Inverailort, Scotland

Posted: October 1, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

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No WMO ID
Inverailort, Scotland (nearby Inverailort House, alternate names Inverailort Castle; Lochailort; H Q Commando Special Training Centre; HMS Lochailort; The Big House, surprisingly a web search unearths a lot of information)

Holds 4 national highest temperature records

56.87198509868763,-5.670448073925957
Altitude 6 metres.

Estimated Class 4/5 dependent on shadow from hill to the south, rises to summit An Stac (770m) at 2.4km. My estimate is foothill exceeds 20 degree elevation. Without a shadow is a poorly exposed Class 3, up to 7 degree shadow Class 4, above 20 degree, Class 5.

UHI, local wall and road, distance none.

Highest daily maximum temperature records — Scotland
April 27.2 °C 17 April 2003 Inverailort (Highland)

Highest daily minimum temperature records — Scotland
April 15.2 °C 15 April 2007 Inverailort (Highland)
May 17.4 °C 30 May 2009 Inverailort (Highland)
October 16.1 °C
= 1 October 1908 Edinburgh (Blackford Hill)
= 13 October 1949 Nairn (Highland)
= 4 October 1959 Kinloch (Isle of Rhum)
= 9 October 1995 Inverailort (Highland)

Highest daily minimum temperature records — United Kingdom
April 15.2 °C
= 15 April 2007 Inverailort (Highland)
= 23 April 2011 Eastbourne (East Sussex) (more on this shortly)

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/extremes

Data is claimed from 1944 but there is no chance this location would be visited daily for readings but there is a military facility nearby. Suspect several station moves.

The Google Streetview images even show a personal tree south side of the screen.

The exposure is terrible including a stone wall sea loch side. The Met Office know it is a bad site
“01-07-1982 Current INSTRUMENTATION DCNN 0542: MUCH GRASS MIN DATA MADE VERSION 0 IN MIDAS POOR EXPOSURE LEADS TO VERY LOW VALUES” an unusual comment.

[should have added, panorama created by Hugin from 11 stills. The visible cuts and joins, fuzzy parts are produced by Google Streetview which given the circumstances, moving vehicle doing all around is a tribute to human ingenuity, should not be criticised either]

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