In Summer, a blovcked situation can be very good for the SW of England, with an Azores hight ridging up towards us, or settling just to the east.
It's normally a different story in winter.
A block just to the west keep giving a series of danglers, or more commonly the blocking high settles to the E or NE, giving liight winds for many (often a strong SW in the far north o f Scotland) and a relentless cold 'dark' easterly or worse, SE, for Cornwall. Day after day of forecasters talking abought light winds and fogs and it's difficult to stand on the prom, and if you did you'd get drenched the the chop. The return of unsettled westerlies is normally a huge relief
This year there has been a unusual tendency for the high to remain over or near SW England, which is good news for the windiest County in England IN fact, according the HH Lamb, the tip of Cornwall is the windiest spot (away from high level stations) in the whole of England & Wales.
Of course, his book was written in a century when gales here were common. The change of century (or global warming - it's been a very long lull) has largely turned them off. When a truly severe event does occur, and destruction due to poor coastal maintenance can be blamed on global warming. In the same way the partial destruction EAs stupid tube at Dawlish warren (which cost as much as 100 years of groin maintenance which they had ignored) in just a few months was blamed on warming. & increased storminess??!!
It is a shame the global warming debate is now between people who deny it's a problem or happening or man is involved in anyway, and big business/governments who use it as An excuse for failure
As some big political football
A reason to fly around to plant a tree as part of a promotional photocall
To claim something is carbon neutral when the fact it isn't is perfectly clear to a mentally difficient hamster
To say I told you so.
At least there's still Greenpeace.
I've forgotten what a decent gale is. We still seem to get as many large seas, indicating the activity remains, but this century rarely affects Cornwall in a big way. Better for surfing of course, as the swells had time to clean up. Recent years have seen surf more like you had to go to Portugal for.
Graham (grumpy old man rant!)