Friday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Friday morning brief

On this Friday morning, we are seeing a dry morning. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Some frost and ice in places. Temps below 4C. Winds under 10 mph.

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for ice until 10:00 am the full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Across the highlands and islands on Thursday, South Uist had the highest maximum temperature of 8.3C

Today – We are going to see an icy cold start to the day. Cloud increases and becomes milder. Staying overcast with some sunny spells. Rain moves in from the West during the afternoon and rain arrives into all parts later. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph increasing as the day goes on. Gusting 50 to 60 mph for Uist and Barra. Temps of 1C to 8C

Saturday – Overnight spells of heavy rain. Sunshine and showers with blustery winds. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph at times reaching 50 mph.

Sunday – Blustery winds with the cloud dominating. A few showers.

Monday – Rain and showers. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Have a great day.

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more than one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office.

Friday’s forecast – Some actual windy weather later

Thursday `forecast proved tricker then I expected with rain and drizzle lingering for parts of Lewis and Harris. One of those learning points.

On this Thursday evening, we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and cloud with some scattered showers. Winds under 10 mph and today’s high of 8C

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for ice until 10:00 Friday morning. The full warning and latest updates can be found on the Met Office website or app.

Overnight – A mixture of clear skies and cloud with some frost and ice in places. It should be mainly fine and dry but the odd scattered shower cannot be ruled out. Temps down to -1C in places but most staying above freezing. Winds under 15 mph

Morning and afternoon – Fine and dry with plenty of cloud. A few sunny spells, the odd scattered shower cannot be ruled out. Winds of 10 to 30 mph gusting 40 mph strongest for Uist and Barra.

Evening – Some scattered showers moving in. A chance of some heavier rain moving in very late into the evening. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph widely for the Uist and Barra gusting 50 to possibly 60 mph for a time.

Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of -1C to 7C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:01 and 16:09

South Uist – 09:00 and 16:19

3 days ahead

Saturday – Windy with showers and these heavy at times.

Sunday – Showery with blustery winds.

Monday – Sunshine and showers.

Have a great evening.

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more than one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office.

Weather Watch 14th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Thursday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Thursday evening we are seeing a mixture of. clear skies and cloud. A few scattered showers. Winds under 20 mph and todays high temp of 8.0C

A reminder we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning for Ice till 10:00 Friday morning. Full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-14&id=ee775b65-d705-4d36-b896-f5b610100fb3&details

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles 3 day weather forecast

Friday – A cold and icy start to the day across the Western Isles. We are going to see overcast and mainly dry start to the day. But. an area of low pressure will move past the Western Isles. Tightening isobars will see winds increasing gusting 30 to 40 mph. For the Uists and Barra gusting 50 to possibly 60 mph during the later evening. Rain will move in during the evening and become heavy at times. Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of -1C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

This is also the Saturday at Midnight chart. This highlights the tight isobars.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Low pressure dominates across the North of Scotland. Strong winds overnight gusting 50 to 60 mph. Into Saturday further spells of rain which will be heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph throughout the day. The rain becoming showery later. Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 4C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Sunday – Between high pressure over the South of the UK and low pressure over Iceland we are going to see a brisk airflow. Spells of rain showery and heavy at times. Some sunny spells. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 3C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

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Met Office Ice warning for the Western Isles 14th / 15th January 2020

Good evening all. Earlier this afternoon the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Ice for the Western Isles. The warning is now inforce till 10:00 Friday morning. The warning covers the entire Western Isles.

The full warnings and the latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-14&id=ee775b65-d705-4d36-b896-f5b610100fb3&details

Impacts for the Western isles.

We are not expecting a hard frost most places getting down to 0 / 2C. Some places will drop below freezing down to 1C.

Here is the link to the Councils gritting policy https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/ and road gritting times https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-gritting-priorities/

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more than one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office and Police

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I will keep you updated with any additional updates on conditions across our social media platforms during the course of the weather warning.

Thursday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Thursday morning brief

On this Thursday morning, we are seeing rain across most of the Western Isles. We are seeing some light rain for Lewis and parts of Harris but the heaviest of the rain has moved away. Elsewhere mainly dry with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Overnight low of 5.8C. Winder under 20 mph.

Across the highlands and islands on Wednesday, Harris Quidnish was the wettest with 10.4 mm of rain.

Today – Mostly fine and dry once the light rain clears away. Some mist and low cloud early today. Some afternoon. sunshine. A few scattered showers. Clear skies after sunset and a risk of some frost and ice with a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Winds will be from the North West. Winds of 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 1C to 9C

Friday – Sunshine and cloud. Heavy rain will move in later this evening. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest later.

Saturday – Overnight spells of heavy rain. Sunshine and showers with blustery winds.

Sunday – Blustery winds with the cloud dominating. A few showers.

Have a great day.

Thursday’s forecast – Overcast with a few scattered showers

Good evening Western Isles on this Wednesday evening we are seeing rain across most of the Western isles. Clearing away from the far south slowly. A mainly overcast evening. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Strongest across Uist and Barra. Today’s high of 5.5C so far.

Overnight – The rain will clear away as the night goes on. Some light rain will persist across Lewis and Harris. Mainly overcast with some clear skies. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Morning and afternoon – A mixture of sunshine and cloud. A few scattered showers. Some lingering light rain in the morning for Lewis which will clear away Northwards. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Evening – A mixture of clear skies and cloud with a few scattered showers. A slight risk of frost and ice in places. Winds under 20 mph.

Winds will be from West and North West. Temps of 2C to 9C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:02 and 16:07

South Uist – 09:01 and 16:17

3 days ahead

Friday – A cold dry start with sunshine and cloud. Rain moves in during the evening with gales possible for Uist and Barra.

Saturday – Some uncertainty with overnight winds which could gust 50 to 60 mph for a time. Heavy overnight rain with sunshine and showers for the rest of the day.

Sunday – Sunshine and showers.

Have a great evening

Long range weather forecast for the Western Isles – 13th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to our long range forecast. This is posted either once or twice a week covering from 4 days ahead to 10 days ahead. In this update coving from Sunday 17th January until Saturday 26th January.

Please note there is not a lot of accuracy for this kind of time frame. Anything beyond 4/5 days out becomes really difficult and subject to change so we will be looking at trends. Mainly take with a large vat of salt. We will be using the main two computer models for this. The ECMWF which is based in Reading and the GFS which is the American based global model.

This comes from the GFS 06z run and ECMWF 00Z run. I will refer to EC to save on typing.

Sunday 17th January

Good model agreement for next Sunday with low pressure close to Shetland and a brisk airflow across the Western Isles. Showery conditions with some heavy rain as we go overnight into Monday. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. The GFS has the low pressure a bit further North then the EC but again the same brisk airlow and feeling colder. Some wintry showers are possible.

Monday 18th January

Some model differences for next Monday with the EC showing low pressure to the North of Scotland and this will bring spells of rain heavy at times possibly wintry at times. Brisk winds. The GFS has low pressure to the South of us moving across Ireland and central Scotland. This would bring us some morning rain but keeping us mainly dry with a few showers drifting into Barra. Winds will ease

Tuesday 19th January

Big model differences for next Tuesday. The EC has low pressure still slow moving to our far north with rain and showers and brisk winds. A high pressure system develops across central Scotland. The GFS develops a deep and broad area of low pressure centered over Wales. This would bring some heavy snow across Scotland. Rain and wintry showers with blustery winds over the Western Isles.

Wednesday 20th January

Some good model agreement for next Wednesday with both the EC and GFS bringing low pressure over the UK bring rain and snow to large parts of the UK. The area of low pressure would results in rain and wintry showers across the Western isles with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph. Possibly some stronger winds and feeling cold. EC has the low centred close to Newcastle and the GFS has the low near edinburgh so depending on the position of the low will determine how windy it will be for us.

Thursday 21st January

Good model agreement for next Thursday with the low pressure moving out into the North Sea. However both move it at different paces. The EC moves it slower and this would result in it staying windy with further wintry showers and spells of rain heavy at times. The GFS moves the low pressure system out into the North sea quicker. Spells of scattered showers but mainly dry with lighter winds.

Friday 22nd January

Model difference for the Friday with the EC slowing the low down and keeping it down in the North sea with rounds of rain and wintry showers moving across the Western isles and staying windy. The GFS moves the low away and moves the next low into England and Wales. Mainly fine and dry across the Western Isles with a few scattered showers. Fairly light winds for most.

23rd, 24th, 25 and 26th January

Now this is the really long range. So take it with a large amount of salt and is the silly range. So with the GFS it suggests that we will see further spells of rain and wintry showers and blustery winds with additional spells of low pressure moving in. Becoming drier for the end of this time period.

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Weather Watch 13th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Wednesday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Wednesday afternoon we are seeing heavy and persistent rain slowly moving across the islands. Still dry for far North Lewis. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Today’s high of 5.0C

image from netweather.

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles 3 day weather forecast

Thursday – High pressure builds in with a linger weather front sits across the UK and low pressure to the South East of England. Overnight into Thursday we are going to see a few scattered showers. These will clear away to give a mainly fine and dry Thursday with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. A few showers cannot be ruled out. A dry evening is expected with clear skies for most with a risk of some frost and ice. Winds of 10 to 30 mph winds will be from the West and North West. Temps of 0C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – An area of low pressure to our west close to Iceland will bring stronger winds on Friday with high pressure over the UK. After a cold start on Friday morning. Cloud will increase and we will see milder conditions moving across the Islands. Winds will increase as the day goes on gusting 20 to 30 mph into the evening gusting 40 possibly 50 mph for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of 2C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Saturday – Low pressure moves away and high pressure will sit across part of the UK. As a result we are going to see a fairly windy day with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph at times gusting to 50 mph. We are going to see some overnight rain which will be heavy at times. A day of sunshine and showers will follow for the rest of the day of Saturday. Winds will be from the West and South West. Temps of 3C to 9C.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

An Amber warning for snow has been issued by the Met Office for snow from 15:00 Wednesday until 10:00 Thursday morning.

A yellow snow and ice warning warning is also in place the warning remains into place until 21:00 Thursday evening

A yellow warning for snow and ice has also been issued for Saturday

The full warnings and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-13&id=7444b08f-49e0-4c75-895f-236b0d16cf1f

This beautiful photo from Harrogate

Global Weather News

Snow on the rails in Madrid

More snow images from Madrid

Image from Elaine Paterson

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Wednesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Wednesday morning brief

On this Wednesday morning, we are seeing rain across most of the Western Isles. This rain is heavy and slow moving in places. Drier for now for Lewis and Harris with the cloud dominating. Winds under 20 mph. Overnight low of 1.0C

Today – We are going to see rain and at times heavy for Uist and Barra. Slow moving rain which will eventually push across Lewis and Harris. The cloud will dominate. Winds of 20t o 40 mph strongest for Uist and Barra. Winds will be from the South East. Temps of 3C to 7C

Thursday – Mainly fine and dry with blustery winds. Some sunshine.

Friday – Sunshine and cloud. Heavy rain will move in later this evening. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest later.

Saturday – Overnight spells of heavy rain. Sunshine and showers with blustery winds.

Have a great day.

Wednesday’s forecast – Rain moves in

Good evening Western Isles on this Tuesday evening we are seeing rain moving into Uist and Barra. This rain is heavy in places. Winds under 10 mph. Today’s high of 5.0C

Overnight – Some rain for Uist and Barra but this will retreat for a time back into the Atlantic. Most places dry with plenty of clear skies and cloud. Some frost and ice patches but cloud will increase into all parts as the night goes on. Winds 5 to 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – This is always tricky with setups like this, is how quickly the weather front will move across the islands will depend on when the rain will arrive. The rain first pushing into Uist and Barra. By early to late afternoon into Harris and Lewis before pushing across all the islands. The rain will be heavy at times and slow moving. We could see some wintry showers over higher ground. Some drier spells. The cloud will dominate. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Evening – Rain again heavy at times for Lewis and Harris gradually becoming lighter for Uist and Barra. Overcast. Winds of 10 to 30 mph.

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:03 and 16:05

South Uist – 09:02 and 16:15

3 days ahead

Thursday – Fine dry sunshine and cloud breezy

Friday – Rain and showers risk of gales in the evening,

Saturday – Overnight rain clearing to sunshine and showers.

Have a great evening.

The last 7 days of photos 12th January

Hello and welcome to the last 7 days photographs. A selection of stunning photographs of the Western Isles shared by you to us.

Ceapabhal in northton – Cal Robertson

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Shulishader – Colin S Macleod

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Oreabhal Isi Oakley

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Clachan Sands – Jean Grace Payne

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Eilean Chalium Chille  – De tha Dol

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Ormiclate beach – Shona NicDhomhnaill

Vatersay, Monday 4th sunrise at Vatersay bay above and sunset at the west beach and bay below.

Originally tweeted by Fiona Mac Leod (@Flloraidh09) on January 10, 2021.

Eriskay – Monday 4th January

Originally tweeted by Louise MacAulay (@louise_macaulay) on January 10, 2021.

Northton and Quidinish x

Originally tweeted by sarah duce (@sarahduce) on January 10, 2021.

Friday 8th January, 2021 on the Peat Road at Garyvard looking over Pairc, South Lochs

Originally tweeted by David Simpson (@DavidSimpson108) on January 10, 2021.

Gress Beach, 05.01.21

Originally tweeted by Alison Stewart (@alisonrhona) on January 11, 2021.

Castlebay 5th January

Originally tweeted by Stephen Wilson 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@steviebhoy37) on January 10, 2021.

8th at my house.

Wild Cat prints in the snow.

Originally tweeted by 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿≋𝕀𝕤𝕝𝕖𝕤≋𝕄𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕒≋🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴 (@IndyLive_Isles) on January 11, 2021.

Looking east to Ard Mhor, Ard Mhithinis & Bruernish – Barra, monday 4th

Originally tweeted by Padruig Stephen MacNeil (@Paddy_bhoy57) on January 11, 2021.

Taken at Newmarket looking towards Tong and across The Minch to Ben Stack on 4 January

Originally tweeted by lochiegirl (@lochiegirl) on January 10, 2021.

Mangersta Beach 4.1.20

4.1.21 🤪

Originally tweeted by Mangersta Croft Holidays (@MangerstaCroft) on January 10, 2021.

Originally tweeted by Dorothy Ross MacIver (@DorothyMacIver) on January 10, 2021.

Friday morning from the balcony of The Nicolson Institute

Originally tweeted by Richard Fraser (@rfraser1c) on January 11, 2021.

Sgurra, Sollas – Rhona Skivington

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Traigh Mhor – Carol Ferguson

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Aird Point – Kevin Haswell

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Loch Bee – Lena MacPherson

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Vatersay – Dol Mickety

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Crossbost – Christine M Morrison

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Borve – David Nicholson

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Eval – Amy Cox

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Castle grounds – Suannne Erbida

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Stenish – Chrissie Mackay

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Tangasdale – Joan Irvin

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Laxay – Ruth Macdonald

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 Beinn Mhòr from Stilligarry  – Donna bell

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Coll – Sarah Loveridge

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Newmarket – Morris K Macleod

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Great Bernera – Janice Maciver

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Zoe Macleod

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Uig – Michael Alexander MacLennan

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Gress – Rietta Corbet

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Castlebay – Eilish Robertson

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Hougharry – Jason Paul Tolmie

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Tong – Lesley Mackenzie

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Deraclait – Jessica Macleod

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Arnol – Heather N Daniel

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Stornoway – Julia Karpova

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Ullapool – Murdo Maclean

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Scaristia – Mairi Campbell

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Lighthill – Lucy Amber Stewart

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Baleshare – Catriona Maclennan

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Gress – Emma Mackenzie

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Luskentyre – Leona Mackay

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Branahuie looking over to The Braighe – Mary Ann Macleod

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Europie -Mamatha Shadakshari

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Tarbert – Anna Chris Nicillathain

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Nisabost – Rona Mhoireasdan

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Reef – Anne Montgomery

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Balivanich – Nea Macinnies

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Foshigarry – Anne Maclellan

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Northbay – Maggie Dewar

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Pol nan Crann – Lena Macpherson

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Claddach – Leigh Minion

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Gallows hill – Karen Louge

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Clisham – Heledd Mai

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 Loch Uiseilean, Ardnamonie – Shona NicAonghais

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Colbost – John Macdonald Nicholson

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Bernera – Evelyn Maclennan

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Benbecula – Caitlin Nash

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Claddach Valley – Calire Kemp

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Thank you to everyone who shared photos with us

Weather Watch 12th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Tuesday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Tuesday afternoon we are seeing mainly fine and dry conditions with plenty of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud which is increasing. A few scattered showers. Winds under 10 mph and today’s high of 4.6C so far.

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles 3 day weather forecast

Wednesday – Weather fronts will move across the UK on Wednesday bringing snow and heavy rain to large parts of the UK. For the Western Isles. A dry start for Lewis and Harris with it being overcast but rain will arrived here later and becoming heavy. For Uist and Barra we are going to see rain moving in here from the word go and will be heavy at times. Winds gusting 30 to 40 mph the odd gust reaching 50 mph cannot be ruled out. Winds will be from the South East. Temps of 2C to 7C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Thursday – A ridge of high pressure builds in. Low pressure to the South East of England. A few scattered showers for us in the Western Isles. But a mainly fine and dry day with sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. Brisk winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. Clear skies and cold evening. Winds will be from the North West. Temps of 1C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Friday – Low pressure deepens and moves past the Western Isles. We are going to see a dry start to the day. Winds gusting 30 to 45 mph. Spells of rain which will be heavy at times. The cloud will dominate. Winds will be from the South and South East. Temps of 5C to 9C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

The Met Office yellow weather warning for Snow and Ice for England and Scotland has been updated

Full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-14

Northern Lights in Scotland last night

Global Weather News

Red warning for snowfall for Sweden between 40 to 70 cm could fall in places.

there has been some significant flooding in Kosovo

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Tuesday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Tuesday morning brief

On this Tuesday morning, we are seeing a mainly fine and dry start to the day. A mixture of clear skies and cloud. Frost and ice in places. Overnight low of 1.0C at the Met Office sites. Some places to lower.

A reminder that we are under a Met Office yellow weather warning Ice till 11:00. The full warnings and latest updates can be found via the Met Office website or app.

Today – A mainly fine and dry day with plenty of decent spells of sunshine. Variable amounts of cloud which will increase into the evening. It should stay dry but the odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winds under 20 mph. Winds will be from the North East and coming from the South East later. Temps of -1C to 6C. Risk of frost and ice once again this evening.

Wednesday – Dry start for most of Lewis and Harris but rain for the Uists and Barra before the end of the day rain pushing in everywhere. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph.

Thursday – Mainly fine and dry with blustery winds.

Friday – Sunshine and showers with brisk winds.

Have a great day.

Tuesdays forecast – cold but mainly dry

A reminder we remain under a Met office yellow weather warning for Ice. The warning expires at 11 am Tuesday morning. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met office website or app

Overnight – We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Frost and ice with a few wintry showers. Temps under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – mainly fine and dry after a cold icy start. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent spells of sunshine. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – cloud increases with a few clear spells. Mainly dry but a risk of some rain pushing in late in the day. Winds under 20 mph

Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:05 and 16:04

South Uist – 09:04 and 16:11

3 days ahead

Wednesday – dry start rain later breezy

Thursday – wet start dry later blustery winds

Friday – sunshine and showers

Have a great evening

Tuesdays forecast – cold but mainly dry

A reminder we remain under a Met office yellow weather warning for Ice. The warning expires at 11 am Tuesday morning. The full warning and latest updates can be found via the Met office website or app

Overnight – We are going to see a mixture of clear skies and cloud. Frost and ice with a few wintry showers. Temps under 20 mph.

Morning and afternoon – mainly fine and dry after a cold icy start. A mixture of sunshine and cloud. Some decent spells of sunshine. Winds under 20 mph.

Evening – cloud increases with a few clear spells. Mainly dry but a risk of some rain pushing in late in the day. Winds under 20 mph

Winds will be from the North and North East. Temps of -1C to 5C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 09:05 and 16:04

South Uist – 09:04 and 16:11

3 days ahead

Wednesday – dry start rain later breezy

Thursday – wet start dry later blustery winds

Friday – sunshine and showers

Have a great evening

Weather Watch 11th January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Monday’s Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Monday afternoon we are seeing spells of rain which are heavy in places. Dry slots and plenty of cloud. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph strongest for Uist and Barra. Today’s high so far of 8.7C

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Ice for parts of the Western Isles. The warning comes into force at 15:00 Monday and expires at 11:00 Tuesday

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-11&id=6e9b79e4-f803-48a9-ba55-1f834a96288a&details

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Western Isles 3 day weather forecast

Tuesday – We are going to see an icy start to the day. It will be a fine dry day with a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Winds will be light. An odd scattered shower cannot be ruled out. Winds under 20 mph. Cloud will increase into the evening. Temps of -2C to 6C Winds will be from the North and North East as we sit sandwiched between two area of low pressure one in the atlantic and one over Norway.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Wednesday – Low pressure close to Greenland 970 mb and its weather front will bring rain across the Islands and will be heavy at times. A dry but overcast start. Winds of 10 to 20 mph gusting 30 mph. Winds will be from the South East and North East. Temps of 2C to 7C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Thursday – Overnight rain will clear away and high pressure will build in across the Western Isles. We are going to see blustery winds. A few scattered showers and sunny spells. A cold evening. Winds will be from the West and North West around 10 to 30 mph. Temps of 2C to 8C

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

UK Weather News

A yellow weather warning for rainfall has been issued by the Met Office for Northern Ireland for Wednesday into Thursday

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Global Weather News

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Met Office yellow weather warning for Ice for parts of the Western Isles 11th and 12th January

Earlier today the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Eastern parts of the Western Isles. The warning comes into force at 15:00 Monday afternoon and expires at 11:00 Tuesday morning.

The full warning and latest updates can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings?WT.mc_id=Twitter_Weatherdesk_Enquiries#?date=2021-01-11&id=6e9b79e4-f803-48a9-ba55-1f834a96288a&details

Temperatures will start to drop this evening and overnight and temps will get down to -1/2C in most places with frost and ice places.

Here is the link to the Councils gritting policy https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/ and road gritting times https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/roads-maintenance-winter-gritting/road-gritting-priorities/

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I will keep you updated with any additional updates on conditions across our social media platforms during the course of the weather warning.

January 11th and 12th 2005 Storm


This was a storm that I will never forgot and the islands will never forgot It was said to be the most powerful storm to have hit the islands in a generation. It was a storm that brought tragedy to the islands with the loss of a family of five in the Uists which is still being felt to this day.


A little background from my point of view to start. I came to this island in 2004. This storm changed my interest in the weather massively. I have always being into the weather since I was tiny we are talking 3 or 4 years old in first year of school and we had a weather calendar and that is where my fascination started and it always bubbled under with various weather events during my childhood. But in 2005 this storm and the continued growth of the internet help to cultivate my increasingly growing fascination and interest with the weather. This resulted me in finding weather forums which eventually led onto me storm chasing and then on to creating Western Isles weather.

The Build-up…
Now this storm happened 13 years ago and a lot has changed in the weather world since that date. Computer models that help to forecast the weather has vastly improved. The weather warning system from the Met Office had also changed a lot. In 2018 we now name winter storms and the warnings are now tailored towards impact based warnings.


On the 10th of January at 9pm the computer model the GFS (Global Forecasting System) was predicting winds of 85 mph with gusts reaching 105 mph for the Western Isles. This was due to the forecast bomb of the central pressure of the storm which was expected to go through explosive cyclogenesis. This is a rapid deepening of the area of low pressure.


The morning of the 11th of January arrived and I was in College at the time and I recall the morning being blue skies and sunshine. This is sometimes known as the calm before the storm.I remember classes where cut short and we sent home in the late morning to prepare for the incoming storm. The island went into lockdown. Nothing unusual for the Western Isles in winter. The winter of 2004/5 was an extremely stormy winter but I was little prepared for what was about to come.

At 9 am the situation become worse with reports coming in from Western Ireland who were the first area to feel the wrath of the storm. The low now had a central pressure of 8 mb lower than originally forecast and it was expected to move closer to both Ireland and Scotland then originally anticipated. A ship report to the West of Ireland reported 75 mph sustained wind and gusts of 90 mph. Another report of 94 mph being recorded at Belmullet was also higher than forecast.


The Storm….
I have mentioned it before and it’s very much worth stating again I will never forgot this storm for as long as I live. One of the buoys out to the West of Scotland reported a 16 mb drop in pressure down to 940 mb. This was now the lowest the pressure the storm dropped to and as it passed over the Western Scotland pressure hoovered between 940mb and 946mb.
The very strongest of the winds occurred during the evening and then overnight into the 12th. Some of the strongest winds was reported on North Rona with mean wind speeds of 100 mph with gusts of 115 mph with a top recorded gusts of 134 mph however this is some uncertainty over this. A weather station on the isle of Barra before losing power is reported to have winds of 120 mph. On the Western side of Lewis 115 mph was reported in Carloway. Winds of 101 mph at Stornoway with gusts reaching 110 mph. Plus 110 mph at South Uist as well as Sustained winds of 90 to 100 mph were recorded at a weather station in Ness with gusts exceeding 100 mph.
I recall the main road between Point and Stornoway on Lewis being shut for over 24 hours leaving people stranded on both sides due to the sheer amount of water brought in by the storm surge and debris thrown over the sea wall. Over 60,000 homes lost power in Scotland. Significant damage was caused across the Western Isles. Massive home and business damage. The sign from the front of the co-op was blown in Stornoway Primary car park. Reports of sheep seen flying past the last businto Stornoway. (It remains unclear if there is any truth to this or something that has become legend over time). In my house I remember the house rocking and the windows shaking for hours on end. I recall people losing windows and people having to hold on to doors and windows to stop housing collapsing. Not much of the islands slept that night.
The coastguard across the Western Isles where kept very busy assisting the emergency services. The power company worked tirelessly to get the power restored. Some 60,000 homes across Scotland loss power. The Atlantic that winter was unrelenting, this storm came hot on the heels of a spell of windy weather on the 8th of January which had brought winds of just under 100 mph to the Western isles and there was further stormy weather to come before the winter was out.


Aftermath…
For months and sometimes longer afterwards you could see damage around the Western Isles. Repairs had to be undertaken on homes which was hampered by further bad weather. Lots of slates where lost. Bad flooding was caused by the storm surge. Sea defences need to be re built or new ones had to be implemented. Roofs were blown off schools and boats were wrecked at anchor. The damage in the Castle grounds was significant with a number of trees blown down which made the castle grounds dangerous for a while after.


Final Thoughts….
This storm brought significant impacts to the Western Isles and the extremely tragic loss of life. Storms like this are rare even by the Western Isles standards. The next storm that I would see even came close was the storm of the 8th into the 9th January 2015 remarkably occurring almost ten years on. This storm was not as bad as the January 2005 storm and was shorter lived but did bring the strongest wind speed recorded at the Met Office station in Stornoway of 113 mph. This being the strongest recorded wind speed at this station since it began recording back in 1970.
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Monday morning brief

Good morning Western Isles this is your Monday morning brief

On this Monday morning, We are seeing heavy rain across Lewis and Harris. Rain North Uist and Drier further South you are. Overcast with a few clear spells. Winds gusting 10 to 30 mph. Overnight low of 4.7C

Today – We are going to see heavy rain this morning. It will slowly clear away as we go into the afternoon some of the rain will turn to sleet and snow for a time over Lewis and Harris. The cloud will dominant with some sunny spells. Into the afternoon and evening, we are going to see showers and some of these will be heavy at times but becoming more scattered as the day goes on. It’s going to be a chilly evening. Winds of 20 to 40 mph.

Tuesday – Lighter winds and colder with some sunny spells. Risk of morning frost and ice.

Wednesday – We are going to see spells of rain and these heavy at times. Blustery winds.

Thursday – Heavy overnight rain and blustery winds with some sunshine.

Have a great day.

Week ahead forecast. – becoming more settled

Welcome to the week ahead forecast. The full in depth forecast for Monday can be found in the update below this one. This weekend was a milder weekend with spells of rain. One of the warmest places in the UK on Saturday.

Tuesday – We are going to see a fine dry and settled day with light winds. A cold day with some sunny spells. A risk of some frost and ice. Winds under 20 mph winds will be variable. Temps of -1C to 5C

Wednesday – Low pressure and its associated weather fronts will bring heavy rain sweeping across the Western Isles. After a cold dry start, we are going to see heavy rain move across the Western Isles. Winds gusting 20 to 40 mph. Winds will be from the East and South East. Temps of 2C to 8C

Thursday – Mostly fine and dry with some decent spells of sunshine. A cold day with light winds. The odd scattered shower. Winds will be from the West and North West. Temps of 2C to 7C

Friday – Fine dry cold day with sunshine and cloud. Light winds. The odd evening scattered shower. Winds under 20 mph from the South West and temps of 4C to 7C

Next weekend – looking showery with blustery winds and sunny spells.

I hope you have a great week. Over the course of the coming week, we will keep you updated with the latest weather and the 3 day ahead forecasts. Keep an eye on the blog for extra updates!