Another day of force 7 winds, which are likely to reach a galeforce crescendo today. The wind direction will then change from southwest to northwest and it'll get a bit colder. At present, it's 10C / 50F - but in the south of England, it could get as high as 20C / 68F. Their temps will plummet to our values by the weekend, and we could see some wintry stuff. This temperature contrast also explains the strong winds. Apart from the wind, there is also some rain about. Gusts to 65 mph at Eoropie, sustained windspeeds about 30 mph. Good blow this afternoon. No ferries in or out of this island - it's been a very windy winter. A brief powercut around 9.30pm.
Was watching Putin yesterday, and did anybody else see the little trail of smoke issuing from the flames emanating from the man's coat tails? What am I on about? Liar, liar, your tail's on fire.
I have done a fair amount of work on casualties of the First World War, but even today, two more people were killed through ordnance from that conflict.