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Rained-in at Nobby’s Head

Monday 24 July 2006

Last week at Nobby’s Head lighthouse I met heavy weather: Rain, and cold gusty winds. It’s a long cold walk from the car, and the same going back.

Imagine being in the lantern room. Through the glass you can see the grey sea, the white capped waves, the rain lashing the lighthouse. The rain is beating on the copper roof. The noise is reverberating on the copper ceiling, the glass to seaward, the steel plates to landward, the stone walls, the wooden floor. The wind is driving a little bit of rain through the ventilator on the top of the lantern room roof. As the storm builds up, it sounds like this:

Sound clip 1 (236K mp3, 00:00:30)

Later, the wind and rain abate,and the noise becomes calmer. You can hear a few water drops fall from the ceiling onto the floor, the splashes echoing in the space:

Sound clip 2 (236K mp3, 00:00:30)

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