Mighty Storms and Bone Numbing Temperatures

After two weeks of mighty storms and bone numbing temperatures, we have a mild, calm day on the island with amazing atmospheric light. We’ve had high winds, roaring seas and storm surges for days – and there has been some serious erosion to the coastline all around the island. This is evident even on the small beach below the cottage – the dunes have been cut back and there has been a huge amount of sand lost and swept out to sea.

The storms which bring the greatest damage are usually the ones that are prolonged – lasting days – and the erosion becomes incrementally more severe. If we have a spring of gentle and benign tides the sand will be returned over a number of weeks and the marram grass will have time to reestablish itself.

We’ll also feel less battered and bruised!

Sea Ice

We don’t often get very cold weather on the island. The moderating effect of the Gulf Stream ensures that temperatures here in winter are almost always above freezing. Having said that – the last two months have been unusually cold on Tiree – probably the most sustained period of cold weather I can remember since moving here in 2001.

Since the middle of December we’ve had four spells of temperatures below freezing with each one lasting a few days. This week we’ve had temperatures of -4˚ – which probably explains the phenomenon of ice being formed along the edge of the sea. This amazing photograph, taken on Wednesday morning by Adrian Pope, shows sea ice on Gott Bay.