View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Saturday 8 February

What a lovely morning. Broad sunshine, just the odd shower, not much wind, it almost feels like spring. The only thing that gives the game away is the barometer. Did I see that right, 957 mbar (28.26 inches) and falling? The actual low pressure centre, located off Ireland, is estimated to have a pressure of 944 mbar, corroborated by a weatherstation in Donegal, Ireland, which is reading 948 mbar. Batten down the hatches in the south of England, this will give you a blow to remember - for all the wrong reasons.

In the afternoon, it turned grey and ominous from the south. Our rainfall radar was zapped by lightning in December, so can't check what's around. Oh well, never a dull moment in these islands, that's for sure.

In the evening, we found ourselves in the eye of the storm, located over the Isle of Skye, sporting a lovely 952 mbar as central pressure. The depression will move north, leaving us with westerly winds. If my reading of the weathermaps is correct, we (in the Western Isles) should be VERY wary of Tuesday, when a nasty little low with tightly packed isobars comes scooting by.

I have been checking my listings of Lewis WW1 casualties against CWGC entries, finding three with island connections that I had not previously located.

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