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  • Location: West Aberdeenshire
  • Location: West Aberdeenshire

    Garden thermometer showing -11 at midday. Seems pointless hanging out the washing.

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
  • Location: NH7256
    18 minutes ago, Sceptical said:

    Garden thermometer showing -11 at midday. Seems pointless hanging out the washing.

    Funny you should say that. We've carried on hanging it out in the last couple of weeks and found it drying.  It does go under a sort of cover (extension of a corrugated plastic roof of a wood shed) though. It's been drying better than much warmer but wetter weather in the autumn.

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  • Location: NH7256
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  • Location: NH7256
    9 minutes ago, Sceptical said:

    Honestly no, if only for the sake of the wildlife. The deer must be enduring a wretched time. 

    Too many deer anyway. The only way the estates maintain excessive populations is by winter feeding.

    Roe deer in the woods are too numerous as well but they're more able to find food in these conditions.

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  • Location: Newburgh(Aberdeenshire)
  • Location: Newburgh(Aberdeenshire)

    Does anyone know what the craic about snow in the northeast is tonight?? Is there a small feature giving us a final hooraaah before the melt sets in?

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
  • Location: NH7256
    23 minutes ago, Norrance said:

    Can't compare with Braemar but I think these are the first icicles I can remember on the house since 2010/11.

    Walked down to the chemist in Invergowrie for a prescription for my wife and found that the pavement plough/gritter had been. So where did this woman who had just cleared her drive put her snow?

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    Still -5C here but there is a bit warmth in the sun so feels very nice out.

    I was really surprised that we got down to below -11C  here this morning as between 4pm and 10pm the temperature didn't change at -0.5C. The Easterly must have stopped shortly after though as by midnight we were -4.5C. 

    Still pleasantly surprised how much further it dropped by morning.

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  • Location: aberdeen 65m
  • Weather Preferences: Snow in winter Sun in summer
  • Location: aberdeen 65m
    10 minutes ago, jon_d1983 said:

    Does anyone know what the craic about snow in the northeast is tonight?? Is there a small feature giving us a final hooraaah before the melt sets in?

    Snow showers possible tonight and tomorrow a yellow weather warning was issued earlier ,not expecting much really but will wait and see.

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  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, and lots of it
  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)

    Got down to -6.7 here in Morningside last night! 

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  • Location: Dundee
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunderstorms, gales. All extremes except humidity.
  • Location: Dundee

    Still -4C but has clouded over. Do not think that there is any precipitation in them but if there is marginality should not be a problem! 
    Some nice ice pancakes in the river Tay at Aberfeldy this morning. Unusual in such a usually fast flowing bit.

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  • Location: West Aberdeenshire
  • Location: West Aberdeenshire
    35 minutes ago, Hairy Celt said:

    Too many deer anyway. The only way the estates maintain excessive populations is by winter feeding.

    Roe deer in the woods are too numerous as well but they're more able to find food in these conditions.

    Prior to the winter of 09/10, the estate i live on embarked on a sizeable cull. The amount of complaints from drivers who had been in accidents with deer was ridiculous. Then winter 09/10 had its say on deer population.

    Numbers locally have never recovered since. 

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  • Location: Cumbernauld
  • Location: Cumbernauld

    Got out the street today after digging the cars out yesterday . Came back in and then got stuck some lovely neighbours pushed me back in. Showing 3oc in the car but definitely below freezing and yes it’s also the first time I’ve seen iceicles since 2010

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  • Location: Dundee
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunderstorms, gales. All extremes except humidity.
  • Location: Dundee
    5 minutes ago, CatchMyDrift said:

    Any temp reading that's not from an official site needs to be taken with a huge pinch of salt. As you say the height is a big issue but anything that's not taken from an open space will also cause anomalous readings. A back garden will be its own wee frost hollow especially if the thermometer is set too low. 

    I used to compare my readings with Mylnefield which is an official site and handy at around a mile and a half SW of me. Unfortunately a few years ago they stopped continuous daily readings and now only give weekly and monthly summaries. My screened Oregon usually had fairly similar readings to their site usually at least within 1C.

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  • Location: aberdeen 65m
  • Weather Preferences: Snow in winter Sun in summer
  • Location: aberdeen 65m

    Ian's not a cold ramper but reading between the lines a reload of an easterly can't be ruled out.ignore the local details for his area 

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  • Location: West Aberdeenshire
  • Location: West Aberdeenshire

    How the Met Office measure temperature.

     

    Measuring temperature

    Temperature is a measure of how much heat energy something has; when measuring the weather we usually want to know the temperature of the air.

    To measure temperature we use a thermometer, you probably have one of these at home for taking your temperature when you are feeling poorly. We used to use thermometers that had mercury in them, but all of these are no longer used as mercury is dangerous if it were to leak out or the thermometer was to break. Instead we now use digital thermometers or alcohol thermometers.

    To measure the temperature accurately we keep our thermometer a Stevenson screens. This is a white box with slats in it to allow air to flow through the box. Stevenson screens face north, which combined with their colour and slats, give us the best measure of the current temperature, without getting too hot in direct sunlight or being too cool in the shade

    Stevenson screen.

     

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  • Location: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland 20m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms
  • Location: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland 20m ASL

    Minimum overnight temperatures for me were -5.8C / -7.2C DP I’ve said before but it usually takes an effort to get frosts here and been at this house since 2014 only the 2018 beast and possibly one or two other nights have got down to that temperature. Think the line of showers could reach eastern Fife.

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  • Location: Scottish Borders (SE) 150m/492ft
  • Weather Preferences: Lightning, Snow
  • Location: Scottish Borders (SE) 150m/492ft

    OK let's start with Wednesday's Timelapse, which surprisingly still has quite a bit of snow in it.

    Right now we move on to minimums - 

    We reached -13.9C at 7:52am and our cold record is -14.5C at 8:49am on 3rd Dec 2010

    It is currently -1C, and the max today was 0.2C at 12:50pm.

    (The DWP have officially released a cold weather payment for the TD10 area using the Charterhall station for reference)

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