Named Storms

Named storms and the Gale Index

This has to have been been the windiest autumn/winters of the last four across the IONA. There have been fived named storms up until going to press, three of them in February alone when it was particularly stormy, especially so at weekends for some reason. The bar chart...

“Unprecedented”- I don’t believe it.

Chris Fawkes was chatting to day on the 2.30 PM weather slot on the BBC News channel. This five minute chat can give you some insight to how each weathercaster thinks and occasionally it’s quite intersting to boot. Today Chris was going on about the “unprecedented” number of...

Storm Myriam

I reckon that this low in the Bay of Biscay at 12 UTC today is storm Myriam. At the moment it’s bringing north westerly gales to San Sebastian and the northeast coast of Spain. Rather surprisingly the storm was named by Meteo France and not Spain’s AEMet who...

Storm Jorge

Now that’s what you call a bent back occlusion!

What stops the Spanish doing it again?

As far as I can see if AEMet expect coastal communities in Galicia to experience a spell of strong winds with gusts in excess of 80 kph and issue an amber alert this may well trigger the naming of a storm even though the storm center may be over 1500 kilometres away as has happened with storm Jorge.

A tricky question

I wonder how far Met Eireann would get if they treated the people who lived in countries Mayo or Donegal like the Met Office treat the people who live in the north and west of Scotland?

How to pronounce Jorge

Now that the Spanish have muscelled into our territorial waters we may never have to name a storm again!

Storm naming game gets even more farcical

The Spanish Met Service AEMET have surprised everyone in naming this weekend’s low storm Jorge, which as far as I can see won’t impact Spain with much in the way of severe weather at all.

The great Oz has spoken!

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.

Confident enough about the rain but not the wind

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?

A candidate for Storm Ellen

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.

Gnasher has one last go

A windy night across large parts of IONA as we say a fond farewell to storm Dennis and his dog!