Lochs Tornado 26th July 2013

Today marks 8 years since the lochs tornado on Isle of lewis.

Chris Macleod Laxay

I was working at the Co-op that day but had been forecasting thunderstorms on Western Isles weather for the day. So sadly I did not storm chase that day. But I do remember the storms dumping a lot of rainfall. There was a huge crack of thunder and I asked my boss at the time if I could take a quick break. I went outside and marvelled at the storm. Gutted that I had to go back inside and miss the event.

Netweather Radar showing the lightning strikes on the 26th July.

We barely had an internet connection on the phone at the time but despite that my phone still lit up with messages from people reporting the storm it was fantastic. This was one of the biggest events in the first year of Western Isles Weather.

This one of my favorite photos of the event. Image comes from Mark Stokes

I am unaware of any damage during this event but happy to be made aware if there was any.

This stunning timelapse footage was captured of the thunderstorms raging on that day. Captured by the now defunct Hebrides Weather which was based in Point.

I would love to hear from you if you have any stories, photos or videos connected to the event that you would be willing to share with us.

I have also started putting together a Western Isles tornado and funnel cloud database which can be found here https://westernislesweather.com/2020/06/30/the-western-isles-tornadoes-and-funnel-cloud-database/

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