View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 19 August 2011

Friday 19 August

Although the day started fairly bright and even sunny, cloud moved up through the afternoon, and not long after 4pm the downpour started. We managed winds up to force 7 (30 mph), before the situation relented within the last hour or so - light winds and no more rain.

I am monitoring tropical storm Harvey off Honduras, which is strengthening prior to making landfall in Belize tomorrow. By then it could be at 55 knots, if not right up to hurricane strength (65 knots). After passing over the Yucatan Peninsula, there is a chance it could pop up over water - and bearing in mind that tropical storms need warm water, you can imagine what that will mean: it could strengthen after its passage over land. One to watch.

Another two or three systems, currently at an embryonic stage, need watching between Africa and South America. Prosaically described as 97L, 98L and 99L, these could each develop into a Cape Verde hurricane. These have long passages over the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic to brew up into serious storms. The peak of the hurricane season is around 10 September, so things are just about warming up to a crescendo now.

I have been putting some order into my Postcrossing pictures, having created a set on for my received and sent images.