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  1. Some pics of Nacreous clouds taken from Dundee this morning, I have already posted them in the Scottish regional thread, but thought I would share them here.
  2. Following a historic victory for the Scottish National Party, the politics of Scotland is increasingly diverging from the UK as a whole.While a referedum for Scots on the future of Scotland within the Union is now largely guaranteed, what this referendum will specifically decide (e.g. the nature of the question and implications) is not, with a sizeable proportion of Scots currently against full independence according to recent polls.In the meantime, the Scots government, with Alex Salmond now elected again as first minster, will be pushing for increasing fiscal responsibility to be devolved to the Scots Parliament - including collection/management of corporation tax - as part of the Scotland Bill which is currently being debated at Westminster.Thus, the next five years look to be interesting and exciting times for Scottish politics. With a clear amount of interest in this topic, from both NW members north and south of the border, here is a wee thread to discuss.EDIT: BBC article discussing Alex Salmonds election as FM and statement of the SNP immediate goals.http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-13426524
  3. Given this is now hurtling toward us like a freight train and we have one for the Catalan Crisis, I thought it time for a UK Democratic & Constitutional crisis thread. Ahead of brexit, constituional experts warned that the UK leaving the EU would provoke a constitutional crisis over both the peace process in N. Ireland, and with devolution. Here's an example of that warning: Well now that crisis is unfolding. Round one saw the Irish republic threaten to veto any post-brexit UK trade deal unless the peace process in N. Ireland is respected, including free movement across the border. This issue is not anywhere near solved, just kicked into the long grass, and will appear again soon enough. Brexit and the peace process are incompatible; not unless the UK stays in the single market. Given the threat brexit poses to stability in N. Ireland, unsurprisingly our first poll on the matter shows the N. Irish people narrow support reunification with Ireland in the EU over staying with a brexited UK. When we consider that unionists parties no longer hold a majority in Stormont for the first time in history, the prospect of N. Ireland rejoining the republic has never been closer. Then we have devolution in Wales / Scotland / N. Ireland The principle of devolution (certainly in Scotland) is that what is not specifically reserved to the UK parliament is devolved. On exiting the EU, all devolved area powers controlled by Brussels (e.g. farming, fisheries, environment) should automatically return to the devolved parliaments. However, the UK government is current attempting a power grab, trying to take control of a wide range of powers currently devolved, including those coming back from Brussels. It is attempting to do this via the brexit great repeal bill. The reason it is doing so is that the UK cannot make new trade deals (including with the EU) if it is not in full control of much of the legislation devolved to Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland. Take fisheries for example; as it stands, upon Brexit, Edinburgh takes complete control of Scotland's fisheries, and legally so. That would mean the UK negotiating team could not use Scotland's fisheries in negotiations; not without Scotland's consent. Hence the Westminster power grab underway. Westminster is currently saying this power grab is temporary. However, this cannot be, as the same problem will apply for any trade deal going forward. If it touches on devolved areas, then Wales / Scotland / N. Ireland could pass legisaltion in breach of the deal, so scuppering it. As a result, brexit is incompatible with devolution. Only two options seem reasilistic going forward: 1. The UK returns to a single, unitary state, with devolution ended; something which is never going to be acceptable to devolved nation populations (only 10% support this in Scotland for example, with 75% for devo max). 2. All devolved parliaments have a full veto on trade deals, just as national parliaments do in the EU Union; that means the English brexiters have taken control, only to give it to the jocks, Sinn Fein etc. Therefore, it seems unlikely that either of these options will be satisfactory to all parties. As a result, Westminster is attempting a power grab to try and pursue brexit regardless, and now we have a constitutional crisis. Both Scotland and Wales are stating they will withhold legislative consent for the brexit bill unless 1997 devolution referendums and associated acts are fully respected. Both are now planning to pass their own brexit bills protecting all devolved areas post brexit. This is something they can legally do as it is within their legislative competences. The UK parliament will have to bring them to the table, or attempt to essentially close down the devolved assemblies by directly overruling them as Spain is attempting in Catalonia. This would provoke a massive crisis and one which may yet bring a quick end to the UK, particularly as the Tories/DUP have no mandate for the move at all, having lost heavily in all recent elections in all the devolved nations, and the EU referendum in N. Ireland and Scotland. This lack of mandate means the current power grab attempt is a direct attack on democracy; it overrules 1997 referendum results and 20 years of devolution with no mandate whatsoever. The situation is particularly acute in Scotland where UK parliamentary sovereignty does not apply and Scots law does; we can expect legally challenges in the Court of Session, Scotland's highest court. This would in effect be the UK Tories trying to shut down Holyrood and enforce direct rule live on Scots TV. Truly Christmas come early for the Scottish nationalists, particularly as the fight would not even be about independence, yet it would most likely hand that to them (polls have a narrow majority of Scots now backing independence, albeit it they wish to wait at least until brexit is sorted out). http://www.whatscotlandthinks.org/questions/given-that-the-uk-has-voted-to-leave-which-is-your-preference-regarding-scotlan#table And of course in N. Ireland, where the EU is on the side of Ireland. Latest from Wales: The same thing will happen if Stormot sits again, with Sinn Fein, the SDLP and neutral parties able to command a pro-EU majority for such a bill, backed by the Irish and EU. Both parliaments plan their own brexit bills within a month or so. These would be for preserving democracy and ensuring all devolved area powers are retained post brexit, including those coming back from Brussels. These bills could bring brexit negotiations to a halt (as the UK government would not legally be in control of legislation covering many areas of trade) unless the UK government tries to shut down (in effect) the devolved parliaments as noted.
  4. From the album: Boarding pics

    Snowboarding trip to Glenshee back in 2011
  5. From the album: Boarding pics

    Boarding trip to Glenshee backin 2011.
  6. please continue your weather related discussions for Scotland here... link to the previous thread... http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/79002-scotland-regional-weather-discussion-070114/page-44
  7. Please use this thread for your discussions about the current weather or what is being forecast for the next few days in Scotland...please remember these regional threads were set up to talk about local conditions and your thoughts on how things are panning out so can we keep things light and topical and avoid any personal remarks - Thanks link to the previous thread here.... http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/78858-scotland-regional-discussion-231213/page-49
  8. Time for a new thread as it is going to get quite busy in the next 24 hrs as our latest Atlantic storm deepens and high impact weather expected for much of Xmas Eve. Gales, Snow, Thunder, Lightning - the whole works. Let's please draw a line under the media bias debate and use the relevant thread for commentary on this, whilst I agree with points on both sides of the argument, it really detracts from the thread and creates an unnecessary atmosphere. Travel safely and keep an eye on the Met Office and Travel updates. Wishing you all a very merry festive period. Friendly banter, preferably about the weather but as always not essential for this thread.. Let's go...
  9. Could've been the 27th - rather similar to the charts for this Thursday: I've got a slight break between exams at the moment, with astrobiology Tuesday afternoon and maths on Thursday, so I'll not be posting much in the next week, and after that I'm off to Prague (which will depressingly will be as mild or even moreso than Scotland next weekend). Some quite impressive convection likely to build up out in the Atlantic - this is the Skew-t for Tiree - so with even warmer Atlantic SSTs than the surface temperature progged here there could be some hefty squalls moving inland from the west. Cloud bases are progged at around 900hpa and capped at 400hpa, so the profile is ripe for Cb development: Uppers aren't that impressive, mostly just -5Cs according to the latest GFS, but with such low air pressure it won't matter that much because 850hpa isn't particularly 'high' compared to normal. Wet Bulb Freezing levels are probably a better indicator, and at 300m maximum that's absolutely fine for snow: 925hpa temperatures are borderline but again pretty impressive given such low heights and the fact that we're talking about midday in a convective type setup: Surface temperatures are progged at 3-4C initially across Central Scotland although more like 0C with even fairly modest height further north, and freezing levels will lower rapidly in any showers. Looking at January 1993 as a rough guide to temperatures in this kind of regime shows surprisingly high maxima given fallen snow was recorded almost every day from the 7th to the 20th: http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/Glasgow_Airport/01-1993/31400.htm For the main event the maximum temperature for the 11th was 3C and 4.2C the next day. Further east, Edinburgh Airport was, as expected, slightly lower, with maxima of 2.2C and 3.2 respectively: http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/Edinburgh_Airport/01-1993/31600.htm For the December 1990 thunderstorm maxima were similar at 3C for Edinburgh this time: http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/Edinburgh_Airport/12-1990/31600.htm Anyway, my point is that decent one off low ground snowfalls can occur with temperature not all that much below average, and while Thursday doesn't look quite like a repeat of January 1993 I wouldn't be at all surprised to see accumulations pretty much anywhere in Scotland. This is one of those setups which favours central Scotland in particular and I think we could be in for a treat if we don't see too many downgrades on the strength of the cold pool in the next 96 hours.
  10. As the title, Lightning storm with no thunder in West Lothian on 14.12.13, watched this from Polbeth around midnight - 1am (sunday)... at first thought it was a powerline sparking in the distance (till my girlfriend said there are none over that way), but at one point the entire room lit up, so it was real close... it then moved off towards Livingston. All of this happend with not one sound of thunder at all, I was amazed by it, and eventually told to; 'get away from the window and sit down, its late'.Still don't understand it. Weird weekend, saw 4 shooting stars over Friday / Satruday too... same place, but once in Edinburgh. Anyways, anyone else see this, or understand why? (I saw an old post after a google search that took me here, but post was archieved).
  11. A new thread for weather discussion in Scotland. As ever, keep it civil and on topic please Edit - Adding Prefix
  12. Just noticed the other thread had been rumbling on for a wee while. Welcome everyone who has been around all year, and welcome back those of you out of summer slumber. Here's to a fun Autumn with plenty of active weather ahead as we descend into hopefully another great Winter delivering everything for everyone at one point or another. As always to our new folks or visitors, dive in, say hello, let us know where you are, and what you love/hate about the Scottish Weather. Don't be 'feart' to ask questions, someone will always be at hand to help answer them ! We like a good a good bit of Banter and debate on here Enjoy !
  13. This is the view that greeted me this morning, shortly before I started a red squirrel survey in the Lomond Hills above Falkland. Just the most beautiful golden fog as the sun came up.

    © Ben Dolphin

  14. Please use this thread for your regional weather chat and meteorological malarkey! Here's the old one: http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/76701-scotland-alba-regional-discussion-21st-may-2013-onwards/
  15. Greetings!I finally got round to starting a blog so here goes....The last thirty six hours have reminded us what this part of the world is famed for - rain on and off, though usually not all that heavy, temperatures moving between 4.9C and 5.6C, and that horrible grey murk surrounding the Howe of Fife, not lowering visibillity enough to make it seem like an actual event but just generally making the view seem much bleaker. These are the days when I feel the suicide rate must be at its highest. But oddly enough, these kind of conditions have been seriously lacking this year. For the majority of the winter, it has either been sunny or clear and pretty cold or snow has been falling. This is a real rarity for myself, brought up in the generally bland, less cold winters of the late 90s with only the Christmas period of 2000 being of any great note. [url="http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2000/Rrea00120001229.gif"]http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2000/Rrea00120001229.gif[/url] Then there was the horrific 06/07, which was the year I realised that TheWeatherOutlook's long range forecast was badly inaccurate. Charts like these have been all too common in winters before 08/09 [url="http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2006/Rrea00120061229.gif"]http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2006/Rrea00120061229.gif[/url] But these last two years have suddenly become very interesting for lovers of cold, crisp weather. While last winter was not particularly brilliant for snowfall (perhaps around the average number of days with snow falling and a little above the average for snow lying), there was a real change in the air, with a cold and dry end to December, a spell of cold zonality which brought a number of near misses on the snowfall front and the early February cold spell, which seemed quite decent at the time, though again there was only one memorable snowfall, and this came from the breakdown [url="http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2009/Rrea00120090212.gif"]http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/archive/ra/2009/Rrea00120090212.gif[/url] Some put this down to the much speculated about Hale winter, though like the year when the millenium began, some believed that this winter was in fact the Hale winter. As it transpired, this winter has turned out to be a major surprise to many, who thought perhaps that a month with a CET below 1.5C was pretty much out of reach. And, unless the models perform the biggest turnaround seen in the internet age, it looks likely that some more cold and potentially snowy weather is heading our way in just a couple of days. [url="http://cirrus.netwea...50t850eu.png"]http://cirrus.netwea...50t850eu.png[/url] How much snow is likely is hard to say, nothing hugely significant for most areas of east central initially at least but it does look like some convective showers heading our way on Monday at least [url="http://cirrus.netwea...ukprec.png"]http://cirrus.netwea...ukprec.png[/url] Watch for this to come into NMM timescale (36 hours) as anything further out is unlikely to be all that accurate.LS
  16. Hi all you loyal LS fans. Having already posted this on the model thread I felt I'll keep it safe on here as it isn't too bad a summary for next week.Tomorrow evening looks interesting for anywhere from Fort William to Wick to Comrie to my location, as a band stalls over northeast Scotland for a number of hours before heading southwest. [url="http://expert.weatheronline.co.uk/daten/proficharts/en/nae/2010/02/15/basis12/ukuk/prty/10021700_1512.gif"][color="#284b72"]http://expert.weathe...021700_1512.gif[/color][/url]The southern extent is somewhere around Dundee, so potentially very interesting for the residents of two of the largest Scottish cities. Temperatures look impressively cold for where precipitation is falling [url="http://expert.weatheronline.co.uk/daten/proficharts/en/nae/2010/02/15/basis12/ukuk/tmin/10021700_1512.gif"][color="#284b72"]http://expert.weathe...021700_1512.gif[/color][/url] [url="http://expert.weatheronline.co.uk/daten/proficharts/en/nae/2010/02/15/basis12/ukuk/tmax/10021700_1512.gif"][color="#284b72"]http://expert.weathe...021700_1512.gif[/color][/url] so snow and quickly accumulating on frosty or icy ground is likely for anywhere inland. After this and IMO the UKMO looks impressive for some snowfall in eastern Scotland, with the low fairly close and an easterly wind kicking in [url="http://www.meteociel.fr/ukmo/run/UW120-21.GIF?15-18"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteociel...20-21.GIF?15-18[/color][/url]The ECM is a lovely run and a better one for most areas. [url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_72.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou..._thgt850_72.png[/color][/url][url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_96.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou..._thgt850_96.png[/color][/url]The latter is interesting in particular as this is pretty much the same setup that brought 5 inches to central Edinburgh and 10 inches around the M90 from Perth to Edinburgh. [url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_120.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou...thgt850_120.png[/color][/url]At +144 a brief northerly bout brings in more geniunely cold uppers across northern Scotland [url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_144.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou...thgt850_144.png[/color][/url] , and at +168 everywhere north of Birmingham is under -5 uppers. In fact up to +240 -5 uppers are present across southern Scotland and northwest England [url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_240.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou...thgt850_240.png[/color][/url]And even for those further south what's not to love about this chart? [url="http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/meteo/ecmwf/NSea/2010021512/NSea_2010021512_thgt850_192.png"][color="#284b72"]http://www.meteogrou...thgt850_192.png[/color][/url]Not quite what '93 was here but it could be pretty good for northwest England and Ireland if it came off. So in summary, nothing in these charts suggest mild, not even average for many areas, and potentially very snowy further north.
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