Scotland

Todays anomalies & windchill

The BBC weathercasters are already making a play about how high the windchill factor will be across England and Wales on Sunday, so I thought I’d just make a point in saying that there’s also a strong wind chill across Scotland today. But of course that’s not very...

Cloud busting

Hopefully the stubborn cloud that’s been plaguing the northwest of Scotland for the last five days will finally start to break up in situ as high pressure builds down from the northwest. I say breakup because I don’t think that the frontal system that’s responsible for it is...

Wet, wet, wet

The models are predicting a wet start to the week across western Scotland, particularly on the Outer isles and Skye. The totals don’t look quite as dire in the 00 UTC run of the GFS as the 100 to 125 mm predicted in the yellow warning from the...

Rain shadow magic

Estimates from weather radar suggest that there has between 60 to 75 mm of precipitation since midnight across the mountains of NW Scotland. The rain shadow effect has been in overdrive for much of the day here in Scotland and so accumulations further east have been mollified by...

Third consecutive frost

Three consecutive air frosts up here in the Highland which I don’t think this has happened in this part of the world all winter and goes to show just how mobile it’s been. The frost was severe at Altnaharra, getting down to -7.3°C, but frost prone spots across...

Make that four

This is the fourth day of sunshine and light winds across the Highlands, it’s been cold by night with frosts at night, but mild and sunny by day. It’s a real tonic after enduring such a wet February of raw winds and snow that never seemed to want...

Contrasting fortunes for Scottish ski resorts

Temperature during February across the high ground of central and northern Scotland were in stark contrast to the extremely mild conditions of last year when temperatures on the 14th reached 14.5°C. This year 24 hour mean temperatures on Cairngorm have remained below zero since the last week in...

Disparity

The Met Office have been quite good with their snow warnings over Scotland for the last couple of weeks but not so today.

Impacts and probabilities of tomorrow’s snow

Now that we are less than 18 hours from the possibility of any snow falling, surely their mesoscale model which they run every hour, has now come up with a definitive answer about how much snow will fall?

The great Oz has spoken!

The Met Office have finally sprung into action and have this morning, and rather belatedly in my opinion when compared to their hair trigger like response in the naming of storms Ciara and Dennis, issued a yellow warning for strong winds across Scotland for Monday.

Heavy snow strands drivers overnight on M74

To be fair to the Met Office I did think the yellow warning mentioned the possibility of 15 cm of snow above 300 M which would have been enough to block the M74 at the Beattock summit.