7 Days in weather – 12th April

Hello and welcome to the 7 days in weather. In this new series of blogs we a take a look back at the last 7 days of weather across the Island,  UK and across the globe. We have plenty to talk about today.

UK Weather – 

In the Western Isles, we had the warmest day of the year so far.  On Thursday 13.4C was recorded at South Uist and 13.0C at Stornoway Airport. Both Met Office sites.

The UK as a whole has broken the highest temperature of the year for 4 consecutive days in a row. There is a chance it could be broken again today (Sunday). Saturday 11th April witnessed 25.5C being recorded at St James Park.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for today for parts of England and Wales. More information below

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-04-12

Global Weather – 

Cyclone Harold –

Earlier in the week cyclone Harlod tore across the pacfic islands of Vanautu. It ramped up to a Category 5 cyclone. 165 mph winds and widespread damage to the tiny island nation.

Other island impaced were fiji, Solomon islands and Tonga. This is the most powerful cyclone of the season and a late in the year cyclone for the Southern Hempishere. The main tropical acitvty now siwtches to the Northern hempishere as the Southern moves towards winter.

 

USA Storms –

Powerful storms with long tracked tornados are possible across the united states on Sunday. Hail and strong winds will also accompany the tornadoes. The Storm prediction centre in the USA has issued a level 4 out of 5 for these storms. This is a moderate risk which is the 4th highest level.

Overnight Saturday into Sunday large hailstones fell in parts of Texas. Image credit to Gabriel Florez

This incredible tornado image was captured on Thursday night in Arkansa. This was taken by Cade Greeno

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7 days in Weather 5th April

Hello and welcome to the first 7 days in weather. In this new series of blogs we a take a look back at the last 7 days of weather across the Islands,  UK and across the globe.

The last week across the UK has highlighted the battle between Spring and Winter. Record breaking high pressure started the week with as mentioned in the last blog. South Uist recorded with 1051.2mb breaking the March high pressure record. But as high pressure dominated for much of the week. Severe gales occurred in Shetland on Thursday with snow in the Western Isles on Friday and this weekend highest temperature of the year so far in England.

Breaking News this afternoon hottest day of the year so far with 21.4C recorded at Porthmadog in Wales.

Snowy Start to April 

Much of Lewis and Harris woke up to snow on Friday morning as bitterly cold air moved across the islands. A dusting of snow lay on the ground during the morning hours but rapidly melted away. This snow is often known as the lambing snow. Even though the snow fell in April it’s not entirely unusual to see snow this late in the year. March you are more likely to see snow than in December according to the Met Office.

Here are some snow photos shared to us on Friday –

The last photo of the Harris hills shared to us by Carol MacDonald.

 

Shetland isles recorded winds over 70 mph on Thursday nothing too unusual for the islands. However, this tweet did make me laugh…

March Stats 

March was a colder month across the UK with more nighttime frosts in March than in December, January or February.

The Western Isles had a wet month according to the Met Office.

The Western Isles were the wettest compared to average, with 131% (189mm) of the normal rainfall total for the month.

https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2020/04/01/procession-of-spring-begins-with-a-moderate-march/

March for the UK as a whole was drier than average with 82% of the average rainfall falling making up for a very wet start to the year.

It was a sunny month with all England and Wales seeing more than average sunshine. Even the Western Isles enjoyed above average sunshine.

Cyclone Harold 

In the Southern Hemisphere, they are coming to the end of the Cyclone season. Cyclone Harold is heading towards Vanuatu with Category 4 winds. It is has fluctuated in the last 24 hours but is expected to reach category 5 status the highest level as it moves over these islands. Hopefully, the islands are prepared and the damage is minimal.

Some stunning images of this cyclone have come out in the last 24 hours.

 

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