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Old 30 December 2013, 05:52   #1
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Dr. Eddy Graham's Hebridean Weather Blog
by Dr. Eddy Graham

Lowest pressure for 127 years recorded in Stornoway today (Confirmed) + Storm Videos

It is confirmed - the value of 936.8hPa (millibars) recorded at Stornoway at 13h00 (Christmas Eve 2013) is the the lowest value measured anywhere in the British Isles (Britain and Ireland) since 1886. It beats the previous value of 937.6hPa recorded on 20 December 1982, also recorded in Stornoway.

The lowest ever value recorded on land in the British Isles is 925.4hPa, at Ochtertyre (Perthshire, nr, Crieff) on 26 January 1884 - this record remains unchallenged today.

Why weren't the winds hurricane-force? Well, there isn't a direct linear relationship between intensity (depth) of a low and strength of the wind. But they were still very bad today (please don't complain - I am happy the roof is still on my house!).

Thankfully, Stornoway town was mostly spared from the rise in sea-level, though it was a close call. Much spray & many waves broke over the sea-wall threatening the town hall & town centre, but flooding was limited to large pools of water, etc.. Many people had a scary experience retrieving their cars from the car park beside Stornoway Harbour, getting soaked by waves & spray within a few seconds.

You can see how the conditions were in Stornoway today on either of these two videos that I made at Stornoway harbour:



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An even better video of the (nearly white) stormy seas pounding over the Braighe Road (east of Stornoway) was taken by colleagues at the Stornoway Gazette:

VIDEO: Stormy seas at high tide - Stornoway Gazette

Eddie, 24 Dec 2013, 17h45
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Good videos.

Reminds me why islanders were upset when Land Rover named one of their paint colours 'Stornoway Grey'. BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | Grey shade too far for councillor

I take my boat to the other side of the island on the west coast in Uig. On a stormy day the Atlantic waves can send spume through the air like snow! However when it's warm and sunny, it's one of the best places in the world.
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I take my boat to the other side of the island on the west coast in Uig. On a stormy day the Atlantic waves can send spume through the air like snow! However when it's warm and sunny, it's one of the best places in the world.
That's where I'm from
had a fairly wild winter this year too
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New to ribbing but not the Hebridean isles. We have had some great times on most of the islands with every kind of weather. Our most improbable was Uig a few years ago . We had 7 days of clear blue skies and 21 degrees . The first day we thought we would make the most of it , caught mackerel and cooked them on the beach and did six more days doing the same .
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I would love to get out to the Outer Hebrides sometime with the rib and like has been mentioned some lovely weather can be got there.

But like on the videos when its rough its rough.
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Doh ! thats torn it .. more bliddy incomers
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We'll just have to get you and your 'digger' buddies to build a bigger border again!!

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Bit of fresh blood , never did any harm . If you do decide to redig the borders you might to recall more folk back first !!
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