The whites of its eyes

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.

Stormy winter

This winter so far has a Gale Index of 30.3, the third highest of any winter since 1871, and not too far behind the memorable stormy winter of 2013-14.

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.

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!

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.

Dennis is not the problem, it’s Gnasher you have to watch out for!

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.

Irresponsible of the Met Office

What would the headline writers at the Daily Mail or Daily Express do without reports of the highest gusts from the Needles?

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.

Wind analysis – 9 February 2020

Rather incredibly storm Ciara has now been re-christened ‘storm of the century’ by the Daily Express. Well it beats my rather uninspiring headline I suppose.

Maximum gust analysis 0000-1300 UTC

I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical earlier in the week that an amber warning was warranted for Sunday but today’s gusts have proved me wrong – well done Met Office!

Analysis – 0900 UTC

The most striking thing about the chart though are the wind gusts (in knots) being reported from just about every station in IONA apart from those in northeast Scotland at the moment. A few of the gusts in Lincolnshire are already in excess of 60 mph with higher to come.

UK Wind analysis – 8 February 2020

A lot of people including me, got rather confused with yesterday’s strong winds ahead of an active frontal system, thinking it was Storm Ciara – it wasn’t.

Amber warning for tomorrow expanded

If I were the chief I would be getting the heebeegeebees about the winds tomorrow across the central belt of Scotland.

Hoist by their own petard

Perhaps the Met Office should only name a storm if they have already issued an amber strong wind warning for it.

A lot of fuss over nothing

The highest gust of 70 mph occurred at Loch Glascarnoch even before the warning became valid.

Stormy weather

The westerly airstream is so strong it’s blowing cold air right across the Atlantic from Arctic Canada, which seems to be the only way that any cold air can reach IONA these days, forget about those cold continental easterlies they are so passé

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