Braemar v Altnaharra

I can’t monitor the temperature tonight at Braemar – because the Met Office only allows it’s paying customers to see them, so much for freeing up public data – but I can monitor the hourly temperatures at Altnaharra, thanks to the wonderful OGIMET site in Spain who do cater for keen amateur meteorologists like myself, unlike the UKMO. I did think the minimum last night there could drop below -20°C , and I’m sure if some remnant shower cloud hadn’t rolled in at 04 UTC. Tonight should stay clear but there is a band of snow showers forecast to move southward overnight that might threaten Sutherland tonight. Here is the thermograph for the last three nights which I’ve overlaid for comparison.

They’re up against really tough competition tonight in the form of Braemar, who sit at the bottom of a glen in a perfect frost hollow, and at the moment they have in excess of 70 cm of lovely powdery snow lying. Well you’ve got to say that Braemar are odds on to win this one, it must be -4°C or less at the moment, but there’s still some scattered SC from the left over showers across the east of Aberdeenshire, and the light to moderate E’NE is still blowing late this afternoon. The wind should fall fall out by midnight, though the SC may still be the fly in the ointment that stops Braemar snatching the crown for coldest night since at least 2010 from Altnaharra. I think I’m still going to go with the outsider on this one and hope that the flow country site is the colder.

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