Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Our wonderful weather

I try to avoid simple weather posts, they’re just too easy to make if you live in Scotland.

But, when there is a point, they can be interesting.

Scots probably still remember this year’s Beast from the East and, if not too diverted by the festivities, may have noticed a Met Office alert to the effect that similar upper atmospheric conditions are already stacking up NOW, and might bring a similar freezing wave, only none months later.

The good, or bad, news is that they simply can’t tell if all the elements will combine to repeat the phenomenon, and that they’ll only be able to see this happen a week or two in advance.

Some years ago, our winters had become very different, and I recall one trip made to the Isle of Bute on 31 December (I used to play ‘Catch the last ferry’ in those days, as they don’t run at the start of the year – miss it, and you’re stuck there) to catch some of the geocaches planted there. It was so warm I dump my jacket, and was climbing around the island in a jumper.

Meantime, consider I’m writing this on a balmy Sunday morning with 11.3°C showing on the outdoor thermometer, on 29 December 2018, and took the pic below in Glasgow on the 28th.

Glasgow 28 December 2018

Glasgow 28 December 2018

Let’s look a little closer at one detail, as seen from the Observation Gallery of the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green.

People's Palace Picnic

People’s Palace Picnic

It was actually colder yesterday, probably closer to 8 or 9°C.

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Dec 30, 2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | ,

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