First Winter Storm is on it’s Way

You’ve probably already seen or heard that there is a storm coming. Wave’s are forecast to reach nearly 50ft off the west coast of Scotland, that is huge. As a result of this SEPA have issued flood alerts for various coastal areas around Scotland, Arran included. At the time of posting this the SEPA Flood Alert reads: Message issued at 08-12-2014 16:04 A FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Ayrshire and Arran. This alert is for...

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February Spring Tide

More coastal “overtopping” today, and another 3.5m height tide, with southerly winds and low pressure lead to an extra high tide. SEPA issued a flood warning for Cordon, but there are other areas that get flooded too. One of which is the low section of road in Sannox. It was passable but do you really want to risk stalling in the middle of it? Salt water in your brakes or in your engine is not clever! Less direct wind into...

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Wind and Waves Pound Sannox

Todays hefty southerly wind and a very high tide caused by the New Moon has lead to some pretty chopping conditions out at sea. Here’s a selection of photos from around Sannox at lunchtime today. Don’t be fooled, when you see waves crashing over jetties like that, stay clear. They look white and fluffy but they pack a punch and can easily knock you off your feet, not even I would stand a chance in that sea today! Even...

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UK Wide Storm Surge reaches Arran

Just as SEPA warned, the storm surge came and produced some dramatic coastal flooding. It still wasn’t as high as 23 years ago! Theres been lots of debris left on the roads and in some areas the roadside has collapsed. [fbalbum url=https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.427157284080804.1073741830.169909423138926]

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The Big Snow

This March saw the biggest snow event on Arran for decades. Whole villages were cut off for days. No mains power on the island for well over a week. SSE and Aggreko mobilised every single one of the 25,000kg generators north of the M25 onto the isle of arran to provide a temporary power supply. Some areas in Lochranza, 4m deep gulleys were full of snow, and there was 15ft drifts in Shiskine. These are just a selection of my photos....

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RNLI Crews from Lamlash and Troon Bring Aid to Lochranza

After being totally cut off from the rest of the Island, the only way to reach Lochranza was by air or by the very rough sea. Conditions at Lochranza didn’t look too rough, but I can tell you the journey from the “Boys Brigade”‘s station in Lamlash up the coast to Lochranza was very rough, very windy, and very very cold! Similar scenes happened in 1947 here on Arran where the only way to reach the villages was...

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