to be looking forward to a big storm

(71 Posts)
PMDD Sat 26-Oct-13 16:58:57

I just love extreme weather. I love deep snow, very heavy rain, blazing sunshine. I really want a massive 1987esque storm. We live in East Sussex, what are my chances?

MetellaEstMater Sat 26-Oct-13 17:01:08

Pretty unreasonable given the damage it could cause to people's homes, businesses and the transport infrastructure.

I live a 'good' storm when safe at home and all cosy etc. but it does seem like this one could be devastating for some people.

thebody Sat 26-Oct-13 17:01:53

people were killed in that storm so tread carefully there.

however yes I too love a good storm as long as noone is hurt.

Latara Sat 26-Oct-13 17:02:05

YABU - People could be hurt or killed, buildings damaged etc etc.

dexter73 Sat 26-Oct-13 17:02:24

I like a good storm too.

Ruprekt Sat 26-Oct-13 17:04:26

I feel a bit scared about it to be honest. confused

Torches are on standby and dh is making sure he has things in the car .....just in case.

pianodoodle Sat 26-Oct-13 17:09:04

I like a storm as I miss N.Ireland and all the blustery weather smile

I'm in SW England now it's a lot milder, but there tend to be more thunderstorms here which I also like!

GobblersKnob Sat 26-Oct-13 17:12:36

There is a big difference between a 'good' storm where the weather looks wild, you are cosy at home and nothing or nobody suffers as a result.

YABU to look forward to something where many people will suffer damage to posessions and properties and where some may lose lives.

I was in London for the '87 storm and went to Kew the next day, it was totally heartbreaking.

dexter73 Sat 26-Oct-13 17:14:11

I like snow too and people get possessions damaged, farmers lose their animals and people die because of it.

EatingAllTheCrumpets Sat 26-Oct-13 17:16:43

I know what you mean, but YABU.

It has the power to do a huge amount of damage to homes/businesses. It has the power to kill and injure. I love a bit of thunder and a couple of inches of snow, but I would never look forward to something that (probably wrongly) has been dubbed a significant and exceptional storm.

The great storm of '87 killed 22 people, in injured a huge amount more, it cost the uk £1billion in damage. It left people without power and heat for weeks when it was cold. Also as a wider context stock markets were closed unexpectedly over that weekend in London which frightened off investors, which helped cause Black Monday.

Given the fragility of the U.K. economy right now, a bad storm is nothing to be looking forward to. I hope everyone makes it out the other side and the MET office are just being overly cautious

TheCountessOlenska Sat 26-Oct-13 17:18:52

I get where you're coming from OP - we had quite an exciting time in Sussex in 87 - If I could go back in time I'd choose The Blitz as well!

CremeEggThief Sat 26-Oct-13 17:32:07

YABU. You sound a bit over-excited about something that has the potential to cause a lot of chaos, destruction and misery shock.

coldwater1 Sat 26-Oct-13 18:10:39

I like a good thunder and lightening storm but this is going to be much more than that and i am not looking to it one bit. I just hope no one is hurt and the damage isn't too bad.

iwantanafternoonnap Sat 26-Oct-13 18:10:51

I have that nervous excitement feeling because we don't quite know how bad it is going to be but I am not looking forward to it.

87' caused so much damage and now that I own my house I am worried about the damage that it might cause and the people getting hurt.

I also work in A and E and I expect a major incident will be called due to amount of injuries.

WorraLiberty Sat 26-Oct-13 18:13:36

My DH's uncle was killed in a 'great storm' as you put it OP.

A tree crashed straight through his windscreen and he lay there trapped in agony, while his 6yr old son sobbed his heart out.

So yes imo YABVU.

Be careful what you wish for...

Boardingblues Sat 26-Oct-13 18:14:33

Living in a heavily wooded area in a very old house, I am dreading it. Already planning to move my DS to another room away from the chimney. I love all our trees and will be devastated if any of them don't make it. Thunder and lightening I love, but to relish a weather event that could claim lives is not right. YABU

I remember the 87 storm as insanely exhilarating

I couldn't get within 80 yards of the sea and me and my Great Dane were battling to get to the sea front, our ears pinned back with 120 mile an hour gusts going through us

It was fun as only a 15 year old would enjoy it

Not so fun now with my oak trees aged 41 hmm

AChristmassyJerseySpud Sat 26-Oct-13 18:16:56

I get what you mean OP

I am the same over snow. I love a good, deep snowfall. Where theres lots of it. And no school. And i don't have to go out.

Whereas for alot of people it causes problems. This 'great storm' is skimming us which, considering how badly Jersey copes in normal weather, its probably a good thing

ICameOnTheJitney Sat 26-Oct-13 18:19:18

I feel a bit meh about it's being hyped by the press as something terrible and when they do that it never happens. I also love extreme weather...I like the drama...but obviously hate the tragedy which can occur. I wish people would stay indoors.

cloudreader Sat 26-Oct-13 18:19:31

I love the idea too although I have to travel on Monday.At present am sat pondering why the met office supercomputer worth millions still cannot track the storm path with any great certainty.

I really enjoy extreme weather (apart from extreme heat), and I lived through the '87 storm too - which had a huge impact on this (Brighton and Hove) area. I hope everyone stays safe on Monday (including me!), but must admit to feeling a bit excited about it, whilst at the same time hoping that no-one suffers. Bit of a dichotomy, there, really, but I totally understand where the OP is coming from.

Very sorry for those who suffered losses in previous storms.

Methe Sat 26-Oct-13 18:22:01

Oh me too Op. I love a bit of extreme weather.

pianodoodle Sat 26-Oct-13 18:22:41


You've quoted the OP as saying a "great storm" but I can't see where she said it?

I'm sure no one enjoys other people getting hurt. I didn't get the impression that's what was being implied...

Lighthousekeeping Sat 26-Oct-13 18:24:00

I won't be excited is I get stuck at work because people use it as an excuse not to make it in! Do we know when exactly and if it will effect London?

IamtheZombie Sat 26-Oct-13 18:28:36

OhYouBadBadKitten is doing an excellect job of updating us about the storm here.

kali110 Sat 26-Oct-13 18:31:10

No not looking forward to it, brings on more severe migraines

Some people like extreme weather, I don't think that mean they like to see anyone hurt. Lots of people loved the extreme heat in the summer, or snow last year, there were casualties with both, but people still love. I can see what OP means.

My feeling is it will hit and then turn into a wet lettuce leaf, but have asked Dh to move the car away from the tree just in case.

fluffyduckie Sat 26-Oct-13 18:33:28

"I really want a massive 1987esque storm."

Wow - seriously? It is one thing to like snow and a bit of thunder and lightening but it is quite another to be wishing a storm like that on people.

So long as you are safe in your cosy home and aren't one of the people dying, being injured, and having damage to property.

Spirulina Sat 26-Oct-13 18:37:00

Jeez.... Storms take lives. What a ridiculous thread

lobsterkiller Sat 26-Oct-13 18:37:36

My mum and dad are flying back from Spain on Monday. Ive only just realised and now im starting to worry.

everlong Sat 26-Oct-13 18:47:31

piano don't be picky, it's obvious what worra meant and given the content of her post it's understandable why she would feel like that.

KirjavaTheCorpse Sat 26-Oct-13 18:50:15

Storms are brilliant, as long as nobody's losing their home/life. Which with the scale of storm that's being predicted, is unlikely sad

Iamsparklyknickers Sat 26-Oct-13 18:52:01

Lobsterkiller don't worry, the airlines will be cautious and not fly/divert to avoid bad weather, especially stuff like this that is well known in advance.

OP YA/YANU to enjoy weather in it's extremes - lots of people do, but it's worth remembering that lots of people have particular worries when we get a dose of a particular extreme.

Flooding, freezing, slips, heatstroke etc and with the current forecast now people will be worried about their properties, power and falling trees. Personally I'm concerned my fathers roof can't take a battering and neither he or I can afford to repair any damage quickly. Pretty sure insurance classes it as an act of god? Makes no difference the excess alone would probably cripple me right now.

It's lovely if you can find something to enjoy in it all, but know your audience before you start reveling in it.

lobsterkiller Sat 26-Oct-13 19:05:57

Thanks for the reassurance Iamsparklyknickers. x

Fakebook Sat 26-Oct-13 19:18:54

Will it be hitting the south east? I don't want to suddenly go into labour during it. It should be safe to drive during it shouldn't it?

Bowlersarm Sat 26-Oct-13 19:22:46


We have to take a flight and I'm scared out of my wits. I hate flying at the best of times.

pianodoodle Sat 26-Oct-13 19:33:48

everlong yes that's fair enough but if you're replying to someone it isn't really fair to quote text that doesn't exist.

WorraLiberty Sat 26-Oct-13 19:48:26

Ok I apologise piano by 'great' I meant 'big' and shouldn't have quoted it.

The OP is still wishing for a 'massive' storm and given the death and destruction caused in 1987 (a year she spoke of herself) I think she's BVU.

MrsBramleyApple Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:31

In the great storm of 1987 I was terrified of the high winds etc. My Dad's beautiful Reading Gypsy Wagon had a barn collapse on top of it and when the electric board eventually re-connected our electric they did it wrong resulting in several electrical items blowing and an almost fire as a result of a red hot element in the airing cupboard. On top of that they managed to leave a patch of ground completely live meaning whoever trod on it (no one did thankfully) would have been killed! shock

Dawnywoo Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:53

I like a good 'stotting down' downpour with a bit of thunder and lightning, but winds really scare me. plus, my conservatory leaks. I wouldn't say I enjoy extreme weather but I get that it can be exciting. ultimately though, I worry about the danger involved to humankind.

pigsDOfly Sat 26-Oct-13 20:00:06

I also live in East Sussex and was at the beach today. The sea was pretty wild and impressive I have to say, but can't say I'm thrilled at the idea of a massive storm. I find the idea a bit scary tbh.

pianodoodle Sat 26-Oct-13 20:08:54

I'm sorry too worra

I'm a pretty big weather enthusiast in that I get quite excited but I like to stay safe and for other people to be safe at the same time.

I wouldn't actually be hoping for a storm like 1987 tbf I agree not the best idea to quote that.

I don't think they are putting this one on a par with that at the minute, from what I've read.

KirjavaTheCorpse Sat 26-Oct-13 20:11:08

Fakebook I'm worrying about the same thing. Due in 8 days but they say storms bring it on! Hope not.

sheldor Sat 26-Oct-13 20:12:04

I'm not looking foward to it as i have stuff in my garden i canno't store as my shed is too small due to dps sons dumping thier stuff in it theres no space for chairs etc.Just have to put most stuff under kids massive trampoline.Quite windy in South west.

cantspel Sat 26-Oct-13 20:15:42

I am on the coast of west sussex and no i am not looking forward to the storm. I am surrounded by 180 year old oak trees and i am wondering which on might hit my house.

farrowandbawl Sat 26-Oct-13 20:20:34

I get what you mean and I agree with you. I do wish we were having some of it, even if it's only to stop my neighbours setting off fireworks.

myroomisatip Sat 26-Oct-13 20:22:50

I too think a huge storm is great! However I also pray that no one gets hurt!

I was on a ferry in '87, trying to get out of Calais. It was bedlam and in the end the wind was so strong the captain (thankfully) gave up! I dread to think what that journey would have been like since bottles were crashing, luggage was sliding about and passengers were being ill, this was before we even got out of Calais! Not something I would really want to re-live!

LyannaStark Sat 26-Oct-13 20:23:48

grin at neighbours' fireworks. Mine too, the bastards.

Not looking forward to it at all, but strangely enjoying the preparation. Hope everyone stays safe.

DameDeepRedBetty Sat 26-Oct-13 20:36:56

I sort of get you OP, I find weather events a salutary reminder that we do NOT have control over our world, and the bit of me that will always be an excited child adores the snow and the thunder and lightning. But not the wind. When I was a little girl, I heard an almighty crash as I walked home from school. It was a beech tree, smashing across the road, twenty feet behind me. I've had a bit of a thing about strong winds ever since.

However as so many have already said, there are very like going to be people injured or even killed if the winds get up the way that the Met Office and (more importantly) BadBadKitten think may happen, and I do understand why some people think you're being U.

Also I do have to go to work, right in the centre of the Amber Warning, at 8 a.m.

Anyway, on balance, mostly yabu - but in a nice way and don't take it to heart!

Yep. I'll think of how pleased you are when I'm on the ferry on Monday being tossed and battered about while wondering if the things in my garden which I can't do anything about will be thrown around injuring anyone or damaging anything.

sheridand Sat 26-Oct-13 20:44:26

I live in the Fens. Nothing at all to stop a gust of wind, for 80 odd miles. No hedges, no trees, just flat, flat land. I'm dreading it! I can kiss goodbye to my shed, I think!

Morloth Sat 26-Oct-13 20:47:20

There is beauty in the extreme.

One of the reasons I moved back to Australia was that I missed the extreme weather.

Even the fires (which I was personally affected by) have their beauty.

sheldor Sat 26-Oct-13 20:51:52

Its chucking it down and really strong winds here.God knows what it's going to be like tommorow.Wind is the only weather that actually scares me.Love thunder and lightening

Fakebook Sat 26-Oct-13 20:54:02

Kirjava, no way! I've never heard of that. I'm due in 2 weeks.

Geckos48 Sat 26-Oct-13 20:56:27

Wind is really picking up here

Beansprout30 Sat 26-Oct-13 21:01:38

I reckon they got the wrong night! Sounds like the storm has already rocked up here

littlemisssarcastic Sat 26-Oct-13 21:07:48

Where are you Beansprout30 and Geckos48?

Beansprout30 Sat 26-Oct-13 21:12:18


MotheringShites Sat 26-Oct-13 21:20:21

In 87 a girl at my school died. Her name was Emma. YABU.

Geckos48 Sat 26-Oct-13 21:29:47

South Wiltshire.

Beansprout30 Sat 26-Oct-13 21:33:16

Im already shitting myself I hate strong winds

Geckos48 Sat 26-Oct-13 22:09:27

We are off out early tomorrow to stock up on candles and enough food to last a couple of days.

Also going to buy some bottled water, we have a woodburning stove so we can make food if we need to on there and we will definitely survive a power-out etc.

I think its going to be a bigun.

Tanith Sat 26-Oct-13 22:29:46

I'm one of the few people who was actually outdoors in that storm in '87.

I was coming home from work after a late shift. I could barely see to drive. When I eventually got home, I couldn't open my door to get out of the car - it took me a good 10-15 minutes of shoving before I managed it. I was promptly blown over in the road by the wind and struggled to my house, being knocked down by the wind twice more.

When I got up next day, I saw how lucky I'd been. There were upended trees, a huge oaktree branch was hanging over my car. I walked into work - roads were closed - and there were more upended trees, roofs and chimneys were damaged, sheds blown down, garages collapsed...

We've had bad storms since. I was out in another one a few years later in '92 or '93. I've never known anything as bad as the '87 one, though.

pianodoodle Sat 26-Oct-13 22:35:48

We are off out early tomorrow to stock up on candles and enough food to last a couple of days

I'm more frightened of candles than strong winds unfortunately! When I was little and we had power cuts I used to hate seeing lit candles everywhere and still don't like it for some reason. I'll stock up on torch batteries instead smile

Tanith Sat 26-Oct-13 22:43:40

I remember the power cuts, too.
Once my mum got so desperate for a cup of coffee that she gathered up all the candles and tried to heat a pan of water with them. The electricity came back before it was luke-warm grin

SigmundFraude Sat 26-Oct-13 22:44:13

YABU. My kids are v. excited about Halloween and will be gutted if they can't go Trick or Treating (or just treating, as it usually is). I'm hoping it doesn't come early.

I'm not too sure about the negative comments re. fatalities. Obviously they are a tragedy, but I look forward to snow, dreaming of a white x'mas etc...and loads of people have frozen to death or crashed and died in it. I don't think it should be taboo or chastise worthy to say you like big storms.

manticlimactic Sat 26-Oct-13 22:47:27

Every time I read the words 'the great storm' i can't help thinking of that Vicar of Dibley scene where they're all arguing about which was the great storm and what it was called blush grin

Lazysuzanne Sat 26-Oct-13 22:55:20

I remember the 87 storm vividly, I was very heavily pregnant, baby was born a few days later.

I'm not looking forward to this one in the slightest, I like a thunderstorm but hurricane force winds are extremely alarming, I hope it turns out to be not as bad as has been predicted!

PBeanandGone Sat 26-Oct-13 23:05:34

YABU. I'm actually scared. 8 Week old DD, horse living out. In 87 my grandparents had a tree fall on their house. I used to like extreme weather but not any more. I feel too anxious to sleep.

Thunder and lightening is exciting but big storms and 90 miles an hour winds are dangerous.

Nombrechanger Sat 26-Oct-13 23:30:02

I am actually shitting myself and I know I won't sleep a wink until its all over.

YANBU because you enjoy it but its not for me.

Darkesteyes Sat 26-Oct-13 23:33:31

Our HA put scaffolding all round our flat last Monday so im not looking forward to this at all.

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