NZ0667 : Mackerel Sky over Whittle Dene Reservoir

taken 6 years ago, near to Harlow Hill, Northumberland, Great Britain

Mackerel Sky over Whittle Dene Reservoir
Mackerel Sky over Whittle Dene Reservoir
Mackerel sky is a popular term for a sky covered with extensive cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds arranged in somewhat regular waves and showing blue sky in the gaps.
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"Mackerel in the sky, three days dry."
"Mackerel sky, mackerel sky. Never long wet and never long dry."
In the winter they are often said to precede snowstorms and flurries.
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Whittle Dene Reservoir
Whittle Dene is a series of seven small reservoirs owned by Northumbrian Water LinkExternal link

They are the southernmost in a water supply chain that starts with Catcleugh Reservoir close to the England - Scotland border NT7303. The other reservoirs that form the chain, connected by aqueducts and tunnels LinkExternal link roughly following the line of the A68, are Colt Crag NY9378, Little Swinburne NY9477 and Hallington Reservoirs NY9676. Together they supply water for domestic and industrial use on Tyneside and some outlying settlements.

The Whittle Dene complex was completed between 1848 and 1888, Catcleugh in 1906. The maximum depth is 11m, the surface area 17 hectares with a shoreline of 1.6km. Some 25 million gallons of water are supplied daily via the adjacent treatment works.

The Great Northern Reservoir at Whittle Dene is managed as a nature reserve. The other areas are used for fishing.

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NZ0667, 41 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 1 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Water resources  Air, Sky, Weather 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0639 6789 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.3321N 1:54.0978W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0649 6793
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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