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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A sundog, geese and ice skating at frozen Marshside

Sub-zero temperatures frequently increase the chances of interesting natural events. Today, a sundog was witnessed (on the left side of the solar orb) over Marshside.

A sun dog or sundog (also called a parhelion, plural parhelia, for 'Beside the sun' or 'Mock sun') is a specific type of ice halo. It is a coloured patch of light to the side of the sun. Sundogs can be seen anywhere in the world during any season.

In Europe or USA they might be seen 1-2 times per week but are not always perceptibly bright. They are caused via the refraction of sunlight on ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Sundogs are nothing new, regardless of modern conspiracy theorist beliefs. 

They were referred to by ancient Greek and Roman writers, such as Aristotle and Cicero. Moreover, the Greek poet Aratus logged this natural phenomenon as part of a series of weather indicators.  

The frozen marsh gave this covert of argumentative coots a chance to have a go at ice skating. 

In the warmer brambles this inquisitive little guy is never far away... 

Before, this was moving water. Now, in harsh December it's solid ice following the last few days of low temperatures.

There's always a great feeling of seasonal continuity when the geese arrive en masse over the cold, winter, marshlands. In the distance Blackpool Tower may be seen over the Ribble Estuary. 

Incoming: a skein of Canada geese landing on the marsh ...

The cold days are growing shorter as we head towards Yuletide once more ...

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

In Pictures: festive goings - on in Formby today

Romans galore today as seasonal festivities took place in Formby Village ...

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, in attendance. 

And for a brief period it even snowed...

Pat Regan © 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Fire crews rush to Southport’s Coastal Road tonight

Tonight, the Fire Brigade arrived to deal with a crashed car resting on its side on the Coastal Road, close to Weld Road.

The first attempt to secure the car, a Vauxhall Corsa.

A second fire crew arrived and before long the car was successfully turned over.  

 Crashed car secured by fire crews.

The road was temporarily closed, while the car was dealt with.

Pat Regan © 

Monday, 4 December 2017

December 2017 supermoon

The supermoon of December 2017 illuminated the UK skies last night as it moved nearer to Earth, appearing 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

The December full moon, traditionally known as the Cold Moon, thankfully peeped out of the clouds long enough to allow a few shots to be taken.

Above: for comparison, this was the moon a few days before it became full in clearer skies.

Pat Regan © 




Sunday, 3 December 2017

In Pictures: Southport's Xmas Parade 2017

Once again, the ever-popular Xmas Parade hit Southport's streets tonight.

Delivering donated toys to Springbrook Children's Home in Ainsdale... 

Traffic in the Parade forced over as ambulance had to push its way through... 

Well done to all good folk involved in this amazing parade ...

More here...  

Pat Regan © 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Southport by night in pictures

Lord Street in Southport after the Xmas light were switched on...

Pat Regan © 

Ainsdale - but what is that UFO in the sky?

I colourful sunset over Ainsdale beach but what is that white object in the sky?

Could it be a bird, a plane or a star perhaps or even a flaw in the lens?

Magnified some 2400 times the UFO is seemingly a real object due to the pixalation present.

I make NO lofty claims to its identity but I am unsure about what this one actually is....

Pat Regan ©

More ... 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

RAF Woodvale’s new Gate Guardian - UPDATED

This morning the aircraft, Hawk XX247, was being assembled at RAF Woodvale.This is to be Woodvale’s new Gate Guardian.

Prior to this aircraft’s arrival here, others that served in this gate position included the Meteor, Phantom and also the Jet Provost. 

Above: the earlier Gate Guardian, a Jet Provost,  seen in 2015. 

RAF Woodvale  is currently home to four flying units. This station continues its long history of delivering flying training.

Although the base was created as an all-weather night fighter airfield for the defence of Liverpool, it did not open until 7 December 1941. 

After the raids in May 1941, the German air assault diminished, as Hitler turned his attention towards attacking the Soviet Union. 

The last German air raid on Liverpool took place on 10 January 1942, destroying several houses. 

That particular year started off rather quietly with little action from the Nazis.  However, on 10th January a German pilot was harassed by British fighter planes and dropped his bombs over Liverpool to lighten his aircraft for escape. Stanhope Street and Upper Stanhope Street were hit as a result of his actions. At least 13 people perished due to this bombing. 

RAF squadrons were transferred to Woodvale from southern of England during WW2  for short rest periods, through which time they defended Merseyside. 

308 (Krakowski) Squadron was the first to arrive at Woodvale, on 12 December 1941, from RAF Northolt before leaving on 1 April 1942.

Squadrons were rotated regularly. Several were Polish, including 315 (DÄ™blinski) Sqn and 317 (Wilenski) Sqn.  

The arrival of the new Gate Guardian marks an historical day for the RAF facility.

Finally in place later today... 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Formby's Xmas event - before the switch on...

Sights and sounds of Formby's Xmas 2017 event this afternoon, before the main switch on tonight...

Pat Regan ©