View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Wednesday 13 January

Quite a bright day to start with, although the southeasterly breeze detracts a bit. The ice that has been plaguing us for 3 weeks is slowly melting away. Heavy snow is once more causing disruption across parts of England, with airports closed and some motorists finding themselves in their cars overnight. In Yorkshire, gritter lorries are reported as having slid off roads.

Haiti has suffered an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale, which was centered near the capital Port-au-Prince. It struck at 21.53 GMT last night and the US Geological Survey has reported more than a dozen aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or higher since. Devastation is reported widespread, and hundreds if not thousands are feared dead, or buried under rubble. Aid agencies are scrambling to get assets to the scene of one of the poorest countries in the world.

When you're on the run from the law, don't go and update your Facebook account, taunting the police. They may come and find you.


  1. We are warming up above freezing for the next few days and hopefully there will be some melting going on around here too. We'll enjoy it while we can as February and March still bring much cold and snow weather for us.

  2. I love your big picture of the city and it's different colored buildings, and all the snow. I stare at it each time I come over here for a visit. Sad about the earthquake. It's all over the news here today. We need to keep them in our prayers.
    Stay warm!

  3. Very fine snow has been falling here all day Guido. It is beginning to lie as the evening draws in.
    We are really fed up with it now as the pavements have thick ice on them still..thanks to the uselesness of our County Council to get rid of the first snowfall prior to Christmas. It is treacherous! Most pedestrians between Windermere and Bowness ( mile long road) have to walk on the main road. That includes mum's with prams. It's just too lethal to walk on the pavements. The council have been as much use as a chocolate fireguard!
    Still...our problems are miniscule compared to those poor folks in Haiti. Bless them! They have had it all thrown at them in the last year or so.
    It must be horrifying to have lived through it all. The anguish the survivors are feeling doesn't bear thinking about.
    My prayers and thoughts are with them.