The weather is becoming increasingly wintery. The island has been battered by strong winds and a fishing boat entered the bay to seek shelter from the particularly severe sea conditions out in the open water.
Wind speeds in excess of 50 knots are now not uncommon. On one particularly bad night winds of 75 knots (~80mph) were recorded and it was incredible to hear the wind whistling around (and through!) the buildings.
Sheep seeking shelter behind walls and cleits is a sure sign that conditions are deteriorating. In this photo you can see four light and one dark coloured sheep hiding behind the wall outside the Manse (and, yes, I was hiding indoors too!)
The temperature is dropping and earlier this week we awoke to a dusting of snow on the hills. It didn’t last long, but was an extremely beautiful sight.
But, it is wrong to assume St Kilda suffers poor weather all the time during the winter months. We often see clear blue sky days and stunning sunsets as you can see from the photos below.