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1  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: UK/Ireland Thunderstorm Outbreak Thurs May 5th - Wed May 11th on: May 06, 2011, 01:48:49 am
looking good!!!!!
2  General Category / Photography / Re: Stena Voyager M.E.S Deployment. on: February 25, 2011, 09:00:41 pm
Cheers martin, just realised i posted the same photo twice lol yea mark the passenger figures were pretty dismal during the winter months, it holds 1500 people and there were sailings where we had less than 100, in the summer though it was crazy, it was booked solid for 2 weeks straight when the ash cloud stopped the flights! I'm up on the bridge this week so il get a few more snaps when at sea, the view is awesome!
3  General Category / Photography / Re: Stena Voyager M.E.S Deployment. on: February 25, 2011, 12:17:37 pm
i think it was the stena discovery sailed on the dublin route, theres a few of these boats in the uk, but i think theyre getting phased out. very costly to run, your talking upwards of 15 grand a day in fuel costs etc.
4  General Category / Photography / Stena Voyager M.E.S Deployment. on: February 25, 2011, 01:22:39 am
Hi folks here is just a few snaps from work on monday, we were performing a drill and launched the m.e.s (marine evacuation system), it involved going down the slides and into the liferaft, it was a good experience and i didn't appreciate the size of the vessel until i was up beside it at sea level! She is some boat, its a shame she's going in september! Sad













one from the bridge


5  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Possible Waterspout Over Shetland Islands - Feb 7th on: February 11, 2011, 12:32:42 am
i asked around with a few folk i work with on the ferries from scotland with no joy, it would be a cracker seeing one offshore, will have to make a habit of bringing the camera to work with me!
6  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: December Severe Cold Spell Thread on: December 31, 2010, 11:08:17 am
Just a few snaps from the recent cold spell!





sorry for the lack of them, spent half the time getting cars unstuck!!
7  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Deep Low Pressure Thurs 11th-Fri 12th November on: November 10, 2010, 10:01:50 pm
Just waiting on that phonecall from work to say my shift is cancelled  Grin
8  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Deep Low Pressure Thurs 11th-Fri 12th November on: November 10, 2010, 12:50:45 pm
This should make for some interesting work on the ferries tomorrow morning Smiley Luckily i avoided the previous storm when i was off on leave., what was supposed to be a routine 3hr crossing took 12 hours according to a work colleague! This is what th met office shipping forecast is giving for tomorrow morning!

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind-Northwesterly, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, veering westerly or southwesterly later. Sea State-Very rough or high.

That has to be one of the worst sea forecasts ive seen for the irish sea since i started working on the boats.

WMO Sea State Code Wave Height (meters) Characteristics
0- 0 Calm (glassy)
1- 0 to 0.1 Calm (rippled)
2- 0.1 to 0.5 Smooth (wavelets)
3 -0.5 to 1.25 Slight
4- 1.25 to 2.5 Moderate
5- 2.5 to 4 Rough
6 -4 to 6 Very rough
7 -6 to 9 High
8- 9 to 14 Very high
9- Over 14 Phenomenal
9  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Convective Outlook - UK/Ireland - Wed Aug 18th on: August 18, 2010, 12:27:25 am
829 j/kg cape and -3 li for belfast tomorrow?? could be interesting
10  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Convective Outlook - UK/Ireland - Wed July 21st on: July 21, 2010, 12:41:28 am
The one day ive had off in 3 weeks, let there be storms!!!  Smiley
11  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Multi Vortex Funnel/Tornado Event!! - Maghera Area - April 29th on: April 30, 2010, 12:22:51 am
Sounds like an immense experience! fantastic pictures aswell! congrats!!!
12  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Convective Outlook - Ireland & UK - Fri April 30th on: April 29, 2010, 07:42:43 pm
Happy Days!! time for a trip up white mountain tomorrow afternoon!
13  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Iceland volcano - Ash Cloud to UK on: April 17, 2010, 01:52:38 am
just a quick snap taken from my friends phone at stoneyford lake on the evening of the 15th

14  General Category / Photography / Re: A walk in Hillsborough Forest Park on: April 09, 2010, 01:04:03 am
Couldnt get over the size of that swan, a good sense of scale is that im 6ft4
15  General Category / Photography / Re: A walk in Hillsborough Forest Park on: April 09, 2010, 01:00:59 am
Another addition from last sundays walk lol

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