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Old 06 January 2009, 15:04   #1
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We need an icebreaker

I just LOVE this weather - it may have been -11.5C last night but so what - anything is better than rain!!!

Never seen Swansea marina so frozen - they tried breaking the ice up but no success - ice easily strong enough to walk on.
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Old 06 January 2009, 15:06   #2
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And Brecon - looking like Narnia.

I wouldn't mind betting we will have a really nice summer - mild wet winters lead to summers just the same!!!
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Old 06 January 2009, 15:10   #3
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Never seen Swansea marina so frozen - they tried breaking the ice up but no success - ice easily strong enough to walk on.
is it pure salt water in the marina or is there a flow of fresh water that looks like quite thick ice. you going to do the welsh copy of ice road truckers.
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Old 06 January 2009, 15:31   #4
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The water isn't pure but pretty brackish - there is a barrage across the river and the marina is off to the side. Of course with our huge tides plenty of sea water comes over the barrage 2x a day.

Burryport Harbour is just sea water and that is freezing over as well - nowhere near as thick though.

I have only once seen Swansea Marina freeze but it was nothing like this.

Last time was in 1984ish and look at the summer we had then - didn't rain from march until end of August - not bad for Wales!!!
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Old 06 January 2009, 15:48   #5
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And Brecon - looking like Narnia.

I wouldn't mind betting we will have a really nice summer - mild wet winters lead to summers just the same!!!

I'm up in the hills near Brecon at the moment - little place called Glyntawe. Went walking today, and whole rivers had frozen solid, pretty awesome. Will try and dig out some pictures.

Brecon Town Centre tomorrow, then a looooooooong cold walk on Thursday.
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Guys, just letting you know we are up to + 12 degrees..... will bring the good weather back with me next week I come across.....

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Weathers mild enough up here that for the first time in weeks I didn't have to get the guys to grit the paths and roads today.
Any warmer and the deck chairs will be out
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Fibreglass hulls and ice don't mix well, fine if the boat is moored try breaking the ice with the hull and you could do more than damage your gel coat
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I wouldn't mind betting we will have a really nice summer - mild wet winters lead to summers just the same!!!
I hope you're right-I booked our summer holiday yesterday!
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I used my old RIB to break ice all the time! The trick was getting the snow shovelled out of the ramp first!

Nice pictures by the way... I have borrowed that 4th one on the second post for my desktop if you don't mind!
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