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Title: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on March 31, 2010, 10:45:31 pm
Here's one image I took from the Glenshane Pass last night showing the insane blizzards blowing across the pass with trapped cars and trucks - it was wild!. Diffcult to take when it's dark with a car rocking in the wind and sliding on snow. Note the trees bending in the wind.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/2mnq1di.jpg)

Will post more images and some video in the future, have lots to go through.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: paulster78 on March 31, 2010, 11:30:12 pm
An unbelievable experience id say Martin, pure artic conditions!  Looking forward to seeing more.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Padraig OBrien on March 31, 2010, 11:52:11 pm
epic indeed there would have loving to be there it would be the icing on the cake for me this winter well spring lol. Martin love the NSH pic of the day pic WHAT A SNOW DRIFT!!!


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: rjgjr on April 01, 2010, 03:50:36 am
Great shot Martin, looks more like the Great Plains in the US in January than Ireland! For a second I was thinking he had slid onto the wrong side of the road until I remembered that I drive on the wrong side of the road lol.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: markt on April 01, 2010, 07:39:33 am
Nice!  :o 8)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 01, 2010, 11:23:58 am
Thanks very much guys for the feedback, I will add more soon. Padraig, that was some scene, captured by Conor who was with me at the time, I must post is UKWW link with images.

Richard, lol we were thinking the exact same thing at the time, it was like a US Winter storm, or even a 'white' desert storm with the snow dunes and drfits.

I have uploaded two videos to youtube, however they are no longer accepting my browser so I can't even get the URL links of the videos to post on here which is very frustating, even the buttons on the page are blank. They are bullying people into upgrading to a modern browser, like Internet Explorer 8 - do you think I should download it?, and how many of you use it?, an problems? - would really appreciate the advice before I do it. Thanks.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Paul on April 01, 2010, 12:09:07 pm
Martin, go to Firefox - far better than IE8.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: paulster78 on April 01, 2010, 12:31:24 pm
Like Paul said try Firefox, I switched from IE last year to Firefox, its a great system.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 01, 2010, 01:43:12 pm
Thanks for the suggestion guys, I don't like firefox though, websites look different and I don't like the lay out, I just wanted to stick to IE because I have been famililar with the system for years. I heard bad stories about version IE 8 regarding forums and websites not working on it so that's why I'm worried about upgrading, because once I do it, I don't think IE let's you back to version 7. Maybe I should just go for it anyway  :(


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Paul on April 01, 2010, 02:39:07 pm
Tell you what Martin, this site looks rather better in Firefox with AdBlockPro installed  ;)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 01, 2010, 07:18:44 pm
Thanks for the suggestion Paul, will it in mind if this goes the wrong way.

Just uploaded IE 8, and still I can't get URL links from youtube videos, so I will try the embed options to see if they work.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qS6jKA6OAg0&hl=en_GB&fs=1true

http://www.youtube.com/v/NbWvXRBbM7o&hl=en_GB&fs=1


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Paul on April 01, 2010, 07:34:50 pm
Those look good to me Martin, and more than a bit scary! One of my colleagues was showing me video taken up there on Tues evening - it illustrated perfectly that a BMW is useless in that kind of weather!


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 01, 2010, 07:43:54 pm
Cheers Paul, the vids don't even touch on what it was like up there because of the darkness hiding the blizzard, I was only using the video mode on the Fujifilm S5600, however I got something of a record, plenty of images taken though. I know what you mean about the BMW's, we seen so many of them stranded, nothing but spinning wheels, although having said that the truck wheels were spinning too, we just about managed with front wheel drive. It was hairy going that's for sure - but great fun  :)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 02, 2010, 02:32:01 pm
A few more...

(http://i43.tinypic.com/2aakjh4.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2mpzxqs.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/rkzwy0.jpg)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 04, 2010, 11:36:02 am
I've just completed a two page image account about this event if anyone is interested in checking it out. Will be keeping this one on the site permanent since it made such an impression on me.

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Glenshane%20Severe%20Blizzard%20-%20Page%201.html


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Big Dipper on April 04, 2010, 01:48:45 pm
WOW! That was a fantastic read Martin. 10/10 for trying to convey the atmosphere & the constantly changing feeling from elation to panic. So glad that you managed to control the car before it smacked into the gritter! Also full credit for a collection of superb shots/videos to illustrate the text. Almost gave me goosebumps just looking at them. My favourite has to be the eighth shot (if I've counted correctly) down on page 2 of the hilly background and winding road. The shots following it with the contrasting pink background clouds also look spectacular.

Thanks for sharing. Dare I ask how long it must have taken to put that report together? A superb read for sure!
(http://www.mackenzie1963.freeserve.co.uk/Smilies/snowstorm.gif)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 04, 2010, 06:50:17 pm
Thanks very much Andy for your kind words and for taking the time to read the account, It took me 2-3 days to do and I got round to completing it at 04.30 this morning, so that's why I need to go back over it and correct spelling mistakes, my eyes and brain had enough at that time of the morning lol.

I went for a 3 mile walk around Glenshane forest today with my Dad, it was exhausting in the snow, it almost put me to bed early. The snowdrifts are 4ft deep or more in places after days melting in the Sun, there are dozens of trees flattened and laying across the trek where we walked, some of the trees were snapped clean in half like twigs, one was +60ft long, it looks like a serious event had taken place there. Other trees moaned leaning on their neighbours ready to fall on unsuspecting walkers, one thing is for sure, I would not have liked to have been here on Wed night with those trees coming down!. Funny thing was after seeing +8ft of snowdrifts several days ago there was a guy there today stuck in 1" of slush/snow which only covered 6ft of a lay by, he was out with the shovel as we drove past - comical that he would get stuck in that  :)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Padraig OBrien on April 05, 2010, 12:09:10 am
Martin congrats on that great account, read of the snow storm was such a treat for me in these boring weather times lol those drifts are really eye popping candy the patterns they make are fascinating to me if i say so myself. Got some a few days ago myself on the Wicklow Mtns was up at 480 m asl and there were lovely have photos on the IWN Network.
By the way whay could'nt have they built the road around the Sperrins instead of cutting through the Pass they mus'nt have known what sort of weather you could experience up there ugh road authorities these days ??

Padraig.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: brianb on April 05, 2010, 12:21:08 am
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By the way whay could'nt have they built the road around the Sperrins instead of cutting through the Pass
It's a long way round.

Incidentally the Glenshane usually grabs the headlines but the Coleraine-Limavady road "over the mountain" is usually worse when there's a snowfall. Even so, people prefer to try to drive over it than go 10 miles extra at sea level.


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: markt on April 05, 2010, 12:07:47 pm
Fantastic set of reports Martin, I really enjoyed reading them :)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: martinastro on April 05, 2010, 09:20:49 pm
Thanks Mark, here's a few more snaps of the snowdrifts 5 days after the main event.

(http://i44.tinypic.com/6fujoy.jpg)

(http://i43.tinypic.com/1pargm.jpg)

(http://i43.tinypic.com/9bkuom.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/2wmgh1l.jpg)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/10h391x.jpg)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/17zd7c.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/3324coj.jpg)


Title: Re: Glenshane Extreme Blizzard - March 30th
Post by: Roman White on April 05, 2010, 09:40:11 pm
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Impressive!  :o