Storm Georgina

Once again Tiree has missed the worst of this winter’s storms.
The latest named storm, ‘Georgina’, passed by Tiree with a glancing bow.
The Met Office website is at present unable to display the windspeed record.
Since 8:00 yesterday evening the wind speed data for the past 24hours is blank.

Wild water down by the pier

WeatherPro by MeteoGroup is generally conservative in its forecasting.
It predicted gusts of 70mph and it sounded and felt in that region.
It certainly felt stronger than gusts of 60mph.

Spindrift – with the swell running along the pier

With high tide at 10:10 there was the call of the wild.
Oh to be down by the pier and by the old harbour at Scarinish
With the wind from the South West you could hear the Atlantic Roar.
However with pier and harbour closer to home these two sites had to suffice.

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The swell down by the pier was impressive.
The waves were crashing on the rocks close by.
However today they were not breaking over the pier approach.
Nevertheless with the sun trying to come out it was a colourful sight.

The waves reaching up the pier approach

It is one thing to watch the waves rising above the headland from home.
It is something completely different to be where the action is.
There to feel the wind propelling you against the fence.

The swell was hitting the wall of the pier approach and rebounding
The wind was causing impressive spindrift that filled the air.
What power is in wind and wave.

Overspill after the crashing waves

Then for a change of location.
It was time to head up towards the old harbour.
Being high tide the waves were running level with the pier.

Scarinish Old Harbour

At the harbour entrance the waves were breaking on Bogha Chorra-eilean.
In wild weather the approach to the harbour appears challenging.
Yet today the harbour was relative calm in its sheltered waters.
Make no mistake the wind was still strong.

High Tide

Under the winter timetable Tiree does not have a sailing on a Wednesday.
So there was literally no ferry to be cancelled today.
Thankfully both flights from/to Glasgow landed.
The postmen had mail to deliver.

Waves breaking on Bogha Chorra-eilea

Having seen the state of the sea today CalMac’s announcement is understandable.
Tomorrow, Thursday 25th January due to heavy swell conditions,
the following amendments have been made
to the Oban – Coll – Tiree service:
Dep Oban: 0815
Arr Tiree: 1135 – Dep Tiree: 1150
Arr Coll: 1245 – Dep Coll: 1255
Arr Oban: 1535

Waves rolling in by the pier

CalMac advise – please note that there will only be one stop at Coll.
This service remains on alert and may be liable to disruption,
delay or cancellation at short notice.

The sun shone -and there were heavy showers