Scottish weather has me freaked out!

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby Paulatic » 6 Aug 2015, 4:45pm

Good luck, the weather has improved too. I've got my shorts on.
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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby iviehoff » 7 Aug 2015, 9:07am

irc wrote:
iviehoff wrote:
irc wrote:This year is the coldest summer in Scotland since 1998 and also far wetter than average in many areas.

What that graphic actually shows is that the west and north of Scotland has had fairly normal rainfall, the additional rain has been in the lowland belt and the east.


Which is why I said "far wetter than average in many areas". Which part of that is wrong?

I wasn't contradicting you. I was just observing that the areas of Scotland of most interest to cycle tourists do not actually appear to have been unusually wet this past July.

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby stephenjubb » 7 Aug 2015, 10:07pm

Jimstar79 wrote: A rest day to me is relaxing in nice weather, hopefully/wishfully sunbathing, sitting around drinking coffee and reading a good book, whilst swatting midgies!


:lol: :mrgreen:

I don't think you'll be swatting them! more like running away from the little buggers unless you have repellent or netting!!!

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby maxcherry » 7 Aug 2015, 10:31pm

I hear they are notorious for carrying fully loaded cyclist back to their lair :shock:
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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby Jon Lucas » 8 Aug 2015, 3:22pm

iviehoff wrote:What that graphic actually shows is that the west and north of Scotland has had fairly normal rainfall, the additional rain has been in the lowland belt and the east.


I was just observing that the areas of Scotland of most interest to cycle tourists do not actually appear to have been unusually wet this past July.[/quote]

However they have had an unusually wet year altogether. If you look at each month this year, it has been either average or much wetter in all areas of western Scotland. May in particular, which is normally western Scotland's driest month, was exceptionally wet. The wettest areas seem to have been Argyllshire and the far north-west.

And remember that the average rainfall totals in western Scotland are many times higher than those in the east or in most parts of England.

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby rannochraider » 8 Aug 2015, 3:40pm

The rain has certainly been a right pain in the butt this year but the wind has been far worse! It has hardly stopped blowing since last November. The combination of both has made Scotland's great outdoors a pretty unpleasant place to be. Worse news is, the weather has had no effect whatsoever on the midgies ! They are thriving and are active the very second there is a drop in the wind. Rain doesn't bother them. :shock:

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby robing » 8 Aug 2015, 4:07pm

I think we were incredibly lucky when we did Dover to Cape Wrath in the heatwave of July 2013. It was hot right up until the far north of Scotland. The hottest day was I think in Dumfries and Galloway. The white beaches of the west coast of Scotland were like the Caribbean. And due to the extreme heat, midges were noticeable by their absence. The horseflies, or 'clegs' though were out in force and I got loads of bites.

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby eileithyia » 8 Aug 2015, 10:03pm

Good Luck.
I would have ditched at least one short sleeved top (and would be wearing one so only 2 packed) only had one long sleeved top, plus a couple of arm warmers that turn a short sleeve into a long sleeve....
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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby Elizabeth_S » 8 Aug 2015, 10:41pm

Um, can I point out that I had a week in Orkney in July and it was dry and I got sunburn (I didn't take the bike as the forecast was bad) and I've just had a week near Aviemore (walking) and it was dry (daytimes) also and even warm at times. It is true it is cold and it has rained allot, but not everywhere and not all the time. Cleggs are bad though.

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby eileithyia » 9 Aug 2015, 10:08am

Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....
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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby gloomyandy » 9 Aug 2015, 1:43pm

For the last 18 years or so I've been heading up to North West Scotland in May to either walk or in recent years cycle. This year was not good! My planned trip was Skye, the West coast and the Hebrides. I gave up after 4 days, had to change plans due to cancelled ferries, got totally battered by the wind and the forecast was showing worse to come! Oh and it was cold, made touring no fun at all, couldn't even stop for any length of time due to the cold wind. I was camping and the prospect of having to sit out bad weather in my small tent did not appeal at all.

We returned (to Islay) in July for a week. This time we had a holiday cottage as a base, and although it was still pretty windy (most days) and wet (for three days), we managed to get out on the bikes every day. Being able to retreat back to the cottage (and watch the progress of the TdF every night) made a huge difference.

Good luck to anyone touring up there at the moment (especially if you are camping). I'll be keeping an eye on the weather in September and may try and dash back up for a short tour then!

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby Elizabeth_S » 9 Aug 2015, 3:12pm

eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....


They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby largeallan » 10 Aug 2015, 9:03am

On my week long tour of the Western Isles at the start of June, I never felt a midgie apart from camping at lochgilphead on the way to Oban....every other day was so grim, even the midgies stayed at home :)

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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby eileithyia » 10 Aug 2015, 10:00am

Elizabeth_S wrote:
eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....


They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.


:lol: I find Horseflies are painful, irritate a little bit and an hour later there is no sign of a bite.. (I know this is not true for a lot of people) I can still have nasty midge bites hanging around for 2 weeks after i have returned from a trip to midge country, so probably for about 3 weeks in total...... :(
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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Postby robing » 10 Aug 2015, 6:54pm

I read somewhere that midges, though tiny, actually cut a tiny piece of skin away when they feed on you. I'm also a magnet for mosquitoes.