Very wet today and a tad windy. Force 6 from the southeast. Down in the Uists, it's blowing a severe gale, force 9. Once this dies down, through the afternoon, it will be the last gale for a while. Forecasting is usually not done for more than 5 days. The five tropical cyclones I reported yesterday are still around; Olwyn will now strafe the entire west coast of Australia from Exmouth to Perth - with heavy rains. Winds will gradually decrease as the system sinks south. Pam is blasting the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and will peak at 140 knots.