Ever wondered what clouds are, the different types and how they form?
Clouds are made of tiny drops of water or ice crystals that settle on dust particles in the atmosphere. The droplets are so small - a diameter of about a hundredth of a millimetre - that each cubic metre of air will contain 100 million droplets. Clouds are continually changing and appear in an infinite variety of forms. Their classifications are are divided into three levels - cloud low (CL), cloud medium (CM) and cloud high (CH) - according to the part of the atmosphere in which they are usually found.
Click on the Met Office cloud spotting guide to find out more.
Christmas Day Swim
Exmouth NCI watchkeepers, together with their RNLI friends and other safety boats, monitored the annual Xmas day swim, with about 500 swimmers braving a strong onshore wind and numerous rollers........
......and on completion the RNLI all weather lifeboat sped back to the lifeboat station, no doubt for a hearty Xmas lunch!!
An Early Christmas Dinner .......
After a busy year, with increased watchkeeping hours, 30 incidents, 13 newly qualified watchkeepers and 5 more under training, Exmouth NCI Coastwatch volunteer members took time to relax and enjoy their annual Christmas dinner at the Exe Sailing Club who kindly hosted this event.
All at Exmouth Coastwatch would like to thank their sponsors, supporters and the people of Exmouth for their continued support throughout the year and wish them a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Incident - Timber Flotsam
Exmouth Coastwatch and Viking Longboat
Exmouth Coastwatch were delighted to help the pupils of Exmouth Road Community Primary School with their project learning all about the Vikings. The project included having "in school" Viking days, Viking dress up days and latterly the construction of a Viking longboat so the pupils could enact a Viking funeral which meant they wanted to launch a self-made model longboat from Exmouth beach and setting it on fire.
We were delighted to support the pupils through the head teacher, Paul Gosling, by providing safety advice prior to the day and ensuring the Coastwatch lookout was manned for the duration by Ian Coupe and Hugh De Souza who kept a very interested Solent Coastguard briefed on the progress of the funeral pyre as it moved with the falling tide to ultimately become beached with just embers remaining which were cleared by the pupils.