The first Autumn storm swept across Scotland yesterday, and residentsexperienced all four seasons in one day, bringing chaos to the winding roads.
Torrential rain, along with gale-force winds, turned into sunny periods, before the wet weather came back. The Cairngorms were hit by 100 mph gusts, with snow anticipated last night, and the Forth Road Bridge was closed to some vehicles after wind speeds of 69 mph were recorded.
The weather for windsurfers and kitesurfers competing at the Scottish Windfest at Barassie Beach in Troon, however, was perfect. Last night, a blanket “yellow warning” was issued that forecast blustery winds continuing on into today.
They said that high-altitude jetstream winds from the Atlantic pushing 200 mph – almost twice the usual – triggered the storm. It brought torrential rain yesterday morning, which flooded Nitshill Road and Thornliebank Road, in the south of Glasgow, with motorists in Dumfries suffering the worst driving conditions in the country with heavy spray on main roads.
The weather also caused severe disruption to Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry timetable on the west coast, where dozens of sailings were either delayed or cancelled. Worst affected were the routes between Oban, Coll and Tiree, the new link between Ardrossan and Campbeltown, and the Tarbert to Portavadie crossing.
TAP – The strange weather patterns we all suffer from these days are not to do with global warming. HAARP can be used to bend, to accelerate and to slow the jet stream.