Storm Ciara

It is often very windy on the Cumbrian coast.  The day before Storm Ciara arrived the wind was already blowing strongly. With the onshore wind a storm surge of 2 metres (over 6 feet) was predicted. The sea defences above the lower promenade are about 4 feet high. There are gaps where the paths and the lifeboat ramp cross from higher up the foreshore. The debris left after the storm shows the highest point reached by the tide. The size of some of the pebbles thrown up by the sea is frightening – a less obvious reason to stand well back than the chance of being swept away.

In recent months the beck has carved out a path along the bottom of the cliffs. Storm Ciara filled it in, leaving the beck to find a new route to the sea, percolating through the shingle.

The winds have continued for days. By the time this post is published we will be being battered by Storm Dennis, following a few days behind Storm Ciara.

My sympathies are with those living inland, who have been affected by flooding and/or disruption  to water supplies or electricity outages. Surprisingly our power went off and was restored in the early hours of Saturday before the worst of the weather. We should not take the work of the engineers for granted. They work outside in some appalling weather conditions.


Having stayed indoors for a whole week suffering from a respiratory virus I was glad to get out in the sunshine. With my scarf wrapped round my face to protect my sinuses and my hood up to protect my ears against the biting wind, I was happy with the results of my photography.

The tide had been particularly high with the onshore wind. I managed to judge the combined effect of the shutter delay and the waves to obtain some contrasting snaps –  or perhaps I was just lucky!

If waves fascinate you I posted some photos of waves in May 2018.

Nature’s power

After a storm last month I took some photos to demonstrate how the wind and waves move solid objects around and divert the course of waterways. Crashing waves may contain stones as well as water. The pebbles had been piled up almost to the level of the promenade at one point. There were also pebbles on the horizontal surface below the railings alongside the beck.

The beck has been diverted by the movement of pebbles so that it is tending to undercut the cliffs. Two of the photos show the pattern of the waves on a fairly calm day. As we returned the surface of the beck was disturbed by the wind, blurring the reflections.

I posted photos earlier of the part of the cliffs affected by a fire in the summer of 2018.