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Just had a very interesting drive home from Portree. Brendan beginning to bare his teeth. Biggest wind gust so far 40mph at 11.11. Worse to come. I am now bedded in by the fire with tea and scone and strawberry jam. Lights have flickered a few times since 11 0'clock when I got home. A day of knitting and puzzler magazines I think. At least it isn't cold or raining....yet! See you on the other side. 🌪️🌀

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On 12/01/2020 at 11:01, bigsnow said:

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

MAD thread foaming at the mouth again. Winter 1947 being touted and that's before Scotland is "buried with snow" this week.

What could possibly go wrong 🙄

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Looks like the worst of Brendan will pass through the central belt between 2pm and 4pm, i think the upper gusts might have been underestimated a bit as it's already reaching about 45 mph.

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Ah well, the canoe which was securely tied down in my garden  now resides in my neighbours croft where it will stay until later this week when the winds die down.

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40 minutes ago, Sceptical said:

MAD thread foaming at the mouth again. Winter 1947 being touted and that's before Scotland is "buried with snow" this week.

What could possibly go wrong 🙄

Is that Mirror And Daily Express??😎

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7 minutes ago, matty40s said:

Is that Mirror And Daily Express??😎

But, what you pessimists fail to appreciate, is that 'the next 1947' has been 'just around the corner' since...1948!😢

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1 hour ago, Sceptical said:

MAD thread foaming at the mouth again. Winter 1947 being touted and that's before Scotland is "buried with snow" this week.

What could possibly go wrong 🙄

I am all for the current enthusiasm and positivity in the MOD thread - has been a bleak Winter for cold/snow prospects so far. (It’s good to see some snowy charts showing in the later stages of runs - severely lacking in recent times)

Plus reading the same negative stuff from the same five members everyday since December was beginning to grind my gears.

As for Scotland being buried in snow this week...unless you live up a mountain that won’t be happening.

Let’s be honest...last Winter was a disaster for cold/snow...this Winter has been no different.

We are all in the same boat with regards to the above. (UK and Ireland)

The majority of members on this forum and in this Scottish thread have not seen a snowflake this Winter and barely seen one last Winter - above 200 meters is the place to be for snowfall (400 meters for sustained snow cover)

Hopefully end of January/February or even March delivers a widespread lowland snowfall event - although it seems to be harder to achieve nowadays!

It has been a tough gig being a snow/cold lover since the BFTE in February/March 2018 - it’s been crap since! 😀

I am off to enjoy Scotland’s bog standard Winter weather...wind, rain and a temperature of 8c! 😁

Ah to live in Lapland.

 

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3 hours ago, CatchMyDrift said:

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

Aye okay maybe it isn’t then. My impression was that the geography of the central belt made it conducive to amplifying wind events. The chart that was posted showed a strip of land with higher gusts than the areas around it, which mainly corresponded to the Glasgow-Edinburgh corridor. 

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The weather station says its 5.6c but its blowing a hoolie out there and it feels well below freezing thanks to the wind chill.

Wind really picked up in the last half hour, very gusty - this looks like being a damaging storm.

Dry at the moment though suspect that will not last long.

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2 minutes ago, Quinach said:

The weather station says its 5.6c but its blowing a hoolie out there and it feels well below freezing thanks to the wind chill.

Wind really picked up in the last half hour, very gusty - this looks like being a damaging storm.

Dry at the moment though suspect that will not last long.

I just arrived back home and that wind is cold. The hive controller inside the house was reading 9C.

Currently 5C, wind increasing and rain not far away.

The Met Office have yellow warnings out for parts of Scotland tomorrow - ice and snow.

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Wet and windy day here our highest gust so far has been 50mph. Out in the Western Isles a gust of 95mph was reported at the Drimore road weather station at 12.40pm!

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30 minutes ago, Glaswegianblizzard said:

Aye okay maybe it isn’t then. My impression was that the geography of the central belt made it conducive to amplifying wind events. The chart that was posted showed a strip of land with higher gusts than the areas around it, which mainly corresponded to the Glasgow-Edinburgh corridor. 

The usual funnelling for the Central Belt is in a westerly, like last Tuesday. The winds rattle in off the Atlantic and zoom through the lower parts (less friction than the mountains) west to east. Often hits the A1 badly. Picking up a bit here now in East Lothian

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SEPA Warnings today and tomorrow 

"Storm Brendan will bring strong winds, creating storm surges and high waves over the next two days.

The combination of high spring tides and sustained winds will create an unusual and dangerous combination of tide, storm surge and inshore waves. There is a risk of coastal flooding of road and rail routes in all Scotland’s coastal areas. We are placing a particular focus on communities around the Ayrshire coast, Oban, Lochaber (Fort William, Corpach, Coal), the Western Isles, Orkney, and the east Caithness coast." 

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Just been out for a lunchtime walk in Greenock. Certainly wet but winds are nothing of note yet. I had expected it to be a bit blustery by now at least.

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15 hours ago, Hairy Celt said:

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.

Absolutely agreed.

You can't go wrong with seasoned ash. I can burn it in the stove for days, no smoke at the flue top and the stove glass remains soot free. I never have to clean the stove glass.

 

Crystal clear.

The neighbours stoves down the road belch white/grey smoke non stop. Christ knows what they're burning.

 

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1 hour ago, Mr Frost said:

As for Scotland being buried in snow this week...unless you live up a mountain that won’t be happening.

Looks like the Great Glen will be the sweet spot @West Highland Storm get yer sledge oot! Foot + of snow in best spots, looks like my punt for Dalwhinnie wont be a bad bet either nmm_uk1-45-36-0.thumb.png.12adfec224dfdb3d15b75df082806b4a.png Possibility of some thunder for the western isles too. 

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Pretty wild out there now, found someone's bin in the garden and there are branches and other debris on the roads.

Rain and  5C.

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Craigievar castle Alford on a winter's day. The Disney fairytale castle was inspired by Craigievar.

 

 

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Cloud has been thickening and wind increasing gradually all day. 6C now up from 2C earlier this morning. Wind already gusting and starting to blow things around. It was food bin day around here today and already there are quite a number blown down the street. 
A threatening sky now with the trees swaying in the wind.
 

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Wow it's a bit blustery out there.. 

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3 minutes ago, bigsnow said:

Wow it's a bit blustery out there.. 

Wouldn't be surprised if the power gets cut out here. 

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54 minutes ago, Jo Farrow said:

The usual funnelling for the Central Belt is in a westerly, like last Tuesday. The winds rattle in off the Atlantic and zoom through the lower parts (less friction than the mountains) west to east. Often hits the A1 badly. Picking up a bit here now in East Lothian

The wind direction on Tuesday was SWly:

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The section of the A1 which was closed runs almost directly west to east, so it was more likely an effect off the Lammermuirs than any "funnel". I remain to be convinced that any real funnel exists, for example the M8 is at sea level in Glasgow then takes the lowest route west-east which tops out at 260m near Harthill. Hills to the north and south are 300m+. There's plenty of friction to disrupt/affect the wind.

I've never seen wind readings which would back up any claims of a "Forth-Clyde valley funnel" effect but happy to be proved wrong. 

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25 minutes ago, CatchMyDrift said:

The wind direction on Tuesday was SWly:

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The section of the A1 which was closed runs almost directly west to east, so it was more likely an effect off the Lammermuirs than any "funnel". I remain to be convinced that any real funnel exists, for example the M8 is at sea level in Glasgow then takes the lowest route west-east which tops out at 260m near Harthill. Hills to the north and south are 300m+. There's plenty of friction to disrupt/affect the wind.

I've never seen wind readings which would back up any claims of a "Forth-Clyde valley funnel" effect but happy to be proved wrong. 

Indeed and the Met Office did not issue a wind warning on Tuesday for the Central Belt of the Scotland. The A1 must have been affected by the SW wind bouncing over the Lammermuirs under certain (stable?) atmospheric conditions. 

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Horrendous up here, awful - wind screaming and howling round the hoose.

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