Stormy seas

Friday 16th September comments: Its been a turbulent September and although we have lost our easterly winds, they have now been replaced by strong north-westerly winds which are bringing some big seas! It has resulted in no boats sailing (yet again) and means we are cut off from the outside world.

As you can see from the photo above, the current wave height hitting the island is 2.4 metres (2.9 metres on the Lothian coast). To give you the scale of this, boats can’t sail and land on the island in anything greater than 1.6 metres! So there is some big seas hitting the Isle of May at the moment.

For those interested we take our facts from a variety of means including the Shipping Forecast which is issued by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (the Isle of May is in the Forth shipping area). We also gain vital information from the wave buoy near the island which is managed by Cefas which beams back data of the current situation.

Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science) are a government agency of Defra and are the world leading experts in marine and freshwater science. As part of their work they have a series of strategic wave monitoring networks around the U.K. which provides a single source of real-time wave data from a network of wave buoys. There is one of these buoys just east of the Isle of May which gives us the data and we can see the current situation. Check out their website for more details: http://wavenet.cefas.co.uk/Map

So its an interesting weekend ahead we suspect as the wind and sea are not easing for sometime to come.

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