pic by Jack Harrison
There is a new lease of life for weatherjack with a very different purpose.  I now live on the ISLE OF MULL, INNER HEBRIDES
The picture above shows the biggest mountains on Mull including the "Munro" (over 3,000 feet) Ben More

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I have now been living in Mull for more than a year so have experienced all seasons.

Mull is (surprise surprise) wet although when the wind is in the east it can be dry for weeks on end.  There is occasionally so little rain the distillery has to cease production temporarily. The underlying rocks on Mull are igneous and do not hold water easily and run off is rapid so rivers subside quickly after rainfall.

It has been instructive to realise that the west of Mull is less wet than the east.  It might be thought a moist airmass coming in off the Atlantic would make the west wetter.  However, the west of Mull and the outlying islands like Tiree and Iona are relatively low so the air passes over these without rising a great deal.  When it is forced up over the substantial hills and mountains away from the west the rain become heavier.  Statistics stretching back over more than 100 years suggest that the rain total in the east could be as much 40% more than it is in the west.  My rain total in Tobermory is on target for 1500 to 1600 mms for the year.

Strangely, the rain is not as tedious as might be anticipated.  Although the annual total is approaching three times that of say southeast England, the rain here is often intense so the total duration of rain is probably less than twice that of the drier parts of the British Isles.  Although I do not formally record sunshine totals, Mull has probably some 1400 hours in the west ranging down to 1,100 in the east.  The island of Iona off the southwest corner of Mull enjoys a surprisingly sunny climate, more akin to that of Tiree rather than “mainland” Mull.  Tiree out to the west incidentally erroneously claims to be the sunniest place in Britain with 1,450 hours annually; good tourist publicity.  Tiree is indeed probably the sunniest place in Scotland but totals don't compare with say the south coast of England.  But although sunshine totals in Mull are not impressive, when the sun does shine, it often does so very brightly due to lack of pollution.  It can be windy in exposed places and the ferries to and from the mainland have to be cancelled a few times each year.  At least the temperarture rarely drops much below freezing.

In summary, Mull weather is quite bearable.  

HERE is a time lapse video of six hours into one minute of a cold northerly on 20 Nov 2013 with frequent showers winds .  Looking approx 070 degs


I aim to publish my research in due course but some of the preliminary findings will appear here from time to time.
If anyone has any information about the conditions on Mull, eg aerial photos, interesting weather when on holiday, etc, please contact me:
Your contribution, if used, would be acknowledged in the final publication