A Spanish Plume

  morddwyd 08:26 07 May 2011

Learn something new every day.

I've just been on the Met Office website, looking at the surface pressure charts.

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It appears we are in the path of a series of low pressure troughs, known as a "Spanish Plume".

  Quickbeam 08:48 07 May 2011

Not to be confused with a Scottish soor plume.

  Forum Editor 09:34 07 May 2011

The Spanish plume

was mentioned in a TV weather forecast a few days ago. I've not heard the phrase before, and I assumed it was dreamed up by someone in the media department at the Met Office.

  Quickbeam 11:03 07 May 2011

I found this reference and description for a Spanish Plume that occurred in 1968 Spanish Plume

  eikonuj 11:19 07 May 2011

Quickbeam, a very informative link, thanks.

  Forum Editor 11:21 07 May 2011


An interesting link - I'm the wiser for it.

I see we may expect to experience "obsidian skies, sonorous thunder, and riotous electrical fulmination" as a result of the Spanish plume, which makes me quite glad I'm not flying this weekend.

  morddwyd 11:38 07 May 2011

There really are some glorious constructions available in the English language!

  Forum Editor 12:02 07 May 2011

As Dr. Watson might have asked 'I say Holmes, did you see that riotous electrical fulmination over the moors?'

'No Watson, but I heard the sonorous thunder, and glimpsed the obsidian sky, which leads me to surmise that we can expect some heavy aqueous precipitation within the hour.'

  onthelimit1 15:50 07 May 2011

In 40 yrs of listening to a daily met brief in the RAF, I never heard the phrase before.

  Quickbeam 09:11 08 May 2011

If you Google Spanish Plume the reference to this post has dropped to page 6 which suggests that lot of people are doing searches to find out what it is, which in turn suggests that it's quite rare to get one.

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