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It’s been a fairly pleasant day here. High of 20C, but a stiff-ish breeze taking the edge of the warmth, plus the occasional sharp shower.CoM3.jpg

!3C up on this location.

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Been out and about this week, mainly near Torridon.  Tuesday was the Day of the Midge - never known it so bad, with no wind, mild and overcast.  Intolerable conditions, I heard one guy describe it as 'more midges than air'.  Better since, with some changeable and sometimes breezy conditions.

This evening, I put the lights on soon after 7. Autumn is just around the corner - I judge it to be having our tea with the lights on.

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Yes washing sheds for harvest ,crop no longer green and going golden not yet white enough to be dead ripe..Lovely breezy sunny day the last few weeks have  been a big improvement  on the summer with the crop ripening very quickly amd making my forecast of a mid September harvest very wrong with it potentially ready to cut in the middle of next week.  Farm taking on the look of autumn very quickly now.

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Got this late yesterday afternoon.  Couldn't believe my eyes really, and neither could my poor little camera - a really difficult one for a good sensor, never mind a tiny one!liathach.jpg

Started a new job today, another 'upland development' - could be interesting in winter!

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A bit wet  in the late afternoon but dryer this evening with a breeze harvest hopefully just a few days away.  

Just been reading an article on  excessive world grain stocks.

Prices  are on the floor this year due to a wheat harvest up by 21% in America and a similar increase in Russia. All their stores are full and they are now storing grain outside on concrete pads in both countries.

I am now very convinced that rising background CO2 levels worldwide are driving these huge yield increases.

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Been a decent few days weather both here and in and around the central belt when we were visiting at the weekend. Gearing up for a hot one today here at work i.e I've already got all the windows open as this place acts like a greenhouse as soon at the sun hits it. Hopefully the wives bees are keeping busy in this good weather, we'll need to get down to see at the weekend at the latest. They should be feeding on the heather at the moment so hopefully some more honey to come.

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16 hours ago, Sraigcaife said:

Saw this strange rainbow strip heading home from work tonight. I was north of dundee looking east towards east angus when the sun was setting.

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Good catch on the camera. I see quite a few stump rainbows like this one, there was one on Friday when I was driving home along the M   8   towards Edinburgh. It seems to have been a year for rainbows and sundogs and halos, etc. The only thing I've not seen this year is a pink rainbow. 

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On 29/08/2016 at 22:12, Northernlights said:

A bit wet  in the late afternoon but dryer this evening with a breeze harvest hopefully just a few days away.  

Just been reading an article on  excessive world grain stocks.

Prices  are on the floor this year due to a wheat harvest up by 21% in America and a similar increase in Russia. All their stores are full and they are now storing grain outside on concrete pads in both countries.

I am now very convinced that rising background CO2 levels worldwide are driving these huge yield increases.

Most crops harvested on the Black Isle now apart from the obvious - most favourable August for a few years?

Today got really very warm - I saw 22C near Inverness early evening.  It won't last.

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Tuesday was better than expected.. Got the edge of the warm front last night just brought cloud with no rainfall. Rather than cloudy conditions behind it (typical of Tropical Maritime airmass) it was clear overnight and sunny all day until teatime where low cloud spread in before the approaching cold front.. Cracking day it was overall very pleasent..  Did see on BBC Weather that most of Western and NW England had a day of low cloud and Drizzle..

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4 hours ago, Hairy Celt said:

Most crops harvested on the Black Isle now apart from the obvious - most favourable August for a few years?

Today got really very warm - I saw 22C near Inverness early evening.  It won't last.

Yes in the space of three weeks the barley has gone from very green to ripe aided by the sunshine,wind and heat of the last two weeks. With large machinery today harvest can be very quick in good weather,  The use of Roundup to aid even ripening also helps. ( a bit controversial as it is now thought to be carcinogenic.  I won"t use it because it makes the crop overipe after  ten days and we are very exposed to wind so we are always a bit later to harvest) using natural ripening. Young Mr Northernlights was baling hay for a farmer near Culloden yesterday in very good order

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3 hours ago, Northernlights said:

Yes in the space of three weeks the barley has gone from very green to ripe aided by the sunshine,wind and heat of the last two weeks. With large machinery today harvest can be very quick in good weather,  The use of Roundup to aid even ripening also helps. ( a bit controversial as it is now thought to be carcinogenic.  I won"t use it because it makes the crop overipe after  ten days and we are very exposed to wind so we are always a bit later to harvest) using natural ripening. Young Mr Northernlights was baling hay for a farmer near Culloden yesterday in very good order

I wasn’t aware of that practice, NL, but it explains something I suspected. A few years ago, when barley was being grown in the field which bounds my garden, the spray from a sprayer boom clipped a couple of metres or so of plants along the edge of the fence as the tractor was turning.  I can’t remember exactly what variety of plants were there but a struggling young birch tree did give up completely and I still have a little gap in the border, which I quite like and have not re-planted.

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Started havest 2016 yesterday not sunny but dull and windy.P9010106.JPGShower about 1.00pm stopped us , yields OK but quality not so good a result of poor weather during grainfill and a wet spell at the begining of April delaying sowing.

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Nice morning bit of a breeze and sunny.Started combine at 1.00pm but rained off at 2.30.pm.  A nice bit of dust coming off the two combines 20160903.jpg20160903 (2).jpg

 

Fighting over the last round before the rain came down off the Cawdor hills20160903 (3).jpg20160903 (4).jpg

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Time to get your squinting eyes on, these pics show a very faint treble rainbow. The brighter of the two rainbows was actually a double rainbow. All very faint in the pics unfortunately.

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The only other time I've seen a treble rainbow it was very bright, unlike this effort.

As I said the other day it's certainly been a year for this type of thing, although it's maybe just that I'm outside more with the dog?

At least today looks like yesterday in reverse, a poor start should give way to a decent end to the day here, although it does look as if there will be some heavy showers around across more northern parts of Scotland.

There's the usual split later in the week with some parts being very warm and others very autumnal. Ireland really does have a big effect on our weather.

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10 hours ago, DR(S)NO said:

Looks like being crazy warm mon night.... Overnight min in Glasgow around 18c!!!! Phew

Just seen that. For september that's unreal really. 19 in belfast too apparently................Whew! Sauna!

Cloudy and muggy currently but the drizzle's died out

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I never anticipate fair weather when visiting the far NWest, and so a fine afternoon yesterday was a bonus, 19C ,and quite balmy. 

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St Kilda from North Uist

Driving drizzle and a houlie today - couldn't persuade the dog to go for a walk.

 

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17 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Another fabulous sunset 20160905.jpg20160905 (2).jpgand still  16c

Gorgeous pics @Northernlights

Sunrise was cracking here, this pic was as I left the house and it became very pinky red and a lot more widespread as I drove to work. 

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It's 17C locally so a warm night all round. It looks warm for the next couple of days but then the wind and rain comes later in the week. GFS is a horror show for the west in the next eight days:

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28 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Another fabulous sunset 20160905.jpg20160905 (2).jpgand still  16c

:shok: stunning 3D effect of the low light! never seen anything quite like that...

Really warm out this evening here, been out in t-shirt in the yard, very pleasant till the mozzies found me.

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21C at 9am this morning, not at all shabby for September. A bit breezy with some cloud around, including some dark stuff but doubt it'll amount to much even if we do get a shower or two. I'd like to see the stats for rainfall for the last few weeks as it has felt as if it's been pretty dry for the time of year.

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Stepped out into an oven this morning at 6.00pm at 18c but very humid with a heavy dew .Will have to wait till midday to bale straw when the dew shoud have hopefully gone. Currently the straw is still very wet and very slow to dry with the humid air  Almost completely blue skies however.

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