Snow on Ben Nevis in recent years

The website has a webcam that’s permanently pointed at Ben Nevis. It also holds rather cleverly an archive of images from the same month and day from previous four years, so I thought that I would put together a collage to see how the amount of snow on the Ben differ in late April in 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021. The image for 2018 was too glary to include but did show extensive snow on the top. I reckon the extent of the snow this year is much less than last years because much of the snow that fell this year came out of the north or northeast and western Scotland missed a lot of that. If I remember correctly the winter of 2018/19 was dominated by months of a strong west southwesterly flow so that explains why there’s very little snow in that image. The miraculous thing about all these images is that you can see the Ben at all, in my experience it’s shrouded in cloud at least half the time.

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