Mondays snow

A terrific satellite image of northern Scotland and it’s snow cover this lunchtime before it disappeared beneath a veil of thickening cirrus and cirrostratus.

Easterly outlook

The weather in the next ten days looks set to remain cyclonic and very unsettled, with easterly winds across northern parts according to the latest run of the ECMWF model.

MIDAS and the cold day of 12th January 1987

I have previously written about this severe cold snap that occurred in the January of 1987 which I think produced the coldest weather for any week in the whole of the 20th century in England and Wales, if not the whole UK. Back when I wrote that original report, which unfortunately I have since deleted, I hadn’t tapped into the MIDAS climate data from the BADC. So here’s an example from the 12th of January 1987 of the richness of the MIDAS temperature data I generated in one of a suite of applications that I developed last year. As you...

Winter 2017-18 snowiest in five years

The winter of 2017-18 was the snowiest since 2012-13 in Central England according to my calculations of daily EWP and CET. It may have been cold in February and March but there was little in the way of precipitation.

Cold start to May in the north

It’s been quite a cold start to the month of May 2019 and their is a decent snow cover down to 2500 feet on Ben Wyvis in recent days. That’s not so surprising as the 1000-500 hPa partial thickness has been sub 528 Dm for the last week at Lerwick. I think this probably makes it one of the longest such cold spells in the entire winter-spring period of 2018-19. It’s been a long time since I saw snow falling in either October or May but it happened in a year with a comparatively mild winter. Another useful guide to...

No mention of the word snow

Having just listened to the BBC forecast at lunchtime, and then the local forecast for Scotland, there was little or no mention of the word snow. Now I realise that 99.8% of people in eastern Scotland are not going to be the slightest bit bothered about the fact that there is going to be quite a lot of snow today above 500 metres today (see attached forecast), but I did think for people’s safety it is worth a mention. Not all hill walkers are that switched on and would be bothered to read these mountain forecasts from the Met Office,...