View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Wednesday 1 August

A day of varying fortunes, with good summer downpours interspersed with brighter intervals. We even had a ray of sunshine earlier on, accompanied by a rainbow descending directly onto the lighthouse. The mercury once again managed 17C / 63F, which is about par for the course for summer here. However, the longer term forecast shows a steady cooling trend.

Hotting up is more likely to happen in the Caribbean, where a tropical cyclone is due after Friday. System 05L has formed in the Atlantic, 800 miles east of the Windward Islands, which will see it on Friday. The storm will be at hurricane force on Monday, when it passes Jamaica. That is still a long way off, and the NHC will keep us abreast of developments. On the other side of the world, two typhoons are making for mainland China. Saola is passing within 40 miles of Taipei, Taiwan; Damrey is headed straight for China, some distance north of Shanghai.

I am leaving you tonight with a few snaps which I posted on Facebook earlier today.



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