Warnings

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.

Impacts and likelihoods of rainfall from storm Dennis

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.

Dennis so far

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.

There’s got to be a better way than this!

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.

Snow for auld reekie?

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).

Dennis the menace!

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.