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After a mainly sunny day now cloudy with a rain shower.

13.2C after a max of 15.3C. Min was 6 C last night?

My daughter was up in the hills near the Sma Glen doing her Duke of Edinburgh hike and came through hail and thunder yesterday followed by a cold clear night with a touch of frost. Today was much better though for them.

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Went round some of the second cut grass today and it illustrates the unusual growing season we have had.The red clover hardly came because of the cold spring for the first cut  but after the first cut it took over because of its deep roots and the heat it needs as the photos show.Hopfully there will be enough in the second cut to see us through the winter.post-2744-0-52831300-1378670554_thumb.jppost-2744-0-32071300-1378670575_thumb.jp

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Bright-overcast and 10C in Sth Suburban Embra today. NL, our garden is practically in need of therapy after the year it's had, hasn't known whether to grow or flower or fruit or die back or what. Plants we always have to gently coax have rampaged wildly, and long-established perennials have got nasty die-back... it's a Very Confused Gairden, if you ask me! 

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Both the ECM and GFS are keen on a fairly decent storm in a week's time, it could be quite tasty considering all the trees are still fully in leaf. One to watch and a definite sign it's coming into autumn Posted Image I don't mind summer when it's the weather we had in July, but it's only really autumn and winter that do it for me my weather addictions Posted Image

 

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The 8 to 10 GFS ECM chart is also keen on a mid-Atlantic high with winds over the top from the west or north-west. Classic autumn weather and exactly what Lorenzo went for in a recent post.

 

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Another fine sunny day after a cool start 5c at 5.00am when I watched twin heifer calvespost-2744-0-70603100-1378750630_thumb.jp being born to be followed by another bull calf born in the afternoon. Spent the day getting all calves onto their mothers properly.

 

Managed to pick a lot of veg and fruit in between times in the garden.

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Sometimes I wish I'd followed my mother's side and got into farming, especially with NL's current feelgood posts. And especially when my current work gets me to midge hell without a net or DEET and no escape for six hours. It was seriously desperate today, I nearly had to run away but I would have had to swim as well and that put me off. I heard somewhere that they used to chain miscreants naked to a rock in the middle of Loch Moy and leave them there to starve with only midges for company.

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Sometimes I wish I'd followed my mother's side and got into farming, especially with NL's current feelgood posts. And especially when my current work gets me to midge hell without a net or DEET and no escape for six hours. It was seriously desperate today, I nearly had to run away but I would have had to swim as well and that put me off. I heard somewhere that they used to chain miscreants naked to a rock in the middle of Loch Moy and leave them there to starve with only midges for company.

Well I am telling everyone I see just now that this summer will repair some of the damage of the last six wet summers and that I am almost a happy farmer. Visited my retired last employee  tonight and he asked me what would make me completely happy and I said the 2014 summer to be the same as this one weatherwise. The last  six wet summers have taken their toll on us in terms of crop and stock output.

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That storm is looking very tasty for next week although everything looks upin the air atm!

 

The further north you are the more likely you are to get a whumping. The GFS is keen on it being further north while the ECM brings it south a bit more. There should be better agreement soon :good:

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The further north you are the more likely you are to get a whumping. The GFS is keen on it being further north while the ECM brings it south a bit more. There should be better agreement soon Posted Image

Sick bag at the ready fro my flight hame on Sunday night then? Just looked at the charts and it does look a wee bit blowy for Sunday and Monday.

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AUTUMN’S first snow and gales have brought a cold and soggy end to weeks of warm weather.

 
After the hottest summer since 2006, chilly temperatures, rain and wind are now the seasonal norm. The Cairngorm mountains in Scotland even had their first dusting of snow yesterday, with more expected on both sides of the border in the coming days.
Temperatures in other parts of the UK will struggle to climb above 50F (10C) for much of next week. But it may not be time to pack away the barbecue gear just yet, as long-range forecasters predict there is a chance of a short Indian summer at the end of September. In the meantime, the Met Office warned that cold, nasty weather was on its way.
 
Forecaster Lindsay Mears said: “Low pressure from Iceland means cloud, rain and strong winds will move south across all areas from Sunday, with severe gales a risk. “It will be cool, with chilly nights and further spells of rain in midweek.†Wintry showers and snow ­were possible in high regions of Scotland. She added: “But there could be good news for the end of the month with the blustery grey skies turning blue again. “It looks settled later in September and probably quite settled into October, with temperatures close to or a little above average and feeling pleasant in the sunshine.†Low pressure from Iceland means cloud, rain and strong winds will move south across all areas from Sunday, with severe gales a risk
 
Fellow forecaster Craig Snell agreed, saying: “It’s going to get warm again with many places, including London, seeing temperatures in the mid-20s centigrade (upper 70s F). It will be feeling quite pleasant but not reaching the dizzy heights we saw in the summer.†Jonathan Powell, from Vantage Weather ­Services, said: “Things will be considerably colder with a wintry edge but there’s a chance we will get mid-autumn warmth later in October.†After last week’s mini-heatwave hit 86F, the summer was washed away by dramatic floods and hail storms at the weekend.
 
Sixty people were evacuated from their homes in Redcar, North ­Yorkshire, as flash floods hit parts of the North. Two drivers had to ­abandon their cars as they were swept away in the floods, which also washed away part of a bridge. At the other end of the country, parts of Falmouth in Cornwall turned white due to a massive hailstorm. And the weekend saw the country’s first frost as temperatures in Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, and Redessdale Camp in Northumberland, plunged to just below freezing.
 
Britain basked in 588 hours of sunshine this summer, making it the seventh sunniest since records began in 1929
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Weather warning out for the weekend into Monday:

 

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map&map=Warnings&zoom=5&lon=-3.50&lat=55.50&fcTime=1379199600

 

It's all a bit similar to a storm a couple of years ago, I think it was two years ago today?

 

Edit: Coast posted above about a possible Indian Summer, interesting to read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_summer

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Well, I was hoping to leave thegarden furniture out a while longer but I think that I will bring it in on Saturday after I have harvested my tatties! That storm looks a beastie with a slightly wintery feel at height. Not that we have not had big storms before at this time of year but they have mostly been old hurricane cores that have brought mild air from the mid/south Atlantic, this one will be a real taste of Autumn.

Still one last chance towards the end of September to enjoy the sun lounger (unless the wife catches me) :)

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Very  warm humid morning but dull with a maximum of 18c . Just clouded over with heavy rain now falling adding to the sombre mood as I have man flu according to the family. Another calf born this morning in the field now bouncing around. Hard to catch to tag and mum was a bit grumpy Good  job we had the tractor betewen her and the calf   Will need mums warm milk over the week end I think.

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September can spew up some vicious storms:

 

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Looking past the weekend's storm, there's a wee feature worth keeping an eye on moving north from the mid-Atlantic. I can't work out if it is TS Gabrielle or Hurricane Humberto, but it's got all the signs of one of these moving into colder water. GFS has been keen on moving this through since 300+ hrs out :)

 

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It's not as clear to pick out on the ECM but still there:

 

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 heavy rain now falling adding to the sombre mood as I have man flu according to the family.

Oh no! I didn't think farmers were allowed to get man flu... I hope you survive this dangerous and serious malady... Steady rain here, and dark enough to need the lights on at 7am. Very autumnal-feeling :D

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