Storm Ciara blows over Arran

Dog walkers brave the weather and venture outdoors on the submerged pathway at Fisherman’s Walk in Brodick.

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Storm Ciara which wreaked havoc in parts of Scotland and which caused devastating flooding in England, left Arran relatively unscathed despite bringing hugely unsettled weather.

From Saturday and all the way through to Wednesday afternoon most of the island experienced high winds, heavy hail and rain downpours, and even occasional snow but also periods of sunshine and blue skies.

Low lying areas such as those at Fisherman’s Walk in Brodick, Sannox near the stepping stones and at Lochranza near the youth Hostel, all experienced tidal flooding but they all subsided as quickly as they arose and were far less severe than anticipated.

While the weather was turbulent with some pessimistic meteorologists describing Storm Ciara to potentially be be the most damaging since 2007, in actuality it was far less severe than predicted for Arran. Heavy hail showers replaced the forecast snow and any light flurries that had fallen were quickly washed away by persistent and often heavy rain. And while high winds were experienced on Arran they were also far less persistent and damaging than initially forecast.

The inclement weather, while remaining unsettled, improvement slightly by mid week but further heavy rain and gales are forecast for the weekend with the expected arrival of Storm Dennis today (Saturday).

 

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