Well done – but what about Caithness and Sutherland?

Estimated rainfall accumulations from weather radar

I must say the Met Office did very well with their yellow warning for heavy rain across northeast Scotland. The only problem was is that they completely forgot to include parts of the coastal fringe of Sutherland and Caithness in it, which by my estimates have also seen accumulations of 60 to 70 mm. So why was that? Well I’d guess the simple reason is that people in this part of the world are less important than those that live further south in Aberdeenshire, because let’s face it there are more sheep than people, and landslides which may occur to block roads or railways lines are more trivial up there because there are far fewer cars on that part of the A9 and the trains that ply the line between Inverness and Wick are so much smaller and less frequent. So all in all the overall impact will be minor and all things considered it’s just not worth the bother.

Courtesy UKMO
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