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Green Man
Sunday 9th February 2014
Mount Caburn
6.5 miles

It still hasn't stopped raining! The Thames is at its highest level ever, Somerset is underwater, Cornwall is rapidly being destroyed and the only places in Sussex not flooded or covered in thick mud are the hills.
Unbelievably Lewes has not flooded yet, so we took the train past acres of new lakes down to our favourite town for a bit of a stroll in what was likely to be awful weather. It turned out that we managed to successfully skirt our way around the showers and were able to watch them coming down on other people for a change. The wind was terrible though and bitterly cold. Some people were up there without hats and gloves and they looked pretty miserable. We were properly togged up and we still got cold every time we stopped plodding.

Strangely we found a gingerbread house left on the bench halfway up to the golf course.
No we didn't eat it, although we were very tempted especially as, most unusually for us, we didn't bring any cake.

This is the spot where the great 'snowdrop' of 27th December 1836 happened. The deadliest avalanche on record in the United Kingdom

A small shower as we gained the summit gave rise to a faint primary rainbow with the Alexander's Dark Band just showing but no secondary bow.
The drops of rain on the steep slope also showed a faint Heilegenshein around our shadows.

A very pretty looking bunch of cumulus congestus out by themselves.

This cumulonimbus capillatus just missed us but gave a great show of rainfall and even a single strike of lightning.

From Malling Hill looking out towards the River Ouse - which is much wider than usual!
The nimbostratus forming above chased us off the hill with a flurry of hail and rain, back into sunny Lewes town.

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