The weathermen called it the Pest from the West, following on from the Beast from the East. Strong westerly winds hit north east England, but the accompanying sunshine was a welcome break from the recent grey skies.
Swirling sandstorm surrounds dogwalkers
Blown spray over crashing waves before Roker pier.
When the sun shines you can get some lovely shots of Penshaw Monument, seen across the various lakes in Herrington Country Park. But when it is dull, you need to adopt a different strategy, in this case some Photoshop gimmickry.
My eye was taken by this row of terraced houses with the flags flying in the gardens. Sited not far from where the pithead once stood, presumably they were originally miners' dwellings.
I suspect that a supporter of Sunderland football club might live here.
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Actually at the end of November, but I have just got around to uploading these photos
A police officer checks the depth of the water alongside the ministry building. Some members of staff had their cars within the car park - safely out of reach of the water, but unable to get out through the flood.
Flooding seen from the other side of the river
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