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Post by Steve T » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:49 pm

Being weird (not news too many on here :roll: ) I like to nip out after a good deluge and see how destructive the local rivers have become when fed with around 24 hours of rainfall. So yesterday, once the rain has stopped, out I popped . . .

1st stop is Garmouth, which has the Spey river gouging a path through the countryside right next to it.
There is a house behind that dense stand of trees . . .
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This picture was taken in Feb 2019 . . .
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Looking down stream towards the Garmouth railway viaduct . . .
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Bike parked next to the river further up stream . . .
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. . . and just over the bank, the river itself
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Finally, well up stream at Craigellachie bridge yesterday and a few years earlier . . .
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Re: Wet Wet Wet

Post by daveuprite » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:59 pm

Good pics, Steve. I love a nice 'before and after' shot. If it's flooding like this now, lord knows what's in store by the Spring.

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Post by Steve T » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:13 pm

Cheers Dave.

We have had it fairly easy up here compared to some areas lately. And even when we do get a REALLY heavy spell of wetness, the drains and rivers usually have the capacity to cope . . . famous last words maybe :shock:

Not sure the area could cope with a years worth of rian in a day thought :shock:

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Post by SteveR » Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:16 pm

Cracking pics Mr T :P

Forecast before the w/e looked really poor for the Highlands, saw one that said 140mm in the day...!

Drove back through one extended cloudburst this afternoon in the pickup and pulled over for 10 mins. Hope we don't see another Winter like last time. :cry:

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Post by Oop North John » Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:17 am

Steve T wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:13 pm
We have had it fairly easy up here compared to some areas lately. And even when we do get a REALLY heavy spell of wetness, the drains and rivers usually have the capacity to cope . . . famous last words maybe :shock:

Not sure the area could cope with a years worth of rain in a day thought :shock:
I think the area of land that drains into each river is much less in Scotland than, for example, England, so usually our rivers don't flood as often / much as there. Though Storm Frank 5 years ago proved you shouldn't rely on that thinking!

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Re: Wet Wet Wet

Post by SteveR » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:00 pm

Oop North John wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:17 am
Steve T wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:13 pm
We have had it fairly easy up here compared to some areas lately. And even when we do get a REALLY heavy spell of wetness, the drains and rivers usually have the capacity to cope . . . famous last words maybe :shock:

Not sure the area could cope with a years worth of rain in a day thought :shock:
I think the area of land that drains into each river is much less in Scotland than, for example, England, so usually our rivers don't flood as often / much as there. Though Storm Frank 5 years ago proved you shouldn't rely on that thinking!
Interesting point...

You thinking smaller catchments and closer proximity to the sea anyway?

Certainly something like the Severn is carrying the water off a lot of land by the time it leaves Wales, then of course, it picks up more and more English tributaries as it heads South.

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Post by Oop North John » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:58 pm

SteveR wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:00 pm
Oop North John wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:17 am
Steve T wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:13 pm
We have had it fairly easy up here compared to some areas lately. And even when we do get a REALLY heavy spell of wetness, the drains and rivers usually have the capacity to cope . . . famous last words maybe :shock:

Not sure the area could cope with a years worth of rain in a day thought :shock:
I think the area of land that drains into each river is much less in Scotland than, for example, England, so usually our rivers don't flood as often / much as there. Though Storm Frank 5 years ago proved you shouldn't rely on that thinking!
Interesting point...

You thinking smaller catchments and closer proximity to the sea anyway?

Certainly something like the Severn is carrying the water off a lot of land by the time it leaves Wales, then of course, it picks up more and more English tributaries as it heads South.
Severn / Ouse / Thames certainly have big catchment areas, especially if you compared to the Clyde / Tay / Spey and I'm sure they'll have must longer distances to the sea, plus more of Scotland is hillier so the gradient of our rivers will be greater. I know we tend to be wetter, so the river system will have been moulded by Mother Nature to accept the extra water.

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