Thursday, 24 November 2005

Indoors

It hasn't been too bad here. Windy all day - from the north, with the occasional snow flurry. Unfortunately the only weather combination that forces me to stay indoors - high winds and hail (ouch!) is currently rapping away at my windows.

The weather forecasts from the met office are becoming more entertaining:

Severe Gales, Blizzards & Heavy Snow
Affecting Eilean Siar, Highland & Orkney Islands
Heavy snow showers and gale force northerly winds will give blizzard conditions at times for the rest of today. The wind will gust to 70mph in association with heavy snow showers at low levels in coastal areas exposed to the northerly gales, and more generally over ground above 600m. The public are advised to take extra care (Really? Damn; I thought I'd go out in shorts and t-shirt and mow the lawn). 

Inshore forecast
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides.

24 hour forecast:
Wind: northwest veering north 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later around the Outer Hebrides.
Weather: showers becoming wintry.
Visibility: good.
Sea State: rough or very rough becoming high in north and west.
Outlook for the following 24 hours:
Wind: north 7 to severe gale 9, possibly storm 10 at first near the Outer Hebrides.
Weather: squally wintry showers.
Visibility: good.
Sea State: rough or very rough, but high or very high in north and west.

Shipping Forecast (I do wish they'd stop putting it in CAPITALS):

ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY FAIR ISLE FAEROES
NORTHWEST VEERING NORTH GALE 8 TO STORM 10, PERHAPS VIOLENT STORM 11 LATER IN FAIR ISLE. SQUALLY WINTRY SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD.

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