The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Monday 1 February
2016 for the period 0600 UTC Monday 1 February to 0600 UTC Tuesday 2 February 2016. There are warnings of gales in all areas except Biscay, Trafalgar, and FitzRoy. ... Hebrides, Bailey - Southwest gale 8 to storm 10, becoming cyclonic severe gale 9 to violent storm 11. High or very high, becoming phenomenal for a time. Squally showers. Poor.
These are the elemental forces of nature that are part of life in the Hebrides and which provide the context within which I work. Life here is one of extremes - extremely harsh and extremely beautiful.