in the English language!

  Forum Editor 07 May 11

As Dr. Watson might have asked 'I say Holmes, did you see that riotous electrical fulmination over the moors?'

'No Watson, but I heard the sonorous thunder, and glimpsed the obsidian sky, which leads me to surmise that we can expect some heavy aqueous precipitation within the hour.'

  onthelimit1 07 May 11

In 40 yrs of listening to a daily met brief in the RAF, I never heard the phrase before.

  Quickbeam 08 May 11

If you Google Spanish Plume the reference to this post has dropped to page 6 which suggests that lot of people are doing searches to find out what it is, which in turn suggests that it's quite rare to get one.


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