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article imageDying hurricanes over Britain forming gold and yellow autumn hue Special

By Kev Hedges     Oct 18, 2012 in Environment
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.
High winds and driving rain has brought down small branches and trees.
High winds and driving rain has brought down small branches and trees.
A line of trees all with varying colours of gold  yellow and green
A line of trees all with varying colours of gold, yellow and green
Two horses are given coats to wear to keep their hides dry and warm.
Two horses are given coats to wear to keep their hides dry and warm.
A blackbird helps itself to worms while two horses wearing their autumn coats graze in the October s...
A blackbird helps itself to worms while two horses wearing their autumn coats graze in the October sun surrounded by golden and yellow-coloured trees.
Autumn leaves are beginning to fall following a series of windy nights and driving rains.
Autumn leaves are beginning to fall following a series of windy nights and driving rains.
Plenty of rain and mild temperatures have allowed the grass to become green  thick and lush
Plenty of rain and mild temperatures have allowed the grass to become green, thick and lush
Trees are showing some vibrant colours as we approach the heart of autumn; the time of Halloween  ni...
Trees are showing some vibrant colours as we approach the heart of autumn; the time of Halloween, nights getting dark early and bonfires.
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