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Midge forecasts back for 2012

This year has seen predictions of either a bumper or a lean year for that scourge of walkers, the Scottish midge. Once again the Scottish Midge Forecast will be providing forecasts of the level of midges in each area to help you plan your outdoor trips.

Now in its seventh year, the Midge Forecast uses actual midge catch data recorded from special traps combined with weather forecast data from the MeteoGroup.

The Midge Forecast says, “Since it was first trialled in 2004, the midge forecasting system has proven to be as accurate as other established forecasts such sun and pollen indexes.

“As the forecast uses historical midge catch data – which is continuously verified with catch and weather data from a network of midge-collection traps and Skye Instruments mini-weather stations – it can forecast midge activity for any part of Scotland as far ahead as weather forecast data is available.”

The forecast is available online and also via an iPhone app. The current forecast is for negligible levels of midges in most areas apart from some small areas with a forecast for low and moderate levels in the Fort William and Lochaber area.

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