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Scotland/Alba Regional Weather Discussion 16/03/2018 Onwards

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A damp evening, though I suspect not enough rain to resolve the drought.

Before that a very serviceable day - light winds, dry and some reasonably long spells of sunshine, particularly in the morning.  Max temperature of 16C.

Trees now starting to show their autumnal coat, especially horse chestnuts which in some cases have already dropped a lot of their leaves.

A snapshot to illustrate the weather at lunchtime, looking south towards Cluny Castle.

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Woken at 04:00 with torrential rain and very gusty wind. Autumn proper!

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On 06/09/2018 at 17:15, Kirkcaldy Weather said:

just for fun but here are two of the latest runs of the cfs 9 months for christmas eve/ christmas day (a possible pattern of a northerly? recent runs have also showed some easterlys) tempresult_cib1.gif tempresult_cxi6.gif tempresult_mpv4.gif tempresult_mkh7.gif ❄️☃️⛄:santa-emoji:

10 days on (still just for fun but worth checking for a recurring pattern) and now the signal looks to be a possible scandi high / easterly with 3 of the last 4 runs showing this as a possibility

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as for the current weather, heavy rain overnight with 6.9mm today heaviest was 3.6mm/hr at 04:40am

another thing worth keeping an eye on for us Scots is a possible storm next Thursday/Friday/weekend here are the last 2 gfs runs 

Netweather GFS Image Netweather GFS Image

ecmwf develops it on the sunday Netweather GFS Image

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'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...'

My least favourite season really, at least in terms of weather. Mainly it involves just waiting around for a couple of months before snow watching seasons begins.

Best thing is the fruit. 

Today was quite pleasant though, mild 15 C with occasional sun, although breezy.

A dug walk by the Leader water revealed some flowers in late bloom. Not sure what they are; all over the riverbank. Some sort of wild orchid?

Also these blue berries on a large shrub, which I've seen a few times, but don't know what they are. Anyone? @Hairy Celt? They look quite juicy!

As for the apples in the gairden....Holy guacamole we've a lot this year. As I mentioned in a past post as they developed, we've a massive, bumper harvest and they're perfect. The trees have loved the cold winter and dry spring. Branches are touching the ground they're so heavily landen with quickly reddening fruit. Little to no blackspot blemishing either due to the hot weather.

I'm going to put some outside the house for people passing to just take. That and if we have time, swap them at Thistly Cross brewery for some cider!

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Maybe a blackthorn hedge with sloes?

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30 minutes ago, shuggee said:

Maybe a blackthorn hedge with sloes?

Thanks. Having googled images of sloes, I believe that's exactly what they are.

To acid to eat raw, but perfect for preserves and gin!

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52 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

Thanks. Having googled images of sloes, I believe that's exactly what they are.

To acid to eat raw, but perfect for preserves and gin!

SS I'm wondering how you can grow these apples and sloes - I thought you were the same height as me asl? Granted the sloes will be lower down if they're by the river, but we canny grow apples here at all. Neighbour got told we're too high. (Just moaning cos I love sloe gin and havent had any for years...)

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2 hours ago, mardatha said:

SS I'm wondering how you can grow these apples and sloes - I thought you were the same height as me asl? Granted the sloes will be lower down if they're by the river, but we canny grow apples here at all. Neighbour got told we're too high. (Just moaning cos I love sloe gin and havent had any for years...)

Something to do with the soil maybe?

Lauderdale is somewhat unusual for the hilly parts of the borders in that it is underlain by a tongue of old red sandstone. Our soil is pH neutral because of this I understand, so most things grow reasonably well (only strong acid or alkaline lovers are unhappy). 

A quick search suggests apples prefer mildly acid soils, and the bulk of the southern uplands are shales, siltstones, thin limestones... which should give more alkaline soils. Maybe this, with your elevation, is enough to tip the balance and make it too inhospitable for apples?

EDIT, I should add our garden is completely forest sheltered from the wind and a frost hollow. Maybe apples like that too?

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2 hours ago, mardatha said:

(Just moaning cos I love sloe gin and havent had any for years...)

I usually get a present of sloe gin from my son (Dunbar) at Xmas. He just won't disclose where he harvests the berries. :wallbash: 

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25 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

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This makes sense yes. and yes we are exposed to the wind here/

Snot fair. Not fussy on apples, I hate the things but I would like some sloe gin..........

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4 hours ago, scottish skier said:

Thanks. Having googled images of sloes, I believe that's exactly what they are.

To acid to eat raw, but perfect for preserves and gin!

Gin!? Naughty.

Meanwhile it's the Autumn Public Holiday in Edinburgh tomorrow. I have beer in front of me, which is purely coincidental.

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7 hours ago, scottish skier said:

A dug walk by the Leader water revealed some flowers in late bloom. Not sure what they are; all over the riverbank. Some sort of wild orchid?

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That looks like Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens Glandulifera), a complete thug of a plant that, pretty as it is, can wreck the local landscape in the same way as Rhododendron Ponticum.

A prime candidate for a flame thrower in my book 🔥🔥!

A decent amount of rain last night then a passable day today.  Dry, light SW winds and a max temperature of 17C. 

Feeling a bit chilly outside just now (currently 9C) and going by the noise, a large skein of geese just passed over the house heading south (my guess to the Montrose Basin as we seem to be on the main flight path down to there from the feeding grounds around the Moray coast/Banffshire).

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Good morning from a rather damp but balmy Skye! Currently 19c and we had over two inches of rain since yesterday morning and more to come over the next few days with a bit of blusteriness thrown in. Best make sure everything is tied down and that drains and ditches are clear. 🌀🌧️☔

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Quite mild and humid in sunny Mwell, noticeable compared to the last few days.The warning for tomorrow looks of more interest here, the max wind gusts have been steadily going up from 40 odd the other day to 60mph at the moment so it looks like the first proper windy day. 😁

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9 minutes ago, Glaswegianblizzard said:

Amber warning for the Central belt wind tunnel for tomorrow now.

And guess whose supposed to be travelling into Glasgow tomorrow (can't be avoided either)

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Amber wind warning Southerly winds through morning SW/west Scotland morning rush, veering to SW, over much of Scotland by late morning and  lunchtime. East and far north afternoon, then another bout with SW winds later in the day #StormAli 

Frontal rain leading to hefty, thundery showers with hail by the afternoon

Gusts over 70knots, even near to 80knots possible in exposure. Central west coast through to Strathclyde looking prone

 

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Evening all,

Been a while since I posted but the weather has been fairly bland so far this September.

Looks like that will change tomorrow as Jo’s post illustrates, have already told folk in work the Tay Bridge may be closed to all traffic for a while in the middle of the day. With the trees still full of leaves could definitely be some issues with downed branches. Take care.

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I am happy to be proved wrong but this Amber warning is way over the top for here. Wind gusting to 65mph, maybe 70mph is not an Amber. Does this mean an 80mph gale would be Red?  What about 90mph? Super Red with Blue spots?

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Amber for 65-75mph inland sounds about right to me especially in early autumn.Red seems to be reserved for 90mph + in a built up area.

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1 hour ago, CatchMyDrift said:

I am happy to be proved wrong but this Amber warning is way over the top for here. Wind gusting to 65mph, maybe 70mph is not an Amber. Does this mean an 80mph gale would be Red?  What about 90mph? Super Red with Blue spots?

I think the amber is just covering a larger area in case the storm tracks a bit differently and perhaps hits a bit harder than anticipated..... Wouldn't take much too cause a lot of issues with the trees so full of leaves

Nice to have some weather to take an interest in.....my friend has been called in to work at SSE with them anticipating issues 

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Very wet in the last 24 hours so rivers now up and all these trapped salmon/ sea trout  at the mouths should get up to spawn this autumn.Ground now getting slowly softer and grass getting greener. Mild though at 13c just now

Looks as though we  will get some equinoxial gales this week  and probably  followed by the first visible snow on the high tops something I remember  a lot in late September over the years.

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