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Baltasound
Baltasound
is the largest settlement on the island of Unst
Unst
in Shetland, Scotland. Unst
Unst
is the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom. The village lies halfway along the island's east coast on a sheltered bay called Balta Sound.

Baltasound
Baltasound
Post Office, the most northerly in the UK

Baltasound
Baltasound
was formerly the most important herring port in Shetland, in 1902 its catch exceeded that of the Shetland
Shetland
capital Lerwick. The herring trade declined rapidly after 1905 but the physical remains of the herring boom remained long after.[1] Baltasound
Baltasound
was the home of the noted Victorian botanist Thomas Edmondston, who was born at Buness House where his uncle, also called Thomas was the laird. A memorial stone erected outside the house by the elder Thomas Edmondston commemorates scientific studies undertaken there by the French physicist Jean-Baptiste Biot.[2] Baltasound
Baltasound
can also lay claim to the most northerly "wood" in the British Isles, although it is not very substantial.[3]

Contents

1 Amenities 2 Climate 3 References 4 External links

Amenities[edit]

Bobby's Bus Shelter

Many of Baltasound's current amenities hold the record for the most northerly in the UK:

Airport - Baltasound
Baltasound
Airport - Airport code UNT, runway length 2,099 feet (640 m).,[4] currently only used by emergency services. Leisure Centre School - Baltasound
Baltasound
Junior High School[5] Hotel - The Baltasound
Baltasound
Hotel[6] Post Office - Baltasound
Baltasound
Post Office is now the most northerly post office. For many years this record was held by the post office at Haroldswick
Haroldswick
until its closure in 1999.[7] The Unst
Unst
Bus Shelter, also known as Bobby's Bus Shelter, is a famous bus shelter and bus stop near the village. It is maintained by the Shetland
Shetland
Islands Council.

A 2 foot 6 inch gauge railway was built from the chromate quarries at Hagdale to Baltasound, in 1907 to boost the Chromate industry on the island, although the railway did not operate a passenger service it helped the village economically and financially. Like other narrow gauge railways in the Shetland
Shetland
Islands it did not survive. Climate[edit] Baltasound
Baltasound
is home to the most northerly Met Office
Met Office
weather station in the United Kingdom.[8] Similar to fellow Shetland
Shetland
station Lerwick, Baltasound
Baltasound
experiences a cool oceanic climate that borders a subpolar climate (Koppen: Cfb and Cfc, respectively), with winters that are mild for the latitude, and short, cool summers. Precipitation
Precipitation
is abundant and occurs year-round. Baltasound
Baltasound
holds the record for the highest temperature recorded in the Shetland
Shetland
Islands: 25.0 °C (77.0 °F) on 2 July 1958.[9] It also possibly holds the record for the lowest Shetland
Shetland
temperature: −11.9 °C (10.6 °F) on 5 February 2001.[10] During the summer solstice, Baltasound
Baltasound
experiences what is known as civil polar day, where the sun sets in the evening and rises the next morning, but between these times it does not get completely dark. During the Winter solstice the sun also fails to reach 6° above the horizon, classified as solar twilight.[11]

Climate data for Baltasound
Baltasound
15 m amsl, 1981-2010

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 6.4 (43.5) 6.0 (42.8) 7.1 (44.8) 8.9 (48) 11.0 (51.8) 13.1 (55.6) 15.0 (59) 15.2 (59.4) 13.4 (56.1) 10.7 (51.3) 8.2 (46.8) 6.8 (44.2) 10.2 (50.4)

Daily mean °C (°F) 4.2 (39.6) 3.9 (39) 4.6 (40.3) 6.3 (43.3) 8.3 (46.9) 10.6 (51.1) 12.6 (54.7) 12.8 (55) 11.1 (52) 8.6 (47.5) 6.0 (42.8) 4.5 (40.1) 7.8 (46)

Average low °C (°F) 2.0 (35.6) 1.3 (34.3) 2.1 (35.8) 3.7 (38.7) 5.6 (42.1) 8.0 (46.4) 10.2 (50.4) 10.4 (50.7) 8.8 (47.8) 6.5 (43.7) 3.8 (38.8) 2.1 (35.8) 5.4 (41.7)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 123.0 (4.843) 95.7 (3.768) 107.4 (4.228) 64.7 (2.547) 52.3 (2.059) 56.6 (2.228) 59.9 (2.358) 82.1 (3.232) 96.0 (3.78) 122.6 (4.827) 128.0 (5.039) 119.8 (4.717) 1,108.1 (43.626)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 22.0 17.5 20.1 13.7 11.8 11.0 12.0 13.4 16.7 20.6 20.5 20.7 200.0

Source: Met Office[12]

References[edit]

^ Hudson, Norman - Souvenir Postcards from Shetland, Shetland
Shetland
Times, 1992 ^ "Unst, Baltasound, Buness, Memorial Stone". Canmore. Retrieved 17 June 2015.  ^ Blackadder, Jill Slee Shetland
Shetland
(Colin Baxter Island Guides) (2003) Colin Baxter Photography, Strathspey ISBN 1-84107-125-0 ^ Alex Kuksin. " Baltasound
Baltasound
Airport (Unst)". Airports-worldwide.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ " Baltasound
Baltasound
Junior High School – The UK's Most Northerly School". Baltasound.shetland.sch.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "Home - The Baltasound
Baltasound
Hotel, Unst, Shetland". Baltasoundhotel.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "SCOTLAND Blue day at red post office". BBC News. 1999-11-29. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "Station Map". UKMO. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "Northern Scotland: climate". Metoffice.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "February 2001". Metoffice.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ "Average Weather For Lerwick, United Kingdom". WeatherSpark.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19.  ^ " Baltasound
Baltasound
climate information". Met Office. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 

External links[edit]

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Baltasound
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Unst
website

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