Weather Blog

Good afternoon all. We are dropping a weather blog post. Quite a lot of weather has happened in the last few weeks and months. No forecast is included in this post. If you need to see a forecast check the Met Office website or app.

Storm Brendan 

Impacted the Western isles on the 13/14th of January. Brought strong winds and heavy rain. In addition, flooding was also a massive impact. Some of the worst coastal flooding that the island has suffered and at least since I have been running Western Isles Weather. Schools were closed and power cuts also occurred widely. Roads were closed by the Emergency services across the island chain.

87 mph was recorded at the South Uist range.

64 mph was recorded at Stornoway Airport

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/metofficegovuk/pdf/weather/learn-about/uk-past-events/interesting/2020/2020_01_storm_brendan.pdf

A few more images from around the islands and graphic of wind speeds.

Unofficially wind speed in excess off 90 mph were recorded at some none Met office sites on the Uists and West coast of Lewis.

Wet Winter 

Its been an extremely wet winter across the UK. Extreme flooding across parts of England, Wales and Scotland. So wet the Met Office had to introduce a new level on the scale with 400% on the chart below.

For the UK it was the 5th wettest winter. It was the 5th Wettest winter since records began.  These records stretch back to 1862. For Scotland it was the second wettest on record, the wettest being 1990.

More can be found here and the link the image https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2020/2020-winter-february-stats

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A little close to home the SEPA rainfall gauges in the Western isles also recorded a lot of rainfall during the 3 winter months.

Creed Bridge – 600 mm (24 inches)

Birkie Hue – 614 mm (24 inches

Laxdale. (Harris) – 846 mm (33 inches)

Loch Tormasad – 628 mm (25 inches)

Mill Croft – 703 mm (27 inches)

Link to the stations mentioned https://www2.sepa.org.uk//rainfall

January

January also had the dullest month in 91 years according to the Met office

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More on this can be found bere https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/

Other storms impacted the UK over the winter. However, storm Brendan was the most disruptive for the Western isles. It has been a very wet and windy winter but may of the storms stayed under 80 mph. Multiple days of wind speeds over 70 mph.

Thank you taking the time to read this blog post.

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