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Storm over Derwent Water

December 22, 2013

On the shortest day of the year we went to Keswick.

Walking from the town to shores of Derwent Water we were overtaken by a great storm.

The wind blew with incredible force, bending the trees. The rain drove sideways. Thunder cracked right over our heads and lightning shot its light all around us.

Derwent Water was beset with huge waves, the landing stages and shoreline under water, the moored passenger boats looking as though they were adrift on the lake.

In a moment a very wet-looking Catbells had vanished.

The wind threatened to blow us off our feet, sending the shoreline gravel up the lane and crashing into our legs. Gales on the high fells and gusts of up to 95 mph.

Even with waterproofs we were soaked.

It felt like the twilight of the gods.

So we retreated into the Theatre-by-the-Lake for tea.

And by the time we came out – not twenty minutes later – the wind had all but gone, the trees were still and the rain had stopped.  The sky was blue and the mountains clear as crystal.

It was as though the great storm had never been.

Such is the often momentary interludes of wild weather in mountain districts.

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  1. December 23, 2013 2:45 am

    And wild and changeable weather in not-so mountainous districts! It was lovely and sunny here today until the very second I set out for my walk. Then it was gales, hail, sleet and bitterly cold – I wasn’t chuffed but nor was I surprised!

    Glad YOU know the correct date of the shortest day – so many people think it was yesterday – I blame the BBC for their mind-poisoning!

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