Hurricane Bawbag

River Clyde at Millenium Bridge on the day of Hurricane Bawbag

River Clyde at Millenium Bridge on the day of Hurricane Bawbag. Image by Derek Shirlaw

Thursday 8th December 2011 is the day Scotland made a new name for itself online, grabbing the top trending Twitter hashtag with #hurricanebawbag

The nation was beset by storm force winds causing schools, public buildings and businesses to close; warnings were issued not to travel; and there was generally much excitement whipped up by the change in air pressure.

In Glasgow, I witnessed the River Clyde come exceptionally close to bursting its banks at the Millennium Bridge; indeed there were reports it actually did within the city centre!

At the summit of Carin Gorm a gust of 165mph was recorded; wind turbines spun so fast they exploded; and in other places flying debris caused problems or bemusement!

Hurricane Bawbag will live in the memory of many for years to come… it may have ripped through Scotland, but it brought a nation together and into the spotlight online.

About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.
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  1. Tuesday 3rd January and once again Scotland is being battered by storm force winds, rain and snow. Reports of the River Clyde breaking its banks in places, overturned lorries, closed bridges, travel disruption on land, air and sea…

    …Can’t help but wonder what the popular name for this windy spell will be!? Hurricane Bawbag II?

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