Cornwall has been taking a hell of beating with storm Doris unleashing sideways rain, high winds and huge storm waves. You’d think with an old ladies name she couldn’t cause too much harm. Wrong, she’s an old lady who’s had too much sherry and is on a mission to cause trouble.
30ft waves smash into Cornwall
Doris has whipped up rough seas that are lashing the lighthouses and boats with 30ft waves hitting Penzance. These are the biggest waves of the year so far. It’s exhilarating to watch from the safety of a cliff top or a warm café with a cuppa.
30ft waves have been smashing into trains going out of Penzance (must be like being in a very dodgy car wash.) Flooding, fallen trees and broken power lines all scaring the living daylights out of us. All in all, a pretty nasty havoc-wreaking storm thank you Doris.
Real time Storm tracker here.
According to Magic Seaweed, this particular storm will peak in Cornwall on Friday 3rd of January. With swell up to 39.5ft at 18 seconds forecast and 65mph winds resulting in huge waves throughout the weekend and into next week. Good for those nutters who like it big.
If you fancy having a go at some of what Doris has to offer, the sheltered spots will be firing. If you can manage to find somewhere out of the wind that is. We can’t tell you where exactly without having our fingernails pulled off. But check out this blog on surf spots in St Ives bay for a general idea.
Are we getting more storms?
According to the weather forecasters, there will be a succession of storms like Doris to hit the UK over the next few months. Storm Ewan, Fleur and Gabriel are queuing up in the next few months to give us another pounding.
Stormy weather is not unusual in the winter. The winter of 2013-14 was a very stormy winter with 12 major storms, the worst weather in the UK for 20 years according to the met office. And some of the best surf we’ve ever had!
With Ewan, Fleur and Gabriel on the way, we will be watching these bad guys and girls with interest and keeping it all crossed that the wind blows off shore. Time to dust off the big gun and get amped with some Point Break on DVD.