Title picture: Cloudscapes, Stornoway, 1 February 2017

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hurricane season

Hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones (all the same thing) are not monsters or killers. They are a necessary safety valve in the planet's system of managing the heat of the sun through evaporation and condensation of water. A tropical cyclone serves to funnel heat from the equator to higher latitudes. The planetary scale at which this occurs explains the huge amounts of energy (and impact) involved. The energy released by a hurricane would, if converted into electricity, power the United States for 3 years.

June 1st sees start of the North Atlantic hurricane season. Although NHC are forecasting lower than average numbers of tropical cyclones, any impact on land could still be severe, and could lead to loss of life. If you are in an area likely to be affected by tropical cyclones, please follow any warnings by the relevant weather agency.

Sunday 31 May

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Saturday 30 may

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Friday 29 May

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Today, we said good-bye to our freight ferry, the Clipper Ranger (pictured above left). This ship was on the freight run to Ullapool since October 2013, but is now relocating to Heysham (Lancashire) to take up the freight run across the Irish Sea.

Thursday 28 May

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Wednesday 27 May

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Tuesday 26 May

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Monday 25 May

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Sunday 24 May

For the first time ever I have managed to not watch the Eurovision Song Contest, not even the points parade. It has been many a year since anything approaching decent was on there, and I was completely put off the phenomenon by Conchita Wurst last year (who is endowed with such a shape on her anatomy) , and the inclusion of Australia on the list of 'European' countries. Let's include Suriname and Indonesia next year, as former colonies of a European country.

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Saturday 23 May

Today is the day of the annual Stornoway Half Marathon. The route has been substantially altered, with the runners now coming down the seafront in the opposite direction. Most of the route is now in the Castle Grounds, taking in two of the hills there. Number of participants is about 150.

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Friday 22 May

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Thursday 21 May

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