Met Office named storms and the Western Isles.

So in the 2015/16 winter, the Met Office started naming winter storms. In this blog post, we are going to take a look back at these storms and impacts on the Western Isles.

2015 – 16 Season –

Had 11 named storms in total.

5 impacted the Western isles

Storm Abigail –

Named on 10/11/15 – Impacted – 12/11/15 to the 13/11/15

  • A Met Office Amber warning issued for the Western Isles on the 10th November
  • The first of the Met office named storms brought 84 mph winds to South Uist – The highest wind speed during Abigail.
  • 76 mph was also recorded at Benbecula
  • 20,000 people were left without power across the UK and Ireland.
  • The storms lowest pressure was 946 mb.
  • All Schools in the Western Isles closed.

Storm Eva – 

Named on 22/12/15 – Impacted – 24/12/15 

  • Capal Curaig had the strongest wind speed during the storm at 83 mph.
  • 68 mph in Stornoway and 67 mph in South Uist
  • £3,000 power outages
  • £2.2 billion in damages
  • Extra rainfall on top of storm Desmond caused massive impacts for Cumbria.

 Storm Frank

Named on 28/12/15 – impacted – 29/12/15 – 30/12/15

  • 85 mph was recorded at South Uist range
  • 70 mph was recorded at Benbecula
  • Amber warnings were issued for heavy rainfall
  • There. were 3 fatalities due to the storm
  • £280 million in damage
  • 28,000 power outages

Storm Gertrude –

Named on 28/1/16 – impacted – 29/1/16

  • 105 mph was recorded at Lerwick Shetland
  • Rare red warning issued for Shetland
  • 79 mph was recorded at South Uist
  • 10,000 power outages
  • £80 million in damage

Storm Henry –

Named on 30/1/16 – impacted – 1/2/16 to 2/2/16

  • 90 mph recorded at South Uist
  • 85 mph recorded at Benbecula
  • 81 mph recorded at Stornoway
  • Amber warnings for wind were issued.
  • 3,000 power outages.
  • £80 million in damage.

this was the last named storm of the season to impact the Western isles.

2016 – 17 Season 

Had 5 named storms in total

3 storms impacted the Western Isles

Storm Barbara 

Named on 20/12/16 – impacted – 20/12/16 to 26/12/16

  • 75 mph recorded at South Uist.
  • Highest gust of the storm – Sella Ness (Shetland Islands) 83 mph.
  • Two planes coming in Stornoway were unable to land due to wind and had to return back to base.
  • 1,000 homes without power in Northern Ireland
  • 940 mb lowest pressure
  • £80 Million in damage

Storm Conor 

Named on 23/12/16 – Impacted – 24/12/16 to 27/12/16 

  • 83 mph recorded at South Uist.
  • Highest gust of the storm – Sella Ness ( Shetland Islands) 94 mph.
  • Coming hot on the heels of Barbara caused lots of damage and further power cuts.
  • 1,000 homes without power.
  • 958 mb lowest pressure.
  • £80 Million in damage

2017 – 18 Season 

Had 8 named storms in total

1 storm impacted the Western Isles

Storm Georgina 

Named on 23/01/18 – Impacted – 23/1/18 to 24/1/18

  • 85 mph recorded at South Uist (highest gust for this storm)*
  • Higher wind speeds were recorded at higher levels. 140 mph at Glencoe
  • 959 mb

2018 – 19 Season 

Had 8 named storms in total

2 storms impacted the Western Isles

Storm Callum 

Named on 10/10/18 – Impacted – 11/10/18 to 13/10/18

  • 64 mph recorded at South Uist.
  • Highest wind speed for the storm – 86 mph at Capal Curaig
  • 938 mb
  • 2 Fatalities
  • 219 mm of rainfall in Libanus in Powys

Storm Gareth 

Named on 11/3/19 – Impacted – 11/3/19 to 13/12/19

  • 71 mph recorded at South Uist
  • 64 mph recorded at Benbecula
  • Highest wind speed for the storm – 81 mph at Malin Head
  • 971 mb

Other notable Storms

  • “Hurricane Bawbag” – Not an actual hurricane but became famous after getting nicknamed Bawbag – over 80 mph winds and 70K homes without. Was a part of the inspiration for the Met office naming system.
  • Desmond – record-breaking rainfall –  341.1 mm of rainfall breaking the 24 hour UK rainfall record. At Honister pass in Cumbria.
  • ex-hurricane Ophelia – Brought strong winds to the UK and smoke from wildfires in Spain and Portugal. Was a former hurricane and weakened just before reaching Ireland.
  • Caroline – The last time Amber warning was issued for the Western Isles – Yet the worst of the winds missed us.

Information from the Met office Storm Centre and Wikipedia.

 

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