The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

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1 April 2010

Force 11 gusts at PTC

As predicted - the daffodils bloom and along come heavy rains, freezing temperatures, vicious squalls and high winds!  Typical!!  The gardening 'experts' have been so VERY persuasive in their recommendations to plant Mediterranean type drought tolerant plants in readiness for all the predicted global warming - huh!  After a winter and spring like this - where are all these 'experts'?  Did they follow their own advice? What are they saying now?

Here at PTC our previous highest ever recorded gust of wind stood at 52.62 mph for 2 years.  Yesterday it roared up to 65.47 mph - check that out on the Beaufort scale!  Thank goodness the high winds were only gusting and the anemometer on the chimney stood firm!



Beaufort Wind Scale
Force
Wind Speed
DescriptionEffects Land / Sea
mphkm/hrknots
0<1<1<1CalmStill, calm air, smoke will rise vertically. Water is mirror-like.
11-3
mph
1-5
kph
1-3
knots
Light AirRising smoke drifts, wind vane is inactive. Small ripples appear on water surface.
24-7
mph
6-11
kph
4-6
knots
Light BreezeLeaves rustle, can feel wind on your face, wind vanes begin to move. Small wavelets develop, crests are glassy.
38-12
mph
12-19
kph
7-10
knots
Gentle BreezeLeaves and small twigs move, light weight flags extend. Large wavelets, crests start to break, some whitecaps.
413-18
mph
20-28
kph
11-16
knots
Moderate BreezeSmall branches move, raises dust, leaves and paper. Small waves develop, becoming longer, whitecaps.
519-24
mph
29-38
kph
17-21
knots
Fresh BreezeSmall trees sway. White crested wavelets (whitecaps) form, some spray.
625-31
mph
39-49
kph
22-27
knots
Strong BreezeLarge tree branches move,  telephone wires begin to "whistle", umbrellas are difficult to keep under control. Larger waves form, whitecaps prevalent, spray.
732-38
mph
50-61
kph
28-33
knots
Moderate or Near GaleLarge trees sway, becoming difficult to walk. Larger waves develop, white foam from breaking waves begins to be blown.
839-46
mph
62-74
kph
34-40
knots
Gale or Fresh GaleTwigs and small branches are broken from trees, walking is difficult. Moderately large waves with blown foam.
947-54
mph
75-88
kph
41-47
knots
Strong GaleSlight damage occurs to buildings, shingles are blown off of roofs. High waves (6 metres), rolling seas, dense foam, Blowing spray reduces visibility.
1055-63
mph
89-102
kph
48-55
knots
Whole Gale or StormTrees are broken or uprooted, building damage is considerable. Large waves (6-9 metres), overhanging crests, sea becomes white with foam, heavy rolling, reduced visibility.
1164-72
mph
103-117
kph
56-63
knots
Violent StormExtensive widespread damage. Large waves (9-14 metres), white foam, visibility further reduced.
1273+
mph
118+
kph
64+
knots
HurricaneExtreme destruction, devastation. Large waves over 14 metres, air filled with foam, sea white with foam and driving spray, little visibility.
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