Storm Clouds

Evening Storm cloud

We seem to be having April’s weather in May this year all of a sudden, which has given me some amazing big sky scenes from my own doorstep. Here’s a very simple composition, a “skyscape” image of nothing but clouds brewing into a full on storm that I took on the verge across my road in quite magical evening light.

Evening Storm cloud
Evening Storm cloud

 

Stiffkey Sea Squall

Sea squall at Stiffkey

I’ve been out of action for a bit , so it was a real pleasure to take a short trip out to the coast yesterday evening for a gentle landscape shoot in some interesting weather conditions. This shot is of a sea squall passing across the beautiful saltmarshes at Stiffkey in Norfolk.

Sea squall at Stiffkey
Sea squall at Stiffkey

Hailstorm at Wells Next The Sea

Beach huts in hail storm at Wells-Next-The-Sea beach

On my dog walk this week I enjoyed a beautiful rainbow in front of an ominous inky sky… oblivously enjoying the colours, I completely forgot to check the wind direction, I got caught out by the hail squall it was caused by!

Beach huts in hail storm at Wells-Next-The-Sea beach
Beach huts in hail storm at Wells beach
Birds fleeing hailstorm and sea squall
Birds fleeing hailstorm and sea squall
Rainbow and Sea Squall at Wells
Rainbow and Sea Squall at Wells

The December Norfolk Storm Surge

Storm damage to the dune complex at Wells beach from the sea surge in Norfolk, December 2013
Storm damage to the dune complex at Wells beach from the sea surge in Norfolk, December 2013
Storm damage from the sea surge in Norfolk, December 2013

December 2013 brought unusally mild winter weather to the UK in terms of temperature, but instead the jet stream lashed us with a dangerous and violently destructive combination of high tides, and strong storm force winds that caused a sea surge on the North Norfolk Coast that was more severe than the infamous North Sea Flood of 1953. Thankfully in the intervening years sea defences were improved and held well. This time though the flood water was higher we had good warning that saved many lives despite wreaking havoc at many of the beaches and coastal reserves. The storm event has dramatically re-shaped the coastal environment, permanently changing the profile of the East Anglian coastline.

A visit to Wells beach about a week after the incident brought home to me the full force and elemental power of nature that had been unleashed. The sheer strength of the  sea surge breached the two landmark giant dunes as well as sections of the previously dune-sheltered tidal lagoon channel towards Holkham beach, ripping out the wind smoothed sand hills, and the dune grasses that held their forms in place and ploughing thousands of tonnes of sand across the beach plain towards the beach huts and smashing a new vertical sand cliff when it reached the edge of the Corsican pine plantation.

Here is a small gallery from my visit showing the damage and changed profile of the beach