I've spent the week in Applecross, and apart from 2 days the weather has been amazing. 30° on the Bealach Na Ba pass...the highest road in UK.
Here temperature wise it's like being in some Mediterranean island close to Africa like Sicily, Malta, Creta during the summer in recent years, in the 1961-1990 CLINO June had a monthly mean maximum of +26,5°C, the average of last decade (2001-2010) was already +30,5°C and in this decade we had already seven June over 31°C with the other two at +29,8°C and +28,7°C, July and August were around 30°C (+30,3°C and +29,6°C) in the 1961-1990 CLINO, jumped to +32,6°C and +33,2°C in the last decade and in recent years is rare to have one below 34°C. Now you can even have May and September warmer than how were July and August.Fergoose said:It's been really good in Scotland for a few years now in my experience. Changes in global temperatures appear to mean that we get the wet, warm and windy weather of the gulf stream (from the west) less frequently, and instead get calmer, drier weather systems from the north, east and south more often. Still enough wind to power the country unaided and still plenty rain from time to time, but everything's relative.
Plants in my garden have been dying, even in winter, due to a lack of moisture. Which is unprecedented. Give it ten years and maybe even the midges will feel the pinch.
I attribute it to the collective idiocy of humanity, but Scotland is one of the few (only?) places where it is improving things. 32 degrees celsius last week remains extremely unusual and we dont get the longer heatwaves that the nordic countries seem to now be getting at similar latitudes (?)
I've been keeping an eye on Hurricane Dorian over the past few days, the pictures from the Bahamas right now look very scary with the 150mps winds. Hopefully all in Florida are ok and the same when it makes its way North towards Georgia and the Carolinas.Well we have a hurricane headed this way. It appears to have started to turn so it's not going to make landfall in Florida. The turn appears to have it possibly make landfall in South Carolina or possibly just stay off the coast. Either way we'll be getting rain and wind from it. As long as it goes through in one day we should (yes should) be alright. The biggest issue with the one here last year was it made landfall here (the eye about an hour and a half north of here) and just stayed here dumping rain for like 3 days and flooding everything. Oh and the area has not fully recovered from that hurricane. Due to where it's coming from it can't make a direct hit here due to the way the coastline is. In the latest forecast it appears that this coming week (Thursday) it will make a glancing blow including a brief landfall in the county north of where I live. The very good news is that it appears to be a fast moving storm and will be gone within 24 hours of when it shows up here. Hopefully the forecasts are correct that the winds will be at 110mph or lower. Of course two years in a row a hurricane during the middle of la Vuelta.
That's great to hear, Koronin!Just an update. Got home today and other than our stereo system not working properly (no idea why) everything needs to be in good shape. A few smaller branches from a tree landed on our storage shed. That appears to be the extent of the damage. All our other electronics are working fine, including the lamp I had left on. Just strange with the stereo, which was off when I left.
That's great to hear, Koronin!
Glad your property is still in order, except for that stereo system, of course. What a bizarre thing... might have been some miscommunication between the storm and the microchips in it. Or some such.