View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sunday 6 May

The day here has been quite remarkable. Starting with the supermoon before sunrise, then a snow shower at 7.30 am, followed by several beafy hail showers later on in the day. The weather was very un-May like, with an overnight low of -1C / 30F.

Snow shower

The French have elected a new president, Francois Hollande, who beat Nicholas Sarkozy by a margin of 4%. After making an acceptance speech in his hometown of Tulle, Hollande has now left for Paris.With the emerging election results in Greece (appearing to be opposed to the EU bail-out plan), the European Union appears to be starting the week with a colossal headache.

A tropical cyclone looks likely to be forming in the waters of southern Indonesia, a very unusual occurrence, as I pointed out yesterday. Bakung (Daffodil) will head southwest towards the islands west of Timor over the next few days.