Stornoway wind veer

The gale force northerly wind that’s been blowing for seven straight hours at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with frequent gusts to 49 knots (56 mph) today, suddenly veered into the E’SE at 13 UTC and then into the northeast. The occlusion that’s wrapped around storm Bella obviously has been pushing westward and cleared the station with a surge in pressure as it did so. The occlusion stands out very well on this afternoon’s satellite image. Bella is proving to be quite an unusual feature in more ways than one.

Courtesy UKMO

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