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Friday, 24 February 2017

Just a Quick Quiz

This is a picture captured on my dashcam yesterday on the Isle of Lewis on the way home from Grimshader. It's an unusual scene for Lewis. Do you know why?


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  1. The smoke is going straight upwards. Usually smoke on these islands goes at an angle or worse still horizontally!

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    1. Just my luck, Spesh, that you are the first to comment!

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  2. I was thinking it must be something to do with the smoke, but didn't know what... Next time I looked, Spesh's comment had been added ;)

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    1. I think Monica, the problem for the mind is that it's not that unusual in many parts of the world or even the UK.

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  3. Let me think for a moment...oh, yes...the smoke is going straight up, not at an angle, or worse still, horizontally! :)

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    1. Absolutely Lee: just like the rain usually falls - or tries to.

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  4. well the answer is here now so my guess is redundant but i thought it was because only one chimney has smoke

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    1. Oddly, Kylie, I would guess that houses in the Western Isles often keep the 'living room' fire for comfort and even warmth and some will have a Rayburn stove but the other chimney(s) will be blocked up.

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    1. Nowadays Meike many rural houses have trees around them although this one does have more than most.

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  6. I like the Librarian's suggestion. I'll be watching for your next post to see who's right.

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    1. 40 years ago Red there would have been few trees around houses but now there are more but smoke still rarely goes straight up.

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    2. So in a high pressure air mass smoke rises straight up but with wind not so. so you get lots of wind.

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  7. i think you'd gave to get up pretty early to get one past Pat, Graham.

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  8. Ha,ha, Pat knows the wind on the Isle of Lewis! :-)

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    1. She does indeed, Kay, and they still have a living room fire in addition to their central heating.

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  9. Looks like you got lost on the way home :-)

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    1. It's a good job I didn't, Andrea, or I'd have missed your talk.

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  10. I thought it must be coal smoke but after reading the comments I know what the answer is!

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    1. Jenny the coal smoke (as compared with peat smoke I presume) is something that hadn't occurred to me. It might well also be correct but wouldn't now be unusual: very little peat is cut these days.

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  11. Is it that there is a tiny suggestion of blue sky or is it that there's a silverback gorilla called Nigel peeping out from his hiding place in the trees - just to the left of the house?

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    1. What an eagle eye you have YP. There is a suggestion of blue sky but not enough to make a sailor a pair of trousers.

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  12. I wondered about the smoke but wouldn't have guessed what it was about the smoke.

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    1. Liz I think you have to live in a really windy place to appreciate the very occasional still hour or two.

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