Mawredd y moroedd. Sea change UPDATED 14-2-14

10th January 2014
Our little town of Aberystwyth has been in the headlines again, battered and bruised by ever more frequent, ever bigger, land engorging storms.

I ended my last news item with a storm on 27th December. Following that I visited relatives in north Wales. Here's what happened after I returned.

Wedi dychwelyd o'r gogledd ar ôl y Nadolig, dyma oedd gan y tywydd i'w ddweud wrth Aberystwyth.

3 Ionawr - January

4 Ionawr - January


5 Ionawr - January

Y Gweinidog Alun Davies yn ymweld â'r Prom
Minister Alun Davies visits the scene

6 Ionawr - January

It will be interesting to see where this story goes from here - it's only the beginning of January, and there are probably more storms to come, and I wonder if all the dramatic media coverage, combined with a greenish tinted landscape, windswept marshes and dark valleys harbouring dour murderous Welsh, as depicted in the series Hinterland, will affect tourism in 2014.

But these pictures of Aberystwyth, with her elderly face, and lips pursed against a violent wind of climate change, is a warning that a sea change is already upon us.

The rolling-news media decamped to Aberystwyth, swamping the airwaves with their reports, and making a drama out af a crisis.

Luckily no-one was hurt badly or killed by the storm, and the damage is reparable (money allowing). The UK government has brushed aside the call for central UK funds to be used to help, saying it's a devolved problem.

The UK media is as I write just sucking the last drop of blood out of the story (these events always go from disaster to jolly good community spirit).

Dyma ddechrau ofnadw i'r flwyddyn i Aber druan. Mae Ceredigion yn cael enw gwael am lifogydd, ac ys gwn i a fydd yna effaith wael ar dwristiaeth yr haf yma. Rwyf wir yn ofni y bydd.

Does dim pwrpas gwadu mawredd y moroedd, grym natur, nac ychwaith dylanwad llaw dyn, a gorddodd y dyfroedd hyn. Fel trasiedi Groegaidd, rydym yn gallu darogan y diweddgo hallt, ond yn annalluog i newid cwrs y byd a dileu'r newid hinsawdd sy'n bygwth ein dyfodol oll.

7 Ionawr - January


11 Ionawr - January
Glanhau'r Prom - Cleanup on the Prom

Tra draw yn Clarach... Clarach sea defences are no more

Diwedd hyfryd i'r diwrnod - Beautiful end to the day

13 Ionawr - January

20 Ionawr - January


"Cantre'r Gwaelod" - ancient woodland further revealed by the storms.

29 Ionawr - January

31 Ionawr - January

1 Chwefror - February

Gwyliwch y fideo hwn i weld nerth y tonnau - see this video to see the force of the waves

3 Chwefror - Feb

Ynyslas - llifogydd - flooding

Clarach - storm

8 Chwef - Feb Aberystwyth Storm

9 Chwef 0 Feb - Borth

11 Chwef - Feb Eisteddfa Gurig

12 Chwef - Feb
Pen Dam



13 Chwef - Feb Aberystwyth


14 Chwef - Feb

Y Borth


Photo comment By gaynor: llunie penigamp
Photo comment By Janet: Great photography....thank you
Photo comment By Susan Gardner: WoW... What awesome photos and terrific to see the local community galvanised in unity! :)
Photo comment By Helen: Brilliant photographs would make fab postcards
Photo comment By Annette: Brilliant photographs, the sea letting us know its not to be messed with
Photo comment By nev b: would make a great calendar

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