View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Saturday 28 August

Overcast but fairly bright today. The odd shower this evening, and not very warm.
Spent the afternoon watching two rock climbers ascending the rockface of Sron Uladail in Harris.

Picture courtesy
As you can see, the rock overhangs by no less than 30 metres / 100 feet, and stands 180 metres / 600 feet tall. The climb took more than 6 hours and involved some incredible stances, use of fingers, feet and balance, not to mention miles and miles of rope. The entire event was televised live from the foot of the rock, which is a good few miles off any road.

Hurricane update - 28 August

Hurricane Danielle is expected to pass to the east of Bermuda, spreading tropical stormforce (galeforce and higher) winds over the island. Beyond that, the cyclone will weaken and transform into a normal depression, which is not anticipated to affect western Europe - it will head north towards Greenland.

Tropical storm Earl is headed for the Leeward Islands, and people in the islands of Saba, St Eustatius, Saint Martin / St Maarten, Saint Barthelemy, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. This means that tropical storm conditions could affect these islands within the next 48 hours. By the end of that period, Earl is expected to be a category 2 hurricane, passing just north of the island chain.

Please relay.