Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Well, that was a hair raising Monday and no mistakes. The Met Office had put out an amber alert for us all, to be on our guard for 70 to 80 mph winds and lashing rains.

Well, to be true, we had a fair bit of rain in the morning. But otherwise, it was a beautiful early autumn day, with warm sunshine and winds never getting above force 3 in Stornoway. The only indication that something was not quite right was the barometer: 974 mbar is very low. The thermometer pulled a long nose at the forecasters by rising to 17C, which is very pleasant at this time of year. It even tempted me outside - except that the midges were also having a field day.

It’s nice not being the windiest place in the country - just for once.

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