Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Monday, 19 October 2009

Monday 19 October

A gradual change is occurring in the weather today. After a glorious sunrise just after 8 am, the morning stayed sunny albeit cool - mercury at 10C. By lunchtime, a blanket of cloud started to move up from the south, and at 2pm the sun had gone. The front edge of a rain front is just coming ashore in South Harris, 50 miles to the south.
Visibility is extremely good, 50 km (30 miles), and earlier on I could clearly see the mountains of the Applecross Forest, 60 miles to the southeast on the Scottish mainland.


Out at sea, mauve stinger jellyfish are reported to be swarming. These creatures, a nuisance to humans, are deadly to fish, particularly farmed fish. A large part of the economy of Western Scotland depends on fish farming, and the Marine Conservation Society is monitoring the situation closely. If the jellyfish come into a fishfarm, they can decimate stock, leading to damage worth hundreds of thousands if not millions of pounds. This happened in Ireland in 2007, when billions of mauve stingers killed salmon in fishfarms off the north coast.
Picture courtesy glaucus.org.uk.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing what something so benign looking can do so much damage. I knew that jelly fish could be lethal to fish but I had no idea. I hope they can contain the damage to fisheries.
    We are are once again on the West Texas Weather roller coaster. LOL 80 degrees and down into the 60s and 50s for the next few days. I just hope we can get some rain as we are terribly dry.
    Hope your week is going well.
    Barb

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