Charles' Sunset Prognosis and updates on Broadcast
December 1998-January 1999 (ended 31 January 1999)

This page was updated daily from 14th December 1999 till 31st January. 

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  • 31 January 1999    12:39    SW breeze with sunny periods.  like yesterday a clearance is quite possible.  The sun may well be shining like it did yesterday, when there was a lovely sunset.  This will be the last weather forecast until late November 1999.
  • 30 January 1999    14:15    yet another very nice winter day, but overcast.  Quite bright in the west so some chance of light in Maeshowe today.
  • 29 January 1999    12:02    Calm, overcast and pleasant day but not much ggod for sunsets!  Weather forecast seems the same for the next few days, but try a look at the satellite picture above.
  • 28 January 1999    13:34    Yet another beautiful day!  Some possibility of a sunset, although there is some cloud in the west.  Sunny, calm and dry at present.
  • 27 January 1999    10:37    Nice day but totally overcast with rain forecast this afternoon.  Not much chance of a sunset, but will report later if it looks better.
  • 26 January 1999    12:43    Yet another beautiful day - nice than many in the summer - clear blue sky, flat calm, but with the usual grey cloud build up over the Hoy Hills.  This could easily clear in time for a sunset this afternoon.  Everyone visits in July and August which can be foggy and damp, why not come to lovely peaceful and quiet Orkney in winter?
  • 25 january 1999    13:54    Pleasanr but overcast day.  Hazy sunshine at present.  Some possibility of a sunset, but low probability.
  • 24 January 1999    12:56    Nice sunny day at present, but some cloud in the west.  There could easily be some sun down the passage today.
  •                          14:13    Looking very good - sunny and clear
  • 23 January 1999    13:33    Again overcast, quite bright in the SW so still a possibility, but unlikely.
  • 22 January 1999    12:38    Totally overcast today - no sunset expected.
  • 21 January 1999    12:42    Another beautiful dawn today and nice morning.  Now clouding over from the west and wind rising.  Prospects not very good, but check at 15:00 or so.
  • 20 January 1999    14:04    Nice day but totally overcast so no sunset today.  Yesterday turned out to be very dramatic with one of the best sunsets of the period.
  • 19 January 1999    13:25    Beautiful clear sunny day.  Solstice +29 days.  Should be a good sunset, and be one of the last days that the sun actually reaches the back wall.
  • 18 January 1999    12:38    Another pleasant day, but there is the usual cloud in the west.  However it will still be worth taking a look at about 14:55 when the sun should start shing in.
  • 17 January 1999    12:44    A pleasant day with sunny periods.  Some blue patches, but there is a large bank of cloud in the south west so the prognosis for a sunset is poor.
  • 16 January 1999    12:42    The forecast storm force wind and snow did not materialise - as expected.  However it is totally overcast with a strong SW breeze and occasional sleet.  Not looking very hopeful today.  however yesterday was similar and the sun actually did shine into Maeshowe for a time!  .
  • 15 January 1999    13:38    Raining hard and heavily overcast.  Some brightness in west, but sunset non likely.  There is a very large and deep depression approaching.
  • 14 January 1999    13:00    Very overcast - no sunset today
  • 13January 1999    13:07    Overcast with wind and rain.  Some lightening in west but a sunset seems unlikely.
  • 12 January 1999    12:52    Wind and rain all night followed by a clearance at present.  Watery sun in the west, with cloud, but a sunset is not impossible.  Yesterday's blinking sun was very dramatic.  Approximate times today are.  14:50 sun hits back wall; 15:00 sun disappears; 15:30 sun reappears; 15:32 sun finally sets
  • 11 January 1999    12:40    Yet another great day!  Come to sunny Orkney in winter.  Virtually totally clear sky with just a hint of cloud on the horizon.  Looking very good to see the sun blink at Maeshowe.
  • 10 January 1999    13:35    Sorry to be late - logging on problems. Yet another lovely day here in Orkney, but again some cloud in the west.  Very good chance of a nice sunset however.  Yesterday's sunset was impeded by cloud, but flashing was nearly seen from the Hindatoun Stone on Stoneyhill as below.  Excellent sunset today, marred only by the cloud which stopped the reappearance of the sun on the north side of the Ward Hill of Hoy.
  • 9 January 1999    12:51    Sunny periods and heavy showers.  Sunny at present but there is a large shower in the west.  It could of course pass and there could a sunset.  Then again another may appear.  Worth a try as "flashing" is about to occur.
  • 8 January 1999    11.53    Another even nicer day today!  Totally clear in the west at present.  Looking very good at present.  Yesterday there was an excellent sunset which fizzled out at the very last minute.  Unfortunately a large shower cloud appeared at the wrong moment.
  • 7 January 1999    13:04    A beautiful clear sunny day.  Very frosty this morning.  Sky is clear all around but some cxlouds in west.  A very good chance for a good sunset.
  • 6 January 1999    13:50    A cold but very fine day with showers.  Good possibility of a sunset today if a large shower does not arrive at the wrong time.  At present clear and sunny but some cloud in the west.
  • 5 January 1999    12:58    Back to work day!  A grey overcast day with no sun.  The forecast said that it would clear in the afternonn, but there is little sign of that yet.  Maybe worth a look at 14:40 all the same.
  • 4 January 1999    12:57    Yet another nice dawn, but now overcast.  Totally gray in the south west at the moment.  However you never know...
  • 3 January 1999    12:55    Looking OK after a rather nasty morning.  Some difficulties with computer caused by NT4 Upgrade 4 may have stopped last two days' foreecasts going online - sorry.  Has anyone else had problems with this Service Pack?  I thought that my hard drives were trashed, but it seems to be the Service Pack.  Ugh!
  • 2 January 1999    14:00    After a very nice strat to the day it is now windy and overcast so no sunset.
  • 1 January 1999    12:00    Happy New Year to everyone.  A lovely day for the Ba' but not much use for the Maeshowe sunset.  A nice clear, calm winter's day.  The Ba' went up and the game was very exciting.
  • 31 December 1998    12:55    Totally overcast, and not looking at all good.  Very unlikely to be a sunset.  Have a nice Hogmanay.
  • 30 December 1998    13:19    Beautiful sunshine with a nice breeze as we say in Orkney where we enjoy "the benefit of the wind" quite often.  Good prospects although there is low cloud all around the horizon.  Worth watching.  Turned out to be a wonderful clear sunset.
  • 29 December 1998    12:49    We had Aurora borealis and frost last night.  Overcast today but quite bright in the south west, so like yesterday the sun could appear at sunset.
  • 28 December 1998    13:00    Yet another beautiful morning, calm and sunny.  Now clouding over from the west, but there are still clear patches too.  The sun appeared at about 14:30 and there was a rather weak sunset.
  • 27 December 1998    13:38    Very heavy rain overnight.  Now sunny periods, with showers, At present clear patches in west with sunshine here, so that a sunset is possible.
  • 26 December 1998    14:08    Another nice dawn, but totally overcast now and no prospect of a sunset.  However if you go to the Ba Game pages you will find a report and pictures of the Christmas Day Mens' Ba' which went up.
  • 25 December 1998    11:35    Merry Christmas.  A lovely day today, clear and dry with a chilly wind.  A perfect day for the Ba' and perhaps a sunset for Maeshowe too.  Definitely worth a look.  Ba' results will be posted later on.
  • 24 December 1998    12:40    Nice sunrise again, after a very clear night.  Totally overcast with some rain, quite dark already.  Not much chance of a sunset.  Keep watching this space!  Happy Christmas.
  • 23 December 1998    12:11    Again a beautiful sunrise!  However totally overcast at present.  There is somelightening in the west so maybe it could clear by sunset.  Sunshine here at sunset but not at Maeshowe.  Sky completely clear by 16:00.
  • 22 december 1998    10:35    Very nice sunrise again today.  At present 90% clear and sunny.  Calm, but there is a band of cloud in the west.  The best possibility of a sunset for over a week.  Update here at 14:00 today.  12:44    Still looking good and report from Maeshowe is of clear skies to the SW.  Sunny and clear here so good prospects.  Check the Maeshowe broadcast page at 14:40 GMT when the light will commence striking the back wall.  The sun did set down the passage, but a cloud appeared and cut it off.
  • 21 December 1998    12:20    Overcast but bright, with some snow and a cold sotherly wind.  Some bright patches in SW, but no sunshine.  Prognosis therefore not very good today which is a pity as the setup is functioning perfectly.  No sunset yesterday.  Long term forecast for week not bery good either.  Totally overcast at 14:30.  Dark by 15:30.
  • 20 December 1998    12:35    Slight fall of snow and continuing snow showers, but with sunny breaks. Sky about 60% cloudy, but clearer in the east than the west.  Could quite possibly be a sunset, but then again there might be a shower instead.  Update at 13:59    Plenty of blue sky except on the SW horizon!  Sky could just clear at the last minute.
  • 19 December 1998    12:55   Sunny periods and showers.  80% cloud cover, but some large blue patches.  Not impossible, but looking very grey in south west.  Worth looking. Brilliant sunshine at 14:30, but now snow showers.  Wind has gone to NW which may be good for tomorrow.  No sunset.
  • 18 December 1998    13:28    Sunny periods, some blue patches in south west.  Possible sunset but not definite.
  • 17 December 1998    13:04  Lovely sunrise.  Heavy showers but clearing from west.  prospects of sunset today - not impossible, but humid air means hazy light.  Prospects looking better for weekend as wind is due to go to the north.
  • 16 December 1998    No report.  No sunset.
  • 15 December 1998    13:01    Showery with sunny intervals.  Big clouds to SW but sunny here at present.  Worth a look as sky could easily be clear.
  • 14 December 1998    13:50    Clear sky, with hazy sun due to approaching depression.  Some clouds in west.  Good chances if a sunset, but the westerly clouds could easily arrive before sunset.  There was an excellent sunset, light striking the back was at about 14:42 and ending just before 15:00.  Experiments with "blocking stone" and lower outer passage.
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