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It has been a grey October's day today. The only two clues it's July were the crops and the humid air:

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50 minutes ago, CatchMyDrift said:

It has been a grey October's day today. The only two clues it's July were the crops and the humid air:

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Sort of similar here although 18C isn't common in October. Also there was a hint of haar... and a nagging north-easterly breeze.

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A few sunny intervals today followed by a fine evening. Cleaning old tractor ready for local show next weekend. Neeps charging on. Photos of the last three weeks growth.20170701_162618.thumb.jpg.87bfc2e14faa741be8d03f3305227c99.jpg20170707_122411.thumb.jpg.b7ddae409e8523ed28fbe8d4400bd423.jpg20170722_201023.thumb.jpg.3061c2e671733b75480caf7daff51872.jpg

 

These turnips are still two weeks ahead of normal and the whole countryside has the look of August with ripening crops.Even young Mr Northernlights  said he had to remind himself today it was still July.              I wonder if we will see the first snow on the hills at the end of September or even sooner?

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

A few sunny intervals today followed by a fine evening. Cleaning old tractor ready for local show next weekend. Neeps charging on. Photos of the last three weeks growth.20170701_162618.thumb.jpg.87bfc2e14faa741be8d03f3305227c99.jpg20170707_122411.thumb.jpg.b7ddae409e8523ed28fbe8d4400bd423.jpg20170722_201023.thumb.jpg.3061c2e671733b75480caf7daff51872.jpg

 

These turnips are still two weeks ahead of normal and the whole countryside has the look of August with ripening crops.Even young Mr Northernlights  said he had to remind himself today it was still July.              I wonder if we will see the first snow on the hills at the end of September or even sooner?

 

 

Funny you should mention this, as I've recently been feeling like it is later in the year than it actually is. I can only guess that it is the dull weather. Being in the city I don't have growing seasons or animal behaviour that I can monitor (apart from the seagulls which are pretty aggressive still, even in Glasgow), it's almost as if I've been expecting some big autumnal storm to be knocking on our door soon. It's had that sort of feel to it recently.

And yet we still have August to go, and there's no reason why we can't get some pretty pleasant weather then.

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1 minute ago, Glaswegianblizzard said:

Funny you should mention this, as I've recently been feeling like it is later in the year than it actually is. I can only guess that it is the dull weather. Being in the city I don't have growing seasons or animal behaviour that I can monitor (apart from the seagulls which are pretty aggressive still, even in Glasgow), it's almost as if I've been expecting some big autumnal storm to be knocking on our door soon. It's had that sort of feel to it recently.

And yet we still have August to go, and there's no reason why we can't get some pretty pleasant weather then.

I wonder with a sleepy sun possibly helping to cause a southerly tracking jetstream a  cooler autumn and winter are on their way. There are even stubble fields from early cut winter barley with local geese on them picking up the spilt grain. Ground is also very dry and grass is quite yellow/brown looking in spite of recent rain.

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Went to the Airshow today at East Fortune. Awful day with cancellations to practically all aircraft shows.. An Occluded Front with low stratus cloud, persistent rain, wind and even mist later in the day was no conditions to see anything and unsafe for most aircrafts flying low. We do get days like this in summer where frontal rain sits over whole country but it's been too often this year.. Horrible cold day for Central Belt the Ice Cream vans at Airshow were deserted yet "Fresh Donuts" seemed to be the busiest van.. Really struggling now to hold an outdoor event up here yet the 3rd consecutive awful summer..

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45 minutes ago, Richard Taylor said:

Grim start to today, if it's not heavy rain, it's mist & low cloud. Not exactly summer-like... or maybe these days, it is. 

Same here. It's one version of Scottish summer weather.

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Another fairly miserable weather day. Rain,  grey skies and a stiff ENE breeze this morning.

This drookit woodpecker sought some shelter on the SW side of the telephone pole. He clung on there for at least 30mins.

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The sun did make a brief (very) appearance in the afternoon. Back to grey skies now, but at least the wind has dropped.

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Grey and wet today. At least it's to stop raining by tomorrow. The 00z ECM didn't look too promising and I haven't bothered with any other charts yet today.

Here are a few phone snaps from a squelchy dog walk:

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Benbecula said to be warmest in U.K. today with 23.6C max. Unusual  for Summer?

21C here and feeling warm in the brief sunny bits.

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A very dreich day and damp.Thick fog occasionally so dark it looked like November out there and was probbaly as cool at 14c

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Looks like the Glasgow area will see the highest temps in the UK tomorrow with maybe the chance of a thunderstorm later in the afternoon :)

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4 hours ago, Northernlights said:

A very dreich day and damp.Thick fog occasionally so dark it looked like November out there and was probbaly as cool at 14c

Indeed. Today I was driving with untinted specs for the first time probably since April. Dull, dull, dull, with cloud low over the Black Isle.

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14 hours ago, Stormeh said:

Looks like the Glasgow area will see the highest temps in the UK tomorrow with maybe the chance of a thunderstorm later in the afternoon :)

Spot on with this one. It's 23C at the moment in Glasgow. 14C here :rofl:

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Cracking day, currently 26.5c and sitting with a beer in the garden :D Some cumulus starting to build now so wouldn't be surprised to see an isolated shower on the radar in the next hour or so. 

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A rather nondescript few days. Some pointlessly dull and damp, some 'usable' at best. Today has started dull and drizzly again.

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Not a happy chappy this morning - persistent light rain, not forecast at all, making a mess of outside painting. Pfff.

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14 minutes ago, Hairy Celt said:

Not a happy chappy this morning - persistent light rain, not forecast at all, making a mess of outside painting. Pfff.

Grumpy old farmer here too turned hay all day yesterday with expectation of a dry day today instead just the same rain here too.Will probably wrap some in plastic(more expensive) if it dries up later just to preserve some. Best thing to take your mind off hay is to just have a look at the neeps which are reaching for the sky with all this lovely damp.

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Yesterday was a fantastic day but today.................meh. Sun's still not broken through

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Same here. Grey, cool and horrible.

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4 minutes ago, mardatha said:

Same here. Grey, cool and horrible.

The sun is being slow today...maybe by 9pm? 

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5 hours ago, CatchMyDrift said:

The sun is being slow today...maybe by 9pm? 

It brightened up here considerably in the middle of the day although it still felt quite humid. Tomorrow looks like being a bit of a wash out... :(

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Catch - at half past 8 the sky was clear blue, not a cloud to be seen. Now at half past 9 it's back to solid pewter grey. I give up with summer!

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About an hour ago got ends of hay field baled up ready to wrap in plastic tomorrow morning finished minutes before a cloud burst with mini rivers running down the road only to return to farmhouse which was bone dry just half a mile away. Seriously strange weather.     Birds still at feeder, insect life still scarse but swallows,swifts and housemartins have had huge broods and literally have hundreds of young filling the sky above the farm just now.

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