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A Spanish Plume


morddwyd

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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".

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Quickbeam

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Not to be confused with a Scottish soor plume.

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Forum Editor

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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.

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Quickbeam

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

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eikonuj

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Quickbeam, a very informative link, thanks.

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Forum Editor

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Quickbeam

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.

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morddwyd

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

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Forum Editor

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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.'

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onthelimit1

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

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Quickbeam

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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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