The garden is still covered in frost and it’s been a really lovely autumn morning. A walk revealed that Dingwall and the Cromarty firth was full of fog, I can’t say if it started out as radiation fog that drifted out into the firth, or it truly was sea fog that spread inland along the coast. Here in Strathpeffer all was sunny until just after 1 PM when fog (with visibilities of ~100 M and a temperature of 2°C) which had rolled the 5 miles up the strath from Dingwall arrived in a light easterly. You can see the fog quite clearly on the visible satellite image covering the inner Moray firth. I was interested to see if the local BBC forecast from Glasgow would make mention of it and was very surprised when he made no mention of it whatsoever. I say surprised because I know they must have access to the latest satellite imagery, which you would assume Meteogroup provide to all their TV presenters and at a much higher resolution, and also to observational data from places such as Tain and Inverness airport which have both been reporting visibility of 100 M since mid-morning.
Do I have a better idea of what the current weather is doing over Scotland than the BBC presenter has down in Glasgow? It seems that I do – isn’t the internet a wonderful thing! It reminds me of a blog I wrote a couple of years ago about thick fog in our part of Devon which was very close to the M5, and which had escaped the notice of the Met Office just 10 miles down the road in Exeter. They suddenly noticed it themselves and sprang into action issuing a yellow (it may well have been amber) warning. This seems like a case of déjà vu all over again.