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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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
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.
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.
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