I don't want to give any "summer is over" posts on this forum even though this seems to how the latest model output is looking at the moment. Even with that though, I can't really complain about how the weather has been today. Earlier on today, I met up with a friend at the botanic gardens in Edinburgh, who was virtually convinced that it was probably going to be raining during that time based on what the forecast was like when that arrangement was made.
However, it was quite a number of days ago when this arrangement was made and as we all know, forecasts and model output tends to be more unreliable the further ahead that we look. Because of that, I knew that there was probably a chance that it wouldn't be raining, so I then explained that to my friend in as non-technical a manner as possible.
As it turned out, my perceptive that it might not rain turned out to be correct. This was a very interesting day out because without even looking for it, I managed to stumble across the very weather station that is situated there, which I use as one of my three local stations on this forum (and one of the two stations which report for on the monthly PW threads). This means that for the first time ever, I can now say that I have seen an actual official weather station and stood right beside it.
As I did so, the Sun shone for quite a large part of the time with the rain radar maps showing not a single bit of rain anywhere near here. That even allowed me to enjoy a meal outdoors at a restaurant which is situated within the gardens. On my way home, there was a bit of thunder and lightning in the distance which I then reported on the convective thread. However, the fact that the rain from that storm missed us meant that I had plenty of time to get home and still keep dry.
Later on, it eventually did rain but by that time, it didn't really matter as I was already back home and well indoors for the rest of the day by that time. The important thing here was the fact that the weather behaved itself during today at the most important time when that mattered the most when I wasn't really expected it to and so, this is a gloat from me rather than a moan.