Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Are we in for a wet summer?

25th June 2007

I have been looking at BBC Weather’s Monthly Outlook and it looks as if low pressure will control July’s weather with nary a blocking anticyclone in sight. It might cheer up in August but any spell of dry weather, however short-lived, would be welcome for a longer hillwalking outing. I am still pondering ideas but, on the basis of the expected weather, one can only hope two or three days away. Still, we haven’t done too badly so far this year and there’s hope for more yet. 2004 as a whole was memorably short on sunshine but I came lucky with a few July days in Scotland’s West Highlands, encountering only one really grotty day and I needed a rest then anyway after walking from Oban to Glen Noe on the day before. So, dry weather walking opportunities haven’t been derailed, merely rescheduled. I’m sure that I’ll make something of what we get anyway…

P.S. The BBC’s newfangled weather charts extend out to five days rather than the previous two or three, making the site more useful again and there are certain advantages to having the new weather graphics.

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