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Somebody in the mad house mentioned Greenland High.... im off to get my bread and milk. 

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Decent day here. Bit of a breeze but not too strong, largely cloudless therefore sunny, temp on the cool side but OK to be working outside with just a hoodie on over a t-shirt. 

Just 'washed' my wife and my cars. Should get an extra couple of mpg out of them now as they'll be significantly lighter if the amount of muck that flowed off them is anything to go by. One of the few disadvantages of living in the countryside, especially at this time of the year, is the 'interesting' state of the minor roads as muck gets dragged off the fields. 

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging people to be prepared ahead of some stormy conditions expected across the start of next week, with a risk of flooding to all Scotland's coastal areas.

The Met Office has forecast strong and sustained winds from Monday morning, 13 January, through much of the week. Combined with naturally high tides next week, the sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves. There is therefore a risk of coastal flooding to all Scotland’s coastal areas. The highest risk is around high tides from midday Monday through to Tuesday afternoon. There is a flooding risk to coastal road and rail routes and coastal communities right around Scotland’s coastline.

These conditions can be dangerous. Be aware of the most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings, visit floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

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Anybody here had cherry wood and elm wood for open fires and stoves?? Any good?

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Just now, bigsnow said:

Anybody here had cherry wood and elm wood for open fires and stoves?? Any good?

As long as both are seasoned properly, both are good. Theres plenty of Elm being sold thanks to Durch elm disease.

The best hardwoods for burning are Oak, Ash and beech.

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Well, I'm off to Les Arcs in the French Alps next saturday.

While there's plenty of snow, it's not had fresh for a while, with lots of freeze-thaw, so must be pretty icy and hard packed lower down.

I was starting to be a bit down-hearted, but it seems the change in the weather that's coming (to us all maybe) will see it begin snowing heavily on Friday. 

If I'm lucky, it could see 30 cm of fresh over the weekend followed by low T's to keep things crispy.

Fingers cross for here and there!

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21 hours ago, 101_North said:

It's XC Weather - total cobblers and strictly just for shits and giggles 🤣😂

WWW.XCWEATHER.CO.UK

In all my years of snow chasing I don't think it's ever verified 🤣😂

Ooh no don't like that app, it's given me fog for my birthday 😭

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Some heavy showers throughout the day with some hail and a rumble of thunder earlier.

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Looks like we into the relative calm now before more trouble soon. Rain probably won't last as long this time but not what's needed after the lashing recently

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On 11/01/2020 at 14:23, Sceptical said:

www.snow-forecast.com see some impressive snow accumulations next week for Nevis and Glencoe ski centres - mid/upper mountain. Cairngorm, Lecht and Glenshee look like missing out this time. 

The ski centres are currently free of natural snow, by Friday the webcams could be showing a significant change.

 

Latest update has seen the forecast accumulations reduced significantly.

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Some showers earlier, one around lunchtime gave a bit of sleet. Dry afternoon so headed down the Ayrshire coast. A walk along Croy beach just up from Culzean to blow the cobwebs away, catching the sun starting to go down. 

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Looking a bit blowy tomorrow, perhaps peaking mid to late afternoon here.

@bigsnow no experience of Elm but Cherry is a nice wood to burn and will give a good scent in an open fire. Got the father-in-laws Cherry tree, which fell over in the summer, seasoning for the winter after next.

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4 hours ago, Ravelin said:

. One of the few disadvantages of living in the countryside, especially at this time of the year, is the 'interesting' state of the minor roads as muck gets dragged off the fields. 

The farm here is fairly small in todays terms and is served by internal tracks so we do very little road work but todays large scale units have very large tractors which complete their fieldwork very rapidly and then have to race along the roads to their next field .In so doing it seems they are more often on the road than in the field They have been built with this in mind with their 50 and 60  km/hour gearboxes. These huge tractor tyres are notorious for spreading mud everywhere especially in such a wet autumn/winter as we have had. Often feel that its bad PR for farming seeing all this mud on the road when a powered road brush would be just a few thousand pounds compared to the hundreds of thousands spent on these big tractors

Currently clear and 2c with a  ground frost out of the wind

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5 hours ago, Ravelin said:

Decent day here. Bit of a breeze but not too strong, largely cloudless therefore sunny, temp on the cool side but OK to be working outside with just a hoodie on over a t-shirt. 

Just 'washed' my wife and my cars. Should get an extra couple of mpg out of them now as they'll be significantly lighter if the amount of muck that flowed off them is anything to go by. One of the few disadvantages of living in the countryside, especially at this time of the year, is the 'interesting' state of the minor roads as muck gets dragged off the fields. 

For general info (I'm sure NL will be aware of this):

Under section 95 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 a person commits an offence if they:

  • are in charge of a vehicle on a road
  • allow a quantity of ‘mud, clay, farmyard manure, or other material (of whatever nature) from the vehicle (or carried on the vehicle) to drop onto or be deposited on the road which would create, or be likely to create, a danger or substantial inconvenience to road users, and
  • fail to remove the material as soon as reasonably practicable.

There are similar provisions in English law.

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7 hours ago, Sceptical said:

As long as both are seasoned properly, both are good. Theres plenty of Elm being sold thanks to Durch elm disease.

The best hardwoods for burning are Oak, Ash and beech.

I've had elm in the past and found it was unsplittable so if it's being offered in big, seasoned rounds, DON'T buy unless you have a hydraulic splitter on a PTO.  My favourite woods are ash and sycamore, both really easy to split and quick to dry.

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3 hours ago, Northernlights said:

The farm here is fairly small in todays terms and is served by internal tracks so we do very little road work but todays large scale units have very large tractors which complete their fieldwork very rapidly and then have to race along the roads to their next field .In so doing it seems they are more often on the road than in the field They have been built with this in mind with their 50 and 60  km/hour gearboxes. These huge tractor tyres are notorious for spreading mud everywhere especially in such a wet autumn/winter as we have had. Often feel that its bad PR for farming seeing all this mud on the road when a powered road brush would be just a few thousand pounds compared to the hundreds of thousands spent on these big tractors

Currently clear and 2c with a  ground frost out of the wind

Makes life very interesting as a biker...

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Husband swears his head off about the messy roads here but I think myself that farmers have enough to do without sweeping the roads as well.

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Morning all!

The calm before the storm...

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Some decent wind gusts expected.

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Interesting week of weather ahead...severe gales, torrential downpours and snow above 200/300 meters around these parts. 

Have a good day!

Edited by Mr Frost

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It's a gorgeous morning here but very icy:

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We'll get a bit of a blow and a splash later before more widespread ice tonight. Quite a few folk on my Facebook who live locally are posting up about Storm Brendan when the biggest risk they've got to face in the next 24 hours is the ice.

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The central belt wind funnel quite evident on that last chart Mr Frost . Makes me wonder why it isn’t included in the warning today. Not as severe as the Firth of Clyde area by any means but given the risk to transport and the population affected, a wee yellow warning may have brought home the need to take some care. Unless part of their thinking is connected to the expected tides perhaps - surprised ScotRail haven’t pulled the plug on the Ardrossan service during high tide already today.

We’ll see how it pans out of course. I’ll be in Edinburgh most of the day and will be travelling back during the evening rush. I’d expect things should be fine enough for travel, but I reckon Glasgow area will get it worse.

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Frosty and not a breath of wind here, 4c apparently but feels much cooler. Not sure we will see too strong winds through here. Models still trending cold and frosty next week although not snowy for those who live at a standard height. 

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35 minutes ago, Glaswegianblizzard said:

The central belt wind funnel quite evident on that last chart Mr Frost . Makes me wonder why it isn’t included in the warning today. Not as severe as the Firth of Clyde area by any means but given the risk to transport and the population affected, a wee yellow warning may have brought home the need to take some care. Unless part of their thinking is connected to the expected tides perhaps - surprised ScotRail haven’t pulled the plug on the Ardrossan service during high tide already today.

Indeed mate! It is a strange one - Glasgow city centre could see gusts of 50mph (between 15:00/16:00) if these charts come off.

I have the day off work so I’m debating walking down the coast a bit (Lunderston Bay - 40 minutes walk from my house or even go a bit further along) to experience a bit of weather action at last! It has been a quiet Winter with regards to severe gale events - today the most extreme so far with gusts of 60 to 65mph just down the road. (Much higher over to the Western Isles)

We shall see how it all turns out. 

Edit: @CatchMyDrift I think he just means the speed increasing through the high rise buildings/narrow streets of Glasgow City Centre ect ect - wind direction switching between SSE/S/SSW in Glasgow urban areas thus a wee bit of a funnel increase. (Although I could be talking dog biscuits and he means nothing of the sort/has a totally different meaning) 😀

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18 minutes ago, Glaswegianblizzard said:

The central belt wind funnel quite evident on that last chart Mr Frost . Makes me wonder why it isn’t included in the warning today. Not as severe as the Firth of Clyde area by any means but given the risk to transport and the population affected, a wee yellow warning may have brought home the need to take some care. Unless part of their thinking is connected to the expected tides perhaps - surprised ScotRail haven’t pulled the plug on the Ardrossan service during high tide already today.

We’ll see how it pans out of course. I’ll be in Edinburgh most of the day and will be travelling back during the evening rush. I’d expect things should be fine enough for travel, but I reckon Glasgow area will get it worse.

It's a southerly wind with gusts up to 60mph, not sure how it is getting funnelled?

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I think It's going to get very busy in here this week with the snow starved UK looking for any signs of winter

I for one am excited to see those of you in the favoured location and with elevation posting some snowy pics...please post some snowy pics! lol

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3 hours ago, mardatha said:

Husband swears his head off about the messy roads here but I think myself that farmers have enough to do without sweeping the roads as well.

Actually hiring a road sweeper when you farm on an industrial scale is small beer. Even a rotary brush on a telescopic loader bucket is not that expensive. You know its getting bad when some of your smaller farming neighbours complain about the slurry spilt onto the road which could be meassured in inches and left a lingering smell and sticky layer on their cars.And Ciel is right it is illegal but enforcement is poor.

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