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It may not be a named to storm to the Met Office but it has certainly felt like a storm here on Tiree. The winds have consistently gusted over 60 mph throughout most of the day. At 5:00am the wind gusted to 77mph a fact noted by the BBC weather report at lunchtime. The Tiree weather station recorded another gust of 70mph around 1:00pm.

Hail being driven by winds over 60mph
Hail being driven by winds over 60mph

Channel 4 News Weather Presenter Liam Dutton said: “Today’s strongest gust of wind so far has been 165mph at Cairngorm Summit, which is certainly extremely windy. “However, it’s important to point out that this weather station is at the top of a mountain. Lower down, closer to sea level, Tiree has peaked at a more representative gust of 90mph.” Life on Tiree has not been able to confirm this.

As a consequence of the prevailing weather all flights to and from Tiree were cancelled today; this included the flights from both Oban and Glasgow. With no flights to or from Glasgow it has meant there been no mail to or from the Mainland.

Most Hebridean ferry services were cancelled by CalMac. Tiree’s ferry was not cancelled only because in the Winter Timetable there is no sailing to Tiree on a Wednesday or Friday.

Historic Kirkapol church ruin across a stormy Gott Bay
Historic Kirkapol church ruin across a stormy Gott Bay

The high winds have meant that at times there have been blue skies, but there have also been frequent intense hail laden squalls when the sky has tuned icy grey, almost black. It remains to be seen if the next 48 hours will include snow showers.

The North West wind producing spectacular spindrift in Gott Bay
The North West wind producing spectacular spindrift in Gott Bay

At Scarinish, with its east and south facing coastline the distinctive feature has not been the height of the waves but the hight of the spindrift. What was interesting was that even in these conditions contractors were still working on repairs to the island’s pier.

Contractors working on Tiree's pier in winds gusting over 50mph
Contractors working on Tiree’s pier in winds gusting over 50mph

Yesterday I leant a new word associated with the moon. The Met Office described the moon as waxing ‘gibbous’. It means the moon was more than a half-moon but not yet a full moon. At midnight when the clouds were not covering the moon, the sky was lit up by the moon. However, trying to photograph it was difficult because of the speed the clouds were scurrying across the night sky.

The stormy conditions show little sign of abating this evening. The slates continue to rattle as does the letterbox. CalMac have just issued an amber warning stating that for on Thursday 12th January the sailing is expected to depart Oban on time at 07:15, but due to forecast high winds & swell conditions there will only be one stop at Coll and further disruption is possible.

The timetable is as follows:
Depart Oban 07:15
Arrive Coll 09:55 – Depart Coll 10:10
Arrive Tiree 11:05- Depart Tiree 11:35
Arrive Oban 14:55

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ in stormy conditions.

Tiree weather report for 11:01:2017
Tiree weather report for 11:01:2017

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