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?
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.
I can’t help thinking that the chief is attempting some kind of subliminal message to someone in the two amber warnings for Wales.
The Met Office warnings board just can’t cope with the number and types of warnings that are coming in and out of force during Saturday and Sunday, surely it’s time for a rethink.
Storm Dennis is making a bit of a pirouette to the north of Scotland during Sunday, and if these forecast charts are correct will take another swipe at the north of Scotland as Gnasher tightens the flow in the early hours of Monday morning.
The emphasis for storm Dennis is on heavy rain rather than strong wind as orange splodges appear across England and Wales during Saturday and Sunday
The Met Office must be very confident in their mesoscale model, because rather surprisingly they are not expecting much in the way of impacts from snow away from the higher ground of the southern uplands and Cumbria (updated).
So storm Dennis is expected to arrive on Saturday the fourth named storm of the season and thankfully with a good old fashioned name that we can all pronounce.