Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Storm Caroline

Caroline was the fourth named storm of the 2017/2018 winter. The strongest winds were across the north of Scotland, especially the Western and Northern Isles, where wind gusts exceeded 80 mph. Cairngorm Summit recorded a gust of 124 mph.

Storm Caroline - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site name Area Max gust (mph)
Fair Isle Scotland 93
Baltasound Shetland 85
Altnaharra Sutherland 79
Lossiemouth Moray 72
Peterhead Aberdeenshire 68

Caroline brought transport disruption and schools were closed across the Western Isles. As the storm pulled away to the north-east it drew in a cold north-westerly airstream bringing snow showers overnight on the 7 and into 8 December. Lying snow caused some travel disruption across parts of north-east Wales, Staffordshire, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.