At midnight on the morning of Wednesday 18th December, the pressure over Iceland dropped to 947 millibars, an incredibly low figure. Tonight it is forecast to be 948 millibars as the depression approaches Shetland
The depression is so big that its effects spread across the whole country, so even at Hurst Castle on the Solent, the wind is gusting to 50 kts! *see below)
There seems to be little doubt that extremes of weather are more frequent. Fortunately the tides are not quite on springs, but even so the tide curve at the Bramble is showing some signs of a small tidal surge.
All of this data can be accessed from our Solent Now page. It is a compact place where you can keep right up to date with weather and shipping in the Solent.