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  1. Good point.
  2. According to her Instagram site she might not have been the stupid person 'What makes it an even harder pill to swallow is that my home is now on the bottom of the canal because of someone else's totally reckless behaviour That said I do agree with your sentiment somewhat. Over here the mindset seems to be if you make a lifestyle choice not to have insurance and your house is blown away in a tropical cyclone, or washed away in a flood then the council should pick up the bill!!!
  3. Hmm - difficult one. We don't get much wind on the whole here (one thing I miss) except in tropical cyclones (hurricanes). I was lucky enough to be in the path of Yasi a few years back and yes we lost quite a few trees, and there was widespread damage, but rain/flood can be pretty impressive (destructive wise) as well. This is one of our local roads after Debbie went through this March.
  4. Generally speaking in the UK it will range between about 940 and 1040HPa (or Mb when I started working). It can go lower or higher but you won't see it very often. Globally, without looking it up I would guess 1070 HPa is probably around the highest (I have seen 1058 over Siberia) but the lowest is a bit more complicated. On a mesoscale hurricanes often go below 900 HPa but on a microscale tornado's can probably hit 850 HPa. I didn't realise what proper rain was (even the Yorkshire variety) til we move to the tropics (and now sub-tropics). Its not considered a wet day here unless we have between 50 and 100 mm in a day (2 to 4 inches in old money). In the 11 years we have been on this side of the world I've experienced 300 mm (twice), 800 mm and just over 1000 mm in one day. Even with a cover you would struggle to steer in that.
  5. Do you mean the American Cumberland Gap - in which case shouldn't it be is the Cumberland Gap the American version of the Cheshire Gap? Either way - I've no idea. The Cheshire Gap is what it was called when I worked at Manchester Airport Met Office (in the days before the weather centre opened in Stockport). I've no idea if that's what the locals call it or just what us meteorologists called it.
  6. Probably not far from the real reason. There is a stretch of country along the Welsh boarder known as the Cheshire Gap which is very susceptible to prolonged showery activity especially with a northwesterly wind.
  7. Great post - thanks for the link
  8. Evapourative cooling is a good idea but over here when it gets hot (anything below 35 is just refered to as warm) we have to resort to portable air con for our 4 legged friends. Dogs lose heat mostly through their paws and by panting where the poor little pug is again at a dissadvantage. Our neighbour lost their beloved bulldog last summer because he couldn't cool himself down enough.
  9. Over here in my next of the woods it would be around 325K
  10. You do indeed. The standard normal ranges for haemaglobin for example were 'adjusted' on blood tests to account for this
  11. We lived at just over 3000ft for 5 years. At that height the effective O2 level is 18.6%. No wonder I kept bumping into things! Shame I'm still doing it now I live at 300ft. Must be an age thing.
  12. Couldn't agree more**. They will also be familiar with the OP's specifics regarding his COPD (which is extremely complex) and what the supplemental O2 is for (dyspnoea, hypoxaemia exercise tolerance etc etc). Only then will the OP know whether it is just 'portable' O2 supplementation that is required or something a bit more substantial on the boat. ** - I am not a doctor but the wife is and all this medical stuff is her opinion (obviously) not mine
  13. I agree. The patient I mentioned in my earlier post had exactly this setup without the need for any special precautions (except the naked flame near the cylinder bit).
  14. Its really going to depend on your usual consumption requirement and what you are hoping to do. We had to escort a patient on a 4 hour flight and ended up using the aircraft's entire stock of O2 cylinders (3 (B) of them) but his requirement was 8L/min whereas yours I would suspect is no more than around 2L/min. At this rate the very small medical cylinders should last you about ½ an hour - just enough time to do a lock, or an hour if you go for the next size up. Any bigger than that and it's probably too heavy and awkward to carry.
  15. Where can I find this fabled thread? I've done a bit of a search but not had any luck.