Super blue blood moon appears over the Thames

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A STUNNING supermoon was seen rising over the Thames in London late yesterday afternoon. Rain and clouds which had dominated the morning sky cleared away in time to provide a clear view of the rising moon. According to NASA, it was a “super blood moon” due to the phenomenon whereby the moon appears reddish in colour and particularly large and …

Storm Eleanor forces Thames Barrier closure

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STORM Eleanor forced the Environment Agency to raise the Thames Barrier yesterday to protect London from flooding. High tide levels combined with Eleanor’s surge meant that the iconic flood protection system was required to act – the 180th time it has done so in response to a flood threat since it became operational in 1984. The barrier in south east …

Beautiful sunrise pictured behind the Thames Barrer

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A BEAUTIFUL sunrise appeared behind the iconic piers of the Thames Barrier last weekend. On the last day of Greenwich Mean Time before the clocks went forward for the summer, OnTheThames.net photographed the rising sun as seen from the Thames Path on the Greenwich Peninsula. Intense hues of red and yellow filled the sky as the rising sun appeared to …

Gravesend sets record for the hottest day of the year

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GRAVESEND in Kent has once again become the hottest place in the country, setting new records in the process. With the mercury hitting 34.4 degrees centigrade (94 degrees fahrenheit) this afternoon according to the Met Office, the town recorded the highest temperature in September since 1911. The Thames side town also seized the title of the hottest place in the …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

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LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …

Thames estuary sunrise seen from Allhallows

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It’s been a great week weather-wise, with warm days getting started with lovely sunrises. After the wondrous spectacle seen from Gravesend earlier in the week, which made five national newspapers the following day, I decided to travel out to Allhallows in Kent for uninterrupted views of the rising sun over the Thames estuary. In the minutes before sunrise, a warm …

Beautiful Thames sunrise at Gravesend this morning

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Gravesend in Kent woke up to a beautiful Thames sunrise this morning. A band of orange across spread across the morning sky as the sun rose over the river shortly after 6am. Although the sun disappeared behind thick cloud later in the morning, forecasters say we’re set to have a warm week with the good weather continuing for months to …