Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Southwesterlies

We took the bus in from Kilchoan to Fort William this morning to pick up our car which had been recalled by the manufacturer with potential gearbox problems.  There's a new driver for the Shiel bus, Martin Ellis, who has taken over from the long-serving Gordon MacKenzie.

In Canada - very justifiably - they make a big thing of 'the fall', but the journey back along the side of Loch Sunart would have rivalled it - if only the sun had been out and it hadn't been raining the whole way.

Yesterday's northwesterly gales have given way to strong southwesterly winds.  The two Kilchoan creel boats, Alasdair MacLachlan's Emma Maria, left, and Justin Cameron's Harvester, haven't seen much business.  They're currently moored at Port na Croisg, near the Nadurra visitor centre.

During the morning the peninsula had some heavy rain, with 16mm falling in the space of three hours.  This is Camas nan Geall, but in many places the fields were waterlogged, and the burns were in spate, while, a little further down the road....

....we found two lochs at Loch Mudle, one of them on the road.

The forecast is for the southwesterly airstream to dominate our weather until next Tuesday, so there's plenty more Kilchoan sunshine to come.

Halloween Event

With the Kilchoan Hotel under new management, and new faces behind the bar, it's good to see that they're entering into the spirit of the season.  Rachael Kidd says, "We'd love people to come dressed up for the occasion, it would make the night. We'll be playing scary music and have horror films on the projector, and the chef will be creating something tasty with pumpkins."

Ferocious!

Some idea of the ferocity of yesterday's wind is evident in this picture, taken by Hamza Yassin at the lighthouse around midday.

Picture courtesy Hamza Yassin.
Hamza has a website - here.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Today's Gales

The Atlantic was a pretty lively place today - picture shows a clipping from the excellent site run by Cameron Buckle, here.  The slightly red tinge indicates very high wind speeds.  Ours were high, but the north coast of Iceland had even higher.

Not that one would have known there were storm force winds on their way at seven this morning, when the clam dredger Vervine bustled across from Tobermory and began fishing off Ormsaigbeg....

....but by lunchtime, anyone at sea would have been experiencing the full force of ex-hurricane Gonzalo.  Not that this deterred two Irish-registered fishing boats from rounding Ardnamurchan Point and coming into the Sound.  This is S448, the Rachel Jay, a Skibbereen-registered trawler....

....followed by S24, the trawler Dillon Owen.  As can be seen, the Sound, despite lying largely in the lee of Ardnamurchan, was a lively place, but to appreciate....

...the full force of the elements one had to venture, as Hamza Yassin did, to Ardnamurchan Point.

Dominic Cooper, who lives on the north coast but whose weather station was relatively sheltered, recorded winds varying from 50mph to gusts of 62mph, strong gale force 9 to storm force 10.  CalMac is reporting twenty-four west coast routes with ferries cancelled or disrupted.  Unusually, as the Loch Linnhe seems to sail in pretty dreadful weather, Kilchoan-Tobermory sailings are cancelled.

Many thanks to Hamza Yassin for the lighthouse photo.
Hamza's Facebook page is here.

Pigs....

Many thanks to Geoffrey Campbell who has sent a link to this video on Facebook which, he says, made him think of the Diary.  Can't imagine why!