Now that we are less than 18 hours from the possibility of any snow falling, surely their mesoscale model which they run every hour, has now come up with a definitive answer about how much snow will fall?
I can’t remember a month when it seems to have snowed in our part of the Highlands just about every other day, but any temporary covering of snow we did see never lasted for very long.
The Met Office have finally sprung into action and have this morning, and rather belatedly in my opinion when compared to their hair trigger like response in the naming of storms Ciara and Dennis, issued a yellow warning for strong winds across Scotland for Monday.
By this time last week the Met Office had already issued an amber warning for rain and had named a storm. Monday looks a little more problematic, but that hasn’t stopped them issuing a yellow warning for heavy rain, but what about the wind?
If the Met Office are too frit to name it storm Ellen, then Met Eireann might jump in and do it for them.
The Met Office have been making a big play about how they spotted an embryonic Dennis developing in a two hundred knot jet stream of the eastern seaboard of America five or six days out, so let’s see how they do with this one.
I don’t think this was a particularly good day to have released the news about a new £1.2 billion pound supercomputer for the Met Office. Perhaps this money would be more wisely spent improving our flood defences instead?
A windy night across large parts of IONA as we say a fond farewell to storm Dennis and his dog!
No one of course care’s about the minutiae of what the various warnings that were issued, in the final analysis it probably made little difference in alerting people to the chances of flooding, because the media have been all over this story for days, with flocks of TV reporters already vying for best positions along the river Taff in south Wales to capture all the details.
A look at the latest precipitation accumulations since 12 UTC yesterday.
Believe it or not, some of the highest accumulations to be found in that period have been across the southern Cairngorms in Scotland, where there’s not even a yellow warning in force.
Maybe if they had given themselves that extra six hours at the start of the amber warnings they might have achieved the higher totals.