Those of you who live in the UK won’t have missed the media hoo-ha about the “Weather Bomb” that has come in from the Atlantic: “explosive cyclogenesis” to give it its technical name. You can see some photos and read about it here. I must say I was a little worried about our friends in the Outer Hebrides, when I saw this map, and heard that the Stornoway Coast Guard said that they were expecting unprecedented wave heights:
All schools were shut, and also all medical services, in the Western Isles yesterday. Most ferries were cancelled. People were warned not to go out unless it was an emergency. I imagine that the experience may have brought back some scary and sad memories for those who lived through the 2005 storm, in which a family in South Uist lost their lives.
Here in Glasgow, we had thunder, lightning, sleet and some snow, but nothing too dramatic. I went for a walk to the park, and saw a beautiful rainbow in the snow clouds:
I was surprised to see that a number of non-resident swans had flown in. You may remember that Mama Swan lost her mate this spring, and raised eight cygnets by herself. About six weeks ago, four of the original eight had left. They are partly white now, and very handsome.
I was surprised to see that five other adult swans had joined the resident swan family. Were they taking shelter from the storm, or blown off course by it? They were all grouped together. Although I noticed a bit of hissing between them, there wasn’t any full-blown aggro. I suppose the severity of the weather over-rode their usual territorial instincts.
However, one visiting younger swan kept well away from the others. I presume that, being younger, it would not have come off well in an encounter with the others, or with Mama Swan.
Mother Nature is very wise, even in the city.
I’m pleased to say that all our friends on the islands are fine. More storms and snow are forecast to come our way. But now the sun is out and I am going to go for another walk!