View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Thursday 11 March

The day started very wet, but the sun is now managing to put in an intermittent appearance between the showers. These are not long or heavy, so can live with that.

In the South Pacific, the cyclone season is livening up again, although autumn is now on its way in down there. A new storm, which will be named Tomas, has formed east of American Samoa. It will slowly head southwest towards Fiji, and slam through that archipelago with winds well in excess of 100 knots (115 mph). At times like that, the name "Pacific" could not be more inappropriate for the world's largest ocean.

About 95% of the UK landmass can now be viewed on Google Streetview, and my Twitter contacts in the islands were joking this morning that productivity here had been cut by 90% whilst everybody gawped at their own residences courtesy Google. One self-employed person admitted losing the morning whilst "walking" across their island. Naturally, I've indulged myself as well.