Across Britain and Ireland, one of the wettest autumns on record has produced vivid green and red colours among its autumn foliage. The inclement weather is a result of decaying hurricanes sweeping over Ireland, Britain and parts of northern Europe.
Like most hurricanes that batter parts of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the US, its life begins off the west coast of Africa. Often a hurricane begins as a deepening low or tropical storm close to the warm waters of the equator, just off the western coasts of central Africa. Then the storms begin to drift west on trade winds and some will make landfall near Central America or the US.
Invariably the path of the hurricane then takes on a northerly direction and begins to head back east, only this time in amongst the jet stream. The hurricane begins to lose cohesion the further north it goes because the waters are much cooler in the North Atlantic than on the equator.
A hurricane becomes a tropical storm then downgrades further to a North Atlantic storm. These decaying storms still pack winds with gusts up to 80 mph and plenty of rain. Much of this rain leaves behind a wealth of green colours, golden leaves and yellow, red and green foliage. The storms are now beginning to blow many of the leaves off the trees now, so there are only a few weeks remaining for the golden colours of autumn to captured, in what has been a wet, mild, wild and breezy autumn across the British Isles.