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

    Gosh, Winter 2021/22 has sure started early for some of you guys 😏

    No, this is summer. The Atlantic is giving up, we're drifting back towards Europe.  Bye bye!

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    Windchill of -8 this morning with a low of -3.2 with heavy snow falling, proper powder snow too.

    Well this winter hasn't been one with a lack of snowy pictures,but I suppose it's obligatory to post them even in April.

    Another stunning beautiful spring day here in Ellon. 

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

    Indeed, NL: bugger all's growing down here, either!

    And that's without all the damage that'll inevitably be caused by 'the other thing'!

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  • Location: Rural East Ayrshire 150m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Cold and bright.
  • Location: Rural East Ayrshire 150m asl

    A very brief look out of the window at 05:30 this morning confirmed that the forecast light snow was indeed falling, and was enough to cover the cars completely and even a patchy covering on the ground. Not a significant event but interesting all the same.

    Temperature has climbed to 7.3deg.C up from a minimum of -2.6deg.C at 02:57, humidity is 74%, wind 2 to 4mph northwesterly, pressure is 1006.6hPa steady, there's been 0.6mm of rain equivalent today and cloud cover is 8/8.

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  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl
  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl

    Reminiscing this morning when looking at the depth of snow on the Cawdor hills

    Remember back in 1975 while at agri college in Aberdeen visiting a hill sheep farm at the end of May up at Tomintoul. Thay had had a big blizzard a few days before and while most of the fields were visible the dykes were buried in drifts so about 4 feet depth.  Most of the lambs were a month old and a few had to be dug out of the drifts but losses were not too bad. BLACKFACE SHEEP ARE HARDY WARRIORS.

    This was followed on the 1st of June by snow showers coming in off the North Sea as we sat exams on the sixth floor of the Agri Building

    10 days later I was home making hay at 28c with cloudless skies. It never rained for the rest of the summer and we made tons of hay. Oh for a repeat.

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  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL
  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL

    Seventy second air frost at -2.4C. Covering of snow very early doors, but all gone by 8.30am, was fun going to vote as even the village lower down than me had white cars, grass and roofs.

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
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    Blackfaces are tough buggers, I know that from seeing them on the Lakes fells years ago.

    All we can do is grow our own and hope for the best. Westminster foliticians will f#@* it up for us despite us being a different country. 

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  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, and lots of it
  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
    3 hours ago, Northernlights said:

    Farming press starting to carry stories of seriously delayed crops across the whole of UK  and Europe especially soft fruit  even in tunnels.  Cereal crops  will have to complete their growth stages in 90 days  so reducing potential yields.     Lambing outside  in hilly areas usually delayed purposefully till May for warmer weather is going badly too.  All of this is going  to lead to less production so prices will rise.Mrs Northernlights says prices in the supermarkets are already rising.A perfect storm along with the virus and exporting and importing paperwork delays.

    Curious if you have any links to stories?

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  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, and lots of it
  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
    3 hours ago, 101_North said:

    Heavy wet snow here! Winter continues! 

    Sticking?

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  • Location: Currie, SW Edinburgh, 140m (459ft) asl
  • Location: Currie, SW Edinburgh, 140m (459ft) asl
    28 minutes ago, metallikat34 said:

    Sticking?

    Not since this morning no. Mostly just rain now.

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  • Location: Currie, SW Edinburgh, 140m (459ft) asl
  • Location: Currie, SW Edinburgh, 140m (459ft) asl
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    Heavy hail shower now! Certainly an interesting days weather! 

    Edit: Torrential hail now! Place temporarily white in seconds! 

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  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl
  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl
    1 hour ago, metallikat34 said:

    Curious if you have any links to stories?

    page(1) scottish farmer 6th may.pdf Try this from the Scottish Farmer this week

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  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, and lots of it
  • Location: Morningside, Edinburgh (98m ASL)
    1 hour ago, 101_North said:

    Heavy hail shower now! Certainly an interesting days weather! 

    Edit: Torrential hail now! Place temporarily white in seconds! 

    Rain, sleet and snow all in about 30 miles! (And over lots of varied elevation)

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

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    There was a bit of scud IMG_20210506_165748.thumb.jpg.0452f6eaeedf1eaae1efe8a608f4154a.jpg

    And a later shower looked to be having a shot at developing a gust front IMG_20210506_193251.thumb.jpg.bc8e48f32766e0370f79b0002252bffa.jpgIMG_20210506_193315.thumb.jpg.0b1938285662ad02c3a21b8d7e765abe.jpg

    Hail just before that 

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  • Location: Tullynessle/Inverurie
  • Weather Preferences: Cold and snowy or warm and dry
  • Location: Tullynessle/Inverurie

    Well last Thursday I reported dropping off and picking up my youngest from training in Insch in just about every type of weather both going and returning. This week I left the house and dashed to the car around 8:30 in heavy sleet and 3C.

    The week in between had seen some truly remarkable/awful weather for May. I know it's not that unusual in Scotland to see falling, or lying, snow at the start of May, but the extent and frequency of it must be unusual. That coming off a cold April too.

    I've not really had to cut the grass in the garden yet either, which is quite unusual for it to not need done for so long. Garden is beginning to look a bit greener but it's been very slow process this spring.

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  • Location: Nr Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, 100m ASL
  • Location: Nr Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, 100m ASL
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    After the bonkers weather yesterday, today was a bit of a let down.

    If there was snow overnight, there was nought to see of it when this family woke up.

    Thereafter a nondescript day, bar a sharp hail shower at teatime.

    Mainly cloudy but in the sunnier interludes feeling pleasant enough - temperature edging up a bit as well with a max of 9.1c (currently 2.1c).

    Light to moderate NW/NNW winds, now virtually calm outside.

    Nice fluffy clouds this evening, Scotland does have nice lighting conditions (not the same glaring harsh light you get in lower latitudes).

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    This little Robin has decided to frequent the patio the last couple of days, don't often see them this visible at this time of year.

    Undecided whether or not the fluff ball effect is a reflection of the weather or the sign of a fledgling....

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  • Location: NH7256
  • Weather Preferences: where's my vote?
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    6 hours ago, Northernlights said:

    page(1) scottish farmer 6th may.pdf Try this from the Scottish Farmer this week

    There's a phrase in there - 'heavy raptor predation on sheep'... do you have any insight here? Are they talking about raptor birds (sea eagles carrying away flocks of lambs) or are losses to foxes and badgers included?

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

    After the bonkers weather yesterday, today was a bit of a let down.

    If there was snow overnight, there was nought to see of it when this family woke up.

    Thereafter a nondescript day, bar a sharp hail shower at teatime.

    Mainly cloudy but in the sunnier interludes feeling pleasant enough - temperature edging up a bit as well with a max of 9.1c (currently 2.1c).

    Light to moderate NW/NNW winds, now virtually calm outside.

    Nice fluffy clouds this evening, Scotland does have nice lighting conditions (not the same glaring harsh light you get in lower latitudes).

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    This little Robin has decided to frequent the patio the last couple of days, don't often see them this visible at this time of year.

    Undecided whether or not the fluff ball effect is a reflection of the weather or the sign of a fledgling....

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    Looks like a youngster - not fully developed flight feathers...

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  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl
  • Location: N.E. Scotland South Side Moray Firth 100m asl
    19 minutes ago, Hairy Celt said:

    There's a phrase in there - 'heavy raptor predation on sheep'... do you have any insight here? Are they talking about raptor birds (sea eagles carrying away flocks of lambs) or are losses to foxes and badgers included?

    I think in the Scottish Farmer they are talking about Sea Eagles mostly in the west. They seem to be reporting about a lot of lambs taken by Sea Eagles

    Locally young Mr Northernlights has worked on a sheep farm with 400 breeding ewes and foxes and badgers have been seen to take some lambs but very few as the estate keeper shoots about 50 foxes a year on 10000acre plus estate.

     

    Just for interest we took a run the other night and saw two red deer hinds well below the tree  line on the same estate.Numbers seem to be growing year by year.

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