The weather where we are online

Bill Miller Photographers. Bonny Bairn competition 2010. Under two 2.
Bill Miller Photographers. Bonny Bairn competition 2010. Under two 2.

THE AFTERMATH of a recent short powercut in Carnoustie has brought home to a local man just how greatly people are interested in the town’s weather.

Graeme Duguid, Chapman Drive, operates a weather station from his house, but he does not have to check it and send on the readings because the recording instruments are linked direct to the internet.

And it was because the website was not functioning that a large number of people contacted him to ask why.

Graeme said: “I just hadn’t realised that so many people were interested inthe site!”

He added: With interests in sailing and diving, I’ve always been keen on knowing what the weather is doing, and this is how I became involved with the website, which is part of a Scottish Weather Network.”

He has now got an emergency power supply in place, which should eliminate future breaks in transmission.

The site itself is absolutely fascinating.

It gives you a vast amount of information, such as temperature (4.8 degrees C as we write) and what it feels like, 2 degrees.

There are today’s and yesterday’s highs and lows of temperature, and wind speed and direction.

Humidity was 84 per cent, and the barometer was rising rapidly.

Rainfall was zero, with a 20 per cent chance overnight.

Lighting-up times are noted, as are the moon’s phases, waxing gibbous for Tuesday night.

You can click a link to the Scottish Weather Network, which gives you readings from similar weather stations all over the country, scrolling though temperature, wind, rainfall, barometric pressure, etc.

There are local forecasts, with the words ‘chance of snow’ featuring heavily.

A screen, ‘ship movements’ incredibly gives graphic information about the current whereabouts of ships off the coast of Scotland and also tells you what kind of vessel they are.

For example, a red shape is an oil tanker, and a green one is a cargo vessel. If the shape is square rather than ship-shape, it is moored.

Caledonian-MacBrayne Ferries are shown all over the Western Isles.

There is a page for flood warnings from SEPA - none at the moment.

There are weather conditions for ski centres, with open and closed status of the lifts and the state of the approach roads.

In short, there is a great deal more for the idle browser than information directly pertaining to one’s occupation or hobby.