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Met. Office tracing of the 1968 storm

Scanned image of the Met. Office tracing of the 1968 storm

Met. Office tracing of the 1968 storm

Although relatively mild in the winter and cool in the summer, Tiree experiences extremes in other weather conditions. Since records began, the sunniest day occurred on 9th July 1936 with the island basking in 16.8 hours of sunshine.

The wettest day was 15th September 1944 with 74.6 mm of rainfall and the driest month was August 1947 with only 4.1 mm of rain. The previous record for the windiest day – 118 mph on 15th January 1968 – was exceeded on 11th January 2005 when the anemometer at the Met. Station broke at a wind speed of 124 mph.

There was considerable damage to a number of coastal roads, some being submerged in several feet of water at the height of the storm, and the passenger walkway at Gott Bay pier was ripped from its mountings.


Audio cassette recording of John George MacLean of Scarinish talking to Dr John Holliday in December 1998.

John George MacLean of Scarinish talk to Dr John Holliday in December 1998 about his early years and schooling at Scarinish, working at Baugh farm and elsewhere as a shepherd, the building of Tiree aerodrome, Italian POWs, the bad winter of 1942, wartime entertainment, RAF and other personnel, bomb disposal, the materials and methods used in thatching, community spirit, demolition of houses to make roads, stories about the Rev. MacKay and the fire in the old shop in Scarinish.


Audio cassette recording of Hector MacPhail talking at the Scarinish Hotel in January 1998.

Hector MacPhail of Ruaig talks at the Scarinish Hotel on 31st January 1998 about emigration to Canada, New Zealand and Patagonia, the Duke of Argyll’s factors, the MacNiven family, cattle droves, smacks and schooners, the shops at Middleton and Hynish, three Tiree men who emigrated to Seattle, ancient graveyards, a school trip to Dundee, Captain Donald MacKinnon of the Taeping, the Downie family, emigration history at Inverary Archives, CalMac boats, the storms in 1953 and 1968, the emigrations of 1855 and 1877. (Continued on AC43)


Account of Meteorlogical Reconnaisance by RAF 518 Squadron during WWII

An account of Met sorties at RAF Tiree duirng WWII, with a map showing Met sortie flight patterns. Presented by Wing Cdr. Bryn Lewis at an RAF Historical Society seminar held in the RAF Museum, Hendon in April 2004. Includes a programme of events at the seminar.


Audio cassette recording of Gilleasbuig Kennedy of West Hynish talking to Maggie Campbell in June 2004

Gilleasbuig Kennedy of West Hynish talks to Maggie Campbell in June 2004 about the meaning of the name ‘Na Cuiltean’, the division of the small crofts in 1907, the potato famine, the changing weather over the years, storms that hit West Hynish, the ability of Hynish people to predict the future, his mother’s baking skills and knowledge of traditional medicines both of which she passed on to him. (Continues on AC355)


Copy of letter dated 8/3/2004 to Katinka Stentoft from Alasdair Sinclair of Brock.

Information about Norse settlements of Tiree and difficulties in identifying them: the effects of wind-blown sand on the landscape, the scarcity of stone for building, the frequent winter flooding and the need for ditching, and the road-building programme during World War II (with three pages of photocopied photos). (For Katinka Stentoft`s settlement survey see 2004.40.1)

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