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Waves breaking over the sea wall at Exmouth on 6 January 2014. Photo taken by Paul J Martin.

Storm Gertrude

29 January 2016 - Storm Gertrude brought strong winds to Scotland and Northern England with a red warning for wind issued for the Shetland Islands where gusts of up to 105 mph were recorded.

Storm Gertrude summary graphic

Storm Gertrude impacts

Storm Gertrude saw a red wind warning issued for the Shetland Islands where winds in excess of 100 mph were recorded.

The table below shows the strongest wind gusts recorded from 12 - 13 November 2016:


Storm Gertrude - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
Lerwick Shetland 105
Baltasound Shetland 91
Sella Ness Shetland 84
South Uist Outer Hebrides 79
Inverbervie Aberdeenshire 76
Orlock Head County Down 74
Machrihanish Argyll 73
Aberdaron Gwynedd 70

Why are we naming storms?

'Name our storms' is a pilot project between the Met Office and Met √Čireann which aims to increase awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

Over the course of Autumn/Winter 2015 wind storms with the potential to affect the UK and/or Ireland will be given a name to help effective communication of the storm and its impacts.

UK Storm names 2015/16