Secret Scotland

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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.

30/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Inversnecky wit nails it again – this time, winter!

I’ve mentioned some of the fun shared from the Aberdeen’s Inversnecky cafe sandwich board in the past.

This time, they’ve nailed the departure of this year’s winter, or the Beast from the East.

Nice 🙂

Inversencky Winter

Inversencky Winter

17/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ding Dong! The Beast is Dead!

I was putting together some notes elsewhere, and happened to collate some of the data from my own weather station.

I’d been waiting to see what the wind direction looked liked before, during, and after The Beast from East had done its thing and made the past couple of weeks downright miserable for some.

My own gripe was how it somehow manages to inflict a heft dose of various varieties of cold and flu on me virtually the first day it hit – before the media started to report on it.

These symptoms stayed with me for the entire period (and are still lingering) which meant I didn’t even get the chance to go out for a little wander and get some endearing snow-covered pics. All I got was the opportunity to look at others.

Anyway, the plot below shows our usual prevailing westerly wind at the start of February, around 250 degrees or so, and how it changed firmly to an easterly, around 50 degrees, and has now left that behind and is returning the west, as usually driven by the Jet Stream.

Ignore the random scatter, this is just a side effect of calmer spells with little or no wind, when the wind direction sensor just flops around aimlessly with any odd gust.

Beastly Wind Direction

Beastly Wind Direction

08/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment


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