Title picture: Cloudscapes, Stornoway, 1 February 2017

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thursday 8 December

The day arrived with galeforce winds and heavy rain, but this abated through the morning. The sun came out, the barometer dropped right down to 960 mbar. But then, at 3pm, the clouds drew in, the rain started again and the wind rose. Gusts topped 101 mph at Eoropie, 25 miles north of here, and Stornoway saw 85 mph. When I tried to tame some runaway dustbins, I nearly came to grief as they decided to dance with a garden hose. Woopsie. Don't try to tangle with dustbins in 80 mph gusts. Anyway, after a quick crescendo at 5pm the winds slowly died down. At the moment (11pm), we're at 30 mph, that's force 7, and the barometer has made a quick recovery to 990 mbar. Thirty millibars in six hours is an amazing rate of increase; about as quick as the decrease overnight. By the way, the highest gust was 165 mph, which was recorded on the summit of Cairn Gorm, 4200 feet up.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the wind has caused damage to property and brought down powerlines. I suffered two power outages, one at midday and the other at around 2pm. Both lasted about half an hour. At present, 60,000 people in the Highlands and Islands are still off supply.

No, I don't have spectacular pictures of this storm. It was dark when it rose here, sorry!