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Diary of Snow Events this Winter

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A Winter's Tale Snow Diary 2015/2016

Friday 13th November - Wet snow shower from the west in the morning - no lying snow
Friday 20th November - Snow from a band from the north late in the day - Lying snow of a brief dusting
Friday 27th November - Snow shower from the west late in the day - no lying snow
Sunday 29th November - Snow showers from the west late in the day - no lying snow Thursday 10th December - Snow shower from the west late in the day - no lying snow Thursday 31st Decenber - Snow shower from the west late in the day - Lying snow of a dusting Friday 8th January - A band of snow from the south in the evening - no lying snow Sunday 10th January - snow from a front from the south - no lying snow Wednesday 13th January - Heavy snow from a band from the south - no lying snow Thursday 14th January - Snow shower from the NW - no lying snow Saturday 16th January - A band of snow from the west - Lying snow of 5cm Sunday 17th January - Snow from a front from the west late in the day - Lying snow of 5cm Monday 18th January - Snow from a front from the west in the early hours - Lying snow of 4-5cm Tuesday 19th January - No falling snow - Lying snow of a covering Saturday 30th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a covering Tuesday 2nd February - Snow shower from the NW - no lying snow Saturday 13th February - Snow showers from the east - Lying snow of a cover Wednesday 17th February - Back-edge frontal snow from the west in the early hours - Lying snow of a covering  Thursday 18th February - Snow shower from the west in the evening - no lying snow Sunday 6th March - Snow shower from the north late in the day - no lying snow Saturday 16th April - Snow flurry from the north - no lying snow Monday 25th April - Snow flurries from the north - no lying snow Tuesday 26th April - Snow showers from the north - no lying snow Wednesday 27th April - Snow showers from the north - no lying snow  Thursday 28th April - Snow from a band from the west - no lying snow Friday 29th April - Snow from a band from the north in the early hours - no lying snow

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Diary of Snow Events 2014/2015

Tuesday 9th December - Snow shower from the west late in the day - No lying snow
Wednesday 10th December - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Thursday 11th December - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Friday 12th December - Snow shower from the west in the early hours - no lying snow
Friday 2nd January - Snow showers from the west - no lying snow
Saturday 10th January - Snow showers from the west - no lying snow
Sunday 11th January - Snow showers from the west for the first part of the day - no lying snow
Monday 12th January - Some snow showers from the west - no lying snow
Tuesday 13th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of 1cm
Wednesday 14th January - Snow showers from the west and leading edge transient frontal snow in the evening - Lying snow of 1cm
Friday 16th January - Snow showers from the north west - Lying snow of 6cm
Saturday 17th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of 6cm
Sunday 18th January - No falling snow - Lying snow of 5cm
Monday 19th January - Snow flurry from the south west - Lying snow of 4-5cm
Tuesday 20th January - Light snow from a band from the west - Lying snow of 4-5cm
Wednesday 21st January - Light snow flurry from the south - Lying snow of 4-5cm
Thursday 22nd January - No falling snow - Lying snow of 4-5cm
Friday 23rd January - No falling snow - Lying snow of 3-4cm
Saturday 24th January - Wet snow showers from the west in the first part of the day- No lying snow
Wednesday 28th January - Heavy snow showers from the west - Lying snow of 2cm
Thursday 29th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of 7cm
Friday 30th January - No falling snow - Lying snow of 5-6cm
Saturday 31st January - No falling snow - Lying snow of 4-5cm
Sunday 1st February - No falling snow - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Monday 2nd February - No falling snow - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Tuesday 3rd February - Snow flurry from the north in the afternoon - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Wednesday 4th February - No falling snow - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Thursday 5th February - No falling snow - Lying snow of 1-2cm
Friday 6th February - No falling snow - Lying snow of a cm
Saturday 7th February - No falling snow - Lying snow of a cm
Sunday 8th February - No falling snow - Lying snow of a cm on the grass
Sunday 22nd February - Snow shower from the west late in the day - No lying snow
Monday 23rd February - Snow shower from the west in early hours - No lying snow
Tuesday 24th February - Snow showers from the west in the morning - No lying snow
Thursday 26th February - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 1st March - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Monday 2nd March - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a covering
Tuesday 3rd March - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of 4cm
Monday 30th March - Wet snow showers from the west in the morning - No lying snow
Tuesday 31st March - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Monday 27th April - Heavy snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Tuesday 28th April - Snow shower from the west - No lying snow

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

British Snowfall Events 2014/2015

5th December: Wet snow showers in some parts of western Scotland in a NWly wind.

7-8th December: Some snow showers in a westerly wind across Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland and NW England. These showers continuing to affect northern and western areas first thing on the 8th.

9th December: Precipitation turned to snow in parts of Scotland in a brisk westerly wind.

10th December: Snow showers across parts of Scotland driven by a strong westerly wind.

11th December: Further snow showers across parts of Scotland with slight accumulations in places, particularly in higher parts, and locally some more significant accumulations of a few inches in parts of the Highlands. A front moving north brought some wet snow to some parts of Northern Ireland and Northern England but most of the snow falling on higher ground.

12th December: A front moving South brought some persistent snow to parts of the Highlands with accumulations over 10cm in places. Some snow showers in NW England and Noryjern Ireland some snow showers affecting parts of northern Scotland in a northerly wind.

13th December: A few isolated snow flurries in parts of Scotland in the morning and some isolated snow showers in other northern parts of Britain.

14th December: A few localised snow showers in parts of the highlands.

15th December: Snow showers for the northern isles and some snow flurries in northern Scotland.

16th December: Some snow on the leading edge of a weather front from the west temporarily brought slight accumulations to parts of Aberdeenshire.

18th December: Some snow later in the day for parts of the highlands.

19th December: Snow showers falling in some parts of Scotland in a westerly wind.

26th-27th December: Some heavy snow falling across central parts of England Southern parts of Northern England from a stalling front from the SW, with accumulations of a few inches in places - locally exceeding 10cm - especially in higher parts - some disruption in places. Snow flurries from the NW in parts of Scotland in the 27th and some scattered snow showers and flurries in other parts of Britain.

2nd January: Snow showers from the west across parts of Scotland.

8th January: Some snow showers in a westerly wind in parts of Scotland, chiefly the highlands.

10th-11th January: Frequent snow showers across Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland and Noryhern England in a westerly wind with slight accumulations in places. Some leading edge frontal wet snow in Scotland on the 11th.

12th January: Some snow showers in Scotland and later in parts of Ireland in a westerly wind.

13th-14thJanuary: Snow showers affecting Ireland, Scotland and some parts of Northern England and another batch of snow in some parts of Wales and central England in a SWly wind. Some areas such as the southern, western Highlands and northern extremities of the central lowlands of Scotland and some parts of Ireland endured persistent and heavy snow and significant accumulations exceeding 10cm and in some places more than a foot and elsewhere there were slight accumulations of a few cm or inches. Some transient leading edge frontal snow in Scotland in the evening.

16th-17th January: Snow showers in a NWly wind affected parts of Scotland, Ireland and Northern England with a stream of snow showers affecting parts of Ayrshire. Accumulations of a couple of inches in a number of areas and disruption to travel in some western and central parts of Scotland.

18th-19th January: Snow showers in NEly wind in E Scotland, NE England...

20-21st January: Frontal snow from the west, affecting parts of Midlands.

23rd January: Snow showers in highlands in westerly wind later in the day.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

AWT's Winter Blog 2013/2014

Snow Diary so far:

[color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Open Sans']Monday 18th November - Snow shower from the NW late in the day - No lying snow [/font][/color]
Thursday 5th December - Snow flurries from the NW - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 6th December - Snow flurry from the NW and some patchy snow from the west - No lying snow
Thursday 19th December - Snow shower from the west in the morning - No lying snow

18TH NOVEMBER: Good evening. Winter has once again arrived early with cold, arctic sourced NWly winds pushing southwards across the British Isles throughout today. The result has been a beautiful day of cold, wintry sunshine and clear blue skies. A maximum of 7C and a minimum of 0C. During the day showers started to arrive into the NW of Scotland and increasingly became wintry. This evening a few showers (including sleet) arrived but otherwise it has been a cold, clear evening with a bright moon and ice forming on car roof tops. Some snow has fallen in parts of the country (further north and west) and according to the traffic cams there have been accumilations. The first snow of the 2013/2014 here in East Dunbartonshire arrived around 10pm from the west with some nice big flakes. That particular shower also brought snow to some of the surrounding areas before fizzling out further east. So, the snow season has started early this year. Last year it started even earlier with a few flakes in late October (the earliest snow I've seen). It was a cold and snowy winter as period of cold weather persisted through much of the autumn, winter and spring. There were some decent cold spells [late Nov/early Dec; mid/late Jan; a cold Feb; an incredible March], plenty of days with snowfall [a very high tally here and at Glasgow airport, a long season from late October to late March, a very long streak of snowy days during the second half of March]. There was a decent amount of lying snow [particulary in early Dec, one frontal snow event in Feb bringing 7cm and the latest days with lying snow I've seen in March].

Not to mention the other winters we've had since 2008/2009, this season has a hard task to follow but a decent tally of snowfalls/lying snow days, a decent maximum snow depth and a fair share of cold conditions would be just fine. Given how late last winter ended (the last snowfall here and at Glasgow airport on 30th March) and with today being one of the earliest days of snow I've ever seen then it has been a fairly short break from the wintry weather. Since the cold Spring, we've had a good summer and the warm/mild conditions continued into autumn. The first couple of air frosts arrived in October. This November however has been particulary chilly but has felt and looked fairly seasonal. 9 out of the first 10 days at Glasgow airport had single digit maxima (which has never happened since 1973) and there hasn't been any real mild weather of note. 5th November was the coldest in nearly 30 years and in parts of the country there has already been some snowfall (even some lying snow in parts of Durham early on the 5th) in what has been a fairly changeable month. The middle-third of the month has been less cold but yesterday marked the start of this cold spell with a maximum of 6C and min of -2C and some fog in the evening. No sub 5C maximum yet and it will be a close call during the next couple of days. The cold weather is set to stay this week although conditions will vary. Certainly, this would be a decent/benign cold spell if it was during the middle of winter but such cold spells are more notable at this time of year. That's why this month will join 2010, 2005 and others as Novembers with cold spells of note. November snowfall isn't a perennial event and snow is less common at this time of year than it is in March so today's snowfall is a nice acolade to start the season. Today's snow shower was the first November snowfall I've seen since 2010. The thing that's most notable about today's snow and some of the weather in this spell is that we haven't even reached the final third of the month yet.

Tomorrow should start cold and sunny but an area of low pressure moving south will bring rain on Tuesday night. Wednesday is looking changeable, windy with the cold uppers returning in a NEly flow. After that, fairly settled but staying cold. This blog (may not be updated daily) should give updates, summaries and details of the weather during the winter and cold, wintry weather throughout the season. Most of the activity on here should be in the run-up, during and post-analysis of wintry weather and with general weather and winter chat and discussion now and then.

Snow Diary - [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4693-a-winters-tale-diary-of-snow-events-20132014/"]http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4693-a-winters-tale-diary-of-snow-events-20132014/[/url]
British Snowfall Events - [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4681-british-snowfall-events-20132014/"]http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4681-british-snowfall-events-20132014/[/url]
Glasgow Airport Snow - [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4330-glasgow-airport-snow/"]http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4330-glasgow-airport-snow/[/url]
Kilted Weather Tool - file:///C:/Users/ser/Downloads/KiltedWeatherToolv2.html

TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

An overnight low of -2C, it was a superb a winter's day with cold conditions (before evening, the maximum was 4C) and wintry, late November clear blue skies and sunshine with some scattered bits of white cirrus cloud. It felt really cold outside. Elsewhere, fewer showers today but overnight there was some snow in Aberdeenshire (leaving a covering) and some snow has been reported locally in NI, N England, parts of Wales, the Midlands and even the SW.

With a front moving east, this evening cloud cover increased and so did the wind. Then precipitation arrived (there may have been some sleet but it was mostly rain and for a time some ice/hail stones in a heavy burst). The temperature rose to a maximum of 7C so the wait continues for the first sub 5C maximum of the season. A cold, but changeable day tomorrow with strong northerly winds but settling down later this week.

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

After a wet night it turned out to be a nice sunny, mostly clear winter's day - a maximum of 8C after a low of 4C - with some scattered thin remains of shower clouds in the northerly wind. A nice evening with the a firery orange reflection of the setting sun on the clouds for a time against the winter twilight sky. Quite windy with occasionally strong gusts - mostly clear with some scattered thin cloud patches. Further north there was the first snow warning of the season issued by the met office - mainly for the high ground in the Grampians. Staying cold but settled for the forseeable with potentially some of the coldest maxima of the season so far during the next couple of days.

THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

Perhaps, overall, the coldest day since Spring with a brief maximum of 6C and on a very cold, clear winter's evening a minimum of -4C. A bright day although until the afternoon there was some patches of thin, medium-level cloud - further east around Edinburgh some snow grains were reported. In the afternoon the cloud fizzled out allowing for wonderful winter afternoon clear skies and low sunlight. It turned out to be a freezing evening and it looks like overnight Glasgow airport will record the first -5C minima of the season (and the coldest night since at least April). It's nice to see such low temperatures again. Tomorrow, hopefully we'll see the first sub 5C maximum of the season but if we see fog patches lingering in the morning and into the afternoon then the temperature could struggle to rise much above freezing.

FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

A proper winter's day! Last night was one of the top 5 coldest in November during the past 15 years (and one of the coldest of 2013) with an impressive low of -7C at Glasgow airport. The frost lingered all day in glorious winter sunshine and cold, light blue sky with still, but very cold conditions on the ground. Very much a winter feeling and looking day of the sunny and crisp variety. The maximum temperature was 4C at Glasgow airport - the coldest since late March - and the first sub 5C maxima of the season, This evening has the seen the temperature a couple of degrees below freezing but there has been some areas/patches of thin cloud moving south. Another cold night is on the cards - perhaps not as cold as the last - and if there is any fog then tomorrow could be as cold or even colder than it was today. Staying chilly for at least another 2 or so days then on Tuesday tropical maritime air looks set to arrive. However, so far this has been a memorable November with a traditionally changeable but particulary chilly start, then a slightly less cold period around mid-month and during this week we've seen some early winter conditions including snow on Monday, frosts, wintry sunshine and very cold temperatures today.

SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

No fog today so the temperature rose to 8C in the fantastic winter sunshine and clear blue skies. A low of -3C on a cold, starry and clear evening (although around Dusk it did become a bit overcast). Tomorrow should be a similar day but it's Tuesday when we see the change to milder and wetter weather.

SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

Coldest maximum since the coldest day of the year on March 23rd. Today saw a high of 2C and a min of -4C with very calm, benign, cloudy or even foggy/misty winter conditions. Very much a winter's day but of a different variety to some of the crisp sunshine of late. With a maximum of 2C today and a min of -7C on the 22nd, the coldest maximum/minimum of this month has already equalled that of the entirety of the 2011/2012 season. This evening has been cold, calm with some patchy, thin, medium-level cloud cover with lots of small clear strips and gaps. Now it is a clear, starry night with the prospect of another air frost and maybe another cold day tomorrow but it will turn milder after that.

MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

Almost a carbon copy of yesterday. Joint coldest maximum of the season with a high of 2C in quiet, dull, cloudy, benign winter conditions. A cold start with a low of -3C and it only began to get 'milder' in the afternoon and evening but it remained overcast. Certainly this November will be one to look back on for some traditional but chilly conditions and a taste of winter during the latter third. It will turn milder during the next couple of days before turning cooler from the north for the final day or two of the month. For December, the models are showing a trend for cold zonality.

SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER

Last month was was a good conclusion to what started off as a mild autumn. Plenty of nice traditional late autumnal weather with changeable but pretty chilly conditions and then a taste and look of winter for a time later in the month with some noticeably cold temperatures and the first snow of the season too. Today was fairly mild at 11/4C but it was a nice early December day with clear light blue sky (with some white cirrus clouds) and sunshine and the clear conditions made way for December twilight colours to be seen. There was some thin and patchy cloud developing as the evening went on and now there is thin, medium-level cloud cover. Fairly quiet over the next few days but there is the potential for something rather seasonal later this coming week - so perhaps a good time to start getting into the festive spirit.

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

Under a cooler westerly flow with some scattered showers and passing clouds it was a nice, chilly and fresh early December day with some pleasant sunny spells and clear, light blue sky. It was clear in the late afternoon and early evening to display the wintry sunset/dusk colours. However after that showers have merged this evening to make for overcast skies and wet conditions ahead of an intense area of low pressure. And recently the wind has picked up - an amber warning is issued for tomorrow and a yellow snow warning for northern parts of Scotland. Potentially nasty conditions during the morning before the cold front clear south. Cold uppers flood south and any precipitation after noon is likely to be wintry. Potentially leading edge snow on Friday before it becomes milder again.

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER

WOW! What an eventful day across the British Isles. An intense area of low pressure has brought very wet conditions as a cold front swept south (followed by very cold conditions resulting in snow and ice in Scotland), flooding from rain, the worst North Sea tidal surge in 60 years and of course incredibly strong winds overnight and into the morning - here in Scotland winds reached 100mph in some places, almost 80mph in Glasgow. An incredibly active day of weather and events I have mentioned are all but a few of the many things which have taken place today. Here, overnight it was very windy and I didn't get any sleep until 4am - I had to put paper in my eyes. I've heard worse but it certainly felt like something brewing and escalating outside with some powerful gusts. I probably slept through the worst of it and by the time I woke up it was breezy, but a very pleasant and tranquil winter morning with loads of sunshine and clear blue sky. As the cold front swept south, it became much colder and looked and felt like a bright and fresh winter day. Then in the NWly wind some light snow flurries arrived here. The first snow here since the 18th November and the first of the season. After a mild start to December, it's good to at least get a taste and feel of winter and to have already secured a December snowfall. Then at 2pm, the classic wintry grey colour of a snow shower saw a lovely 10 minute spell of fluffy snowfall and at times relatively heavy - and sometimes being blown around in stronger bursts of wind. Eventually it cleared with afternoon blue sky following behind as sunlight began to fade. A lovely December twilight as the wintry pale blue/blue/light drained away to the west and the stars and crescent moon came out. A distinctly cold evening with a wind chill in the breeze aswell as dry, cold air with a minimum temperature of 0C after a high of 9C very early in the day. Then in the evening some more snow showers arrived from the NW and delightfully left the first covering of snow here of the season and the first since late March. A really pleasing bonus to at least have a white covering in December and for the first time this season. It was enjoyable to go out to for a walk in the cold and wintry conditions. Since then the wind has removed the covering of snow and it has been and still a clear and starry night. Tomorrow should be a cold day and then a patchy warm front should move in from the west - a chance of another snowfall - and then it turns milder. It might be a while until we see some traditional cold and snowy winter weather but it's good to have enjoyed some already this month during today's events.

FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER

Coldest day of the month with decent maximum/minimum value of 4C/-1C. Overnight some light snow flurries but it was mainly dry and quiet until the afternoon. Initially fairly bright but a wintry looking ceiling of grey cloud moved in from the west as a result of an approaching warm front. Then there was some light snow which lasted from the afternoon into the first part of the evening before eventually turning to drizzle. The outlook for the next couple of weeks is pretty bleak for festive, wintry weather prospects but I'm thankful that this cold spell has saved this month from being a complete right off where some cold/snow is concerned.

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER

It has been very mild during the past week with temperatures into the low to mid 10s. Some sunny spells from time to time aswell as benign, quiet, cloudy, dull or damp conditions. Turning a little wilder and then perhaps becoming more mobile as we head nearer to Christmas.

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER

The weather has been a little more variable in recent days after a very mild and benign period. Today it was mild at 11C/6C with an approaching weather front bringing southerly winds. It was mostly cloudy (occasionally and briefly sunny for a time) with a little bit of rain in the morning and afternoon before becoming more overcast in the evening with a heavy and intense band of rain moving in from the atlantic. This brought a spell of heavy rain and during the evening the wind has picked up and the strength of the gusts have increased so just now it is very blowy - with some fractus cloud blowing eastwards across the sky with the moon shinning through and aswell as the stars in the ragged clear patches and clearer interludes - and some showers. But it is turning cooler in a westerly wind and tomorrow it will be a cool, windy day - much more seasonal - with a risk of showers and the factors may well be favourable for some snow. Looking ahead it continues to be unsettled but not particulary mild.

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

In a chilly westerly flow, weatherwise today was much more like December. I woke up around 8am this morning to a heavy snow shower from the west (which briefly had a slight covering on the grass) and it was nice to see some snow again after the last fall early this month. That was the last I would see a proper snow shower today as the showers were feeding in to areas north of the central belt. It was a fairly chilly day with a maximum of 7C and a minimum of 3C. It was fairly cloudy at times but some clearer and brighter patches and intervals arrived in the afternoon - moving east across the sky. Later this evening there has been some sleety rain but now it is a calm, chilly and largely clear December night with the stars and moon out aswell as a few scattered, fairly thin, faint and small patchy or strips of medium-level cloud (with the pale reflection of the moonligh). Initially chilly tomorrow before becoming wetter and windier from the west.

SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER

A showery day (after a bright start) with some cool and cloudy conditions developing in the afternoon. Some pretty wet conditions with heavy showers from the west - some clear spells inbetween. Tomorrow, we still have the westerly and showery flow but some sub -5C uppers could generate a risk of wintry showers. It looks staying very unsettled and generally chilly - potentially some very stormy weather.

SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER

A fairly chilly and more seasonal day with a maximum of 6C and a low of 2C. A showery westerly flow throughout the day - again most of the showers north of the central belt with widespread and accumulating snow in the highlands. Here, in the morning there were some sunny intervals but into the afternoon there were showers of rain and hail. Then, eventually in the early evening there was one wet snow shower - however after that most of the showers have missed here and pretty much all of them were watery. In the evening it was mostly cloudy other than transient clear patches, there were plenty of clouds moving east and looking south I saw a number of lightning flashes - some quite impressive - however there was no thunder. Recently there was some thin, quite ragged strips of bright orange/purple medium-level cloud moving east with some irregular, patchy clear strips (revealing the stars) inbetween. Tomorrow should start chilly but a front should move northwards bringing milder temperatures and very wet conditions. But during tomorrow and into and throughout Christmas Eve, what is looking like a very deep area of low pressure is set to bring some wild conditions. Plenty going on in the weather for the run up to Christmas.

MONDAY 23RD DECEMBER

It was a cold start with the maximum up to 2.50pm being 5C (after a low of 3C) - an hour later today's maximum 10C was reached. It was a cloudy day (other than a little bit of afternoon brightness reflecting off parts of the cloud) with a band of heavy rain moving northwards and followed by successive areas of rainfall moving north throughout the day. This evening, some rain has been moving in from the SW and growing. South of the border and the weather has been active with flooding and gales. Now, it has been raining and the wind is slowly picking up. This is a sign of things to come as an incredibly deep area of low pressure (sitting to the NW and could be close to record breaking) is going to bring very windy and wild conditions here in Scotland and in some other areas for Christmas Eve. There is the prospect of some really damaging winds and disruption and for a time there could be a chance for some wet snow. Christmas Day is looking quieter but unlikely to be a white one.

TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS EVE

Well it was a white Christmas Eve - in a westerly wind, I woke up at 8am to hear the sound of hail hitting the window, feel graupel and see light snow fall and it left a brief dusting which was nice to see. Although the lowest air pressure reading in the UK since the 1880s was recorded today's wind was far from being as severe as it could have been. It was a cloudy day with some light rain and a spell of wet snow in the afternoon. This night, the wind has picked up with the strongest gusts of the day aswell as heavy rain. It is unlikely to be a white Christmas tomorrow but instead another unsettled day. A wet Christmas with floods in parts of England. Whatever the weather, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Beyond, it is staying unsettled with another deep area of low pressure later this week.

WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS DAY

Merry Christmas! Here, as far as I'm aware of it wasn't a white Christmas this year (although it was nice to get some snow for Christmas Eve). Some locations did have a 'technical white Christmas'. All in all it was a fairly seasonal day with maximum and minimum values of 7C and 4C. There were further light rain showers - which faded in the afternoon/evening - with patches of thin pale grey/purple cloud moving east with some wintry brightness and clear sky inbetween. In the afternoon there were some larger patches of light blue sky and this evening and recently this evening it has been calm and clear and starry. Now, it is mostly cloudy with quite thin orange/purple medium-level cloud moving east with some ragged clear bits moving across the sky to the south. Another quiet day for Boxing Day but it gets wilder again.

MONDAY 30TH DECEMBER
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A pretty wet day here until the afternoon. I had a nice drive around Aberfoyle and Loch Achray in the beautiful Trossachs - some spectacular pale pink tone in the sky, water and land as the front cleared, a nice mix of pale pink and grey/purple cloud aswell as a watery blue coming through the thin cloud. With all the rain recently Loch Achray was reaching right up to the edge of the road. [/font][/color]
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This has been one of those unsettled, atlantic driven Decembers with any seasonal weather being short-lived. The difference with this year is that it was overall much milder than your typical zonal December. A really mild spell after a coolish start was responsible. Other than that it hasn't been overly mild but the changeable nature of our weather this month has meant that frosts have been hard to come by and warm sectors in low pressure systems results in milder daily maxima. Despite how mild the month has been I've still be able to see snow on at least 5 days which is sort of respectable. This month could have had less in the way of relentless and constant low pressure, fronts, rain and wind and with a little more in the way of some frosty, cooler and settled interludes and to see a bit more of that low December sunshine or clear sky at day and night.[/font][/color]

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Diary of Snow Events 2013/2014

Monday 18th November - Snow shower from the NW late in the day - No lying snow
Thursday 5th December - Snow showers from the NW - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 6th December - Snow flurry from the NW and some patchy snow from the west - No lying snow
Thursday 19th December - Snow shower from the west in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 22nd December - Heavy snow shower from the west - No lying snow
Tuesday 24th December - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 27th December - Some wet snow in the early hours from a band from the SW - No lying snow
Saturday 28th December* - Some sleet in the afternoon in showers from the west - No lying snow
Saturday 11th January - A snow shower overnight - No lying snow
Sunday 12th January - A spell of snow in the evening on the leading edge of a front from the west - No lying snow.
Thursday 23rd January - Some wet snow showers from the west - no lying snow.
Friday 31st - A spell of frontal snow from the west - no lying snow.
Saturday 1st February - heavy snow from organised showers from the sw in the early hours - lying snow of a dusting on the grass.
Tuesday 11th February - frontal snow in the morning from the west followed by snow showers from the west. Lying snow of a dusting.
Wednesday 12th February - snow showers from sw in early hours and wet frontal snow from the south in the afternoon - no lying snow.
Friday 14th February - some wet snow from a front from the south - no lying snow
Friday 7th march - snow showers from the west - no lying snow
Sunday 23rd march - snow shower from the nw - no lying snow

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

British Snowfall Events 2013/2014

2nd November: Some heavy snow was reported at Loch Glascarnoch late in day as a result of a band of precipitation moving NE.

5th November: Some snow reported over parts of County Durham with lying snow of upto 2 inches in some of the hamlets in Teesdale.

7th November: Snow reported in parts of northern Scotland and places such as Loch Glascarnoch and Tulloch Bridge in heavy showers from the west.

9th November: Snow showers reported in parts of northern Scotland - sites such as Loch Glascarnoch - in a westerly flow.

18th-19th November: Snow showers in W Scotland and N and NW Highlands and locally in parts of NI in NWly wind. Some accumilations in parts of the highlands. Overnight snow showers continued in northern and north western Scotland and there some snow showers were also present in parts of Wales, NI, northern England (and as far south as the SW and the Midlands). A covering of snow around Aberdeen, outside of Scotland, locally there was some accumilations. Later in the evening a brief spell of leading-edge snowfall across some parts of Scotland.

20th November: Some overnight snowfall in parts of northern Scotland with an area of precipitation and showers clearing south.

21st November: Some snow grains and flurries in parts of south east Scotland.

4th December: Snow showers in parts of northern and north western Scotland during the morning.

5th December: Snow showers feeding in from the NW across many parts of Scotland - especially northern, north western and north eastern areas. Lying snow in some northern areas and a slight covering in other places.

6th December: Overnight snow showers in parts of highland Scotland. A patchy front from west brought some light snow across many parts of Scotland - slight accumulations in places.

19th December: Snow showers feeding into northern and some western parts of Scotland in a westerly wind. Some lying snow in parts of the highlands.

21st December: Some snow falling in heavy showers from the west across parts of the Borders and Highlands.

22nd December: Some heavy and organised snow showers from the west for much of the northern half of Scotland with accumulating snow in places. Some snow showers in other parts of Scotland and Ireland.

23rd December: Further snow showers from the west into the early hours across parts of highland Scotland. A front moving north brought a spell of snow (briefly to some southern and eastern parts of Scotland) for much of the highlands with some accumulations for a time.

24th December: Some snow showers from the west in the highlands and parts of central Scotland, NI and locally in N England, Wales and the Midlands.

25th December - Christmas Day: A little bit of snow in parts of highlands in showers in a westerly wind - some snowflakes also reported in parts of Wales and N England.

11th January: Some snow showers in parts of Scotland in a westerly wind.

12th January: Snow on the leading edge of a front in the evening across parts of Scotland - locally some brief accumilations. 23rd january snow showers in westerly wind in parts of Northern and Western Scotland and Northern parts of England and as far south as the midlands locally some accumilations

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Winter Blog 2012/2013 - Part 3

Snow Diary so far:

Friday 26th October - Light snow shower from the north - No lying snow
Saturday 3rd November - Light shower from the west early in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 2nd December - Frontal snowfall during the evening coming from the west - Lying snow of 3cm
Monday 3rd December - Frontal snowfall in the early hours coming from the west - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Tuesday 4th December - Light snow from a small front coming from the north in the evening - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Wednesday 5th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Thursday 6th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Friday 7th December - No snowfall - Lying snow in places of a 1cm
Saturday 8th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of less than a cm
Wednesday 12th December - Light snowfall in the early hours moving in from the south west - No lying snow
Thursday 13th December - Light snowfall in the morning from a front moving north - Lying snow of a dusting
Thursday 27th December - Snow from a band moving from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 30th December - Snow from showers coming in from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 13th January - Heavy snow from a band from the west - Lying snow of 1cm
Wednesday 16th January - Light snow flurry in afternoon - No lying snow
Friday 18th January - Light snow from south easterly - No lying snow
Saturday 19th January - Light snow shower from south easterly - No lying snow
Sunday 20th January - Light snow grains and flurries - No lying snow
Monday 21st January - Snow throughout the morning and afternoon from a band from the east - Lying snow in the morning of <1cm
Tuesday 22nd January - Some snow from a band moving northwards in the early hours
Wednesday 23rd January - Light snow during the early hours and some flakes in the morning - No lying snow
Friday 25th January - Heavy snow from a band from the west - A covering of snow
Saturday 26th January - No snowfall - A covering of snow on grass

1st February 2013 - 11.50pm

It is now the final month of winter as the days are noticeably longer than they were a month ago. This winter has seen a cold first half of December followed by an unsettled second half full of flooding problems then the New Year arrived and the first third of January was very mild, the SSW contributed to quite a significant and prolonged cold spell before a return to floods, rain and wind to finish January. We've completed one chapter of the year in weather and it will be interesting to see what this month bring to the weather of 2013 aswell as the conclusion of the winter 2012/2013. This winter, December was below average in Scotland and January probably will be close to average so it's all to play for in February to complete winter jigsaw - will it end up below average? Well, traditionally the atlantic is quieter at this time of year and some may argue that February is the coldest month whilst others beg to differ with regards to increased sunlight. It's been a while since we've seen a notably cold February. Last year, it was quite a cold first third but a notably mild period thereafter, 2011 was also on the mild side in the cold winter of 2010/11 and in 2010, February was a cold one overall in Scotland but didn't stand out. And 2009 saw a significant cold spell in the first half before mild and wet conditions took control. Well, here in Glasgow and surrounding areas of the central belt, temperatures were around average, as of 11.20pm max/min was 7/0C with an air frost to start the month. There was some rain in the morning but northerly winds pushed bands of precipitation/cloud southwards and skies cleared in the afternoon with some wintry sunshine and it is now obvious that dusk is about an hour later than it was a month ago. A lovely, cold, calm evening with a fantastic starry and clear night sky with a frost forming on cars. The cold air has fed further south and temperatures are around/below freezing. There was some snow showers in parts of northern Scotland today and these should continue overnight aswell as down eastern parts of England and some areas could wake up to a covering. A widespread air frost and a super saturday with glorious winter sunshine for many, just a few snow showers in a northerly wind and temperatures distinctly seasonal at around 2 to 6C. Milder and wetter conditions should arrive on Saturday night from NW, rolling ontop of an area of high pressure in the Atlantic but with low pressure centred to the north of Scotland, cold and strong westerly winds early next week could bring some severe gales and heavy snow showers to Scotland in a polar maritime airmass and these can really deliver. This makes for an active and seasonal start to the week followed by a northerly wind on Wednesday. There is real uncertainty beyond mid next week with regards to developments of a key player - Canadian Vortex - but there could be fluctuating mild and cold spells which makes for a changeable and varied theme but in this case, it's very hard to call and there is a likelyhood of a different pattern altogether to emerge. It's all up in the air for February.

2nd February - 11.15pm

A cold day with maximum temperature of 5C in the early afternoon and a low of -4C at Glasgow airport before dawn. So seasonal temperatures for the second day of February and there was some glorious sunshine and blue skies here and across the UK. Feeling chilly in the northerly wind and there was some snow showers down eastern parts of England and northern Scotland which soon died away. A starry sky following dusk but cloud cover has increased from the west with a milder sector toppling over high pressure and arriving from the north west. The temperature is rising and there should be some wet weather overnight, much milder then a drier interlude tomorrow before another front sweeps the country. Then, with low pressure to the north, cold and strong westerly winds arrive on Monday with possible blizzard conditions across parts of Scotland. And the cold weather continues for the first part of the week and this makes for a cold, seasonal start to February with some pleasant conditions such as today aswell as active and interesting weather for the start of next week. For the remainder of the week and it is still all to play for but there's a fair chance of it staying cold, synoptic details and patterns are yet to unfold so watch this space.

3rd February - 11.45pm

4C in the very hours was the minimum temperature as a front brought rain overnight and milder temperatures with a maximum of 9C. The rain overnight was quite heavy, eventually cleared and there was some pleasant conditions in the afternoon for a time with clear intervals and some sunshine. However, inevitably cloud cover increased in the evening and rain soon followed with the arrival of another front. However once this clears, the polar westerlies should mean that temperatures drop but there'll be a strong wind and plenty of wintry showers tomorrow and lasting into Tuesday before the flow turns to a northerly making for a notable presence of cold weather early in the month. There's real uncertainty and mixed signals about what will folllow, synoptically it's incredibly hard to call but a cold theme could prevail but how cold and whether it's the form of cold zonality or high pressure or whatever remains to be seen.

4th February - 11.50pm

Well, the day started mild with temperature of 9C in the early hours but cold air in the polar westerly flooded in and showers in the morning readily turned wintry with a mix of everything plus strong winds making it feel cold. Some sunshine inbetween with the impressive structure of cumulonimbus clouds also visible. There was some mini blizzards as the day went on, widespread snow showers across Scotland and this first snowfall here this month. There was a dusting through the evening but from around 10pm there has been an incredible snowfall, almost blizzard like intense snowfall here which has lead to a depth of around a cm and the first proper winter wonderland scene since 2nd/3rd December 2012. And there is lightning right now thundersnow. Excelllent winter's weather more updates tomorrow, god knows what it will be like but I'm very satisfied.

5th February - 11.35pm

I woke up to a proper and fine covering of snow this morning, on confirmed depth but it was around 2-4cm which is a similar depth to the event earlier this winter on the 2nd/3rd of December. Certainly it was the second proper lying snow event of the winter, which equals last winter but they all occured before Christmas 2011 whereas this time it's more balanced and it's probably overall been a better winter this year. Another thing of note is that it may have been the best February snowfall here since 2009. There were further snow showers overnight, some whiteouts I believe and snow lying vertically on some walls with the westerly wind and stars visible in the tranquility of the night sky between showers. However, despite the success of having a significant snowevent with lying snow for around 12hrs, the temperatures did rise in the morning and precipitation turned to rain and there was an impresssive thaw of all the snow in a short space of a time. There was some heavy rain/sleet as a front crossed Scotland and the sunshine and blue skies appeared afterwards making for quite pleasant conditions and temperatures reaching a maximum of 7C. Minimum today was 0C. A pleasant clear wintry dusk as the stars came out. Some rain this evening as a front clears southwards and colder northerly winds arrive, further snow for parts of the country but it will probably stay dry and cold here, temperatures around 3-5C by day and some air frosts, so fairly seasonal conditions all in all. Some fronts make enrodes later in the week with the potential for further snowfall, possible height rises over Scandinavia puts the spanner in the works and it's a messy and unclear situation beyond 4/5 days but as ever, it's always something to look forward to finding out how everything pans out. Certainly, the month has got off to a good start weatherwise with variable, seasonal, at times wild and pleasant conditions aswell as a very decent snow-event and other interesting types of weather.

6th February - 10.30pm

Maximum temperature of 6C and a minimum temperature of -2C so far. It was a lovely winter's day with plenty of fantastic sunshine lighting up the entire area and wonderful blue skies and scattered clouds. It's now obvious that the days are getting a little longer now but dusk certainly still has that renowned wintry atmosphere to it with the evening stars emerging, the super blending of colours as darkness nears and some thin and small clouds scattered across the sky with the orange glow of the city. It felt cold in the northerly wind that brought some snow showers down eastern parts of England and Scotland. A brilliant winter's night here with a crystal clear, starry night sky. Tomorrow will be a cold day, should be another air frost and temperatures will struggle to reach above 3C. A band of precipitation moving in from the west could bring a spell of snow to western and central parts in the evening. Staying on the chilly side with temperatures around 5/6C, some sunshine aswell as fronts edging towards the country during the next few days and maybe some snow in the weekend. The picture beyond is still far from certain but I'm hopeful that a clearer picture of the overall theme beyond the weekend will appear over the coming days.

7th February - 11.50pm

A very benign and quiet day with grey, overcast skies but feeling cold with no sunshine and temperatures reaching 5C, minimum of 0C at Glasgow airport. Mostly dry but there may have been a little bit of rain from the patchy remains of a front moving in from the west. Quiet conditions over the coming days, but Sunday is looking interesting with potentially a significant snowfall in parts of the British Isles. A Scandinavian high introduces an easterly flow for the start of next week but Sunday's events is even uncertain so details will change but I would think that there is the potential for further seasonal conditions to be extended into next week.

8th February - 11.35pm

It was a cold start with a minimum of 0C. It was brighter in the morning and early afternoon with some thin cloud cover but it got more overcast as the afternoon and evening went on with another weak front bringing a spell of rain this evening and it is currently overcast and the ground is damp. After a maximum of 7C, a milder night is on course with cloud cover and more of an atlantic influence - colder and brigter further east. This weak front should hang around through tomorrow, temperatures shouldn't increase by much during the day then another front intially bringing a spell of rain to western parts of the British Isles will turn to snow on Sunday with widespread and distruptive snowfall. The exact positioning will change but it seems like the front may not reach as far north-east as the Clyde-Forth valley but eastern areas could see some snow showers on Sunday and into the early part of next week with an easterly wind. The seasonal theme does continue, Scandi high firmly set-up and should persist through next week but I suspect we'll see a battleground situation and as a result there is very little confidence beyond 7 days.

9th February - 11.55pm

Average temperature wise at 5/3C, and benign and quiet weatherwise with overcast, grey days for pretty much all of today and the best part of the past few days as a result of the presence of a weak weather front that has brought some light rain and drizzle this evening. It's meant to be a little colder tomorrow and into the start of next week, frontal snowfalls is set to affect parts of British Isles such as northern England but the front may not make much progress across Scotland but there could be some snow present across parts of Scotland during the next 24-36hrs or so. A breakdown on Wednesday could result in another snow event. A synoptic battle is set to continue into next week and beyond and as I said last night there's very little confidence - anything is possible and as ever it's always intuiging to see how chapters of our weather evolves and unfolds.

10th February - 11.25pm

Slowly but surely, this morning the precipitation turned to snow and it stayed as snow for a good few hours at least but no accumilations here with the ground already wet. Snow did settle at slightly higher elevations and it was very white on the Campsie Fells. The precipitation however turned to rain/sleet. Temperatures are now as high as it has been all day with todays high/low at Glasgow airport being 4/1C. Anyway here it has been the 3rd day of snow this month. It's also snowing in a number of parts of England aswell and this may continue into tomorrow before dying out. A few cold days to start next week before another front moves in from the west and should fall as snow initially at least. Thereafter and it's a right old synoptic mess.

11th February - 11.10pm

After overnight rainfall it cleared up for a time early in the morning. Later in the morning and throughout the evening and afternoon it was fairly bright with the skies alternating between partly cloudy and scattered clouds but now it's starting to get clearer once more. A seasonal day once more temperaturewise at 5/2C as of 11pm. Some snowfall earlier across parts of eastern England and the Midlands with the remains of the front and there was some accumilations in a number of places. A cold night to come and day tomorrow with an easterly wind and a few snow showers in eastern areas. Then a front arriving on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning will start as snow and there could be snowfall across Scotland and northern England for more than 6 hours and there is the potential for significant accumilations before it turns back to rain. Less cold for a bit afterwards and it's still uncertain but there is a suggestion of high pressure being close to the British Isles.

12th February - 11.35pm

Another cold day with max/min of 4/1C but generally cloudy with a south easterly flow and quite murky conditions and there was a little snow flurry in Bearsden in the morning. Tonight a front arriving from the west should fall as snow and across the central belt there could be 2-4cm before it turns to rain around lunchtime and quite a wet and windy afternoon and evening to follow. Brighter but less cold following the front and it could stay less cold for a while.

13th February - 11.20pm

Today saw by far the best snowfall of the winter with a depth of 8cm in the early afternoon and the last time this region experienced such an event and depth was probably in that very famous spell of late November and early December 2010. Today's snowfall was the 15th of the winter, and the 4th this month. It was also the third event that brought depths of atleas an inch but on this occasion is was 3 inches. A cold start with temperatures close to freezing before the front arrived around 4am. I woke up at 20 to 6 and saw a decent covering of snow and the very orange sky. I soon fell a sleep again and woke up to further snowfall and an improved depth at 8am and by this stage the depth was around 3cm. The snowflakes weren't large but fine small flakes, and they were coming down at a fair rate and the temperature stayed close to freezing and fluctuated in the morning. After an hour I thought that the temperature had increased as the snow depth had not increased by much but the precipitation turned heavier and the temperature dropped and the snow depth increased during the late morning and early afternoon. I went on plenty of walks enjoying the winter wonderland. The trees and roofs were absolutely covered in snow with mini avalanches, the main roads weren't treated well with plenty of slush and some cars struggled and the minor roads were very poor to drive on. The snow peaked at 7cm and the depth was consistent on just about all surfaces as everything was buried. Then some larger snowflakes fell in the afternoon but the flakes were wetter and this was followed by ice pellets and then rain. And the rain was heavy too but the decent snow cover in Bearsden remained into the evening and now although I can't see much I believe there is still lying snow on atleast some surfaces. Some really heavy rain in the evening too. The snow was also fairly widespread across the northern half of the UK and across other parts of Scotland depths at fairly modest elevations were even higher than here. Certainly, a very impressive snowfall and snowcover. In early December this winter, the notable snowfall and decent lying snow was already in the bag and has kept the run of winters that have delivered decent snowfalls since 2009. But this was on a level higher than other two notable lying snow events and is on the same line as the best snowfalls of 2009 and 2010 and also 2011. It was a shame that the cover couldn't last longer but the significance of today's event is all that matters and has improved what has been a decent winter up to now. Compared to some recent February's, this year has certainly delievered very well interms of snow. Now tomorrow will be brighter and less cold but the possibility of showers from the westerly wind before a ridge of high pressure moves in on Friday. And there is a suggestion of a Scandinavian high in around 7 days time which makes for an interesting end to this decent winter and possibly heralding a cold start to Spring. This winter and start to 2013 will be interesting to look back on later this year - considerably better than 2012 interms of both falling and lying snow. [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/gallery/album/1281-snowfall-13th-february-2013/"]http://forum.netweat...-february-2013/[/url]

14th February 2013 - 11.55pm

There was still a covering of snow into the small hours but I would imagine that the depth wouldn't be much more than a cm. Just about all the snow was gone by morning. A milder day at 8/6C but also a brighter day with some pleasant spells of late winter sunshine but skies were changeable with shower mostly to the north and west of Glasgow but there were some regular sunny showers during the day and some heavier showers in the evening but they cleared pretty quickly. Skies during the evening was mostly cloudy but the stars and the moon was visible through the gaps and the thinner cloud cover. A sunny day tomorrow, possibly a few wetter and windier days here in the north west of the British Isles afterwards and then during the middle of next week there could be a return to colder conditions.

15th January 2013 - 11.50pm

There was some lovely Spring-like sunshine and blue skies at times today. There was a little bit of rain in the afternoon and it became more overcast in the afternoon and into the evening. But looking out right now it's a calm night with a layer of cloud that's thin enough to see through it and not too long ago a good proportion of the sky was clear with stars visible. Maximum of 10C earlier, minimum of 2C recently. Maybe some fog and a touch of frost during the coming days, maybe a spell of rain in the weekend across northern areas and some cloud cover associated with it. Then during the middle of next week, a Scandinavian high looks set to deliver cold easterly winds to the British Isles.

16th February - 11.50pm

A mostly cloudy day with some overcast and fairly dull conditions. Very quiet after a cold start with a low of 2C. Temperatures reached a high of around 9C and have stayed at around 8C throughout the evening. There was a period with clear patches allowing for the dusk to be visible but right now it's again overcast and quiet. The quiet theme should continue for quite a few days to come, possibly some brightness for the next few days in the west of Scotland and certainly in other areas, but during next week it may be more overcast and also colder with easterly winds.

17th February - 11.05pm

A brilliant day. Fantastic and glorious sunshine and clear skies with just a few cirrus clouds and haze. Went for a drive down the coast of the Firth of Clyde past Largs and towards Irvine and it was a super sunset over the water and after dusk, this evening has been cold with a current low of 1C and a crystal clear night sky with the moon and stars visible. It very much felt like early Spring with a high of 10C, but during the coming days it should be colder and progressively cloudier.

18th February - 11.50pm

Another brilliant late winter/early spring day. A very cold start, a minimum temperature of -5C was the coldest temperature at Glasgow airport since the first half of December. As the days are longer now and the sun is a bit stronger too, the temperature does rise fairly quickly and reached a maximum of 8C which is fairly typical of this time of year but certainly it's much brighter now and the sunshine and totally clear skies (other than some haze and cirrus) made for a stunning day and it's wonderful to see the moon and evening stars coming out at dusk and then the fantastic moonlit and starry night that soon follows. A very cold evening with the temperature dropping after sunset and temperatures are at -3C at Glasgow airport and another cold night is on the cards. There could be quite a few more air frosts during the final period of February. A very dry and settled conclusion is also likely but it may be quite overcast after tomorrow. Perhaps there might not be another snowfall before the 28th but this month and indeed the winter as a whole has done alright with snow.

19th February - 11.15pm

Another stunning day. This morning was one of the coldest of the winter so far with a minimum of -7C. However the temperature rose quickly when the sun was up to a maximum of 8C in the early afternoon and it was another glorious day with crystal clear skies and it is evident that despite it is still winter, we have well and truly progressing into Spring. However, this evening a cold front moving in from the north sea saw a wave of cloud cover makes progress from the east and the moon and evening stars became more faint before being covered. About half of the sky has cloud cover in the form of scattered clouds with clear patches. Quite a calm night. Temperature now hovering at 5C and tonight will probably be the mildest for a while. Staying settled, cold and possibly on the cloudy side for the coming days.

20th February - 11.35pm

Quite cold overnight with a low of 2C and some clear skies at times in the early hours. But it was generally cloudy and benign today but during the evening sky became clearer and now the temperature is currently below freezing - now -1C at Glasgow airport after a max of 6C. It's also a crystal clear, calm and starry night too. The cold conditions are set to continue for the coming days and this may well contribute to a cold enough finish to the season that may result in the winter 2012/2013 being below average overall. This winter has been alright/quite good and then it's onto Spring, starting with March which can be very wintry month in the transition to Spring.

21st February - 11.50pm:

Another cold and clear start with a minimum of -3C. It turned a bit cloudier later and has stayed mostly cloudy ever since whilst the maximum temperature was 4C. A cold couple of days to come as the settled theme continues and now there are signs of a northerly blast for the start of March.

22nd February - 11.50pm

A quiet day with benign conditions and mostly overcast skies but felling very cold in the wind. The temperature rose from a low of 0C to a high of 3C which is the lowest of the month so far. Currently cloudy and cold. There was some snow flurries in eastern parts of England and the risk of snow continues into the weekend. The cold, seasonal and settled conditions look set to continue for at least the next 5 days and this could result in this winter ending up below average overall. It has been a pretty decent winter, and there is the potential for a continuation of wintry and seasonal weather for the start of Spring. I'm certainly looking forward to March and the transition of the seasons. It's a magical, special and transitionary period of the year.

23rd February - 11.50pm

-1C minimum temperature overnight and there was a light snow shower here aswell as light snow showers in various other parts of the British Isles thanks to an easterly wind. A lovely winter's day it turned out to be in the afternoon and evening with mostly clear skies other than some scattered clouds across parts of the sky. Fantastic sunshine and sunset and I went for a drive down the coast of the Clyde and through northern Ayrshire into Renfrewshire. The dusk sky reflected against the water and the outline of the mountains and islands standing out against the sky was marvelous aswell as bright moon and the stars that soon followed. Colder where the sky was clearer further west, but it was a chilly evening back in the central belt and greater Glasgow area but later in the evening and right snow it's now overcast. There could be some snow showers making progress through the Forth-Clyde valley tomorrow and if it does snow it maybe the last of the meteorological winter. Certainly, today's snowfall was a surprise with the last snowfall being on the 13th earlier this month. A cold and dry end to the winter seems likely. March could possibly start on the cold side.

24th February - 11.40pm

The settled and chilly theme continued today as eastern parts of Scotland woke up to some snow, with an inch of lying snow in some places. I believe that there may have been some snow flakes here earlier this morning which should surely be the last of the winter. Skies alternated between cloudy and bright, crystal clear, partly cloudy with clear intervals and overcast. A cold start with a low of -3C, the 15th day with an air frost this month. The temperature in the afternoon however did rise to a maximum of 6C. Quite a calm night with mostly clear moonlit and starry sky. Temperature already below freezing at Glasgow airport so there could be at least a few more days with an air frost before the month is out and the settled theme should continue into the start of March.

25th February - 11.55pm

A glorious day. After a very cold and frosty morning and a low of -4C, the stronger sun as we enter Spring resulted in temperatures rising to a max of 8C making for typical early Spring conditions. But it was a super day with stunning sunshine and clear blue skies which made the entire land look magnificent from sunrise to sunset. A cold evening with a clear, bright moon and stars, very calm and very little clouds, Now there is some cloud cover but another cold night should follow and the settled and chilly theme looks set to continue.

26th February - 11.30pm

Another glorious February day here and across much of Scotland. A chilly start with a minimum of 0C at Glasgow airport but much lower in the highland glens. But in this stage in the season, in the sunlight the temperature quickly rises and today the maximum temperature was 9C. But it was the wall to wall sunshine and clear, blue skies that made for another spectacular day of late winter/early Spring weather. A fantastic dusk with a wintery look to it: an orange haze on the horizon to the west, a sharp tint of light blue whilst to the east darkness rolls in aswell as the stars and a very large full moon. Certainly there is still a wintry element but the more hours of daylight and maximum temperatures rising towards 10C certainly puts into context that we are very much at the end of winter and are well into the transition into Spting. It's been a fairly decent month so far and the recent spell of sunny and dry weather may continue into tomorrow. It should also stay settled for the coming days and into the start of March.

27th February - 11.40pm

And today was another fantastic day here and across much of Scotland. A chilly start at 1C C and some fog but there was wall to wall sunshine and blue skies after noon which made it another outstanding day in this spell of stunning late winter weather. There is still elements of winter with cold mornings and evenings that still look and feel like winter, very wintery looking sunset and colours too, but there also elements of early Spring including longer days, dusk now later in the evening and the temperature rises very quickly in the sunshine and today the maximum was 10C. Anyway, the characteristics put into perspecitive that we are at the final stage of winter and we're now at a cross-over point into Spring. Eariler I went on a fantastic run up the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. An outstanding winter sunset and colours and the loch looked amazing with a perfect reflection. Some patches of snow on the mountains. And after sunset, in the evening it becomes dark very quickly with the stars coming out. A cold evening with a current low of -1C, the 18th day with an air frost this month and 10th in a row Some dense freezing fog outside just now with the moon visible. Certainly a unique time in the year for weather as winter draws to a close and this opens the door to remarkable rituals, colours, characteristics and scenes at this stage in the season. It's been a very settled end to an interesting winter. And quite possibly a settled start to March. As always, it'll be enjoyable to see how the weather this year evolves and it'll be fun to look back at various periods of weather of the year. This current one has been very good and it'll be fascinating to see what follows next as we enter early Spring and follow the continued transition of the weather, daylight and nature.

28th February - 11.40pm

The final day started with an air frost and some dense freezing fog that lasted up until lunchtime. Today was the 19th day with an air frost this month. Once the fog lifted it was sunshine and blue skies. However, a weak front moving south resulted in cloudy skies moving in pretty quickly in the afternoon. Albeit, quite thin cloud cover with some small pockets of clear sky but it was noticeably duller. Temperature rising to around 9C with Spring around the corner. Right now, a mosaic of thin cloud cover and clear patches. A calm night to finish winter. It has indeed been a much better winter compared to 11/12 in many respects but far from a classic and far from a disapointment. Overall this winter was quite decent/alright. It started with a cold spell in early December, with around 13 or so consecutive days with an air frost. There was a heavy snowfall on the night of the 2nd/3rd which dumped around and an inch of snow which stayed on the ground for a few days. A brief less cold spell was followed by a very cold and settled spell before midmonth with the coldest day of the year/winter with max/nin of 0C/-8C. However, thereafter, it was less cold, but noticeably much more unsettled and pretty wet. Quite a similar contrast to December 2011, but this year the month turned out below average with some excellent winter weather in the first half, and the second half was an improvement from 2011 with some snow. January started with a showery New Year's day, but with high pressure to the south, it was generally a very mild, dull and quite damp first third. Then there was the two week cold spell that saw maximum temperatures below 5C for a sustained period but minimum temperatures were not as low as the first half of December. It was quite a snowy spell with a respecable total of 7 snow days at Glasgow airport. But Glasgow in general missed out on the significant accumilating snow that affected large parts of the UK, but there was a brief covering of snow on numerous occasions. January ended up close to/slightly above average with the month ending on a milder and unsettled note. And then this month, started on a changeable note with cool, sunny days and then a polar westerly bringing an intense heavy snowfall with thunder on the night of the 4th/5th which left a covering of around an inch. Some quiet and average weather prevailed for a good number of days until the 13th which saw a frontal snowfall bring the best snowfall of the winter here, and the best snowfall here since Nov/Dec 2010 with a depth of 8cm which melted quickly. Unsettled and less cold weather followed for a few days and then a very fine and settled spell of late February weather from the 17th until the end of the month. 11 dry days with the 23rd having precipitation in the form of snow (the last of the official winter). A fantastic combination of weather, with sunshine and clear skies, feeling warm in the sunshine with temperatures at times as high as 10C but also some cold, winter's day and also cold winter's night with 11 consecutive days with an air frost and minimum temperatures as low as -7C (lowest of 2013 so far). February should turn out to be below average, with 19 days with an air frost at Glasgow airport. Certainly an interesting month with decent and varied February weather with the last of winter, and the transition into Spring. Details of the winter as a whole will be revealed in the coming days. That's it for the official winter which certainly was an interesting one. Next it's that wonderful season, Spring, starting with March. Anything could happen and it will be a joy to watch the transition of weather and environment continue in the coming months. The winter blog started with that snowfall on the 26th October and if there's any snow or notable winter weather late in the season then there should be more updates on the final winter weather of the season.

8th March: Today's weather was pretty unpleasant with a maximum/minimum of 5/4C, a brisk and bone-chilling easterly wind, some rain and overcast skies. A reminder how it can be very much like winter in March. Tomorrow should be cloudy, cold with a strong easterly wind. Sunday should be even colder, possibly some brightness but also with the threat of snow showers with the very cold uppers. It also looks like staying cold into next week so it will be very interesting to find out what sort of weather will unfold over the coming days. One thing's for sure that March 2013 is turning out to be different from the very mild March last year.

9th March: Another raw day with a bone chilling easterly, grey skies and some rain earlier . Maximum temperature of 4C is a reminder of how winter weather very much exists in March more often than not. This coming spell however is a bit more significant than any old chilly day. Very cold uppers in a fresh easterly flow - particulary on Sunday - would make for a bitterly cold weather. Air temperature very similar to a cold day in winter but combined with the wind and it may feel like -5C. Another characteristic is the theme of sunshine combined with 'wintry showers'. For the next 24hrs or so, the showers could be hit or miss and heavier and more organised in some areas than others, but I expect plenty of excitement in here - especially in eastern parts - with some places in the firing line for classic north sea convection and maybe some beefy showers with cumulonimbus clouds. The radar should reveal everything, convective activity may vary across the eastern counties but prepare yourself for something a little more active than the scenarios illustrated by BBC forecasts. As for here in the western end of the central belt, I'll settle for seeing some snow flurries but I'll hope that there'll be enough convective activity for rather prolonged and beefy showers to feed through the forth-clyde valley. A heavy snowfall with some accumilations would make for a delightful end to a decent 2012/2013 season but I'm happy with just getting the March snowfall in the bag and hearing reports of the events in the high-risk areas. Last year, the last significant snowfall was in early April with the last snowflakes in lowland Scotland falling in early May. This season, the fun started earlier in late October and it'll be intruiging to see how late the snow will finish this time round. It'll be a pleasure to see the rest of this Spring unfold with the last of the winter weather, the tranquility of normal Spring days and the first warmth. Just about all of us enjoyed that exceptional warm and sunny spell in late March last year, perhaps it'll be closer to a March 2006 this year rather than 2012, but hopefully there'll be a few warmer days as April goes on and a dry, sunny and warm May like 2008 or 2000 would be just lovely.

10th March: One of the most memorable days of the 2012/2013. Today was a classic example of the sort of proper winter weather that can happen in March in Scotland. Very cold uppers between -10C and -15C with a brisk north easterly flow. This morning I woke up to a light snow flurry followed by a brief shower that brought some of the heaviest snowfalls I've ever seen. A few more snow flurries and in the afternoon I went over to Fife. On the journey there were a few more heavy snow showers, some lying snow in Fife, especially on the high ground and some wonderful winter scenes with snow covered landscapes and sunshine. The valley around Falkland and Cupar was snowless but I spent the evening at my relatives and watched the frequent snow showers roll over the house and indeed across the region with vistas across Fife and south towards Edinburgh. An impressive winter sky with classic colours of a winter sunset/dusk, aswell as seeing snow rolling in across the area and in the clearer patches the structure of cumulonimbus clouds were visible. It seemed that the activity was dying off in the evening when I left Fife with a clearer sky and a starry evening. And a very cold evening too with sub-zero temperatures and a bone-chilling wind chill. There was more snow on the lowground of Fife but depths of only around a cm. There was snow on the ground on the other side of the Forth Road Bridge and then I discovered that the snow shower activity was still in business. The M 8 motorway from the road bridge to Harthill was tricky was snowfall and some lying snow on the road and also some snow blowing around. Then we left the snow showers behind but I was surprised to find that snow depths of around a cm or two remained fairly constant as we approched Glasgow. It was green when I left Dunbartonshire but by the time I had got back there was a cm of icy, sparkling snow on all surfaces and a return to a winter wonderland. The 4th decent lying snow event this season but possibly the best day for lying snow here in March since 2006. Another mini-blizzard arrived and dumped another cm. March often offers at least one snowfall here, and ths year it hasn't disapointed. After a decent winter, the desire for significant snowfall isn't as great at this time of year but today certainly rounded off a good season for snow and cold. And there was plenty of snow showers elsewhere in Scotland, particulary in the east and many areas have a depth of some sort but the NE was worst hit with a couple of inches in some places. An ice day for a few locations too. An excellent day for winter's weather in March. Maximum temperature at Glasgow airport 4C, now the minimum is -3C. A very cold night is in store, another cold day is in store too. The cold theme could last, but perhaps maximum temperatures may not be below 5C and the snow cover may melt in the stronger sunshine. However, I look forward to updating tomorrow on the wintry weather here and elsewhere.


11th March: This is turning out to be a very significant period for winter weather as we near mid-March. Maximum of 3C at Glasgow airport is one of the coldest for a March day since I can remember. Minimum of -4C. Some snow flurries in the north easterly throughout the day until the afternoon but this could possibly be the last time I see snow here this season. The sort of day that would not have felt or looked out of place during the depths of winter except the time/length of daylight puts into perspective that it is Spring. And the snow cover has mostly gone away from shaded areas because of the strength of the sunshine. Further east however there were further heavy snow showers and accumilations aswell as some distruption in quite an active day for winter weather. One of the coldest nights of the season too with minima in the highlands close to -13C and an ice day in some spots. More snow showers for England today and an area of low pressure brining a snowstorm to France has brought lots of snow to the Channel Islands aswell as affecting south eastern parts of England. A very cold night is on store after a sunny, very cold and wintry March day. The coming days are set to be chilly but this could be the last of the significant winter weather of the 2012/2013 season.

12th March: Very cold last night with -8C reported at Glasgow airport which is the joint coldest temperature of the 2012/2013 season and the last time there was a colder minimum there was in December 2010. There was still some patches of lying snow in shaded areas, about a third of my garden was covered which probably isn't enough to count as a lying snow day. Once the sun was up the temperature rose above freezing with a maximum of 8C. Some sunny intervals throughout the day, now a clear and cold night with the temperature already below freezing. Some snow showers elsewhere today, minimum temperature below -10C somewhere last night and some significant distruption in Sussex after a snowfall which was the worst in the Channel Islands for possibly 30 or so years. It's always nice to see some late winter conditions and Spring snowfall at this time of year but this spell in some sense has been pretty exceptional. Some snow showers tonight for parts of Scotland exposed to the northerly wind. The cold/chilly Spring weather look set to persist throughout the middle-third of this month. There may be brief spells of less cold uppers, such as later this week but in general, if the current synoptic theme continues then uppers should be below -5C for the best part of the next 10 or so days. A prolonged cold spell for Spring standards, but with the strength of the sun maximum temperatures could be close to the average. But certainly, it will be interesting to see how things end up, there is the potential for this month to be pretty cold overall and is already looking like being a very different month compared to this time last year.

13th March: A very pleasant and typical March day. Bright with clear/sunny intervals and a few light snow flurries in the afternoon in a northerly airstream. After a cold start, the maximum temperature was close to the average at 7C with a stronger sun. Minimum temperature -4C this evening under clear skies. Another cold night to come before a front moves in from the west. This will bring precipitation but it could fall as snow for a time. A wetter period is likely with temperatures close to average but generally the synoptic pattern looks good for colder uppers to persist for the coming week or so some more chilly and possibly wintry weather yet Springlike conditions with any sunshine. The season for snowfall here has been of a good length from the 26th October, today there was a few light flurries but at this time of year it's impossible to judge whether a snowfall will be the last of the season.

14th March: A cold start with a low of -3C. Cloud cover rolled in with the arrival of fronts off the atlantic. In the morning initially it was cloudy, cold with some patchy drizzle although there could have been some snow - however snow did fall in other parts of the country this morning for a time - and then some heavier precipitation arrived which resulted in some pretty wet and driech conditions throughout the day - maximum temperature of 7C and an overcast night and currently 5C. However clearer and showery air should arrive tomorrow, a bit unsettled for the weekend but next week there could be a return to a wintry element to the Spring weather.

16th March: No snowfall here today but as ever in any marginal event, the fine divide between snow and no snow from region to region is impressive. An area of precipitaton moving up from England during the morning brought light rain, cloudy skies in a benign and cold day with maximum/minimum of 4/0C at Glasgow airport. But further east in Lanarkshire, the Lothians and some other areas some heavy snow did fall but the majority of any accumilations was on the higher ground. A chilly, calm but overcast night here just now a very wintry element to the weather continues for the coming days with quite low temperatures and a wintry mix in the precipitation. There's lots of potential regarding the upcoming period and it'll be interesting to see just how sharp or significant this could be for winter weather this late in the season.

17th March: Quite a similar day to yesterday with quite cold temperatures for this time of year (6/1C). Grey and showery throughout the day and feeling cold too, the precipitation here was mostly of rain and at times was quite heavy. However, recently an area of precipitation moving in from the east brought a wintry element and some bursts of snow. The easterly winds look like persisting for the forseeable and this week is staying cold and with wintry and snowy weather - especially in eastern areas. March 2013 is turning out to be very different from last year and it'll be intruiging to see what sort of temperatures and snowfall events we will experience in the coming days.

18th March: An active day. It started similar to the weekend with grey skies, quite cold with a stronger wind today, and some precipitation coming in from the east that was a mix of rain/sleet/snow. In the afternoon, as precipitation changed to fine snow, after a high of 5C with colder uppers arriving, there was finally some clear intervals and even some brightness in a constanly changing sky in the brisk north easterly wind. Convection increased progressively in the afternoon and evening with snow showers affecting many areas. Here there were regular snow showers but no accumilations but further east, in the Lothians and other regions the snowfall has been and is more persistent and heavy and depths are already up to 10cm in some spots - hours before the orange warning from the Met office. Minimum temperature of 1C, and a very winry week coming up so tomorrow's update should be interesting with such exceptional weather for this stage in the month.


19th March: Very windy today with some strong gusts at times with fast moving clouds that brought regular snow flurries throughout the day. Now 31 days of snow here, and at Glasgow airport today was the 5th day of snow this month and the maximum temperature there was 4C (which is fairly exceptional for this time of year) but minimum temperature was only 1C in the mostly cloudy and windy conditions (there has already been over 10 days with an air frost this month). During the evening, there was a bit more of a sustained and quite heavy period of snow but it failed to settle on wet surfaces. In some areas, it was a similar scenario with snowfall present, but not heavy or persistent or cold enough for it settle. But for some parts, such as the Lothians and Borders there was a lot of snow, 10-15cm+ in places. At Braemar, an ice day very late in the season. Tomorrow, staying cold, quite windy but with the snow fading away, a quiet but cold day on Thursday. A bit more activity late on Thursday into the weekend with an area of low pressure pushing in, there could be a frontal snowfall is the precipitation makes it this far north. Beyond that, there's a fine line between a continuation of cold, or rather less cold conditions instead, but at the moment an easterly wind could be cold enough for a chilly final third to the month.

20th March: Quite a nice winter's/Spring day! Much less of a wind, some snow in the early hours but it turned out to be a pleasant day with a maximum temperature of 5C (that's cold for winter let alone March) and a cold, clear evening has seen a low of 0C. Some nice clear, pleasant skies today making it a decent March day with a winter's element. The Campsies looked very wintry with a covering of snow (and quite late in the season too) and there was a wee snow flurry on the hills this evening. A cold, clear evening with the moon and stars visible and just a few clouds gently rolling. Another cold and quiet day tomorrow, a front is set to arrive on Friday but there are big question marks about where it will stall. But this month has seen a fair bit of cold, and wintry weather and it looks set to stay for atleast another 7 days.. Impressive!

21st March: This could turn out to be a historical month and cettainly one to reflect on. A cold morning with a low of -2C, and maximum of 5C. Quite windy with low pressure to the south, some sunshine in the morning and early afternoon but turning cloudier in the evening - feeling very cold in the wind. Winter weather set to stay for atleast another 6 days. Tonight an area of low pressure is going to bring a lot of snow to parts of NI, N Wales and N England. There could be some snow here, if it does then 2012/2013 would equal 2010/2011 with snowfall days and if snow settles, it could be the latest I've ever seen lying snow here. And there's the potential for some pretty low maximum temperatures. The winter that just doesn't want to end.

22nd March: Across the British Isles, today was one of the most eventful for weather this year and emphasises how notable this month has been. This time last year, we were about to enter a record breaking warm spell that would help make March 2012 one of the mildest on record. This year it is a polar opposite. The front arrived here sometime before dawn and by 9am it was snowing heavily with 2cm on the ground making for the 5th decent lying snow event this year (second this month) - creating a very wintry scene- and it was the 33rd snowfall of the winter - the same as 2010/2011 - and the latest date I've seen lying snow here. It was very windy today with quite strong gusts. The snowfell almost all day long here, but the lying snow melted quite quickly. The wind and small snow flakes couldn't realy settle and the central belt was on the edge of the front. However, this evening the temperature dropped closer to 0C, the snow got a bit heavier and it began to settle and again there is lying snow of 2cm. Maximum temperature was 3C in the early hours - at Glasgow airport since 2000 the coldest maximum temperature in March was 2C in 2001. Snow fell in many areas today from the front: Northern Ireland, north Wales, southern and western Scotland and parts of northern England were hardest hit (floods in south western England). Lying snow in many areas, but over a foot in some areas and some impressive drifts. Transport was badly affected in many areas and many thousands were left without power. And the cold air is set to stay over the British Isles for coming 5-7 days or so. This month will certainly be worth looking back on. Cold and snow isn't unusal in March, but this year has been quite exceptional. I wonder what April will bring....


23rd March: Last Marc, it was the mildest on record in Scotland. At Glasgow airport it reached a record 20C. Today, the maximum temperature was 1C - the joint coldest for March since available records from 1973. 1980 was the last time the maximum was 1C and the previous coldest of my lifetime was 2C in early March 2001. This is staggering considering how late we are into the month and this month at Glasgow airport already has a very low minimum of -8C (Joint coldest of 2012/2013 and coldest of 2013), maximum of of 1C (joint coldest of 2013), 11 days with 5C or less maximum (probably a record) and around 14 days with minimum of 0C or less (with more to come) and seven days of snow (joint snowiest of 2012/2013 and 2013). And elsewhere there have been ice days, sub -10C minima -a very memorable month in what has been an interesting winter in which each month has peformed well in unique aspects. It will truly be interesting to see how the stats/facts come review. Here, everything was covered with 2cm of snow this morning and the snow continued till around lunchtime - 2012/2013 now snowier than 2010/2011. On concrete surfaces the snow has mostly gone but on all grass surfaces it is white - it's hard to judge snowdepths on grass, especially with some drifts. The Campsies were very white with massive drifts in places. The whole region is looking white with snowcovered fields making it look like mid-winter. In Torrance there was snow on all grassy surfaces and on some concrete and roofs. Latest date for lying snow that I can remember and it was a very wintry looking evening with the snowfields reflecting the orange glow of the sky. It was a cloudy day too with a strong easterly wind making it very cold. Elsewhere in the UK, the snow eased but there was severe disurption in worst hit areas with drifts higher than 10 feet in places. The cold easterly is going to stay and it is going to be fascinating to look back on this month. The March equivalent of November 2010?

24th March: A mostly cloudy day other than a few clearer intervals. Still windy, and very cold for this time of year at 3/1C. Some snow flurries in the easterly made this month the snowiest of the season. The lying snow was here in the morning but has all melted but this has truly been an exceptional period of winter weather for this time of year. Elsewhere, it was cold - Isle of Arran very badly affected by drifts. The cold easterly wind is here to stay for much of next week, maybe a snowy breakdown or further cold conditions. Very interesting to see how the final run in to the month shapes up.

25th March: 8th consecutive day of snow (and sub 5C maximum with a high of 3C and low of 1C) here today with a few flurries. Another really cold day too but the wind has now eased somewhat. Quite cloudy too other than a bit of brightness earlier for a brief time. It's hard to believe that this time last year we were all enjoying that record-breaking warm spell with temperatures into the 20s in many areas. A year later, maximum temperatures are barely exceeding 3C (even for the likes of Tiree) and some of the most prolonged and 'deep' cold in March, occuring during the second half - a very different scenario to the usual share of northerly incursions or polar mariime air. One of the other weird aspects of this month is how Spring never really started - other than some of those glorious days back in that settled spell at the end of February - and we are enduring conditions that are akin to a decent cold spell in the depths of winter. March is renowned for its taste of late winter weather, but nothing on this insane level

26th March: And the never ending winter goes on. This time last year it hit 20C at Glasgow airport, today the maximum temperature was 4C and a minimum of -2C. The statistics get even more exceptional. At the airport today was the 9th consecutive day of sub 5C maximum and here, my snow diary has recorded a 9th consecutive day of snowfall. The easterly wind was not a strong as it has been in recent days but it feed fairly regular snow showers off the north sea but with some lovely sunshine inbetween - some heavy showers too with some graupel. A very cold and wintry looking/feeling evening with a clear starry sky with the moon. It really is a glorious combination of the light of Spring and conditions and atmosphere of winter. Other than some daffodils, vedgetation hasn't gone into Spring mode yet. The cold weather will see-out the rest of the month but further snowfall, the sort of temperatures and how long the weather pattern will last remains to be seen.

27th March: Some very cold temperatures at Glasgow airport in the early hours with a low of -5C (probably the last for the season). The maximum temperature was 5C so that is 10 days in a row with sub 5C maximum -amazing considering how this time last year it was 20C - snow showers were regular and for a time around 6am there was actually a cm of lying snow which should be the last of the season. Some glorious sunny and bright intervals today but with regular and heavy snow showers. A cold calm evening with a partly clear sky and the moon is out. I'm not sure whether there'll be further snow here and another sub 5C day but it looks like staying on the cold and settled side into easter weekend.

28th March: A lovely wintry and settled late March day. It started with a stream of snow showers through the central belt that left a covering of around a cm in Bearsden but closer to 3cm in Torrance - once again, very imressive to have lying snow this late in the season and the run of consecutive days of snowfall has been exceptional. March 2013 has become only the third month since the start of the millenium to have 10 or more snow days at Glasgow airport (on December 2009 has had more by 2). A repeat of yesterday when the strong Spring sun melted the snow very quickly (even more so than earlier this month which is inevitable). It was a truly lovely day with lots of lovely winter's sunshine and blue skies with only just a few clouds whilst the Campsies and landscape still looked like we were still in winter. It was the first day since the 17th to have a maximum temperature above 5C with a high/low of 6C/-1C which is still below average. A very wintry and atmospheric dusk up in the Campsies with the frozen and snowy hillsides and a cold, clear and starry sky with an orange haze on the horizon, a sharper light blue to the west and a darker but less sharp blue to the east above the snow-covered hills as night-time rolled in from the west. A cold and lovely starry evening/night - a bit cloudier now. This month has been incredible for its weather which is reflected in amazing stats so iit will be interesting to see what the overall values are but it is certain that this March will be one of the coldest (and snowiest) on record. Today may have seen the last snow of the season (maybe even the last sub 5C maximum yesterday) but for the remainder of the month and into April it is set to stay on chilly side but very pleasant under an area of high pressure allowing for nice conditions during the day and frosty nights,

29th March: Another beautiful day and very typical of a late cold spell in March. A very cold night with a low of -5C in the early hours and there was even a light snow shower in the morning which continues this amazing run of snow days. Maximum temperature of 6C in the glorious Spring sunshine but that value is still below average for this time of year. Another wintry sunset/dusk - I was near Gourock where the Clyde looked fantastic and so did the land and the sky was some snow on the hills to the north. Staying on the chilly side but it will be dry, settled and sunny for the coming days.

30th March: Quite similar to yesterday with a low of -6C, a high of 6C, feeling pleasant in the Spring sunshine but also some cloudier spells. There was a breif snow flurry in the afternoon which should be the last of an exceptional run of snow-days - the longest that I can remember. At Glasgow airport, with 11 snowfalls, since 2000 only December 2009 had more snow days than this month and 2012/2013 season is joint-top for snow days since 2000. The only thing this month has lacked is a few other records and a big snowfall like the frontal event in March 2006. Last year was exceptional but in my experience this month has to go down as the most interesting I've ever experienced and the season 2012/2013 has also been a very interesting and decent one (and pretty long too with cold weather present since the end of September). Some more settled, sunny days and cold, frosty nights to come. It'll be a shame to see a return to wetter atlantic weather but this spell has been enjoyable but Spring has to turn up eventually - although despite below average temperatures, the coming days may look and feel a bit more like Spring.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Winter Blog 2012/2013 - Part 2

Snow Diary so far

Friday 26th October - Light snow shower from the north - No lying snow
Saturday 3rd November - Light shower from the west early in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 2nd December - Frontal snowfall during the evening coming from the west - Lying snow of 3cm
Monday 3rd December - Frontal snowfall in the early hours coming from the west - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Tuesday 4th December - Light snow from a small front coming from the north in the evening - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Wednesday 5th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Thursday 6th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Friday 7th December - No snowfall - Lying snow in places of a 1cm
Saturday 8th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of less than a cm
Wednesday 12th December - Light snowfall in the early hours moving in from the south west - No lying snow
Thursday 13th December - Light snowfall in the morning from a front moving north - Lying snow of a dusting
Thursday 27th December - Snow from a band moving from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 30th December - Snow from showers coming in from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 13th January - Heavy snow from a band from the west - Lying snow of 1cm
Wednesday 16th January - Light snow flurry in afternoon - No lying snow


1st January 2013 - New Year's Day: 8.45pm

Happy new year! At midnight, the first moments of the new year was cold and chilly westerly breeze. There was a fantastic moon over Glasgow but gradually cloud cover increased from approching showers from the west and the moon was covered. You could see the lanterns moving in same direction as the clouds and also very quickly too. Then it started to rain. Looking at the car there was some sleety stuff or rain with a wintry element landing on the cars and during a heavier shower in the early hours it left a covering. Certainly sleety but not quite enough to convince me that it was snow event worth putting into my snow diary for the winter. During the early hours it was cold with a low of 2C at Glasgow Airport and the sky altered between a lovely starry sky with a moon and an orange sheet from incoming showers. And it was a lovely winter's day and nice start to the weather of 2013 with stunning winter sunshine, clear, blue skies. It was quite chilly when I went for a walk at Kilmardinny Loch but a lovely sunset despite the chilly breeze. Maximum temperature at Glasgow airport 8C. There was snow in the highlands in the early hours but precipitation in the showers was more of rain later in the day but the shower become somewhat less frequent in what was a fine winter's day. With high pressure edging further north into southern areas of the British Isles it is going to be settled - Scotland will be vulnerable to some precipitation and it could be quite dull at times - and on the whole it should be mild but as the settled theme continues further into the first half of January the position or role the anticyclone has in relation to the British Isles could enable a possible frosty anticyclonic period, and in correspondance with the predicted SSW synoptically things will get interesting further into January - especially the second half of the month. Possibly January will the reverse of December 2012, except perhaps both the mild and cold halves will be more potent?

2nd January - 11.55pm

A much milder day with a high/low of 11/4C at Glasgow airport. The pleasant and seasonal conditions of yesterday was replaced by a milder atlantic flow as a result of high pressure to our south. It has been a largely dull and overcast day here with spells of light rain and drizzle and this should continue overnight and into tomorrow. This pattern should last from a good number of days but it's anyone's guess as to what follows - how will the current synoptic pattern correspond with stratospheric changes that are afoot.

3rd January - 11.55pm

Another largely overcast, classic atlantic day in the middle of winter. There were spells of drizzle and a little of wind at times. A very mild day too with temperatures at Glasgow airport above 10C all day and max of 12C. This sort of atlantic driven, mild, overcast and at times damp conditions should last for a wee while but the pattern change is on the horizon and as we grow ever closer toward a key period the models should be really exciting to be following right now.

4th January - 11.55pm

Another mild day here with max/min at Glasgow airport of 11/9C. A better day, mostly dry other than a little drizzle at times. There was some decent clear spells and some periods of brightness in the afternoon but the generally cloudy theme continued this evening and should do so for the next 4 days and there should be some spells of rain too as front move in ontop of the high into Scotland and Ireland - NE Scotland best for sunshine. Pretty mild too for the next few days but a pattern change is coming around midmonth but there's great variability at this stage in how the models experiment with the SSW that's very likely but this makes for exciting times with a potentially excellent outcome.

5th January - 11.55pm

Another mild day here. There was some sunshine breaking through the cloud cover in the morning but overcast skies resumed pretty soon with the cold front arriving in the evening. It soon cleared and now it is clear, calm with a starry sky which is nice to see after the previous overcast nights.

The background signals are really looking good for HLB over Greenland. The models are only starting to deal and map out the effects on the SSW so there's a lot of uncertainty and variability so it's about waiting and seeing how the synoptics unfold during the many days to come and it'll be a whilte until we firm up a clear picture about the pattern change. Certainly in about 5 days it will be colder air, probably staying settled aswell. It seems like high pressure will end up between Iceland and Scandinavia and this needs further observation and the Iberian High may push further northwards towards Greeland so there's a lot to look out for, it's early days and there's many hurdles that need to be jumped but the prospects going forward further into January is looking good. It'll be a pleasure to watch this unfold and this sort of spectacle doesn't deserve whinging (in the MT) if all doesn't go well. Loads of potential, it's gonna turn colder, very uncertain and variable but this makes for very exciting and interesting times. It will be fascinating to see this evolve and god knows what sort of progress will be made between this update and the next tomorrow night.

6th January - 1pm

Another grey day as some small weather fronts moving across from Ireland have brought a little dampness. It could remain on the damp and overcast side for the rest of tonight and into tomorrow. It should turn cooler on Wednesday, with a new area of high pressure moving in from the west and Scotland on the northern edge of it but the air flow should be cooler. Then it seems like high pressure will be placed to the north of Scotland (we could be exposed to some atlantic fronts at times) and the colder theme should continue through the rest of next week and at the moment, it seems that by the weekend, the high will be placed over Scandinavia introducing colder air in an easterly flow and this also means a risk of snow showers in some areas but details will almost certainly change. The Azores High could also extend and migrate further northwards - there's a definite trend about that but at this range, there's no definite clarity on the all important specifics. Todays is also the day of the SSW so the models will be very interesting to be following throughout next week. It was the coldest night since New Year's Day with a low of 4C at Glasgow Airport but currently the high is 9C.

7th January - 11.15pm

Another very mild day but it has been dull, overcast, dark, gloomy and very wet with a bit of mist in the evening 10/9C at Glasgow airport. Tomorrow should be wet but clearing and colder air should follow leaving a sunny and cold day on Wednesday, Thursday looking cold too with a front moving in from the west and with high pressure towards Scandinavia, an easterly flow, so a cold weekend but the real uncertainty lurks beyond the weekend - a decent chance of it staying cold but we need to see what sort of charts and scenarios unfold throughout this week.

8th January - 11.35pm

Another mild day with maximum temperature of 11C, grey and wet to begin with but as the cold front cleared it was a clear afternoon allowing for a nice wintry sunset and dusk for once. A starry evening too. A cold night instore, currently 5C at Glasgow airport and there should be fog and mist patches across the British Isles. Tomorrow dry and cold, followed by a widespread frost in the north then a front moving in on Thursday. However with block to our north, a cold weekend looks likey and today, there has been big upgrades in the 12zs and GFS 18z about the snow prospects (particulary in England) for the weekend and it looked good in todays 12z runs for Greenland blocking at a semi-reliable time frame - but there's a lot of scatter in the ensembles so still very uncertain - and FI on some runs has been of epic proportions. Very exciting period of model watching coming up and indeed the actual weather itself should be equally thrilling to follow. Background signals looking good for cold later on - huge potential but very early days. Plus the most users on line was smashed for the GFS 18z.

9th January - 11.45pm
A stunning winter's sunset earlier with red skies to the west and a pale/purple sky to the west. There was a little rain in the early hours with some cloud from the west. There were alternating clear periods and some periods with increased cloud cover but generally it was a bright day - especially when compared to what we've seen so far this month. A cool day too with maximum of 8C and currently a low of 2C at Glasgow Airport. Hopefully by dawn there'll be the first air frost on 2013, and the first since the 13th or 14th of December. Tomorrow could be a cloudy day with the UK sat between two weather fronts but certainly it should be a cold day. The cold theme continues into Friday and especially the weekend should see frosts, cold temperatures by day and increased snow risk for UK, especially in England with the easterly wind but eastern Scotland could see something. Even though it's within the 5 day outlook, there'll be subtle changes which will have a big impact on what happens, so confidence is low regarding the detail of this weekend. A mixed day for high pressure extending to Greenland, the GFS op has had a shortwave drama near Iceland, but FI doesn't fit with the background signals. And much of the other models, and indeed GFS ensembles down support the GFS op and the ECM 12z was another stonker. High uncertainty but thrilling.

10th January - 11.45pm
A return to winter for the first time this month. Current maximum 3C at Glasgow airport and first Air frost - low of -2C - since just before mid-December. However the sun failed to turn up because of quite dense fog this morning and indeed right now and mist and grey skies persisted all day - largely dry too. The potential for snow starts later tomorrow and throughout the weekend into the start of next week. Probably more likely in the east but it's a very complicated picture so we'll only know until the last minute. Temperatures should be low too so this should make for an interesting weekend. And model watching has been gripping today with EPIC ECM runs, consistency in GFS in 06z and 12z with regards to how GFS differs from other models but 18z was an improvement - ensembles paint a different story for GFS - so it continues to be a very volatile affair and anything could happen.

11th January - 11.35pm

Temperatures at Glasgow airport close to normal for winter 6/3C. Quite grey and overcast to begin with, a few clear breaks but a beautiful dusk in the afternoon with clear skies and a wounderful wintry tint of light blue. Now there's a sheet of cloud with a little clear strip to the south. Some drizzle and light rain across the south west during the night, mostly cloudy for Scotland but some clear intervals in the north west. A chilly night too and the colder upper air and sub 528 dam air should spread from the west, a south easterly flow developing and some snow showers for parts of Scotland such as Angus during Saturday. On Sunday a band of precipitation moving in from the north west could bring some snow to Scotland and there are oppurtunities for snow during the early part of next week across the British Isles. Beyond Wednesday next week and it's uncertain.


12th January - 11.45pm

Went to Lochgoilhead during the morning and left in the afternoon. It seemed to be clear skies at dawn, a mixture of clear and cloud patches in the sky on the drive up and at Lochgoilhead, the sun occasionally coming up to give a very wintry golden colour on the mountains (light snow cover down to below 2000ft) and shimmering on the loch. Very chilly in the south easterly wind. Overcast on the way back. At Glasgow airport, another day with typical, quite chilly temperatures of 5/2C, no air frost but atleast the maximum was below 5C which makes things seasonal. It went down to below -7C in the highlands last night. A tiny bit of snow in some parts of eastern Scotland with showers, some snow in a few parts of eastern England with showers, and with a front coming down the from north west there has been some snow in parts of the highlands. Now overcast with this feature getting closer to the central belt. It's unclear whether it'll be snow away from the coast, or snow on the high ground but precipitation from this feature is meant to persist throughout the night, morning and afternoon. Some parts of the country will get a fair bit of snow. Another front follows, potential for snow but the warm sector could be problem. The models show a cold, settled week with the potential for some very low temperatures - through time we'll get more ideas about what the latter part of this coming week will be like.

13th January - 10.55pm

I woke up to fairly moderate-heavy snowfall at 9am which is the first here (Bearsden, and also most likely Torrance aswell) and at Glasgow airport this year. It left a covering of 1cm on top of the car and the trees, cars, grass, roofs and some drive way were all white - surpasses anything that we saw in January or February 2012. But once the snow stopped falling before lunchtime, it was a wet affair and the snow melted quite quickly. I went for a drive to the whangie and in the upper part of Milngavie, Craigton and on the road towards Queen's view there was a lot of lying snow and a winter wonderland - but the precipitation was rain. Then to my surprise, just after that there was no sign of any snow whatsoever in Kilearn, Drymen and Fintry - the whole valley was green. The Campsies was white however with snow falling. Came through Torrance and it was raining but I noticed the remains of some of the lying snow on a few gardens so it was the first falling and lying snow of the year there too - in my snow diary, I've said depth of 1cm which is the highest depth I recorded today at one of the two sites I spend my time at). The snow generally across Scotland was of a wet nature with little significant accumilations across lower levels. Now the same band is bringing snow to large parts of England. A cold day at Glasgow airport, an air frost and maxima/minima of 3/0C makes for a cold winter's day. Tomorrow, another band in the morning but mostly rain in Scotland - then followed by an easterly flow for a few days, pretty cold, then possibly a snowy breakdown for the end of the week but this is very uncertain as we don't know the details that will decide whether it'll be snow, how significant it will be and where, and whether it will be a breakdown at all.

14th January - 11.10pm

It rained during the night but it brought snow to Aberdeenshire and quite a few areas of England but hardly stunning. Some lovely winter sunshine and clear skies through the day and the crescent moon was visible at dusk. With winds turning to more of a north easterly there is currently precipitation in eastern areas. An band of decaying snow showers crossed the area recently and I saw the area of thin cloud cover (with the orange glow of Glasgow) move south across the central belt with the fantastic crystal clear, starry and dark night sky. A cold day at Glasgow airport 4/0C. The next few days probably cold and dry, then there is the potential for a very significant breakdown for the weekend and the cold theme may be maintained beyond anything after this weekend is uncertain.

15th January - 11.40pm

The cold spell continues. Maximum temperature of 3C and currently -4C at Glasgow airport. -12.7C at Braemar and Dyce has recorded it's coldest temperatures since Boxing Day 2010. A glorious winter's day here with frost and a stunning winter dusk with crystal clear sky, not a breath of wind and a crescent moon. There was a little snow in eastern parts of Scotland and in some eastern areas of England and sattelite imagery should that a number of areas have lying snow (mostly on the higher ground). There was further distruption in east Anglia and there's low level lying snow in Aberdeenshire. A front out to the west may bring rain to the western isles of Scotland, if it pushes further inland then there could be snow. Tomorrow, could be a cloudier day here but another cold one. Into Thursday and the cold conditions continue possibly some precipitation here coming off the Irish Sea. For the end of the week there is a battle between the atlantic and cold air. Scotland should keep surface cold and cold uppers, but there's uncertainty about how Scotland could be affected with the band of precipitation that will certainly bring a significant snow event to parts of the British Isles between Friday and Monday. It's a complicated affair but it seems Scotland may hang onto the cold air through next week with possible reloads and potentially a more significant blocking pattern further down the line.

16th January - 11.40pm

The coldest day of 2013 so far. Maximum of 1C and minimum -4C at Glasgow airport. And there was a snow flurry here in the afternoon, part of a patchy band of precipitation moving in from the west that's bringing snow to Wales. A very cold night in Aberdeen - coldest since December 2010 and it dropped to -13C in Norflok. There was some sunshine in the early afternoon but it's dry, cold and cloudy. Overnight it should remain cloudy here but during the day the clear skies in the east should be more widespread during the afternoon. Then Friday is interesting, battleground sets up as a front meeting the cold air turns to snow - met office warning covering much of the UK, amber in parts of England and Wales. But there's lots of uncertainties regarding how heavy and how far east the snow will fall over Scotland - south west of Scotland most favourable for distruptive snowfall. But it looks like staying cold throughout the weekend, snow showers in a SEly flow in eastern Scotland and staying cold into the first part of next week. ECM 12z was a cracker so there's still model variability post Sunday thus lot's of uncertainty but we are in thrilling times.

17th January - 11.45pm
Another cold day -2/0C at Glasgow airport and very cold at some spots in the UK last night. Thin cloud cover but quite bright, at dusk I could see the clear skies further east with a classic wintry orange/pink haze on the horizon. A strong wind making things feel very chilly as a result of low pressure moving in from the west. Scotland shouldn't be affected by the frontal snowfall but much of the rest of the UK should be affected and today the met office issued the first red warning for snow in two years - for south Wales. Today there has been snow showers around the north sea in a SEly wind and light snow across Wales and England. Tomorrow, snowy for many, drier in Scotland but snow showers for eastern parts of Scotland and overnight the snow risk could increase across a much larger area of Scotland. Staying cold throughout the weekend with an easterly flow and the potential for snow with convection off the north sea. The first three days of next week at least will see the cold spell continue and after that it is uncertain.

18th January - 11.55pm

Probably the most eventful day for snow in the UK since December 2010. The band of precipitation dumped snow over much of Northern Ireland, Wales and England with significant distruption and depths as high as 30cm. There was dedicated special news reports about the situation. Here a lovely but very cold winter's day with a strong wind and plenty of sunshine with the moon visible at dusk but cloud cover increased later in the evening and there was a little bit of snow. A very complicated picture but today probably had the best north sea convective snow shower activity since 2010 with intense squall lines in the evening in northern England and eastern Scotland in a strong SEly. Snow fell in these areas throughout the day but during the evening there was quite intense snowfall in eastern parts of Scotland and the squall line extended as far as the Isle of Skye and the remainder of the front that brought distruption to other parts of the UK brought some snow to southern parts of Scotland. Much of the UK saw snow today and has lying snow and in many areas significant accumilations and even Scotland joined despite the BBC/Met office not forecasting the convective showers at all well. A very cold day here and at Glasgow airport it was 2/-1C today which is very decent seasonal temperatures. Tomorrow, a cold and strong easterly wind should feed snow showers into eastern areas but it could end up being more widespread and a similar theme for Sunday but details will change. Potentially another significant snow event in E England on Sunday and this spreading northwards could make for an interesting day on Monday here in Scotland. Beyond that there is variability between the models with some suggesting the cold spell will continue to last. Despite the lack of lying snow here in comparison to other areas, I've enjoyed the activity across the country and the length and temperatures and weather we've had here has been very seasonal and shall continue to do so and there is a greater risk of snow here in the coming days. Very active period we are in and we've seen some very interesting and exciting weather in the UK.

19th January 2013 - 11.55pm

Today was another cold one 4/0C withb some snow here and at Glasgow airport with just a few showers in he easterly wind. More activity furher east and some light snow across various parts of the UK. Pleasant winter's sunshine earlier but turned a bit cloudier later. A quite day instore tomorrow but Monday could see some snow as the cold snap continues into next week. Sady 4 people were killed in an avalanche at Glencoe.

20th January 2013 - 11.20pm


A cloudy, grey day and cold with some snow flurries - 2/1C at Glasgow airport as of 11pm. Some snow flurries in a easterly wind affecting Scotland parts of Ireland whilst an area of low pressure moving north from the continent has brought significant snowfall to SE England aswell as bringing some snowfall for the Midlands, northern England and northern Wales and it's moving further north. More significant snowfall overnight in NE England then spreading into E Scotland, possibly some snow here and hopefully accumilations but it's all about waiting and seeing. There could be further snow for parts of Scotland in the following days, the cold spell lasting till atleast Thursday.

21st January 2013 - 11.55pm

A very cold day here (2/1C at Glasgow airport) but there was a strong easterly wind making things feel bitter. On top of that, throughout the morning and afternoon there was snow, there was a covering of snow in the morning with pavements, gardens, driveways etc... all white with a depth of under a cm but that all disapeared very quickly. Atleast there was another lying snow day and i has already been snowier than last January at Glasgow airport with 4 days. Snowfall was variable across Scotland but the borders have been hit very badly and north east England had snow and a little bit of snow in NI. Some significant snow depths of up to a foot in places - certainly this has been the most notable cold spell in the UK since December 2010 but Glasgow and central Scotland has escaped the worst of the snow but it has been a fairly lengthy cold spell. Wind and snow to continue overnight across parts of Scotland lingering all day tomorrow in NE parts. Another cold and cloudy day to follow, then becoming more settled with the potential for some very low minimum values in places. It seems likely that the cold spell will end by Friday but there could be a snow event to come with the breakdown. The atlantic may come back for a while but I wonder what February will jhave instore - could we see another notable cold spell following the effects of the SSW - it will be interesting to find out and certainly will be interesting to see what the mean temperature for January will be, it could be below average despite a very mild first third. Hopefully February will deliver some snow events and interesting weather in what has been a fascinating winter so far.

22nd January 2013 - 11.10pm

I think it snowed overnight with an area of precipitation that moed northwards across the central belt and Glasgow airport recorded its 5th day of snow this month. Quite grey the turned a bit clearer in the afternoon for a nice wintry dusk and conditions are much calmer with some clear spells. Maximum of 3C and minimum of -1C, more snow in eastern Scotland and some snow in southern and central parts of England. Depths of over a foot in Deeside . Staying cold and quiet over the next few days before this interesting cold spell will end with possibly a frontal snowfall on Friday followed by milder, wetter and windier conditions - but for how long?

23rd January 2013 - 11.35pm

A really cold day with some snow in the morning which was a surprise which left a brief dusting at Bearsden. Temperatures of 2/-2C at Glasgow airport, a mostly overcast day but with a wintry looking cloud cover and some clear patches looking south of Glasgow with a hazy look to it. In the afternoon I went for a drive over the Campsies. Lying snow covered much of the hills down to about 500ft, and it looked distinctly wintry beyond the car park with icicles, snow depths of 5 to 10cm, some drifts, trees covered in snow and on the other side of the Campsies there was lying snow throughout the valley around Fintry towards the hills of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Breadalbane but visiblity was very poor with a wintry haze over everything. The Fintry Hills and scenery looked wonderfully snowy and wintry with super colours and scenes and it was fascinating to see how the difference in temperatures on both sides of the Campsies influenced the snow cover. Elsewhere, it was another cold day with some snow showers in southern England and parts of Wales. A cold night and day to follow but very quiet before the breakdown occurs on Friday which could produce one final snowfall of this intruiging cold spell. Milder, wetter and windier for the weekend and possibly into next week but the synoptic situation in Europe will adjust following the change of pattern and it's a question of how well the models are managing the changes. And of course, there is the tropospheric effects from the SSW and this leads to a possibility of further HLB so things will remain changeable but certainly interesting with a variety of feasable outcomes ahead of us.

24th January 2013 - 11.55pm

And the cold spell goes on. A quieter day across the British Isles but still some snow flurries in places. No snow here, a cold day with temperatures at Glasgow airport of 4/1C, some sunshine and blue skies but it varied from place to place and during my drive around the Campsies it remained hazy around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs but some fantastic wintry scenes. The breakdown is coming with a front arriving from the west and it could bring some snowfall with it. If temperatures at Glasgow airport stay below 5C then it's another full day of the cold spell but it will end during the weekend with milder, wetter and windier weather. But it has been a memorable cold spell for many reasons, a decent duration of seasonal weather, some impressive snowfalls across the British Isles, 5 snow days in a row at Glasgow airport - the most since Nov/Dec 2010 - and some poor performances from the models. The only thing that my location lacked was a major snowfall but the cold spell made for an interesting chapter early in the year.[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/gallery/album/1261-snow-the-campsies-240112/"]http://forum.netweat...ampsies-240112/[/url]

25th January 2013 - 11.50pm

The cold spell continued for another full day 3/0C at Glasgow airport. A band moving in from the west brought widespread snowfall to many parts of Scotland and northern England with some further significant accumilations and distruption in places.I was in Bearsden all day, there was a covering of snow in the morning then it snow heavily throughout the afternoon, the ground was just a tad too wet for it to settle properly but roofs, grass, cars, pavements and stone walls etc were all white for a time. It has snowed quite a bit here in this spell and today had very heavy snowfall and there has been a covering of snow on numerous occasions but unfortuantly it wasn't much in the way of more significant depths. But I'm unaware of what it was like in Torrance and I think there is a chance that there could have been some depths there. Tomorrow could be sunny, if temperatures stay below 5C then the cold spell continues but there's a chance that it may end here. Then the following days low pressure systems bring heavy rainfall, and wind and milder temperatures and and it could remain unsettled throughout next week but this is subject to change.

26th January 2013 - 11.10pm

After 14 days the cold spell is finally over, with the temperature exceeding 5C at around Lunchtime. It was a cold start with some rain and a low of 1C, followed by some lovely sunshine and blue skies but cloud cover increased from the west in the afternoon and heavy rain soon arrived with it. The thin snow cover on the garden had melted by lunch. I went for a drive up the Campsies where depths were over 20cm and there were variations in snow cover across the region. Now milder air with 9C the high so far. But there was distruption in northern and eastern parts of England earlier with snowfall. The unsettled theme will continue with further rainfall and wind and generally less cold temperatures but there is a signal for a return to colder conditions in February.

27th January 2013 - 11.40pm

Mild in the arly hours with temperatures around 10C, but it was cooler after that and showery with some hail in the morning and claps of thunder and wintry showers in other parts of Scotland. Temperature dropped to around 2C. There was some sunshine in the morning folowed by a more prolonged period of oragnised showers and some clear spells in the evening aswell as further showers. It will stay changeable, temperatures not notably mild but sometimes cool/average or slightly above, come showery spells aswell as frontal rainfall and quite windy before turning colder towards the end of the week.

28th January 2013 - 10.45pm

A wet day with a front moving in from the west bringing some rainfall and quite heavy at times too. It was also windy at times. A bit milder than average at 8/4C and the changeable conditions are set to continue this week, sometimes cool here in Scotland and at times mild in England but it may turn colder towards the end of the week.

29th January 2013 - 11.00pm

Some wild conditions today with the wind pickling up during the day with quite strong and fresh gusts right now and some damaging gusts further NW in Scotland. Some rainfall earlier, but an amazing colour to the clouds with the sun setting in the south west. A mild day with maximum temperature of 12C and minimum of 7c and i reached 14.5C at one spot in the UK which is the mildest since November. Here, at least there is currently partly clear skies with stars visible but plenty of clouds moving quickly in the strong wind. Further changeable conditions in the coming days but a colder end to the week is likely - it could end up being a colder interlude but the signals remain for a theme of seasonal and cold conditions into February.

30th January 2013 - 11.30pm

Another fresh day with some spells of rain in the form of showers with some sunny and clearer interludes between. Overall quite mild with temperatures of around 9/5C at Glasgow airport and occasionally strong gusts which made things feel pretty cold and unpleasant during the showers. It's quite similar to this time last night with scattered clouds moving swiftly across the sky with the stars, the moon and the night sky visible in the clear patches. Some rain tomorrow across the central lowlands and southern highlands and feeling fresh further north. But turning colder on Friday with northerly winds and wintry showers in places, a cold start to the weekend but milder and wetter conditions rolling ontop of high pressure arriiving from the north west on Sunday and the trend of colder interludes remains into the following week but as always details are not clear.

31st January 2013 - 11.35pm

There was some heavy rain and even some hail combined with wind here this morning. Surprisingly the sun did come out for in the afternoon with some pleasant clear skies but there was also some heavy showers around. During dusk and the evening the sky was partly clear with wintry colours in the sky at dusk and stars visible in the evening and clouds scattered around and some impressive cumulonimbus clouds dotted around the area. There may be a spell of rain tonight but it will be colder tomorrow with northerly winds to start February before a brief milder/ wet interlude from the NW is followed by cold north westerly flow bringing showers but it's very hard to call what will happen after the weekend but there's a decent chance of cold spells. There was some wet snow and rumbles of thunders across parts of the central lowlands and southern highlands today. Not confirmed, but max/min temps at Glasgow airport was around 8/4C.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

British Snowfall Events 2012/2013

17th October: Some snow fell in Altnaharra and Aviemore as precipitation arrived from the SW.

25th-27th October: Widespread snow showers in northern, eastern Scotland and northern and eastern England, depths of a couple of cm in places and up to 5 to 7cm in parts of Aberdeenshire. Snowfall led to motorists being urged to drive with extreme caution around Aberdeen later on the 26th, with particularly bad conditions on the A90. A number of routes in the Grampian area were affected by snow.

29th October: Snow showers were observed on Fair Isles in the morning.

31st October: Some snow showers fell in northern Scotland later in the day.

1st November: Some wintry showers for parts of Wales, especially with a little elevation; a dusting of snow in settlements with elevation. Some slight snow in northern Scotland in the evening.

3rd November: Some wintry precipitation for parts of north west England and parts of southern and central Scotland; a dusting of snow in a few places such as Perthshire.

4th November: Channel low brought some heavy snow to parts of southern, south western and central England; depths up to 15cm in places and a couple of inches around the Bath area. Over 5cm of snow fell across parts of Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucester and North Dorset. Parts of Oxfordshire also reported snow during the afternoon.

5th November: There was some snowfall across parts of Cumbria and northern Scotland during the day.

9th November: Some snow fell across parts of NW Scotland for a time.

18th November: Some snow fell in the showers in N and NW Scotland during the day.

28th November: Some snow fell in NW Scotland.

30th November: Some snow for parts of Scotland and Northern England - especially with elevation - including Fife, the Borders/south east and the highlands as a result of a front moving south - some accumilations in a few places.

1st December: Some snow showers for northern and eastern Scotland in a northerly wind.

2nd/3rd December: Some snow showers in northern Scotland on the 2nd. Frontal snowfall later in the day and into the 3rd for large parts of Scotland aswell as northern England, some distruption and widespread accumilations, including 3cm over many parts of Scotland.

4th/5th December: A front moving south brought some snow to parts of Scotland and some parts of England. Some accumilations in places. Snow showers in north eastern Scotland on the 5th.

6th December: Some snow for eastern parts of Scotland before midnight as front moved south. Some accumilations in Perthshire and Fife.

8th December: A little snow in Aberdeenshire from a front coming in from the north - it quickly turned back to rain with milder air.

9th-12th December: Some snow flurries, especially in eastern and northern coasts. Some snow showers in northern and eastern parts of Scotland on the 12th.

13th December: An area of precipitation moving north brought some light snow to parts of Scotland leaving a dusting.

26th-27th December: A band of precipitation moving north late on the 26th brought some snow to parts of Scotland. Snow showers were also moving into northern parts of Scotland. On the 27th, the same band was pushed further west but moved back towards Scotland and brought a spell of snow. There was some accumilations in just a few places, especially with elevation.

29th/30th December: Showers driven by a westerly wind in the evening brought some snow to some parts of Northern Ireland and north western Scotland and further inland towards the Cairngorms. There was some snow and sleet across parts of Scotland into the morning with accumilations on the mountains.

12/13th January: A few snow showers in eastern Scotland on the 12th, a band of precipitation brought snow to parts of NW Scotland. Into the 13th and snow fell over large parts of Scotland, some accumilations that varied greatly from place to place. Some snow in NI, parts of Wales, northern England saw snow from the band, extending into Yorkshire, parts of the Midlands and extending further south along the eastern end of England. Accumilations typically a cm or two, perhaps more and in some areas close to 5cm.

14th/15th January: Band of precipitation brought snow to eastern areas of England in particular and parts of eastern Scotland - some accumilations of around 2-5cm and more in a few spots. Some snow showers moved into Wales on 14th. Late on the 14th, snow fell in eastern Scotland with the earlier band of precipitation backing west off the north sea - continued into the 15th - accumilations in some areas as high as 10-15cm locally.

16th January: Some snow flurries in parts of western and central Scotland and later in Wales as a result of a band of precipitation moving in from the west.

17th January: Light snow across a large part of England and Wales and shortwave brought snow to eastern parts of East Anglia and little bit of light snow flurries in some parts of Scotland.

18th January: Significant snow event with band of precipitation moving in from the west bringing heavy snow to Northern Ireland, Wales and much of England with depths up to a foot in parts of Wales - very significant and widespread distruption with school closures. Heavy convective snow showers for NE England and eastern Scotland with accumilations as high as 15cm and squall line bringing snow into the highlands and reaching Lochaber. Snow in southern Scotland moving north from England.

19h January: Snow shower across eastern parts of Scotland and England and some flurries and local snowfalls in various parts of the UK.

20th January: Heavy snow for south east England, spreading northwards along eastern England and affecting parts of the Midlands, north Wales. Some snow for parts of Ireland and flurries across Scotland.

21st January: Heavy snow across large parts of Scotland, especially eastern areas. North east England and the Borders hardest hit with depths up to a foot. Some snow showers in NI and eastern parts of England.

22nd January: Snowfall continued across eastern parts of Scotland with depths over a foot in Deeside, some more snow for the Borders and snow in southern Scotland during the early hours. An area of low pressure brought some snow to southern parts of both England and Wales, spreading northwards towards the midlands.

23rd January:

Heavy snow showers in southern counties of England and also Wales, some snow showers and flurries for north east England and east Scotland.

24th January: Some snow showers in the early hours in parts of eastern Scotland. A few flurries in some eastern parts of England and a little bit of snow in parts of western Scotland later in the day from a front moving in from the west.

25th/26th January: Heavy and widespread frontal snowfall across large parts of Scotland and northern England and in other areas too, some significant accumilations and also distruption in places. More than 10cm of fresh snow fell in some locations. Snowfall continued into the night and the morning of the 26th in eastern parts of England with depths over a foot in places and some significant distruption.

27th January: Some snow showers fed in by a fresh westerly wind into parts of Scotland - especially across parts of the highlands.

31st January: Some wet snow across parts of the central belt and southern highlands of Scotland.

1st-2nd February: Snow showers across northern parts of Scotland in a northerly wind and lasting into the morning of the 2nd with some snow showers across parts of eastern England.

4th/5th February: Heavy snow showers driven by a strong westerly wind across large parts of Scotland, northern Ireland and northern England with accumilations in many places. The snow showers continued across many areas in the northern half of the British Isles with depths of around an inch in many places aswell as some distruption.

6th February: A northerly wind brought snow showers to exposed parts of northern and eastern Scotland and eastern England.

7th/8th February: Patchy, brief and light snow in some locations as a weak band of precipitation moving east brought a little bit of wintryness to some areas. This continued into the 8th and there was some snow showers in the morning across a few eastern parts of England

10th/11th February: Some heavy wet snow as a band of precipitation moved in off the atlantic. There was snow in the morning and afternoon across a number of parts of Scotland aswell as parts of northern England then into the evening the Midlands, east of England, Yorkshire and even parts of the SE saw some snow. Accumilations mainly on higher ground. The snow continued overnight before fizzling out but it left accumilations across eastern parts of England, ranging between typically 2-5cm and as high as 13cm at settlements with elevations.

12th February: Some snow flurries in eastern parts with a south easterly wind.

13th February: Heavy snow from a band moving in from the atlantic - mostly affecting the northern half of the UK. Some significant distruption in places with widespread accumilations and depths over 5cm in many areas and over 10cm in a number of areas.

21st/22nd Febuary: Light snow flurries across some parts of south eastern England. Some further snow flurries into the 22nd across eastern parts of England with a dusting in some locations and light snow grains down the eastern side of the UK.

23rd February: Quite widespread light snow showers/flurries across eastern parts of England, Scotland and Ireland in particular and there was some heavy snow showers in north eastern England. A covering in some locations. Snow flurries also ending up in more central and western areas aswell.

24th February: Further snow showers and flurries, particulary in eastern areas in south eastern parts of Scotland, some locations had up to 2-3cm of snow in the morning.

9th March: An area of precipitation pushing south from Scotland turned to snow across some areas in southern Scotland and some eastern parts of England such as East Anglia.

10th March: Heavy, frequent convective snow showers in eastern parts of Scotland in particular with depths exceeding 5cm in parts of north eastern Scotland. Depths of a cm or so in other eastern and central parts of Scotland and some more snow showers for parts of eastern England.

11th March: Further heavy snow showers for south eastern Scotland and eastern England in a north easterly wind and plenty of snow showers affecting many other parts of the British Isles away from north western Scotland. Some more accumilations for some eastern parts of Scotland. An area of low pressure brought a snow storm to the Channel Islands - believed to be the worst here for possibly decades - with some significant accumilations as much as 14cm aswell affecting south eastern parts of England too with some travel distruption.

12th March: Snow showers for northern and some eastern parts of Scotland, some other snow flurries in north eastern parts of England. Heavy snow clearing south east England in the morning but accumilations of around an inch or so brought distruption to counties such as Sussex.

13th March: Further wintry showers in a northerly wind for northern Scotland, eastern counties aswell as further inland in England and in some other areas.

14th March: A few flurries in northern and eastern areas into the early morning before patchy light snow from the west fell in some areas of Scotland for a time in the morning.

16th March: A period of snowfall mixed within an area of precipitation moving northwards into Scotland. Some accumilations, but mostly on the high ground.

17th March: Some snowfall in various areas of precipitation across parts of eastern England and eastern/central Scotland with some accumilations locally, especially on the high ground.

18th March: Snow throughout the day in north eastern areas and into central areas but during the afternoon and evening various bands coming off the north sea brought some significant snowfall to eastern Scotland and north east England with accumilations of 3-5cm in many affected areas and up to 10cm or more in others.

19th March: Further snowfall across much of eastern Scotland and north eastern England and with snow showers making it into more central and some western parts, and a few wintry showers elsewhere. Some significant and distruptive snowfall for south eastern Scotland, with depths of 10-15cm+ in places.

20th March: Some snow flurries in eastern areas and in some other locations too.

21st March: Further snow showers for eastern Scotland and north eastern England - locally some accumilations. A band of heavy rain turning to snow in NI and parts of N Wales and England late in the day.

22nd March: An area of low pressure resulted in fronts stalling and bringing heavy snow to many areas including: Northern Ireland, southern and western Scotland, north Wales and north England. Accumilations in many areas with snowfalling for much of the day - depths as high as a foot in worst hit areas and even larger depths in dfifts. Significant disruption to travel, sport and many tens of thousands of homes without power. Some snow showers in eastern parts of Scotland in the easterly.

23rd March: The front fizzled out during the day, further snowfall for south western Scotland, eastern NI, parts of northern England, north Wales, the Midlands and into some southern parts of England. Further accumilations, drifs of many feet in worst affected areas. Snow showers in south easterly wind for parts of north eastern Scotland.

24th March: Light snow flurries for eastern Scotland. A weak band of snow moving south brought some snow to parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and some other regions.


25-30th March: Snow showers for eastern, central Scotland, north eastern England and parts of eastern Ireland. Some accumilations in places, especially before dawn.

2nd April: A few snow flurries in some eastern parts.

3rd/4th April: Light snow for south eastern England, settling in some locations.

6th-7th April: Snow to lower levels across northern parts of Scotland from a front moving south.

8-9tth April: Snow showers across northern parts of Scotland. Some wintry showers also reached some eastern parts of Scotland on the 9th.

1st May: Some snow showers In the Shetland Islands.

2nd-3rd May: Some snow to lower levels in the northern and western highlands and islands on the back edge of a frontal system.

14th/15th May: An extensive area of persistent and heavy precipitation across southern parts of Britain late on the 14th and into the 15th saw snow fall across upland areas and in some lower elevations and towns. There were accumilations of snow of up to 5cm in some places, snow depths in parts of Shropshire and Devon

22nd May: A northerly wind brought showers to northern parts of Scotland with a wintry mix. Some snow was observed in some places including Lerwick.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Winter Blog - 2012/2013

Snow Diary so far:

Friday 26th October - Light snow shower from the north - No lying snow
Saturday 3rd November - Light shower from the west early in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 2nd December - Frontal snowfall during the evening coming from the west - Lying snow of 3cm
Monday 3rd December - Frontal snowfall in the early hours coming from the west - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Tuesday 4th December - Light snow from a small front coming from the north in the evening - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Wednesday 5th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Thursday 6th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Friday 7th December - No snowfall - Lying snow in places of a 1cm
Saturday 8th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of less than a cm
Wednesday 12th December - Light snowfall in the early hours moving in from the south west - No lying snow
Thursday 13th December - Light snowfall in the morning from a front moving north - Lying snow of a dusting
Thursday 27th December - Snow from a band moving from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 30th December - Snow from showers coming in from the west - No lying snow




26th October:

7pm: Good evening everyone and welcome to my page(s) dedicated to winter weather this year. After a satisfactory season last year, since then there has been a record breaking warm spell in March, an April snowfall, another record breaking heatwave in May, a washout summer, a potent storm in September and so far this month has seen quite a few frosty days. But in the past week the models have shown a notherly for the end of the week beginning 22nd October.

After a succession of cold fronts moved south yesterday, colder air followed and today was very cold here with a maximum temperature of 7C. The met office issued the first yellow warning for snow in northern and eastern areas where there have been regulary light snow showers. It has been a fantastic sunny, but cold day here, a wonderful wintry flavour to things. During the evening some showers to the north threatened to make it south towards central Scotland but the energy was being taken out of the showers because of the mountains. About an hour ago, a shower making it's way down the eastern side brought snow to the east of Bearsden (where I am currently, a few miles away from where I stay). Snow was observed in Cumbernauld and I could see the wonderful dark purple wintry showers to the east and a wonderful moon too. The clouds were close to Bearsden but threatened to split or weaken but thankfully I can confirm that I've witnessed not only the first snowfall of the 2012/2013 season, but the first snowfall I've ever witnessed in central Scotland in October. And a fantastic wintry dusk followed, scattered clouds in a cold, fantastic clear sky, and quite calm conditions with a light breeze and temperatures at 4C. Tonight should be dry and cold here with an air frost, further snow in the north and east so I'll report on temperatures (courtesy of near weather stations, usually Glasgow Airport).

Tomorrow should start off very cold but unfortuantly heavy rain from the west will move in, there's uncertainty over what the weather could be like beyond the 29th and it could still be on the cold side. However, the great thing is that the winter blog has started, by default (in the case without autumnal snow) this blog would have started on December 1st but thankfully because of wintry weather today, that signals the start of the season of wintry weather. Between now and November 30th, I probably won't update here every day but in the case of wintry weather, or developments of possible cold spells in the models, or frosty, cold weather, but even if it isn't cold I'll probably update every few days and give an update on how things are. So it's great to get the blog up and running in November to build up for winter and discuss the weather prior to winter - covering the period of wintry weather starting from today - and December 1st there'll be updates every day about the weather and after February 28th, like now I'll update during periods of wintry weather. Across the forum I'll be regulary updating in the Scotland thread, and model outlook aswell updating my pages across on the Scotland Weather Central Page which looks at the weather of 2012 and there you can read daily updates and reviews but between now and the start of winter I'll update once in every while. But right now, it's wonderful to have the snow back with an early start to the season, and hopefully some interesting weather to be covered in this blog for the winter, and I'm looking forward to it. Next update should be tomorrow, overviewing the events of tonight and tomorrow. Enjoy the early cold spell!

27th October:

1pm: Good afternoon. No further snow showers here north of Glasgow but plenty to talk about. A feature moving south in north of Scotland brought further snowfall to Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness, Sutherland. But it was Aberdeen and northern parts of Angus in particular that were hit badly by a very potent and impressive snowfall so early in the season last night. Snowfall was being measured in inches around the Aberdeen area and some fantastic scenes on the traffic cameras. 4 inches and winter wonderland scenes outside of Aberdeen, the feature as it moved south west lost intensity but brought some snow to Dundee and Fife. Yesterday some wintry showers were present and observed across parts of Ireland and Wales but after the potent snowfall in north eastern Scotland, the eastern side of England came out exceptional well with the northerly with plenty of showers, many of them wintry and going further inland. Many folk not only reported snow but also had depths - (for some there has already been as many days with measurable snow this season as the last one) and wintry showers fell as far south as the south east of England and quite a bit inland too. Certainly, this northerly has exceeded expectations here for many others with potent snowfalls, snow depths, widespread snow reports and for many -including myself - the earliest or first time snow had ever been reported in October and a much, much earlier start to the wintry weather season than the last, for some this season has already been more active in terms of wintryness than the last! Last night here was a fantastic example of a cold October night as the nights become longer and colder as we slide towards winter. A fantastic, bright moon in the sky with a few scattered clouds moving from the east. The temperature at Glasgow Airport droped to -3C this morning (joint lowest of the season so far) and since I can remember, this has October has had the most number of days with an air frost than any other since 1999. A fantastic cold, and sunny morning here today but cloud is slowly increasing from the west and rainy and milder weather should arrive for the next few days but still an interesting progressive outlook to follow. I'll hope to give updates on the weather and build up to winter in coming weeks before winter - hopefully some wintry weather to discuss too. Indeed this has been a very interesting spell of wintry weather here for October. We'll see where we go from here interms of the rest of the autumn and wintry weather in the season 12/13.

31st October:

11pm:

A band of rain brought damp, dull and heavy overcast, grey skies for the day with an atlantic aspect of our autumn weather with slate grey skies, steady rain at times and a bone-chilling winds making things feel quite raw. As the front cleared, a mosaic of strips of thin cloud cover with a tint of purple against a backdrop of the black autumn evening night sky and it's now mostly calm and clear and a nice unique sort of night sky and colour that only really happens at this time of year. A cold night too with temperatures at a few spots in Scotland below freezing, here it's at 1C, with some most so a nice cold night in what has been a frosty October. On this Halloween night, we conclude what has been a fascinating and enjoyable October but I wonder what November will bring - nonetheless I'm looking forward to it.

Recently the weather has been fairly changeable and autumnal and this theme should continue during the next few days, very seasonal but chilly and showery with sunshine into the start of November with some wintryness on the hills. A great time of year and I'll update about the November weather and how things pan out in the run-up to the start of winter 2012/2013 officially (including impressive snow cover in NH so early in season, how will it develop through November) - hopefully a seasonal, interesting month and some shots at wintry weather and frosts/cool late autumnal weather to report on.

1st November:

Showery but cold with an air frost recorded at Glasgow Aiport during the early hours with mist too. Really cold air throughout the day with maxima of only 7C and the light now during the day has a wintry element to it now and it's getting darker earlier - with dusk at 5.15pm. A lovely evening and afternoon and skies cleared and a fantastic pale blue sky becoming darker as the dusk neared and clouds increased from the west bringing an organised area of showers - quite dreich and raw, wet weather has followed later this evening a cloudier autumn night - some heavy showers at times too. The cool and showery regime looks set to continue for the next few days so not a bad start at all to November.

3rd November:

The temperature in the early hours dipped below freezing before a more organised area of showers arrived. Snow was reported at 6am at Faifley, unfortuantly I wasn't there to confirm whether it snowed here but the presence of snow in the area would be enough to make snowfall no.2 of the season so far. Snow also fell across Fife, Perthshire and Stirling earlier in the morning. It was a cold morning here, mostly sunny with a few scattered shower clouds moving in off the Firth of Clyde from the south west - maximum temperature failed to make it above 7C as it was a lovely cold, sunny November's day with some light rain showers at times. I went for a drive at around 4pm as some more rain showers arrived. Some snow on the northern side of the Campsie Fells and some lovely clear, cold evening skies with stars when showers cleared. Further into the evening, it was cold with temperatures around 3 to 5C, showers further west so drier with some scattered thin clouds that fade as they move further east across the cental belt, a lovely cold, calm night too with the sound and smell of fireworks, an evening chill and a mostly clear, dark evening sky with a few clouds reflecting the orange glow of the city - fantastic November weather. Not a bad start to November with cold days and nights, some showers but also some nice skies and sunshine/clear spells. The next few days should stay on the cold side, perhaps becoming a little milder then it's anyones guess as to what comes next....but it'll be interesting and exciting to watch how things unfold.



4th November:

11pm.

During the early hours of this morning, the temperature was a couple of degrees above freezing and some thin cloud cover and a few light rain showers persisted through the morning and early afternoon. Later in the afternoon the cloud cover began to break up before sunset as the temperature maxed at 7C and it was a very cold evening. The temperature hovering around 0C for much of the evening and a largely clear sky with calm, cold conditions and starry sky with fireworks and distant thin clouds in the southern horizon moving westwards as the wind changed to an easterly. Current -1C at Glasgow Airport so tonight could be a very cold one and then we have the last of the cold spell for Bonfire Night - hopefully another calm, crisp and mostly clear night for fireworks - lovely November weather when it's cold and clear, especially in the evenings. And I also have to mention that there was a potent snowfall for parts of the south west England this morning with a channel low and some accumilations up to 15cm in places. Milder weather should arrive after tomorrow but what will follow this - as I've said before an interesting period of model and weather watching is upon us.

5th November:

11pm.

5th November:

Bonfire night! Had some average fireworks earlier but it was a cold evening with a frost developing in frost and temperature hovering around 1C. It was a fantastic day too with a very cold morning and a low -3C and a lovely sunny day before dusk fell and the starry night followed with some mist. Turning milder tonight with a front coming down from the north west.

12th November:

Some mild, wet weather followed the cold start to Novembe with some atlantic fronts but also some days with benign periods and sunshine and few cool nights. Skies and weather changes from day to day and throughout the day, fairly normal for November.
Today, After a low of 2C in the early hours, the depression brought much milder, atlantic weather with cloudy skies all day and plenty of wet weather in the morning. Mildest day of the month with a high of 13C, tomorrow should also be mild with further rainfall in the coming days. The outlook is uncertain and complicated but remains intruiging to follow and whatever weather experience through the rest of this month should be good to be follow aswell. For the 17th/18th, possibly cooler and fresher with showers and possibly wintry showers on higher ground and polar maritime set-ups can bring snow and that could be a possibility but many are focues on high pressure to the east and where it goes - could it end up over Scandinavia, where could we be come the end of November. GFS 18z FI shows big freeze, one of many possibilities.

15th November - 11pm:

Quite dense fog during the early morning and visibility remained poor into the afternoon. An entirely grey, dull quite murky and dreich day with some unpleasant conditions with periods of rainfall with wet conditions throughout. After a chilly start temperatures got milder later maxing at 10C. I think the rain has stopped here for now and possibly some rain tomorrow but I think there could be brighter and colder weather for the weekend and possibly some wintry showers in a polar westerly flow but it would be marginal for this part of Scotland. Staying unsettled a bit beyond with low pressure close to the British Isles and high pressure further east but there are signs of developments which could lead to blocking - certainty a period of transition is developing later on the model runs.

21st November - 11pm

After what was a lovely, calm and clear day today - following a milder start to this week after a colder and clearer weekend - there is REAL POTENTIAL in the charts - best since November 2010. Northern Blocking is set to return, a colder period to end November is just about nailed on, but today's charts show fantastic potential for Scotland in particular later next week (a while away yet) with cold uppers, and a strong easterly flow meaning lots of snow. Much better potential than last winter. With such a scenario developing regarding synoptics and the wider view across the NH a very exciting period is ahead of us. Expect more updates on how this potenial cold spell/snow event is going, aswell as the start of winter proper and the Christmas Season. Let's hope this develops into another classic cold spell.

22nd November - 11pm

Severe, wet and windy = unpleasant conditions for many parts of the UK today. An incredible squall at 7am with very heavy rain, winds too, loss of tv signal it fel like the world was ending and everybody here noticed it. Thereafter, it was cloudy with spells of steady rain throughout the day feeling chilly but max of 11C. Showery and a little cooler weather in the next few days. Nothern blocking likely to set-up and a cooler/colder period next week but at this stage, of course, there is a lot of variability regarding the details of the cold spell but the potential remains, as I've said we are in very interesting and exciting times to start winter.

23rd November - 11pm

A cooler and fresher day today with plenty of showers and intervals of clear skies and sunshine and clouds in the westerly wind. But generally clear spells developing during the evening and now it's mostly clear other than a few clouds passing over and there is a moon, that was visible in the sky since the afternoon. Regarding the cold spell later next week, the blocking pattern is there, however the details of the blocking and the weather associated with it at this stage aren't at all clear but it's exciting to follow and the scenario we are in now is a good one to start of December. I wonder what the coming days will bring with regards to the development of mapping out the details of the cold spell. It's early but exciting times on the winter rollercoster.

24th November - 11.45pm

Coldest day of the autumn and coldest since February. At 11pm, the temperature at Glasgow airport has reached it's maximum of 4C - could be the first sub 5C day of the season but that needs to be confirmed. Another air frost this morning with a low of -1C, ice on the cars and the temperature was at 2/3C throughout the day. A calm day too, with thin cloud cover during the afternoon after a sunny start. But now it's raining as a big system is moving northwards so tomorrow should also be wet, cloudy here. Colder spell is coming, details are far from being clear, a few models showing some spectactular charts. Trend for northern blocking also in place, to end the month and start December. It's far from clear, but it is interesting and hopefully as details become clearer we'll be rewarded with fantastic winter weather.

25th November - 11.45pm

Started off wet and raw, before skies cleared in the afternoon and it was a lovely, cold, clear and starry evening with fog patches developing later. Maximum temperatures of 6C and temperature dropped to -1C at 11pm. With the floods in England, this week is looking better with drier conditions with winds turning to a northerly after the last of the wet conditions tomorrow- but it looks like we'll have a cold end to November with seasonal conditions which I'm looking forward to. But the models have been conflicting today so we'll have to wait longer to have a clearer idea regarding synoptics - quite volatile variations - blocking is a certainty but the details regarding the nature of the blocking and the weather associated with it are very unclear, but day by day we should be gaining a clearer idea. Great times for model watching and for following the weather. Plenty of potential regarding the weather that could be ahead of us - we should find out a lot more during this week and I'm looking forward to the weather this week and following how things evolve. Very foggy outside and cold - great late November night.

26th November - 11.30pm

After a low of -1C, there was thin cloud cover during the morning which broke up in the afternoon to leave a pleasant sunset with the fantastic colour of the sky with the blend of the blue clear sky and the red on the scattered clouds reflecting the light from the setting sun. Right now the sky is half clear/cloudy but the moon is visible through the thin clouds - calm with temperatures of 5C. I'm looking forward to some pleasant and seasonal weather during the rest of the week with potentially the coldest day of the season so far - possibly the coldest this year. As I tend to enjoy the weather for what it is, I particulary love cold, crisp weather at this time of year but it would be fantastic to have some snow to top it off, perhaps during the coming days as the model begin to have a grasp on the outlook later this week then perhaps there could be a brief taste of something wintry. The model rollercoaster and see-saw continues but it's looking like a generally cool/cold outlook (for Scotland at least) regardless of whether it's zonal or blocked and the potential for further blocking througout December which is a pretty good place to be - it should be interesting to see what sort of weather we get and what the developments regarding the stratosphere and the NH are during December. You never know, we could well be in a big freeze come Christmas with it a bit of luck (hopefully we'll have more solid blocking firmly over Greenland rather than having a block that's under pressure from the jet stream) and with yet more potential for later on in the winter. We are in a much more promising position than we were last year - having said that last December was very good for wintry weather here in Glasgow.

27th November - 11.45pm

A lovely crisp, sunny winter's day with a fantastic colour to everything with the sun so low in the sky. Absolutely fantastic looking sky this afternoon as the sun sets, and the dusk was breathtaking with an incredible orange glow looking south west on the horzion - totally clear, cold looking skies as the night's draw in with only a few thin strips of cloud on the horzion as the city begins to light up during the rush hour. Temperature dropped to 0C this evening with the 20th air frost day at Glasgow airport this autumn. Temperature has risen now to 3C before midnight, a clear night other than a few clouds and a fantastic starry sky and a great moon. It's feeling like winter again. A cold week coming up, the weather during the next few days is looking nice with possibly the first ice day of the year on Thursday according to the BBC and maybe a little snow for the weekend. But considering how we are in a particulary tricky period for forecasting - even at a short-range- many details will change but this is making for an enjoyable and interesting week for following the weather and the models. At the moment it seems likely that for the first part of December there could be a cold pool to our east, and favourable background signals for blocking so there's a lot to look forward to into December on the model front and on the weather front.

28th November - 11pm

Stunning winter's day, sunshine and great colours in the afternoon and evening as the sun sets, a wonderful reflection the landscape and the clouds and the tones in the clear sky are amazing at dusk as the stars and the moon come out early. Very cold this morning with low of -3C, high of 5C and frost remained all day in sheltered spots. Currently -4C which is the coldest it has been all season - I wonder how low it will go. A fantastic, calm, clear cold night. The next few days are looking good with the possibility of perhaps some snow on Friday and during the weekend.

29th November - 11pm
Very cold this morning with -5C reached for the first time this season and the coldest temperature for this date in my lifetime. Another great winter's day with cold, crisp, calm and clear conditions and maximum temperature at Glasgow airport was 3C - now back down to 0C. A harsh frost with a very cold morning, everything white and the frost lingered very well in places all day. Some cloud cover in the afternoon and evening with a few clear patches, temperature hovering at -1/0C but right now there are a few clear spells and I can see the fantastic stars. Cold, -2C and another cold night on the cards. Tomorrow and the weekend should be cold to finish November and start December. There could be some snow for some, even here in Glasgow tomorrow and maybe even some wintryness on Sunday. A fantastic end to November and start to winter, very seasonal, wonderful winter weather.

30th November - 11pm

Last update of what has been an enjoyable and a cold autumn 2012. Another very cold morning with a low -5C with another great, quite hard frost. The view this morning was umbeliavable as the sun was barely above the horizon, a red sky in the morning as the sun rose, a fantastic slight mist in some of the valleys and the entire landscape looking frozen. Frost lingered into the afternoon and in some shaded areas the lingering frost looking more like a covering of snow. Wonderful sunshine and blue skies later in the morning and into the afternoon but cloud cover increased in the afternoon with a front moving southward. This evening the temperature was at 1/2C (2C the maximum temperature and the joint coldest high of 2012) and there was heavy cold rain and very cold air making incredibly raw conditions. It was so cold that a kind of steam/mist was rising off objects. Snow flurries this morning in the east and this front has brought some accumiltions up to 3C in a few places in south eastern Scotland snow showers are following behind in the north east. But for the start of winter, I imagine that ice will be a very big hazard. Looking outside, it's clearer with some scattered clouds and I can see the stars in the clear patches - calm. An interesting way to end autumn 2012. Next - Winter 2012/2013. Looking forward to the weather, also the festive season in December.

1st December - 11pm

Welcome to winter, and a fantastic way to start it with another sub 5C maxima, frost and fantastic sunshine and wintry scenes aswell as some snow showers across parts of Scotland. But there was a lot of ice on surfaces this morning - very dangerous.

Went for a drive this afternoon with another fantastic wintry sunset and dusk, magical winter colours and shadows to everything. There was some snow on the Campsies, plenty of icy slushy deposits on the roads. The Queen's View had a fantastic view of the snow covered mountains (down to 1500ft) all the way from the Luss Hills to the Ochills. The Trossachs looked stunning and frozen, took a trip around Aberfoyle through wonderful rich Scottish scenery before taking an icy drive through Duke's Pass with a fantastic view of the snow covered Ben Ledi. Loch Venachar looked great as the calm water reflected the sky during dusk. Also another fantastic view looking south above the Lake of Menteith. All in all a fantastic journey through magical Scottish countryside and atmospheric, wintry weather.

Currently -2C at Glasgow Airport and I wonder whether tonight we'll see the temperature drop below the coldest this season (-5C) or even the coldest this year (-7C). In other parts of the UK we've already seen ice days this season and the coldest so far is -7C, hopefully the first -10C of the season tonight. It's shaping up nicely for the first snowfall of December 2012 during Sunday night in many areas and there's a potential for the biggest snowfall of the year for some. The mountains will be pasted, rural areas should also be pasted and even many parts of central lowlands could potentially be pasted. I'd say that parts of Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, Falkirk into Perthshire and parts of Fife could do very well out of this event and I was delighted to see that Ian Fergusson mentioned that Glasgow could get a serious dumping. The lying snow could be short-lived here, nonetheless it'll be fantastic to see snowfalling, hearing snow reports from elsewhere and potentially to have a wonderful, Scottish-wide significant snow-event. It'll be good to have the first significant and lying snow event of the season out of the way so that we can enjoy the rest of the season without chasing and sweating over snow events. Of course, as ever during any snow event, it's a matter of nowcasting considering all the variables and factors regarding snowfall. Next week is looking staying cool before we get another northerly. A great way to start winter and there's a lot look forward to regarding the interesting developments regardining synoptics and I'm looking forward to the weather that lies infront of us.

2nd December - 11.50pm

EPIC: Coldest temperature since February 2012, low of -6C and a very cold night - -8C at Loch Glascarnoch and an ice day there. Joint coldest day of the year here with maximum temperature of 2C. Magnificent sunshine, hard frost and wintry scenes - you can well and truly smell winter in the air with snow showers in northern parts. Front moving in from the west, cloud increased this evening and then came the snow - 3rd this season - see my signature, my diary and you'll get more detail there. First snow of the season at Glasgow airport. Wonderful seeing snow steadily falling through the glow of the lampost and the noise of it landing on surfaces. And because of the cold surfaces it lay very quickly and it has snowed from around 9pm to now 11pm. Best snowfall since December 2011 here, the first proper lying snow of the year and the season ensuring that we continue our series of winters that deliver the goods and it's great to have it in December. Snow depth now 3cm, cars, roofs, roods, trees and everything is white. It's a winter wonderland, the wonderful sound of snow falling and the quite sound of the areas. Vivid and wonderful wintry scenes, most of it should melt by tomorrow morning but hey it's great to have a significant snow event out of the way, to have good memories from the winter already in what has been a very decent cold spell and start to winter. Some more comment and plenty of pics tomorrow.


3rd December - 11.50pm

It snowed till around 2am - last wintry precipitation was at around 9am in a shower once the band had cleared. The maximum depth was 4cm and it was one of the days that I love winter for is a proper day of lying snow. It rained quite a bit in the showers - maximum temperature 4C so snow was at threat of melting but it has survived and there's still a winter wonderland outside - roofs, graff is still covered in snow but there has been a melt, now 2cm. Cold outside, went to check the snow depths and the driveway was an icerink. The coming days are looking active, on the cold side and wintry as the wonderful cold spell continues aswell as the bonus of the lying snow that has confirmed that already the winter 2011/2012 has delivered. I hope to enjoy the rest of the snow, cold spell and the weather during the coming days aswell as getting into the festive period - and there's the potential for very interesting winter synoptics later this month. Interesting times ahead of us and content times we are in now. Perhaps once the snow and this cold spell is over, I'll upload the pictures and look back at the stats/events. Certainly I can already tell you that this has been the best snowfall and quite possibly the best cold spell of 2012...so far! Currently fantastic clear skies with stars, cold and with a blanket of snow on the ground - looks like the lying snow should be present during three different and consecutive days.


4th December - 11pm

The tree is up yet to be decorated. Maximum temperature 2C (joint coldest of this year) with a low of -2C. Snow cover has stayed all day - I went for a walk in the very cold evening and observed a depth of 2-3cm on the pavement and concrete - seemingly between 4 and 7cm on the grass but I think that could be the influence of the length of the grass. Nevertheless, not only do we have a fantastic, classic white landscape it has stayed for three different days and about to be four days which is just so pleasing for winter to have a spell of such wonderful winter scenes of fantastic looking lying snow for a duration of days - it's nice to have the snow on the ground for a while. There was freezing fog during much of this morning keeping the temperature around freezing - the area looked fantastic with lying snow but the pavements where lethal with ice on the foot steps. The fog cleared in the afternoon and conditions become overcast as snow fell in northern and eastern parts of Scotland. The temperature went up to 2C when the fog cleared as the weak band edged closer to the central belt. It brought a few snow flakes here so we've had three days of falling snow here and also at Glasgow airport - on top of that many consecutive days of maxima below 5C and minima below freezing with some of the coldest weather of the year and by far the snowiest and just in time for the festive period. Tomorrow is looking like another cold but sunny day - it could be coldest maximum temperature at Glasgow Airport this year with a bit of luck. A cold night to follow but a band of rain could potentially end the run of sub 5/0C maxima/minima but in doing so it could bring some snow here and elsewhere. After that it stays chilly, possibly wintry and certainly changeable for a while and into next week there are interesting synoptic developments, possibly more blocked so something to keep an eye on.

5th December - 11.15pm

A very cold start with temperature of -5C, it briefly warmed up to 4C in the afternoon so that's now day 8 of this great cold spell. No snow today, but very wintry with a frozen landscape and a crystal clear sky and very wintry looking sky too with the low sun. The wonderful golden colours, the dark mornings and the colours at dusk with a pink glow on the horizon at sunset. And the snow cover of 2cm, very icy, makes for a very wintry scene on the ground. So very wintry and seasonal scenes and moods in a very good period of wintry weather. This eveing has been very cold with the temperature constantly at -5/-6C here so the coldest temperature this season so far at Glasgow Airport and the first -10C of the season at Loch Glascarnoch. Also some snow in England today as a band moved south and some snow showers in northern and eastern areas. A crystal clear sky, with stars tonight but tomorrow a band of rain should meet the cold air - so there could be another snowfall, it should turn back to rain but there may be some accumilations here and certainly in other areas with elevation. A very active, more unsettled day and the next 5 days are looking like staying on the cold/cool side, less wintry prospects after tomorrow. But this could be a transition between this cold spell and the next, and indeed the next cold spell could be very special with a Scandi block, possible retrogression to Greenland. A solid trend for the general location of the block and this could open the door to a very seasonal and possibly significant period of wintry weather, some biblical charts today with easterlies so this will make for very interesting times ahead of us.

6th December - 11.50pm

No snow observed today, I woke up to rain and it seemed like it precipitation was mostly rain from the atlantic system. Maximum temperature of 5C, minimum of -5C in the early hours so the cold spell continues and there was still a very decent covering of snow in the early hours. A decent cover throughout the day but temperatures hovering at 3/4C and plenty of rain with heavy showers following the front has led to snow melt so in places where people have been walking, near busy roads and under trees there is no snow cover but in some gardens, fields and some pavements there there's still snow cover. It's currently raining but there has been snow in parts of Fife and Perthshire as a front moves southward, it may turn to snow here. Tomorrow could be a cold day but for the weekend it should be a bit milder and next week is looking like a return to cold weather.

7th December - 11.30pm

Well the cold spell has ened. Maximum temperature of 8C which ends the run of sub 5C days but there is an air frost tonight. The morning started off very cold with ice on the cars and there was some lovely wintry sunshine and wintry colours throughout the day. And today was another day with lying snow, there's still a covering in many gardens, some pavements, even some roofs and roads - variable but still a lying snow day. The Campsie Fells looked pretty white this morning and I went on a drive towards Strathblane in the late afternoon, a wonderful wintry sunset and colours combined with a decent covering of lying snow on the ground and the mountains in particular. A cold, clear, calm and starry night right now. This weekend looks a little bit milder (maxima of 6-8c) but becoming colder later on Sunday and into the start of next week but a lot of uncertainty remains regarding the details. As promised as the cold spell has finished here is a gallery of the wonderful snow earlier this week: [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/gallery/album/1165-snow-early-december-2012/%20details"]http://forum.netweat...r-2012/ details[/url]. At Glasgow airport, we've had 14 consecutive air frosts since November 24th, 9 consecutive days with temperatures below 5C between November 28th and December 6th. On 6 days the minimum temperature has been below -5C, aswell as the joint coldest maximum temperature of the year on 3 days (2C). Plus snowfall on 3 (consecutive) days, lying snow on 6 consecutive days and a depth of 4cm and in addition, the lovely wintry scenes, weather and colour that we've seen during this cold spell. A very decent period of wintry weather and a fantastic way to start the winter and already in the first week of winter, 2012/2013 and December has delivered.

8th December - 11.30pm

There was still a covering of snow this morning and another air frost with a low of -2C at Glasgow Airport. However the position of the high pressure further south in the British Isles extending westwards into the atlantic has allowed some atlantic systems to influence the weather in Scotland so things have become milder today with periods of rain - temperatures now rising to around 8/9C. There was some clear spells at times in the afternoon and tonight the cloud cover should flood southwards whilst clear skies follow in Scotland in Sunday. Temperature should also fall on Sunday and the start of next week is looking like another seasonal, cold and seasonal spell just after the very decent wintry period we've just experienced. Thereafter it's not very clear as the Atlantic tries to return to the British Isles but the Siberian high could have a bit of fight in it. It makes for interesting times, certainly another cold spell after a very good period of seasonal, wintry weather is makes for a very satisfying start to winter. Also, I've got 1 out of the 2 Christmas trees up and decorated!

9th December - 11.40pm

much better day - maximum temperature of 9C in the early hours with some rain, 1C at Glasgow airport at 11.20pm with a crystal clear, starry, calm night. Some fantastic sunshine and clear skies today with nice wintry colours with dusk coming in the afternoon. Winds are now from an origin of cold air so the next 3-4 days are looking seasonal, calm, clear and cold - possibly a chance of snow duringthe breakdown - after that there could be a battle between the atlantic and the block to the east - intruiging!!!

10th December - 10.30pm

And on the 10th day of December the weather gave to me.....a cold frosty morning, fantastic sunny skies, lovely wintry colours, maxima of 6C, a cold starry evening and a low of -5C. And the next two or three days are looking cold too as the run of many consecutive frosty days continues - very impressive. And as I've said yesterday there could be a snowy breakdown this week as the models continue to map a particulary uncertain run-up to Christmas. Hopefully I'll be able to get the other tree up soon!

11th December - 11.30pm

Officialy the coldest day of the year here. A very cold morning with a minimum temperature of -8C at Glasgow Airport (the coldest since late December 2010!) and a maximum temperature of 0C in the afternoon (the coldest since January 2011). That is very impressive and just about rounds off what has been a excellent December so far. And today's weather was seasonal and pleasant with wonderful wintry scenes and colours with calm, largely clear and sunny conditions with a mixture of haze on the horizon, some mist and some wall to wall blue skies as shadows and colours change during the sun's short duration in the sky. Also the wonderful green, glittering surfaces from quite a hard frost. A cold evening with temperature dropping to -6C at one stage but cloud cover increased and so has the temperature but nonetheless it looks tomorrow will be yet another day with an air frost. Tomorrow should be another cold day, possibly a little cloudier with a small risk of wintry flurries before the atlantic returns but details are yet to be clarified regarding key players such as the Scandi/Siberian block and co. so the outlook in the run-up to Christmas remains in the balance.

12th December - 11.30pm

Another very cold day here with a minimum temperature of -6C and a maximum temperature of 0C with frost staying all day in the grass. It was a relatively bright day but there were variations between bright and cloudy and clear but it was a clear, cold dawn and dusk with fantastic wintry scenes. There was also some snow flurries during the early hours. So this wintry start to December continues and this December is already looking impressive with the coldest and snowiest weather of the year - infact the run of consecutive days with an air frost since the 24th November could be the longest since I can remember at Glasgow airport. And the lowest maximum/minimum values are already colder than last winter. This evening it also went down to -11C at Loch Glascarnoch with ice, fog and cold wintry weather across the British Isles. Tonight there is an area of precipitation moving north and it's close to Glasgow - snow is forecast for western and central parts of Scotland and expected accumilations so possibly there could be another snowfall and importantly another event with lying snow which would be fantastic in this seasonal and excellent start to winter. Another cold and wintry day tomorrow before becoming milder and unsettled afterwards with the run of air frosts ending but already this month has been a success and with 18 days to go until the New Year - I'm looking forward to the remaining weather of 2012.

13th December - 11.30pm

There was some snow during the early hours and I woke up to a dusting of snow on pavements, some roads, cars etc and grey, wintry looking skies throughout the area with some snow grains throughout the morning. Another cold day with a low of -1C and a maximum temperature of 2C as December 2012 has already beaten 2011 in terms of air frosts and almost everything else bar the snow - having said that this month has been pretty decent for snow here. The dusting of snow disapeared very quickly and it was a cold afternoon with more a breeze that made things feel very little and the sun came out a bit in the afternoon and there was one last wintry sunset before the atlantic comes back tomorrow with milder temperatures, heavy rain and strong winds. The general theme for the weekend and into next week is unsettled, changeable and not as cold as recently but December 2012 will go down as a good winter month as far as I'm concerned but it would be nice to have some more wintry and seasonal weather in the second half and a white Christmas would be especially nice. And if January and February 2013 have a continuation of the sort of weather we've had so far this December then that would be great.


14th December - 11.30pm

It was a cold, start with the 14th air frost of the month with a low of -1C. However it was cloudier with influence of milder winds coming from the south however the combination of a breeze and cold temperatures was absolutely bitter. Then in the afternoon the rain arrived and it wasn't all that pleasant - temperatures reached a high of 5C at Glasgow airport so the cold spell continued but tomorrow should be milder. And the indeed the following days should be milder than of late and also unsettled but we await further details.

15th December - 6pm

A milder day today with a low of 3C and maximum temperature of 8C. Also it was very much an atlantic day with overcast skies, quite dark too in the evenings. The coming days may also see temperatures near to/above average with some fairly average December weather - possibly on the cloudy side with the threat of showers. Great uncertainty about what will happen in the run-up to Christmas but all will be clear as time goes by.

16th December - 11.15pm

Quite mild today with maximum and minimum temperatures of 8 and 5C respectively. A cloudy start with some pockets of sunshine before these breaks became much larger to make for some bright sunshine as the sun set in the afternoon and also a crescent moon was in sight.So through this afternoon and evening the sky was half clear/cloudy with a stars in the deep pruple of the night sky amongst thin, scattered clouds tinted by the orange glow of Glasgow. The unsettled theme should continue for a whilse but it remains very uncertain as we see a battle between Scandi/Siberian block and the Atlantic - there are a variety of outcomes but no one really knows what wil happen for Christmas but this will make for good model watching and hopefully with a result of seasonal weather.

17th December - 11.50pm

A quiet day. Calm, mostly cloudy and grey with poor visibility at times but some clear pockets and I was able to see the stars in the evening. Some unsettled weather to come this week, a knife-edge easterly and God knows what next. Maximum at Glasgow airport 6C, min 4C.

18th December - 11.50pm

Another quiet day here with calm and fairly average conditions with a high of 7C and a low of 3C. There was some clear periods, particulary in the afternoon when a crescent moon could be seen aswell as the colours of the sky at dusk in December. However the sky was mostly cloudy this evening but quite a thin layer of cloud with the orange glow and some patches of the clear, dark night sky. A wet day instore for many areas of the British Isles with a risk of flooding in south west England. However there is certainly a brief chance of an easterly and snow for parts of Scotland for a time in the coming days the but confidence is very low at a very short-range so changes are expected. It doesn't look like this Christmas will be a white one, it could be positively mild, but a few changes here and there could allow for something wintry and seasonal and that emphasises the uncertainty. Nevertheless it is the season to be jolly and it's worth enjoying the festive period and to have a merry Christmas regardless of the weather.

19th December - 11.55pm

Shocking conditions here in the afternoon it what was a grey and benign day - once the front arrived, skies became very dark and very heavy rain was dumped all over the region for a period - poor visibility today and mild with maxima 7C and minima 5C. And Flooding concerns continue in the run-up to Christmas across parts of Scotland and the rest of the UK. It looks like the south easterly flow for the weekend is not looking as promising as it has been on past runs but some parts could see some brief wintryness from it - especially Shetland. Christmas Day could be unsettled - who knows whether it will be a white one but with a bit of luck, if the charts during the coming days ugrade the uppers in the north westerly flow later on the big day then there could indeed be a white christmas for some. After seeing the potential for eastern areas during this weekend be downgraded - for Boxing day - the focus switches to more western areas with potential for snow showers to be fed inland in a decent north westerly flow.
So all and all, the model output is particulary changeable at the moment and at short time-frames aswell. There's some certainly some active weather to be looking out for during the run-up to Christmas and at the same time there's the potential for some festive magic - and although it's near impossibe to define what could follow in the new year, I'd say that things are looking decent for a more enhanced potential for wintry joy across Scotland during the rest of the winter.

20th December - 11.55pm

Another dreich day with further heavy rain and temperatures of 6/4C at Glasgow Aiport making for unpleasant wintry conditions and flooding problems and of course very dark as we approch the solsitice. The unsettled theme continues in the run-up to Christmas but the big day itself could see a north westerly flow and potentially a white christmas. It's also looking interesting beyond with a wintry end to December judging on latest runs. Interesting developments that could unwrap itself during the festive period.

21st December - 11.40pm

The winter solsitce today but there were no clear skies to observe the dusk and dawn. Some wet conditions overnight with grey, quite damp conditions lasting into the afternoon and big flooding problems further east in Scotland. At Glasgow airport the maxima/minima was 6/5C and right now there are a few clear patches in the night sky. This weekend is looking very wet and also quite windy with more flooding concerns. Christmas Day could be drier, cooler and possibly a chance of snow but the potential of wintry weather increases after Christmas.

22nd December - 11.25pm

A very dark day today. I woke up at 12pm thinking it was 9am as it was so dark with heavy rain and thick cloud cover - not a single glimpse of sunshine today. The really dreich conditions lasted all day with further damp weather - tomorrow could be wet too and a very changeable outlook with the potential for snow being downgraded. A white christmas doesn't look likely but it isn't impossible - at least it'll be drier and cooler.

23rd December - 11.55pm

The mildest day of the winter 11C/7C and started off grey but there were some pockets of brightness and some clear patches developed but also some very heavy showers with a fast moving and constantly changing sky. Right now it's quite calm with some clear patches with the stars in view. The unsettled theme should continue but the specific details will vary so it's quite an active outlook.

24th December: Christmas Eve - 10.30pm

I wish you all a Merry Christmas time at the most wonderful time of the year. However flooding problems continue across the UK in what has been possibly the poorest weather in the run-up to Christmas I've seen in a while. Today was mostly grey to start with and also some rain too but a few hours before midnight, it's a more festive scene with a fairly calm and a partly clear night with stars visble through the clear pockets in thin cloud cover with a bit of an orange glow and a lovely shinning moon and the wet rooftops reflecting it's light. Temperatures today was 8/4C. Christmas Day could be colder, possibly some precipitation but much drier than of late and beyond the unsettled outlook continues but there's always a room for variability regarding weather beyond a couple of days. Nevertheless, tomorrow is Christmas and hopefully it'll be an enjoyable one for all.

25th December: Christmas Day - 11.30pm

Merry Christmas everyone! Well, this year it wasn't a white one with maxima/minima of 7/3C but it was a decent day - quite fresh with plenty of showers as weather conditions fluctuated throughout the day but there was some very pleasant weather in the evening with the low wintry sunshine and colours. And it was a quiet day weatherwise with some pleasant and scenic clear periods and some periods of showers. Recently it was a fantastic clear night sky with the moon and stars visible and thin, almost see-through clouds scattered in the sky moving quickly from the west and the sort of clouds that look more like smoke. However the changeable nature of the weather today, we now have an orange sky over Glasgow as another shower arrives and as it clears right now it's a return to the clear conditions of a minutes ago. So a quiet and a nice Christmas Day weatherwise with conditions switching and changing between showers and clearer periods. The weather should be unsettled and changeable for a while and perhaps high pressure might increase from the south for the New Year?

26th December - Boxing Day: - 11.15pm

was a grey, benign day with average temperatures of 6/1C. A band of rain arrived earlier in the evening and has brought some snow to parts of Scotland and also some snow showers further north. Nothing wintry here and right now it's overcast but I can see the ghostly glow of the moon through the cloud cover.

27th December - 10.15pm

The coldest day for a while, the maxima/minima currently at 4/1C but also the first snow day for a while. It was another grey day but a wintry looking sky. The front that brought rain later last night was pushed out to the west but the band moved back towards Scotland in the afternoon. As I was playing tennis in the freezing cold breeze it started snowing lightly and for about an hour there was a pleasant snowfall that turned quite heavy for a while. It never settled other than a very light dusting on some of the grassy areas but it was nice to see snow again and to have it in the second half of the month was also good considering how that never happened last December. Tonight should see heavy rain from a front moving in from the south west and tomorrow should be milder then followed by a cool showery spell and then high pressure moving north could bring some settled conditions - especially in the south. The possible SSW for early January could make for further potential for greater winter conditions into the new year. Certainly December has been a decent winter month.

28th December - 11.40pm

A mild day with temperatures of 12/3C and also a grey day with some rain and notably a windy day too. It's now turning quite wild outside and gales are expected in the north west. Tomorrow could be a showery and a fresh day with a possible snowfall tomorrow night. A wee bit beyond into the New Year and there could be a period of high pressure close to the British Isles but generally mild conditions.

29th December - 11.45pm

Quite wild conditions in the early hours whilst benign, calm and overcast conditions continue throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. However things did clear up somewhat in the afternoon in the cooler westerly flow with only a few scattered clouds rolling across the sky during the wintry sunset in the afternoon. Some showers arrived in the evening with hail and the wind picked up a bit too but it's been dry and currently is dry with the sky alternating between clear intervals and period of cloud cover. Very mild in the early hours with 12C at Glasgow airport but the temperature in the evening dropped to 4C. There could be further showers overnight with a chance of snow. The atlantic should arrive later tomorrow but colder conditions could briefly arrive for New Year's Eve before milder weather returns for the start of the New Year.

30th December - 11.35pm

A cold start with a low of 2C at Glasgow Airport. Showers continued to feed in from the west and at 2am it was certainly snowing for a time but later in the morning the showers turned more to rain and as they arrived in organised bands there was some good periods of quite heavy rainfall. And also fairly windy too. It was mostly cloudy all day with just a few occasions in the early afternoon when it looked like it was going to clear up. It was also quit cold for much of the day but now the temperatures are into double figures as a front arrives from Ireland and there have been periods of rain throughout today. For the last day of 2012 it looks like being quite wet and cloudy to begin with before colder air follows behind later and there could be some wintry showers for parts of Scotland. Then things start to become settled but Scotland is still vulnerable to atlantic fronts and should be mostly mild. However, the predicted SSW and other current trends could mean that this high pressure may find itself at more northern latitudes -aka Greenland - and there is the potential for something significant later in January.

31st December - New Year's Eve - 11pm

It was wet and mild to during the early hours and morning with a maximum temperature of 10C. The front cleared but some cloud cover lingered into the early afternoon but the sky cleared for a one last sunset for 2012 and it was a wonderful wintry sunset with red cirrus clouds and a great wintry tint of blue in the sky. The temperature dropped in the cooler northwesterly but there were a few showers and some of which fell as snow in central Scotland but I didn't observe clear-cut snow. It's quite chilly, currently 2C at Glasgow airport so I don't think there'll be an air frost there during remaining hour of 2012. Looking out the window not too long ago it was a lovely winter's night with a starry sky and hopefully to start the New Year there will be some snow in those showers. But it will become milder but more settled in the first week of January but things should become really interesting as we progress through January. 2012 has been a strange year for weather it could have been better but let's take a look back: January was mild and unsettled to begin with and there was an incredible storm on the 3rd. It was settled, cold and frosty mid-month before becoming unsettled again. January did become colder towards the end and the cold conditions lasted into the first third of February. However February ended wet and mild. March was very mild overall and a very dry towards and end but many will remember it for the exceptional warm spell in late March with records broken. April was a contrast with a snowfall in early April and much of the month was cold and quite unsettled. And the cold and unsettled weather prevailed into May before there was another amazing heatwave in late May with the warmest temperature of the year 27C. June was really poor for summer weather and so was July but there were a few decent moments. August was the best month with quite warm weather during the first two thirds before it turned quite cold at the end. September started off fairly pleasant but it fairly mixed and there were some cold days and also some stormy and very wet weather. October was cold and frosty with alternating wet and dry periods and a snowfall at the end of the month. November started off showery, fresh and frosty but wetter and milder weather prevailed during the middle of the month. But November ended on a cold note and snowiest and the coldest weather of the year persisted from late November into the first half of December with snow lying for around a week in early December. However, despite the very decent start, much wetter and unsettled weather has been present in the final two thirds with problems with flooding. A milder end too but there have been a couple of snowfalls. December has been a month of two halves but overall a decent winter month. That's it for 2012 - and here's to a great new year! After this year's weather, we're all intruiged to see what 2013 has instore

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Diary of Snow Events 2012/2013

Friday 26th October - Light snow shower from the north - No lying snow
Saturday 3rd November - Light shower from the west early in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 2nd December - Frontal snowfall during the evening coming from the west - Lying snow of 3cm
Monday 3rd December - Frontal snowfall in the early hours coming from the west - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Tuesday 4th December - Light snow from a small front coming from the north in the evening - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Wednesday 5th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Thursday 6th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Friday 7th December - No snowfall - Lying snow in places of a 1cm
Saturday 8th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of less than a cm
Wednesday 12th December - Light snowfall in the early hours moving in from the south west - No lying snow
Thursday 13th December - Light snowfall in the morning from a front moving north - Lying snow of a dusting
Thursday 27th December - Snow from a band moving from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 30th December - Snow from showers coming in from the west - No lying snow
Sunday 13th January - Heavy snow from a band from the west - Lying snow of 1cm
Wednesday 16th January - Light snow flurry in afternoon - No lying snow
Friday 18th January - Light snow from south easterly - No lying snow
Saturday 19th January - Light snow shower from south easterly - No lying snow
Sunday 20th January - Light snow grains and flurries - No lying snow
Monday 21st January - Snow throughout the morning and afternoon from a band from the east - Lying snow in the morning of <1cm
Tuesday 22nd January - Some snow from a band moving northwards in the early hours
Wednesday 23rd January - Light snow during the early hours and some flakes in the morning - No lying snow
Friday 25th January - Heavy snow from a band from the west - A covering of snow
Saturday 26th January - No snowfall - A covering of snow on grass
Monday 4th February - Heavy snow showers from the west - Lying snow of around a cm during the final hours
Tuesday 5th February - Heavy snow showers from the west until midday - Lying snow of a 2-4cm until midday
Sunday 10th February - Heavy snow in the morning and the afternoon from a band from the west - No lying snow
Tuesday 12th February - Light snow flurry from the east - No lying snow
Wednesday 13th February - Heavy snow from a band from the west - Lying snow of 8cm
Thursday 14th February - No snowfall - A covering of snow close to a cm lasting into the early hours
Saturday 23rd February - Light snow shower from the east in the morning - No lying snow
Sunday 24th February - Some snow flakes in the morning from the east - No lying snow
Sunday 10th March - Heavy snow showers from the north east - Lying snow of 2cm
Monday 11th March - Snow showers from north east - Lying snow of 2cm
Wednesday 13th March - Light snow flurry from the north in the afternoon - No lying snow
Sunday 17th March - A spell of snow from the east late in the day - No lying snow
Monday 18th March - Snow flurries from the east - No lying snow
Tuesday 19th March - Snow from the east - No lying snow
Wednesday 20th March - Snow shower from the east in the early hours - No lying snow
Friday 22nd March - Snow from a band moving in from the south - Lying snow of 2cm
Saturday 23rd March - Snow from a stalled band - Lying snow of 2cm
Sunday 24th Marcn - A few flurries from the east - Lying snow of around 2cm (mostly on grassy surfaces)
Monday 25th March - Light snow flurries from the east - No lying snow
Tuesday 26th March - Snow showers from the east - No lying snow
Wednesday 27th March - Snow showers from the east - Lying snow of around 1cm in the early morning
Thursday 28th March: Snow shower from the east - Lying snow of around 2-3cm in the morning
Friday 29th March - Light snow showers from the east - No lying snow
Saturday 30th March - Light snow flurry in afternoon from east - No lying snow



Largest snow depth: 8cm (13th February)
Total snowfall days: October (1), November (1), December (7), January (9), February (7), March (15) Winter total = 41 days
Lying snow: December ([img]http://forum.nwstatic.co.uk//public/style_emoticons/default/dirol.gif[/img], January (2), February (4), March (7) Winter total = 21 days
Total consecutive days of falling snow: 13 (17th-30th March)
Total consecutive days of lying snow: 7 (2nd-8th December)
Total days with either falling or lying snow: 41
First/last snowfall*: 26 October-30 March

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

Glasgow Airport Snow

WINTER MONTHS:

DECEMBER 1999: SNOWFALLS -8 (2nd, 4th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th), COLDEST TEMP (0/-8C)
JANUARY 2000: SNOWFALLS - [b]0[/b] , COLDEST TEMP (2/-4C)
FEBRUARY 2000: SNOWFALLS -3 (12th, 15th, 16th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-4C)
OVERALL: 11, 0/-8C

DECEMBER 2000: SNOWFALLS - 5 (17th[b],[/b] ,26th, 27th, 28th, 31st), COLDEST TEMP (-3/-11C)
JANUARY 2001: SNOWFALLS - 3 (1st, 19th, 21st), COLDEST TEMP (0/-9C)
FEBRUARY 2001: SNOWFALLS - 5 (4th, 5th, 24th, 26th, 27th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-7C)
OVERALL: 13, -3/-11C

DECEMBER 2001: SNOWFALLS - [b]2[/b] (13th, 29th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-7C)
JANUARY 2002: SNOWFALLS -1 (25th), COLDEST TEMP (1/-10C)
FEBRUARY 2002: SNOWFALLS - 3 (22nd, 23rd, 24th), COLDEST TEMP (4/-5C)
OVERALL: 6, 1/-10C

DECEMBER 2002: SNOWFALLS - 2 (18th, 19th), COLDEST TEMP (-3/-8C)
JANUARY 2003: SNOWFALLS - 4 (1st, 8th, 30th, 31st), COLDEST TEMP (-1/-11C)
FEBRUARY 2003: SNOWFALLS - 2 (2nd, 3rd), COLDEST TEMP (2/-7C)
OVERALL: 8, -3/-8C

DECEMBER 2003: SNOWFALLS - 0, COLDEST TEMP (-2/-8C)
JANUARY 2004: SNOWFALLS - 3 (13th, 28th, 31st), COLDEST TEMP (3/-4C)
FEBRUARY 2004: SNOWFALLS - 2 (7th, 25th), COLDEST TEMP (3/-8C)
OVERALL: 5, -2/-8C

DECEMBER 2004: SNOWFALLS - 3 (24th, 25th, 28th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
JANUARY 2005: SNOWFALLS - 5 (2nd, 8th, 12th. 17th, 18th), COLDEST TEMP (1/-5C)
FEBRUARY 2005: SNOWFALLS -7 (2nd, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 24th), COLDEST TEMP (3/-4C)
OVERALL: 15, 1/-5C

DECEMBER 2005: SNOWFALLS - 2 (29th, 30th), COLDEST TEMP (-1/-5C)
JANUARY 2006: SNOWFALLS - 1 (11th), COLDEST TEMP (-1/-7C)
FEBRUARY 2006: SNOWFALLS - 0, COLDEST TEMP (4/-6C)
OVERALL: 3, -1/-7C

DECEMBER 2006: SNOWFALLS - 0, COLDEST TEMP (3/-3C)
JANUARY 2007: SNOWFALLS - 3 (16th, 18th, 23rd), COLDEST TEMP (5/-4C)
FEBRUARY 2007: SNOWFALLS - 1 (27th), COLDEST TEMP (4/-7C)
OVERALL: 4, 3/-4C

DECEMBER 2007: SNOWFALLS - 2 (8th, 25th), COLDEST TEMP (-1/-5C)
JANUARY 2008: SNOWFALLS - 8 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 21st, 24th, 31st), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
FEBRUARY 2008: SNOWFALLS - 3 (2nd, 12th, 13th), COLDEST TEMP (5/-7C)
OVERALL: 13, -1/-7C

DECEMBER 2008: SNOWFALLS - 7 (1st, 2nd, 5th,7th, 11th, 12th, 30th), COLDEST TEMP (-1/-7C)
JANUARY 2009: SNOWFALLS - 5 (14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 29th), COLDEST TEMP (1/-8C)
FEBRUARY 2009: SNOWFALLS - 6 (2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th), COLDEST TEMP (1/-7C)
OVERALL: 18, -1/-8C

DECEMBER 2009: SNOWFALLS - 12 (14th, 17th 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th), COLDEST TEMP (-4/-10C)
JANUARY 2010: SNOWFALLS - 8 (2nd, 5th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 24th, 29th), COLDEST TEMP (-6C/-12C)
FEBRUARY 2010: SNOWFALLS - 5 (2nd, 3rd, 24th, 25th, 27th), COLDEST TEMP (0/-9C)
OVERALL: 25, -6/-12C

DECEMBER 2010: SNOWFALLS - 10 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 25th), COLDEST TEMP (-8/-15C)
JANUARY 2011: SNOWFALLS - 4 (5th, 7th, 8th, 12th), COLDEST TEMP (-2/-7C)
FEBRUARY 2011: SNOWFALLS - 5 (7th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st), COLDEST TEMP (4/-3C)
OVERALL: 19, -8/-15C

DECEMBER 2011: SNOWFALLS - 6 (4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 16th, 17th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
JANUARY 2012: SNOWFALLS - 3 (20th, 24th, 26th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
FEBRUARY 2012 - SNOWFALLS - 1 (7th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-7C)
OVERALL: 10, 2/-7C

DECEMBER 2012: SNOWFALLS - 4 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 13th), COLDEST TEMP (0/-8C)
JANUARY 2013: SNOWFALLS - 7 (13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th) COLDEST TEMP (1/-4C)
FEBRUARY 2013: SNOWFALLS - 5 (4th, 5th, 10th, 13th, 23rd), COLDEST TEMP (3/-7C)
OVERALL: 16, 0/-8C

DECEMBER 2013: SNOWFALLS - 2 (5th, 6th), COLDEST TEMP
FEBRUARY 2014: SNOWFALLS - 3 (1st, 11th, 14th)

STATS:

SNOWIEST WINTERS:

1. 2009/2010 - 25
2. 2010/2011 - 19
3. 2008/2009 - 18
4. 2012/2013 - 16
5. 2004/2005 - 15
6. 2000/2001 - 13
7. 2007/2008 - 13

8. 1999/2000 - 11
9. 2011/2012 - 10
10. 2002/2003 - 8
11. 2001/2002 - 6
12. 2013/2014 - 5
13.2003/2004 - 5
14. 2006/2007 - 4
15. 2005/2006 - 3



SPRING AND AUTUMNAL SNOWFALL:

MARCH 2001 - 3 (2nd, 3rd, 22nd)

MARCH 2002 - 2 (9th, 10th)

MARCH 2004 - 1 (19th)

MARCH 2005 - 1 (1st)
APRIL 2005 - 1 (8th)

NOVEMBER 2005 - 1 (25th)
MARCH 2006 - 6 (3rd, 7th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th)
APRIL 2006 - 1 (7th, 9th)

OCTOBER 2006 - 2 (15th, 16th)
MARCH 2007 - 2 (18th, 19th)

OCTOBER 2007 - 1 (25th)
NOVEMBER 2007 -1 (27th)
MARCH 2008 - 5 (3rd, 11th, 24th, 26th, 28th)
APRIL 2008 - 2 (4th, 6th)

NOVEMBER 2008 - 5 (4th, 9th, 23rd, 27th, 30th)
MARCH 2009 - 4 (3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th)

MARCH 2010 - 1 (30th)

NOVEMBER 2010 - 5 (26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th)
MARCH 2011 - 4 (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th)

NOVEMBER 2011 - 1 (6th)
MARCH 2012 - 1 (4th)
APRIL 2012 - 1 (3rd)

MARCH 2013 - 11 - (10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th)

NOVEMBER 2013 - 1 (18th)

NOVEMBER 2015 - 1 (28th)


SNOWFALL FOR AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING:

2010/2011 - 28
2012/2013 - 28
2008/2009 - 27
2009/2010 - 26
2007/2008 - 21
2004/2005 - 17
2000/2001 - 16
2011/2012 - 13
1999/2000 - 11
2005/2006 - 10
2002/2003 - 8
2001/2002 - 8
2006/2007 - 8
2013/2014 - 6
2003/2004 - 6

My Snowiest Months - TOP 10:

1. December 2009 - 12
2. March 2013 - 11
3..December 2010 - 10
4=. January 2010 - 8
4=. December 1999 - 8
4=. January 2008 - 8
7=. February 2005 - 7
7=. December 2008 - 7
7=. January 2013 - 7
10=. February 2009 - 6
10=. March 2006 - 6
10=. December 2011 - 6

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Winter Blog Part 3 (february)

SNOW DIARY:

Thursday 1st December - Brief wet snow in early hours from heavy burst in Front - No lying Snow
Saturday 3rd December - Wet snowflakes in heavy showers from the West - No lying snow
Sunday 4th December - Snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 2cm later on
Monday 5th December - Heavy snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 6cm
Tuesday 6th December - Snow showers from NW in the early hours - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Wednesday 7th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 1-2cm
Thursday 8th December - Some wet snow - No Lying Snow
Friday 9th December - Some snow showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Saturday 10th December - Snow showers from west in the morning - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 13th December - Some snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Friday 16th December - Heavy snow band from SW in early hours - Lying snow 2-3cm
Saturday 17th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Sunday 18th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Monday 19th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Tuesday 20th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of less than 1cm
Wednesday 28th December - Wet Snowflakes late in the day - No Lying Snow
Thursday 29th December - Snow Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Monday 2nd January - Some wet snow from showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 3rd January - Some snow from Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Thursday 19th January - Some snow from Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 24th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Wednesday 25th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Thursday 26th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 27th January - No Snowfall - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 31st January - Light snow showers from the east - No Lying Snow
Friday 3rd February - Light snow flurry from the east - No Lying Snow
Saturday 18th February - Snow showers from the NW - Lying snow of a dusting

AWT's Essential Links for the Winter:


[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/71778-scotland-regional-weather-discussion-2/"][color=#74a3c0]http://forum.netweat...r-discussion-2/[/color][/url] - Best Place for me
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/observations/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...k/observations/[/color][/url] - Very useful for checking temperatures and current/recent weather. Great during low temps/snow
[url="http://trafficscotland.org/lev/"][color=#74a3c0]http://trafficscotland.org/lev/[/color][/url]# - Very useful for finding out whether it's snowing and how deep/heavy in locations around Scotland.
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...ather/uk/radar/[/color][/url] - A radar to find out where snow is and heading to aswell as how heavy and prolonged!
[url="http://www.raintoday.co.uk/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.raintoday.co.uk/[/color][/url] - Another brilliant radar - better than the Met office!
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/st_forecast_warnings.html"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...t_warnings.html[/color][/url] - Good fro details about winter/severe weather in my local area
[url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582[/color][/url] - BBC Weather website and my nearest location!
[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/forum/146-forecasting-model-discussion/"][color=#74a3c0]http://forum.netweat...del-discussion/[/color][/url] - At times desperate but the best place for weather for near future!
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.sat24.com/en/gb"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.sat24.com/en/gb[/color][/url][/color] - Nice satellite link
[u][color=#0066cc][color=#0f72da][url="http://www.weatheron...v=0&wmo=/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.weatheron...V=0&WMO=[/color][/url][/color][url="http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=en&MENU=0000000000&CONT=ukuk&MODELL=nae&MODELLTYP=1&BASE=-&VAR=t850&HH=36&ZOOM=0&ARCHIV=0&WMO=&PERIOD"][color=#0f72da]=[/color][/url][u] Good for weather data[/u][/color][/u]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.scottishweather.net/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.scottishweather.net/[/color][/url][/color]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php[/color][/url][/color]
[url="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=206636917279838344801.0004b43b92b63f7ec3195&msa=0&ll=56.535258,-4.658203&spn=6.58271,19.753418"][color=#74a3c0]http://maps.google.c...58271,19.753418[/color][/url] - Scotland Regional Thread Map!

[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=125204"][b][color=#225985]KiltedWeather (1).html[/color][/b][/url] - All the essential links!



















[center]1ST FEBRUARY 2012[/center]

18:00

Well this winter has been pretty decent for snow - both falling and lying - and we are now into our longest cold snap of the winter. Come the end of this month, I'll do a review of the winter and compare it to other years. It looks like this winter will be one of the snowiest that I've ever experienced and with an extra month left. So a review on the winter, it's best events and comparing it to other years. Also, with potential winter weather in Spring I'll do some more updates if needed. Now, as this winter has been good, it's just a case of how good it will get. Everyone's expectations for February was high and it's just a case of whether it will pull it off. Today has been cold and sunny, and the models are showing that anything could happen into February but the potential for a decent cold spell remains. All to play for!

[center]2ND FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

The cold snap continued today as Glasgow Airport received its coldest temperature since January 2011! -7C was recorded at the airport and -5C was recorded right across the country last night! Therefore, there was a pretty hard frost! Today was very nice despite the cold with lovely winter sunshine - infact, at times it looked deceivingly warm. Last night there was also a bit of a snow event for The Wash. Now, tomorrow could be the last day of this cold spell, and I'm on the hunt for big freezes and big snow events. In the short term, this weekend is set to be a snowy one for England. If things move further west, we could be in for the biggest snowfall of the winter but sadly I think that's not to be! So the hunt for the first snowfall of February 2012 continues! Beyond this very uncertain to what the the Scandi Hi will do - which has brought extreme winter conditions to Europe for the 3rd winter running! So anything could happen and that possibility of a Greenland high is there. The next week or two of model watching will paint a clearer picture - hopefully the models soon show a Greenland high!

[center]3RD FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Another very cold night with -11C in places. Cold today and perhaps the last day of the cold snap. Some lovely winter sunshine too! Now tomorrow what we see is a front meeting cold air and the met office have issued an amber warning for snow for much of England. Model-wise the end of February could be interesting if there is northern blocking.

[center]4TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

The cold spell just about ended here as the front brought rain to much of Scotland. However in England and Wales, the most significant snow event of the winter occured with 10cm quite widely and lots of distruption. So it seems that England and Wales have joined W Scotland for a decent winter event this year but NI and E Scotland have suffered badly. Now, the SE are likely to stay onto the cold air and the Scandi Hi is still around so a cool theme is likely. Beyond this - there are encouraging signs of a Greenie High that would see me jumping off the walls.

[center]5TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

I believe that the cold spell may have ended today but perhaps we are about to enter a cool period next week. Right now much of S and E England is blanketed by snow. Now, the models have been quite poor with the Greenland High taking a step back which has felt a bit frustrating but we need to see how it pans out - not been a bad winter so whatever happens won't make the winter any worse except the fact that it's been a long time since the last decent snowfall but we've got till at least April for this to change. Cold outside right now.

[center]6TH FEBRUARY[/center]

20:00

Been on a bit of an emotional roller coster today - here's my post from earlier and the bits in bold are the sensible things - everything else is probably just a bit of immotive energy released by a sudden surge of frustration - lol!:

I've got to say that February is looking like a big fail! Everyone said that the winter would start rubbish and get better, [b]well in actual fact it started off fantasticly[/b] and got worse as it progressed.[b] But, it's been a decent winter - not a harsh one - but more than satisfactory with another brilliant December on the snow front - some interesting spells of weather in January and some snow falls but disapointing in the sense of proper lying snow - some cold towards the end was nice, February - decent for cold and sunshine[/b] but looks set to be an almost snowless month.

For the third year running, December is the best month for winter weather and February is the poorest. [b]On the otherhand, the models may change and it's only the 6th of February and whatever happens this month won't dent the fact that this winter has been decent but I'd rather see a balance in winter weather[/b]. One decent snowfall with proper lying snow in January would have made for a fantastic month considering [b]the storms and the great frosty spells [/b]- and another in February would be nice but having almost two months since the last decent snowfall is very disapointing for winter. Now if winter fails, then hopefully that Azores High and PV will disapear for March resulting in greater [b]chances for great snowfalls and winter weather aswell as the other things that Spring brings.[/b]

But in this moment in time, despite the fact that this[b] winter has been succesful in having more than one decent cold/snow spells (sometimes akin to the last few winters)[/b] [b]in my favourite time for snowy weather[/b], the disapointing thing is the Big Failure of a February as it looks set to be the poorest month of the winter compared to the fantastic start. All this talk about wait for February, patience, backgroung signals has been a real let down - but thank god [b]that December was good and it's success [/b]has made winter a little bit more than acceptable and [b]there is a Spring next which will have more oppurtunities for winter weather aswell as Spring stuff.[/b]

Hope I'm wrong about February being a let down.

Yeah the bold bits are sensible, the others is just a bit rational. Can't deny that this winter has been good with a fantastic December and interesting weather in the new year and some nice wintry weather. It would have been nice to have had a decent lying snow event in January and I would love the same for February but you can't change the fact that a great December has already made this winter good and better than quite a few in my life and even January wasn't bad in terms of falling snow at all as the Glasgow Airport records suggest that it doesn't even make the top 20 least snowy months since 1999 and with January and December combined it's actually been one of the snowiest and the all important lying snow has been a great success (despite January potentially could have been better) and the great frosty second half to January and cool weather in December and storms all making for a good winter - similar to some of those when I was younger and not too disimial from 08/09 (just lacking one more notable snow event). The thing that has frustrated me a tiny bit is that January didn't see a great snow event but it was decent enough for having days of falling snow and cold weather with frost. But that's just a small disapointment and the cold end to month just adds to the great success of December that guaranteed that this winter would be another decent one - it's just a case of adding to it. And in having a decent winter status in the bag, I look for a 4th consecutive winter with a big freeze and the models have dropped the idea of a Greenie High but the background signals remain good and it's evident that the models don't have a clue so it's all to play for in terms of Big Freeze - even into March. And if my greedyness of wanting a big freeze doesn't materialize then Spring has great potential for fantastic, wondrous snowfalls (my largest snowfall ever happened in March) aswell as other great weather types in Spring so there remains a lot be optimistic about considering how happy I should be about winter, the potential February and March has - and it's the weather anyway - I should just enjoy it.

And it was great winter's day today - very cold all day and foggy.


[center]7TH FEBRUARY[/center]

17:45

Very cold and sunny today - maybe -15C in some parts later!

I think the met office are being a tad conservative in a volitile situation. The changes we've seen in the models in the past two weeks have been stark. We had cross model agreement for a beasterly, then for the atlantic to win, then for the PV to come back and now that Scandi Hi is still fighting longer than predicted and that Greenland High trend comes and goes. We're still so early in February that anything could happen and things will change as we go along - particulary in such an unclear scenario like this where the models have lost the plot at times. But, first and foremost, there is a trend for Greenland High, there are background signals for it too, it's cold outside right now and there is still the possibility to add for a decent winter for me personally and for others to at least get a decent snowfall with the chances of a Greenland High.

Game On - me thinks!

*[size=1]What a contrast to yesterday's post![/size]

[center]8TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Last day of the cold spell as freezing rain and ice become an issue. England may get ANOTHER frontal snowfall tomorrow. Quite cold and cloudy at times today. The very cold start to February in the south continues. The models are good for there to be high pressure in the Atlantic with a northerly next week that could bring is snow. It all depends whether it becomes a Greenie High and we get a severe cold spell or it just topples.

[center]9TH FEBRUARY[/center]

19:00

Cold in the SE with another snow event - aaghhh! Quite cold and foggy here today and perhaps the very last day of the long-lasting cold spell. It's all eyes north to see whether we get a northerly or even a prolonged Greenie High. Today's models have looked good and bad at times - still, a whole load of things could happen so we still wait and watch.

[center]10TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Not looking too great for a Greeni High now and all eyes are for topplers but we've got all the way to April for us to get at least a decent snowfall on the same levels as the ones in December. Cold spell ends here after England enjoyed more snow and the temperatures there are very low right now!

[center]11TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Very cloudy here today as England is still freezing and Europe is in the grips of an extreme cold spell. Oh well, despite us missing out the potential and the cold snap was there to have 4th consecutive winter with a big freeze. However we may get snow out of a northerly. But not a bad winter, as we continue our good run in form. Ill update tomorrow.

[center]12TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

A nice evening with a lovely dusk, clear skies and stars and an amazing large, orange/yellow moon on the horizon. A frost aswell tonight. Models showing potentially a lovely snow event to round off a decent winter - if this event happens I'll be very happy! Perhaps, we can't rule out an easterly yet.

[center]13TH FEBRUARY[/center]

22:30

Milder today despite the NWly flow with cloud. I do wonder if we'll get that final below average winter! Anyhow, it's good that the models are still going for a decent snow event from a northerly next weekend. Hopefully we'll see an easterly and more cold and snow as we leave February and enter March.

[center]14TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Not an eventful day here. The models are still showing a cold spell and snowfall for the end of the week which is good. Winter has been okay but it would be great to get another good snowfall. After that is part of the unknown but I'm interested to see what Spring has ib store for us.

[center]15TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Now, quite a nice evening and sunny with starry night sky - lovely for winter/autumn. It seems that snowfall is going to happen, hopefully the second half will be cold enough for us to get a below average winter. At the moment, it's best to enjoy the snow and see what happens, review winter and see what Spring will be like.

[center]16TH FEBRUARY[/center]

19:00

I am going to do summary about the snow, my winter forecast, other forecasts, reviews and stuff soon. So far this winter has been decent for cold - late January and February and snow -December. It now seems that I am going to get another good snow event which will make the winter a bit better, even if we see a lack of snowfall. Beyond that is uncertain. Today was very sunny and lovely - quite Spring like. So, in the coming days I'm going to do a build up to the last major snowfall of the winter, and come the end of the winter I'm going to:
Review the winter, comparing it to past, facts and stats and key dates; review my winter forecast; review other forecasts; look forward to Spring and the rest of the year; discuss about next winter.

So a good winter so far and very interesting one. Good snowfall events so the winter is similar to 08/09 and there may be another event left. And into Spring, I'll be looking for more wintry treats aswell as other Spring delights. An interesting year is coming up and it will be interesting to compare it to last year, to see how it stands againts previous years and what will be the key events. After my first winter forecast was innacurate, this winter has proved again that 06/07 is in the past and hopefully next winter will be a repeat of 10/11 or 09/10. So after this winter is over, I'm going to run a blog about the year's weather and other factors, reviews , forecasts and stuff and would hope to gather a catalogue of information regarding models, stratoshphere and for Autumn, to combine all of these and produce a better winter forecast.

Anyway, we're still in winter, got another decent snowfall to finish off a decent but interesting winter, we've got an interesting year of weather left and as we go through the year, when I've got time, I'll be looking at the story of the weather of 2012 unfolding and hopefully it will be good and hopefully it will lead to an accurate forecast and hopefully an amazing winter. Spring forecast coming up soon. Bye for now.

[center]17TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Today was wet and miserable at times. Unfortuantly, it seems that the snow event tomorrow from the NNWly may be our last for quite a while as the models are showing the atlantic being in full business. It can't be for much longer though! Anyone I hope that tomorrow will be good.

[center]18TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Looking very warm at next week! Spring has come early this year. I do wonder what the Azores Hi will do as we don't want to have messed up weather. Nonetheless, Winter 2011/2012 wasn't a fail, it did deliver but it's promised specatucular cold spell and snowfall failed to deliver big time which was disapointing. However, the winter wasn't bad at all, I've enjoyed parts of it and it has been interesting! And Spring of course very much has a wintry side to it!

[center]19TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

The countdown to Spring continues. It's now very light and the some of the Spring plants are starting to come through. Late February this year marks the start to Spring whereas Early - Mid December could mark the end of Autumn and Mid March could mark the end of winter. It varies but essentially the coldest, darkest times are between November and April and the core of it is between December and March.

[center]20TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Doesn't look any potential for snow on the horizon at all, which is disapointing because February has failed in terms of snow here and has been notably disapointing and not having snow in March isn't a problem but as our winter up here usually lasts longer and the potential for cold and snow is there and I've seen it in quite a few March's of the past, it would be disapointing to miss out on that too! But April can deliver, this all about keeping the wintry theme going as you'd expect aswell as other typical Spring-like conditions playing their role. However, despite this winter doing enough and done it's bit here in Glasgow, in eastern Scotland where the past few winters have been fantastic there whereas this winter has arguably been the worst.

[center]21ST FEBRUARY[/center]

22:00

The models are still disapointing for a cold and snowy outlook as snow is very much an aspect to Spring, but on the otherhand the other aspects of a new season of weather in the UK is coming up - hopefully interesting with some heat. I would love to see a great warm spell again in April and mostly in May aswell as snow events in March and April too and with sunny, varied, lovely and interesting weather and hopefully a good summer, a good autumn and a good winter. Whatever happens, it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

[center]22ND FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

It looks set to be a very mild end to winter. If the Snow in December and cold earlier this month had never happened, this would add more salt to the wounds but in reality it will be quite interesting to see how it evolves. It does seem very likely that any snow to finish the winter is unlikely but my Snow Diary will continue into Spring.

[center]23RD FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

It's definetly starting to feel more Spring Like as milder weather will be around for the majority of the country to finish off winter. However there may still be a possibility for driech weather conditions with the milder conditions so any worthwhile, Spring-Like Sunny conditions may only come at a premium.

[center]24TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Gosh, Isn't this a quiet period of weather? A complete contrast (particulary in the South East of England) as the first was incredibly cold and quite snowy in places and now it's really mild. I now wouldn't be surprised what was destined to be a cold month may have an equally as mild CET as the previous few.

[center]25TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

It's getting closer to Spring, but remember in My Scotland Central Blog, I will do updates of any potential decent snow events/cold spells and my Snow Diary will also continue until the last snowfall. Also, I've done part of my Winter review in that Scotland Weather Central Blog, So I'll post a link to that Review. Also, I'll continue to review the seasons.

[center]26TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

It seems that in two days time, we could see some record breaking mild conditions. I do wonder how warm it will get. Remember to check my Review of the Winter, my Snow Diary, My Season Forecasts and Blogs, My Weather Event Summaries in Scotland Weather Central Blog.

[center]27TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Incredibly mild in Aboyne right now with temps up to 15C which would be 5C colder than the hottest ever night-time temperature in Scotland. There is the potential for Scotland's record warm February temperature to be broken in Aberdeenshire tomorrow and possibly the UK record.

[center]28TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

A Very mild day in Aberdeenshire where the temperature was around 17C which is a sign that Spring is here. However, despite the very mild temperatures here in Glasgow, it is absoultely horriible with constant cloud cover with continuous drizzle. That's not what I want for Spring!

[center]29TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Hurrah! It's a lovely day to finish Spring with fantastic sunshine with lighter evenings, a Really lovely Spring Afternoon. And I'm afraid folks that this may well be last post in the Winter Blog although if we do get a snow event this Spring, expect some updates here in the Blog and for any cold spell/snow event to be included in my Spring Review Blog as it would be a key event in playing how this Spring will turn out so a lot to play for in terms of cold and interesting (hopefully good weather in general). When my Winter Blog is complete I'll hand a link but all I can say is that yet again this winter didn't disapoint with the fantastic snow in December and the notable cold spell in Late Jan/Feb, plus interesting weather inbetween. Keep an eye on the stuff going on in My "Best of Scotland, snowscotland and Scotland Weather Central Blogs". My Snow Diary will continue to the last event, expect some updates either in here or elsehwere about Spring snow events, and check my Scotland Weather Central Blog for interesting analysis, reviews and stuff about the weather in the UK during 2012 plus my own forecasts and come the time that my Winter Blog resumes during next Winter's First Snowfall, hopefully we have had an interesting year to enjoy and perhaps I could use the year's weather and other things to improve on my Winter Forecast later this year. Hopefully I'll see you soon with some Spring snowfall.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

Cold Spell Blog

[center]THE COLD SPELL - WINTER 2011/2012[/center]

Snow Diary during Cold Spell:


Thursday 26th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 27th January - No Snowfal - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 31st January - Light Snow showers from the east - No Lying Snow
Friday 1st February - Light snow flurry from the east - No Lying Snow


DAYS AND EVENTS:

26 JAN:
* Snow for NW from a NWly
* GLASGOW AIRPORT: 4C/-1C, SNOW
* TEMPERATURES:

27 JAN:
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 5C/-2C
*TEMPERATURES:

28 JAN:
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 2C/-3C, FOG
*TEMPERATURES:

29 JAN:
* Snow for Wales and SW England as Front from the west meets cold air (AMBER WARNING)
* Snow for NE England from some showers from Easterly
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 5C/-2C
*TEMPERATURES

30 JAN:
*Snow for Wales from Front from West meets cold air
*Snow for NE England E Scotland from the easterly
*Met Office Upgrade Cold Warning Levels to Level 3
*Met Office Issue Yellow Warning for Ice to Eastern Areas
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 4C/-2C
*TEMPERATURES:

31 JAN:
*Snow showers for E England, E and C Scotland
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 4C/-2C
*TEMPERATURES

1 FEB:
*Cold and sunny - only snow flurries in NE Coast
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 4C/-5C
*TEMPERATURES

2 FEB:
*Very cold and sunny
*Snow around the Wash
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 2C/-7C
*TEMPERATURES

3 FEB:
*Very cold and sunny
*Some snow for E England
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 5C/-3C
*TEMPERATURES

4 FEB:
*Rain meets cold air - snow for England (Amber Warning) - Severe distruption and 10cm
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 6C/0C
*TEMPERATURES:

5 FEB:
*Cold spell continues in England
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 7C/1C

6 FEB:
*Cold and foggy
*GLASGOW AIRPORT: 2C/0C, FOG

7 FEB:
*Cold, sunny.

8 FEB:
*Cold, cloudy

9 FEB:
*Cold, foggy
*Significant snow and freezing rain event in England.
[center]29TH JANUARY[/center]

14:00

Welcome to my cold spell blog! We've waited a long time since Chrsitmas 2010 for a decent cold spell, and now it looks like a decent cold spell is on the way. This blog will include updates with the models, analysis of the weather day by day, updates on events and news stories and articles about it, weather events and analysis, temperature diary kept and a lot of personal imput, comment and thought about the cold spell, it's developments, events here in Torrance, Scotland and the rest of the UK. So watch out for data on the cold snap, it's events and general discussion on it. I do wonder, that by this time next week, will the phrase Big Freeze be in use again! It certainly will be interesting to see if it does. Anyway, let's get talking about the cold spell!

SNOW MAP - courtesy of weathermaster!
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MET OFFICE WARNING: AMBER FOR S WALES, YELLOW FOR WALES/SW ENGLAND FOR SNOW
Issued at - [b]29 Jan 2012, 12:07[/b]
Valid from - [b]29 Jan 2012, 15:30[/b]
Valid to - [b]30 Jan 2012, 12:00[/b]


Rain pushing in from the west is expected turn to snow on the leading edge,
especially on hills. As much as 10 cm may accumulate across hilly parts of south and southeast Wales,
this area covered by the Amber warning, the main focus being through this evening. For SW England,
accumulations of about 5 cm are possible over the moors, with Exmoor most likely to see these
amounts through this evening. A slushy covering of 1 or 2cm of snow at lower levels could not be ruled out.

Further east across southern England, snow is more likely to arrive overnight or early on Monday morning but
with only 1 or 2 cm at most, again chiefly over the hills.

The public are advised to be aware of the potential for disruption to traffic, particularly this evening
within the amber area. There remains uncertainty in the amounts of snow, and also the eastern extent
of any snow, so please check for further
So a snow event for Wales and SW England! The Scandinavia High is in place and the first showers on the first day of the easterly have occured in the east - some falling as sleet/snow! A cold day across the country so let's see what temperatures are when the readings come in.

Tomorrow - Easterly flow, colder uppers and -10C uppers shown by NAE charts for E coasts. Perhaps a few snow showers for these areas. It's a case of nowcasting as snow showers can pop up at short notice! Should be pretty cold too as the cold snap continues (it's been here since the 26th in Glasgow). I'll post the snow map for tomorrow when it comes.

Models - (As of 6Z) Showing cold snap and easterly for the early part of the week before deep cold arrives. Lot's of snow for the south and eastern coasts. -15C uppers in areas too and -10C uppers widely across the UK! Cold snap projected to continue into weekend. Low pressure (perhaps over estimated by GFS 6Z) may bring a lot of snow for the west initially before it gradually gets less cold. However there are hints of Greenland High and Scandi Hi looks like staying around. This could last a while and by this time next week we'll know for sure whether the cold spell will continue, end for good, or another cold spell will start. Maybe little snow for Scotland from easterly but it's a case of nowcasting and things can pop-up at short-notice.


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So a cold snap is here and it looks set to stay. Next week could be very potent. I'll update on the temperatures and snow events of the cold spell, any articles or videos on it, some snow maps, some personal input and discussion about it aswell as an update on events and the models. I should update later today!

Now let's see what the great freezes of the last 3 winters were in Glasgow:

So far this cold spell in Glasgow has been around for 4 days and lot's set to last at least another 8 days. Glasgow Airport has recorded one day of snow falling, coldest max of 2c and a coldest min of -3c.

Between the 2nd and 13th of February 2009, there was a 12 day big freeze. The coldest maximum temperature was 1C (9th) and coldest minimum was -7C (10th). There was 6 days of snowfall. The coldest temperatures anywhere as -18C. My maximum depth was around 10cm.

Between the 17th of December 2009 and 14th January 2010, there was a 29 day big freeze. The coldest maximum temperature was -6C (8th Jan) and the coldest minimum was -12C (8th Jan). There was 15 days of falling snow. Coldest temperature anywhere was -22C. My maximum depth was around 10cm.

Between the 24th November and 9th December 2010, there was a 16 day big freeze. The coldest maximum temperature was -8C (7th Dec) and my coldest minimum was -14C (7th Dec). There was 11 days of snowfall. Coldest temperature anywhere was -21C. My maximum snow depth was 25cm. My Snow Diary from that winter: [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4140-first-snowfall-of-the-winter/"]http://forum.netweat...-of-the-winter/[/url]

Between the 17th and 27th of December 2010, there was an 11 day big freeze. The coldest maximum temperature was -5C (21st/22nd) and my coldest minimum was -14C (23rd). Coldest Temperature anywhere was -21C. My maximum snow depth was around 5cm.

And so far, our cold snap has lasted 4 days, coldest temperature in Glasgow has been 2c/-3c, one official day of snow from the airport. Other details on coldest temperatures elsehwhere are unclear but I believe -7C has been reached.

19:00

Model Update:

GFS 12z was a disaster with the atlantic winning and the UKMO followed like wise. However the start of next week will be cold and all of these runs showed the Scandi Hi still in place right at the end so February looks set to be interesting for model watching. ECM was okay and towards the end that Scandi Hi is still there and easterly aswell. So Scandi Hi still in place makes anything possible, easterly now in store - anything can happen. I do hope that a Greenie Hi eventually occurs. Also, some background signals apparently look good. So considering how the models will chop and change and that we've just started a cold spell with Scandi hi here and set to stay aswell as a whole load of scenarios, it really is all to play for.

Today Update:

Snow has been observed in Aberdeenshire as the easterly begins. And right now the snow is beginning to get going in Wales. It's chilly outside at 2C as we continue or cold spell. I'll hope to update on what tomorrow will have instore soon. It seems that those in the NE of England and Scotland could enjoy some snow showers. The cold theme looks set to continue as -10C uppers reach east coast.

SNOW MAP - MONDAY 30TH JANUARY 2012
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As another front meets colder air, perhaps there could be snow at it's western edge over SW Wales and England. As the easterly flow gets going there could be wintryness in the showers in the NE.

[center]30TH JANUARY[/center]

19:30

Today's Events:

Here in Torrance it was sunny and very cold with frosty start. Throughout the day, it was cold with maximum of around 3-5C and now the temperature is below 0C. The Easterly flow is now in place for eastern areas and some places have seen some snow showers. Elsewhere, in SW England and Wales, a front meeting colder air has meant some snowfall for areas. Earlier today, the Met office issued a Level 3 Warning of Cold for England. Tonight - expect snow showers to continue in the east. I'll post the snow map later when available.

Tomorrow:

Yet again, expect another cold and sunny day. Tomorrow might prove to be quite interesting for some eastern areas as there may be a bit more in the way of snow showers - so yes light snow showers are in the forecast. Temperatures are set to struggle to make it above 1-4C across the UK and widespread night-time frosts.

Outlook:

The cold snap at the moment looks like it will continue to last into next week, perhaps gone by the weekend. Little in the way of snow becasue of the slack easterly flow but the model updates in the coming days will paint a better picture.

Models:

(As of GFS 12z) - Potential easterly for some during the next few days. Next week has -10C uppers across large parts but notable, widespread snowfall looks unlikely. A non-snowy breakdown may happen before the weekend. After this, it's uncertain so the cold snap may continue. The GFS 12z run wasn't optimistic or promising, but the picture is unclear for the second half of next week. The positioning of the high, atlantic lows and shortwaves will be crucial. Hopefully, we'll have another go for a cold snap later in February if needed.

SNOW MAP FOR TUESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2012:

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There is a small risk of sleet in the SW of England. The main focus tomorrow is E Scotland where there could be snow showers heading into Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and Fife.

[center]31ST JANUARY[/center]

18:00

Today's Events:

First snow from an easterly this winter occurred today. Playing football in the freezing cold and some nice, fine, small snow flakes were falling down for about 20 mins. Quite a surprise really! Now, today here was pretty cold with the temperature getting no higher than 4C. It was also far cloudier than expected - probably from the easterly. Now snow showers continued for some eastern areas too.

Tomorrow:

Need to catch up on this and I'll update a snow map later but I would imagine that eastern areas would continue to see snow showers.

Models:

Models show the cold snap lasting towards the weekend. It looks like for Glasgow, the cold snap will end with milder air winning - whereas the SE clings on to the cold but this may not happen as we don't know what the Scandi Hi or Atlantic will do. Beyond this, the models throw away the massive block????!!! But, there are hints of a greenie high - so a different cold snap might happen later and it may be THE cold snap of the winter!

20:30

It is official that we are in the longest cold snap of the winter! Tomorrow could end the cold snap if the temperature rises above 6 or 7C but I doubt that. Here are the cold snaps of this winter: Dec 4-6), (Dec 15-18), (Jan 13-16), (Jan 26-31....)

Let's also have a look at how this winter in terms of falling snow days compares with other winters (in case you're wondering lying snow this winter has been good - particulary in December so I'm happy on that front):

All of the data comes from Glasgow Airport and I have a complete stack of data about every official recorded snow event since I can remember snow:

DECEMBER 2011: SNOWFALLS - 6 (4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 16th, 17th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
JANUARY 2012: SNOWFALLS - 3 (20th, 24th, 26th), COLDEST TEMP (2/-5C)
OVERALL: 9, 2/-5C


1. 2009/2010 - 23
2. 2010/2011 - 18
3. 2000/2001 - 13
4. 2008/2009 - 13
5. 1999/2000 - 9
[u][u][b][u]6. 2011/2012 - 9[/u][/b][/u][/u]

My Snowiest Months - TOP 10:

1. December 2009 - 11
2. December 2010 - 10
3. December 1999 - 7
4. January 2010 - 7
[u][u][u][b]5. December 2011 - 6[/b][/u][/u][/u]

Least Snowiest Months:

[u][u][b][u]23. January 2011 - 3 - ([/u][/b]P.S this January is closer to being one of my snowier months)[/u][/u]

Winter seasons interms of Autumn to Spring:


1. 2010/2011 - 27
2. 2009/2010 - 24
3. 2008/2009 - 17
4. 2000/2001 - 16
5. 2007/2008 - 13
6. 2004/2005 - 10
[b]7. 1999/2000 - 9[/b]

2012 is also already snowier than 2006 in terms of winter months!

So as you can see, this winter has been in terms of snow events one of the snowiest that I've experienced and December was one of the snowiest months. Even January has been good as it's not even in the top 15 least snowiest winter months that I've seen and it's already made this year snowier than 2006 with winter months. Infact January is on the average for my snow days in January. And we've still got another month to go to make this metereological winter even better and with Spring we make things even better. And with lying snow this winter has already smashed some other winters and has kept the theme of decent snowfalls and days of lying snow of the past few winters going. I've seen deeper lying snow in previous winter prior to 2007, but I've had many consecutive days of decent lying snow and two decent events so all in all I can positively that this winter has been more than a success for Glasgow with lots of snowfalls and very decent lying snow events and number of days of lying snow.

Some people are moaning about winter and want Spring. Here was my response:


There are too many intricate details in model forecasting. We've barely started February and the background signals look good for Scandi Hi retrogression to Greenland. And there is a trend for heights in the mid atlantic and GP who you should be listening too is remaining very upbeat about February. Anyway, it's the weather - just get out there and enjoy what ever it throws at you. And a Big Freeze can be possible in March if that's what you're looking for. By the I'll be looking out for cold spells and more snowfalls aswell as days full of sunshine and frost, some rain, the last winds and the first heat. Then April, I'll look for a snowfall to add to my Snow Diary and then look for sunshine, showers and heat.

So I think February has a lot to offer and the Atlantic will stop eventually, Spring could be very wintry and our largest snow events can happen in March. 3 out of the last 6 winters have seen Scotland's best snow event happen in March. I would also be interested for something a bit more prolonged and interesting but really I'll be looking for Spring weather for this Spring and yes that includes snow (maybe lots of it) and aswell as lots of sunshine, frost, heat in second half and other interesting types.

[u][b][i]Another response[/i][/b][/u]

Winter my friend is not over yet! And Spring is a fantastic time of year with such fantastic variaties of winter. I fancy catching a wintry march frost, snow (battleground) and cold sunny days packed full with other weather, an April with the odd snowfall and some frost and lots of sunshine, showers and some heat. And a warm May with some of the elments of April. Spring my friend, has got a lot more to offer than storms. The transition from winter to summer, the sunshine and the cloud, the showers and the wind, the snow and the heat, the chill and the warmth - Spring is a great time for weather indeed! But enjoy the final chapter of this winter - it could prove to be interesting.


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So yes this winter has been great already but I can say that things are looking up. BBC forecast empahsises the uncertainity beyond the weekend (perhaps snowy breakdown) and it could end up very cold. Trend for Greenland High Perhaps? So lot's to look forward to you before we reach the active season of Spring.

[center]1ST FEBRUARY[/center]

18:00

Today's events:

Sunny and quite cold - especially right now. Nothing much happening at all but our longest cold snap of the winter continues:

Tomorrow:

Sunny and cold again with snow flurries confined to east coast.

Model Output:

Cold spell to end on Friday, after that we're clueless but Greenland High and well, anything could happen!

[center]2ND FEBRUARY[/center]

18:00

Today's events:

Very, very cold today, can't remember the last time we had a colder temperature than this. Last night saw temperatures across the UK widely below freezing and in quite a few areas below freezing. -7C was recorded at Glasgow Airport and -5C was recorded widely across Scotland. The car this morning read -4.5C and it was a very hard frost and cold throughout today with fantastic winter sunshine earlier. So the longest cold snap continues with some snow earlier today in the E of England.

Tomorrow:

It will be quite cold, colder in the SE. Potential for snow in the west however this should raise the temperatures slightly.

Model Output:

Scottish cold snap ends before Saturday but in England, there's a warning issed for heavy snow with a stalling front. Beyond this is very uncertain as we don't know what the Scandi Hi will do or whether there will be a Greenie Hi or not. But the models are showing Nlys during February.

[center]3RD FEBRUARY[/center]

16:00

Today's events:

Very cold again with a low -11C in some places. Today was sunny here and pretty cold. However, when I woke up, it was clear to see that it had snowed over night with some snow flakes on the car!!! That's the first snowfall of February 2012. Now, today could be Glasgow's last day of the cold snap, as England enjoyed snow in the early hours. There is a [amber] warning for much of England for the weekend for snow as a front meets cold air and stalls. It's not meant to snow for Glasgow but a shift westwards could end up with a spectacular outcome for us!

Tomorrow:

Cold spell ends for Glasgow with rain, England and Wales get hit by one of the main snow events of this winter.

Model Outlook:

Very unclear to what the Scandi Hi will do so a battle will continue. Cold weather still possible for the rest of February and into March.

[center]4TH FEBRUARY[/center]

13:00

Today's Events:

A few nights of temps below -11C, a cold warning, a snow warning for England and even the BBC are using the phrase Big Freeze. An Amber warning for snow has been issued for much of England as a front meets cold air with a potential for 5-10cm of snow in many areas. However, here in East Dunbartonshire there is now an amber warning for snow?! I wonder how wrong that will be. It's been a wet morning and so far the cold spell is still here but will it still be here for the full day? I also wonder what distruptiona and chaos and hysteria there will be in England.

Tomorrow:

Cold spell should have ended here in Glasgow but in the SE it will continue as they are buried under 5-10cm of snow. Mainly sunny for quite a few areas.

Model Output:

I called this blog for the Cold Spell of the winter. If the models and strat thread are anything to go by, this may not even be the cold spell of the winter after all. There has been great consistency for northern blocking over Greenland and some experienced members have mentioned essences of December 2010 in this scenario. The models are showing blocking and cold northerlies over us and the strat thread was apparently great with it's updates. However we need to see this trend continue before we get too ahead of ourselves. But if this scenario were to happen, we would be looking at a 4th Consecutive winter with a big freeze. We are probably looking at a reverse of last winter with the main event at the end of the winter and start of Spring rather than the end of autumn into the start of the winter. February would end up cold and the winter in Scotland may well end up being slightly below average. My snow diary would get busy, the media would go nuts, the country wouldn't cope as we would be plunged into another great cold spell with lots of snow and cold and lasting for a long time. I would absolutely love this but we need to wait and see how this evolves. It would certainly make for an interesting end to winter and start to Spring.

[center]5TH FEBRUARY[/center]

14:00

Today's Events:

We had no snow yesterday and the cold snap continued luckily enough. However in England and Wales it was a fantastic day yesterday with the most significant and widespread snow event of the winter. 10CM plus in many areas and lots of distruption. So England and Wales have already had a better year in terms of snow than 2011. And they have joined W Scotland in the decent winter club whereas E Scotland and NI would be feeling a wee bit lonely. Today, cold start and cloudy here with some blue sky. Further south in England, there is distruption the cold spell continues as they are buried under snow.

Tomorrow:

The cold spell should have ended by now in Scotland but in England it will continue.

Model Output:

It looks like next week, the Scandi Hi will still be here but what it will do and bring to us is uncertain and of course the models may not have grasped how stong the block is. Now, in England it should be cold next week but anything could happen. Background signals look good for Northern Blocking but the models are a bit unclear on this.

[center]6TH FEBRUARY[/center]

I'm not sure if the cold snap ended in Glasgow yesterday but if so then we've entered another one.

Today's Events:

Very cold and foggy - ice and lying snow causing distruption in England.

Tomorrow:

Cold

Model Output:

Very unclear, Greenie High not being shown yet.

[center]7TH FEBRUARY[/center]

Today's Events:

Very cold and sunny today - a real lovely, crisp winter's day in what's been a pleasant, long lasting, sunny cold spell with lots of frost. Some showers for eastern coasts.

Tomorrow:

Potential for snow showers in eastern areas - cold spell should have ended here - again!

Model Output:

Cold spell continues in the SE of England for at least another 5 days. Scotland may see one or two snow events in the coming days. Beyond this, there is cross-model agreement on a Greenland High with a potent northerly toppler - anything could happen but with a Greenland High around our best cold spell of the winter is perhaps waiting to happen.

[center]8TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Today's Events: Should be last day of cold spell as front comes in. Today was cold and cloudy. Freezing rain may become an issue.

Tomorrow: Potential for snow for England again.

Model Output: Northerly next week with high pressure in atlantic. All eyes to whether we get a Greenie High and a severe cold spell.

[center]9TH FEBRUARY[/center]

19:00

Today's events:

Cold, cloudy and foggy today - has to be the last day of the cold spell - surely? Down south - more snow as a front meets cold air.

Tomorrow:

Cold spell ends here and a bit uncertain.

Model Output:

Sometimes good for a northerly then not good - we are none the wiser about what's going to happen. At least GPs thoughts are promising.

[center]10TH FEBRUARY[/center]

23:30

Cold spell ends here in Glasgow but very cold further south after another dump of snow earlier today. -11.5C in one spot! How low can it go - the models are still confusing at the mo.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale's Winter Blog 2011/2012 Part 2 (january)

SNOW DIARY:

Thursday 1st December - Brief wet snow in early hours from heavy burst in Front - No lying Snow
Saturday 3rd December - Wet snowflakes in heavy showers from the West - No lying snow
Sunday 4th December - Snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 2cm later on
Monday 5th December - Heavy snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 6cm
Tuesday 6th December - Snow showers from NW in the early hours - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Wednesday 7th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 1-2cm
Thursday 8th December - Some wet snow - No Lying Snow
Friday 9th December - Some snow showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Saturday 10th December - Snow showers from west in the morning - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 13th December - Some snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Friday 16th December - Heavy snow band from SW in early hours - Lying snow 2-3cm
Saturday 17th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Sunday 18th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Monday 19th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Tuesday 20th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of less than 1cm
Wednesday 28th December - Wet Snowflakes late in the day - No Lying Snow
Thursday 29th December - Snow Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Monday 2nd January - Some wet snow from showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 3rd January - Some snow from Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Thursday 19th January - Some snow from Showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 24th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Wednesday 25th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Thursday 26th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 27th January - No Snowfall - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 31st January - Light snow showers from the east - No Lying Snow

AWT's Essential Links for the Winter:


[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/71778-scotland-regional-weather-discussion-2/"][color=#74a3c0]http://forum.netweat...r-discussion-2/[/color][/url] - Best Place for me
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/observations/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...k/observations/[/color][/url] - Very useful for checking temperatures and current/recent weather. Great during low temps/snow
[url="http://trafficscotland.org/lev/"][color=#74a3c0]http://trafficscotland.org/lev/[/color][/url]# - Very useful for finding out whether it's snowing and how deep/heavy in locations around Scotland.
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...ather/uk/radar/[/color][/url] - A radar to find out where snow is and heading to aswell as how heavy and prolonged!
[url="http://www.raintoday.co.uk/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.raintoday.co.uk/[/color][/url] - Another brilliant radar - better than the Met office!
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/st_forecast_warnings.html"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.metoffice...t_warnings.html[/color][/url] - Good fro details about winter/severe weather in my local area
[url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582[/color][/url] - BBC Weather website and my nearest location!
[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/forum/146-forecasting-model-discussion/"][color=#74a3c0]http://forum.netweat...del-discussion/[/color][/url] - At times desperate but the best place for weather for near future!
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.sat24.com/en/gb"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.sat24.com/en/gb[/color][/url][/color] - Nice satellite link
[u][color=#0066cc][color=#0f72da][url="http://www.weatheron...v=0&wmo=/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.weatheron...V=0&WMO=[/color][/url][/color][url="http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=en&MENU=0000000000&CONT=ukuk&MODELL=nae&MODELLTYP=1&BASE=-&VAR=t850&HH=36&ZOOM=0&ARCHIV=0&WMO=&PERIOD"][color=#0f72da]=[/color][/url][u] Good for weather data[/u][/color][/u]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.scottishweather.net/"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.scottishweather.net/[/color][/url][/color]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php"][color=#74a3c0]http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php[/color][/url][/color]
[url="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=206636917279838344801.0004b43b92b63f7ec3195&msa=0&ll=56.535258,-4.658203&spn=6.58271,19.753418"][color=#74a3c0]http://maps.google.c...58271,19.753418[/color][/url] - Scotland Regional Thread Map!

[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=125204"][b][color=#225985]KiltedWeather (1).html[/color][/b][/url] - All the essential links!


More coming up!!!!
































[center]JANUARY 1ST 2012[/center]
01:45

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2012 brings you great happiness, good times and of course great weather. December has been great and 2011 was a good year for snow and I'll review that soon! Hopefully, as expected the 2nd half of winter may well bring a Big Freeze but that's later on! But in the meantime, we've got a potential for a first snowfall of 2012 and the 2nd third of winter. A Great Addition to the 12 snowfalls from pM air back in December. With a few more pM air, a potential classic cold spell and a Spring left, we could beat last winter's 33 snowfalls! Now as the December 2011 Blog was so busy, I've had to start a new one for a new year and a new month and a new era of the winter.

Here's my analysis from the Scotland Thread Earlier Today:

2011 was a decent year for snow!

Now that's in the past, we're looking forward to 2012, to our first snowfall and hopefully another great year for snow ahead.

In the meantime, before any beasterly or big freeze, we've got potentially our first snowfall of the year!


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9PM, New Year's Day we've got some uppers cold enough for snow with a westerly flow.

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Dew Points at this Time are around freezing.



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6AM, uppers are around -5C to -6C so precip should be snow.

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Some precip in western areas and getting into central areas. Perhaps quite a bit of snow for the ski resorts of Glencoe and the Nevis Range?

Dew Points at 6AM are at around 0-3C.



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Suggests snow getting into some central areas.


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At 9am, there is a slight SW flow that may help some members living in Fife. Uppers are still cold enough for snow.

Dew Points are at around 0 to -5C.


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Some quite widespread snowfall.

At 12pm, the uppers are still around -6C, westerly flow so if enough convection there could be a Clyde- Forth Streamer!!! Maybe not!

Dew points slightly warmer but around 0C.

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Much of Western and Central Scotland enjoying snow. Maybe even the Cairngorms could enjoy some snow!


So, to end New Year's Day and to start the 2nd, perhaps quite a few of us could enjoy our first snowfall of 2012, a contrast to our southerners who hardly saw any snow in 2011!

This event could bring some accumilations to certain areas.

In the GFS Model run, from 9pm Tuesday (3rd January) until Wednesday 9am (4th January) we have -5/-6C uppers from a NWly.

On the 5th, Shetland and maybe even NE Aberdeenshire could see some of the white stuff.

As we get deeper into FI, there's another brief incursion with -5C uppers on the 7th.

And on the 14th, we have a pretty good northerly but that'll be gone soon. Hopefully by the end of this month, we'll be plunged into the freezer or about to in February.

But in the meantime, we've got a potential decent snowfall tomorrow to kick start the 2012 snow season and to continue our decent winter here. And there may well be a few more polar maritime incursions. Last month I got 12 snowfalls from these, with a few more pM air, and maybe a colder end to the winter, perhaps I could threaten the 33 snowfalls of 2010/2011 with Spring left aswell to beat it. However lying snow days may be different!!!!

So Happy New Year everyone!



[center]2ND JANUARY[/center]
23:30

Well, the snow event kind of failed although briefly there was some wet snow. So that's our first snowfall of 2012! Snowfall no.13 of the winter too! I do wonder how many snowfalls we'll get this month compared to last month. The day was dominated with showers (mostly of rain). Tonight, a front is set to arrive bringing wind and heavy rain, but for the northern higher ground, the met office have issued an amber warning for snow. As expected, I'll soon do a review of last month and last year. The models today aren't showing much but GP and RJS and maybe even JH are going for a colder scenario later this winter!



[center]3RD JANUARY[/center]
8:30

I forgot to mention that the met office had issued an amber warning for wind today. They've just upgraded it to A RED WARNING! My oh my, this has been a worse storm than bawbag, the window has blown in twice, there are bottles rolling across the street, bins blowing down, the roof and windows and doors feel like they are going to blow in and I'm surprised that a tree hasn't come down yet! 93mph reported in Islay as on the Scotland Thread, there are reports of sheds being torn appart, bins flying about and car alarms going off, lights flickering and a general agreement that this is worse than bawbag. I've only had 4 hours sleep as I woke up at 6am to an awful gust of wind. Nevermind, it's better than no sleep, but I'm actually quite scared of this continuos hell. The wind is constant, but the gusts are regular are terrifying at times. Also, I forgot to mention that some places in Highlands did experience blizzards, snowing in some places right now. Here is A BBC page dedicated to the severe weather - (the 3rd of the winter) - [url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16385049"]http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-16385049[/url]

13:00

The worst storm since 1998! 100mph recorded in Edinburgh! Lots of distruption to travel and A LOT of damage! And guess what? The snow follows the storm! Yes, as the storm has gone now, we've got heavy rain and it turned to snow for a while! 2nd snowfall of the year/month and 14th of the winter. Now all that I need now is 3 more snowfalls to equall last January and some lying snow.


[center]4TH JANUARY[/center]
23:30


[center][b][u][u]GREAT STORM OF JANUARY 2012:[/u][/u][/b]

Woke up at 6am to the sound of an almighty gust of wind that made the most incredible bangs. The roar, drone and rumble of the wind was endless and loud and I could hear it smashing some area of the town, just hoping that the particular gust won't reach here. The gusts were constent and mental. I could hear and feel the door about to explode open, I could hear all the bins falling over and damage to roofs and I just thought that the world was ending! The upstairs window blew open and we had to put a wardrobe, books and mattress infront of it - it blew open a further two times. Looking out of the window, I could hear and see the Christmas Period wine bottles rolling down the street and accumilating at the cul-de-sac. The updates on the Scotland Thread were mental! Once it had passed, I had realised that for the first time in my life, the house had received some damage with some slates knocked off (This happened to quite a few of the members too). On the drive to Bearsden, I saw many fences down, a large brick wall, two entire signposts bent over and countless numbers of trees down. In Bearsden, there were so many large trees down and I went for a walk. I was confused on the origins of one particular blown down tree that had found itself on someones house. I learnt that it was the top half of a tree across the road - an excutued tree! Looking at the slates was staggering with very large slates on the grass everywhere. Some of the pieces had pierced well through the ground - just imagine what that would have done to the Skull in impact! I went for another drive and saw incredible scenes at every corner - truly amazing![/center]
That was one great storm. My gran in Bearsden was a little upset with one tree being blown down. A tree in the Roman Baths can be seen right outside her bedroom window and she looks at it during the day, and it's the last thing she sees at night and the first in the morning. Yesterday's storm blew it down and the view looks a little different so I'm a little sorry to see it gone. I went for a walk and had a look at the damage too! Also, the night before the storm, she and my uncle had a look at some photos and admired the difference of the tree - just a few hours before it became an ex-tree.

Today was very wet and quite windy at times. Also, yesterday, a member called Aggy in Ayrshire observed a possible Tornado near Prestwick and posted the news. Quite remarkable really! I'll post again soon.


[center]5TH DECEMBER[/center]
23:30

Hello! Well, I'm quite depressed, infact very depressed and probably just had my worst day on Netweather! Because of a post in the model thread where I pointed out that all those negativity wasn't needed, it got deleted and I've been regarded as a bickering, ranting and raving person on the forum and now need to have my posts approved off before published. So whatever happens in that area, I'll be posting in here and expressing my views in here. If I find that my posts aren't being approved off or it's taking too long, then this will see many more updates with my views on winter and my regional updates on whether it's snowing or the radar so I suppose that's not all that bad. Today has been sunny which is good with a nice dusk. I'll hope to see you soon.


[center]6TH JANUARY[/center]
23:30

A horrible day, very dull and wet. I went to Fife to observe the damage of my relatives house, only a few slates. I'll do an update in the morning. Also, my profile is pre-moderated, so I can still post so it isn't all doom and gloom. For the next month I've changed my name to Campsie Snow Storm, should return to A Winter's Tale Soon!

[center]7TH JANUARY[/center]
23:30

I've got to say that today has been sunny, and it's been signficant. The models have shown great developments and I'll post more about this tomorrow. And at the end of the latest GFS run there is a Scandi Hi, Greeni Hi and an easterly in Scotland. Also, my posts are no longer delayed.

[center]8TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Back to School tomorrow despite it losing its roof in the storm. A wet day here and some models were okay earlier on only to be destroyed by a mild run later. However, at the edge of FI, we have the first signs of an easterly and there's a lot of cold in Europe that might try to reach us and perhaps some blocking?

[center]9TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

A nice sunny day to come back to school and cold too! Thankfully, the wintry feel of the day was also felt in the models with the 18z GFS run showing an incredible easterly. Of course, only time will tell but I'm pretty sure that there will be a few more oppurtunites left in this winter throughout February.

[center]10TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Unfortuantly the models at times were not all that great today and the potential for anymore snow soon is declining. Still, we don't know exactly what will happen in January and who knows what February will bring. Still it's not been a bad winter but I hope that we can still go on to improve on it.

[center]11TH JANUARY[/center]

19:00

I think come the end of winter I'll have a review for 2011 and the winter months, just not had a lot of time recently. It has been an awful quiet period of weather, no wind, no rain, not too much sun, no frost, no snow. This winter is decent whatever happens which is probably the priority to keep this consecutive run of non 2006/2007 and co. like winters at bay. December was very decent and had two great periods of winter weather so I'm pretty happy and there's still a long way to go with some factors pointing towards a decent February. And if there's winter weather in Spring or even early Summer then this Blog will still be up and running. Perhaps we might have a big freeze for March! So snow wise it's been pretty good but it seems like it's been a while since our last snowfall and lying snow. What has been quite disapointing about the winter is that frost and real chilly weather hasn't been as often as I would have liked. I suppose the coimeol zonality gave us our snow but the unstable and windy air prevented temperatures to drop below freezing regulary but still pretty cool. However we've had a few days of a decent frost and many days of tricky icy conditions from freezing rain and melting snow, we've had more days of lying snow than frost! But we haven't had the same endless mildness of some winters which is good and it has had a chilly feel at times, particulary in December which was a cool month in Scotland (near the average) and snowy in Glasgow (top 5 snowiest months since the late 90s at the airport). So up here it's been good except some lack of consistent and regular frost - which should be changing soon with frost by the end of the week - but the disapointing factor is that a few areas in the east of Scotland have seen little snow despite the chilly month. However, despite December being chilly in Scotland, further south it ended up being milder than the average and there's been quite a few areas in England that haven't seen any snow this winter nor the past 12 months. But the NW and parts of Wales and Central England got some snow which is good. The models are chopping and changing, one moment there's an easterly, the next there's an active jet. This should only be a good sign as it suggests that anything can happen but it does get disapointing when a poor run comes along. Still, an easterly for the end of the month isn't out the window yet and there may be a few factors pointing to a colder end to winter.

[center]12TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Quite nice and sunny at times today which is good. Played football earlier and had a terrible game in being goalkeeper. One on one, big 6ft 3, big, strong rugby player charging towards me, save, then BANG! Anyway, other than every part of my body being wrecked with that collision, I carried on playing. As I said yesterday, I'll do my reviews towards the latter parts of winter.

[center]13TH JANUARY[/center]

19:30

As I said not too long ago, one of the disapointing things is the regular frosts. Well, today was very frosty and sunny and cold. Temperatures hardly rising above 3C after an air frost which stayed in sheltered areas of the grass all day. The winter sunshine and sky was incredible, with the smell of fires, oh yes, this is one of the sides of the winter that I love. Perhaps that was our first air frost of 2012 too. And the sunset was incredible too. I think I'll now need to catch up with the models.


[center]14TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

It's frosty outside and -1.1C in Glasgow! This cold and seasonal spell is continuing and yesterday was quite brilliant interms of frost and winter sunshine. As it stands, tonight could be the coldest of the winter so far as cloud moves away and temperatures plummit until the coldest time of day at around 8am. So at Aboyne, it's currently -6.6C and there we could record the first minus double digits of the season. And the frosty conditions may continue into tomorrow aswell with winter sunshine. The models are mixed, GFS is showing one or two NWly with the potential for snow, ECM is showing hints of an easterly and UKMO I believe has shown a good NWly for snow. Let's wait and see!

[center]15TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Today is continuing with the cold feel. Frosty morning and quite a hard one. But tonight is very cold with temperatures down to -7C in places in the highlands. Perhaps we could see the first -10C reading of the winter. Also earlier there was a decent sunset. So it's been a more than satisfactory winter snow wise as I've kind of got what I wanted but I would like to see a bit more snow and ultimately a big freeze. But we've had some interesting weather and now we're in the second half and with things changing in the stratoshphere, perhaps we are now approaching the most interesting time of the winter. The models are touch and go, some decent runs from the ECM but the latest GFS run not quite so good. We just need to wait and see......AGAIN!

[center]16TH JANUARY[/center]

22:30

It's half past 10 and I'm too scared to view the GFS run. I'll come to that in a minute but first of all let's talk about today's events. Hurray, we've received the first -10C of the winter with Aboyne recording a low of -10.3C. And today was very cold with a harsh frost and felt bitter throughout. Some lovely winter sunshine in the morning before the cloud cover came in but right now it's frosty out there and I think we've just experienced the coldest part of the winter so far. Now snow wise, this week might have some wintry prospects from Wednesday onwards which might improve our January snow totalls and maybe even bring us our first lying snow of the month. It may be wintry until the weekend. Now, the models, the ECM run was apparently "Dire" and the GFS hinted at decent cold pooling to our east which means that there's always a possibilty of it saying hello. I've heard that the GFS might be quite good from one early post but can I possibly dare look at it???

[center]17TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Milder and wet today with the cold snap ending. The prospects of snow later this week remain a possibility. The latest GFS run shows a potentially interesting pattern between the 23rd and 28th with cold air and topplers always present. I bet that by tomorrow it would have all changed but work keeping an eye on.

[center]18TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Sunshine and showers and bloomin cold. Some nice winter sunshine at times, but the showers that came along were heavy, cold and wet. I happened to be absolutely soaked when walking outside in the afternoon/evening. Tomorrow we might infact see some snow from a polar martime incursion. Models are confusing still.

[center]19TH JANUARY[/center]

16:30

Snow, Snow, Snow!!!!! Well we've had the first snow in quite a while and the third snowfall of January and 2012. And it shouldn't be the last. It was a cold morning with some icey surfaces with rain showers. However from lunchtime onwards the showers were that of snow and quite heavy at times. I shall update on the snow later.

[center]20TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Yesterday had the first snow for quite a while and after my last update, I can't recall seeing any more snow, instead the showers more wet. However by morning the Campsie Fells were covered in a nice white blanket. Today was chilly with some ice patches but most notbaly it was horribke and wet. The models today have been quite good with cold air to the east and a larger threat of decent cold spell.


[center]21ST JANUARY[/center]

23:30

A quiet day here weather wise with some wind, some cloud, some sun and some rain. Tomorrow looks set to be quite nice with some decent winter sunshine. Now again, the models have been quite interesting with a great trend towards colder weather in February. It's looking a lot more better for something notable in February but still we need to keep watching the model developments.

[center]22ND JANUARY[/center]

23:30

A nice day here and quiet again and a little bit on chilly side which is good. Not far off from the being a frost tonight. Now the models are quite interesting. Perhaps one or two poor runs from UKMO and co BUT the GFS 12Z was excellent with a legendary easterly. Unfortuantly most people said it was just an outlier

[center]23RD JANUARY[/center]

22:00

Good Evening! Hardly had much time to catch up with the models but all I know is that they are good! First of all let's talk about today's weather and perhaps tomorrow's POTENTIAL snowfall! Today started off sunny with a few showers and very cold with ice on the car. These overnight showers fell as snow over the Campsies with a nice dusting in the moring. Generall cold and sunny with a few starts and planets visible. Now tomorrow we have a front meeting this cold air and POTENTIALLY we may see some breif sleet/wet snow but most of the snow will be on the high ground. I saw the latest GFS run and it showed good potential for an easterly and from what I've heard other models are also good! I'll keep you POSTED!!!

[center]24TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Did it snow today? Well I wasn't awake to witness any snowfall but there was lying snow to very low levels on the Campsie and Kilpatrick Hills so I would imagine that some wet snow must have fallen in Torrance at some point and I heard that wet snow/sleet was seen in Bearsden. So, I'm going to give this event the benefit of the doubt as I do believe that a flake of wet snow did fall at some point. Now it was cold, drizzly and foggy today but the models have had big developments. GFS 18z was great in having potential for easterly with very cold air to the east and the synoptics are pointing to a real chance of something good. First of all later this week, we might see some wintry weather, then the russian high trying to move over Scandinavia brings an almightly battle between the west and east. We're very close to a classic easterly but end up having it stopped from reaching it's potential but the battle isn't won yet and will continue in the next runs. Also, other models are showing some even better scenarios and even a Greenie Hi could be possible!

[center]25TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

Wet snow in the evening as the cold front passed. And on the model front it was very good today with all runs showing the possibility of an easterly betwwen T38hrs and T384 hours. So not bad at all with the Scandi Hi and some charts have shown fantastic easterlies and there is going to be an almighty battle between the NE Block and Jet. Perhaps snow tomorrow?

[center]26TH JANUARY[/center]

16:00

January 2012 is officially snowier than January 2011 in terms of days of falling snow. Today we have received our 6th day of snow this year with snow showers in the afternoon. These have been heavy and persistent and gave a breif covering so technically we have had our first lying snow of the year. I'll need to check how much snow we can expect tonight so expect some more updates about the situation. I'll also need to check the models too!

[center]27TH JANUARY[/center]

21:15

GFS 12z run was amazing show us under a big freeze with -15C uppers in the south and lots of cold and snow for Scotland. And other models and things are suggesting an easterly so things are looking good. And today we have lying snow on the grass, roofs, cars and in Bearsden it was white on the roads and pavements again with slightly deeper snow cover (not even a cm though) so we've had our second day of lying snow this month. Very cold and sunny today with wonderful winter sunshine and the dusk was lovely with the winter twilight and moon and starts. See you soon!

[center]28TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

A Severe cold snap might be on the way? Well, today had big developments model wise as every GFS run showed an amazing easterly with -15C uppers in the south? GFS 06Z showed an amazing snow scenario for W Scotland whereas as the other runs showed very cold. In the south however, -15C or lower uppers and heavy snow could be possible next week. The Scandi Hi is in place, it's all to play for! Hopefully as we enter the cold spell we'll know whether the block will stay for longer or end up over Greenland.

[center]29TH JANUARY[/center]

14:00

With my winter blog and snow diary around, I think I'm going to add a Cold Spell Blog with the other two blogs up and running alongside it! So a nice addition me thinks! Now the cold spell has started, it's cold outside, it's snowing in Wales and there's an easterly with showers in the north sea, the models are showing a cold next few days, very cold end to next week and as we go through next week we'll learn how potent the cold spell will be and whether it will last!

[center]30TH JANUARY[/center]

23:30

The cold snap looks set to continue but may end before the weekend. Beyond this is a mystery. Now today, there was some snow for eastern parts in the form of showers and some areas of Wales and the SW got some snow from a front. It was sunny but very cold here today.

[center]31ST JANUARY[/center]

18:15

The BIG Month of February is coming and will GPs forecast be right. We'll need to wait and see. However, today, all hail the first snowfall from an easterly this winter! Whilst playing football at school there was a wee snow shower. A generally cloudy day today and but very cold. The models show cold snap ending by weekend, then a potential Greenie Hi. Remember to follow my Cold Snap Blog. This may well be my last post in my Winter Blog for January as a the Winter 2011/2012 III is about to start!

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SNOW DIARY:

Thursday 1st December - Brief wet snow in early hours from heavy burst in Front - No lying Snow
Saturday 3rd December - Wet snowflakes in heavy showers from the West - No lying snow
Sunday 4th December - Snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 2cm later on
Monday 5th December - Heavy snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 6cm
Tuesday 6th December - Snow showers from NW in the early hours - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Wednesday 7th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 1-2cm
Thursday 8th December - Some wet snow - No Lying Snow
Friday 9th December - Some snow showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Saturday 10th December - Snow showers from west in the morning - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 13th December - Some snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Friday 16th December - Heavy snow band from SW in early hours - Lying snow 2-3cm
Saturday 17th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Sunday 18th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Monday 19th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Tuesday 20th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of less than 1cm
Wednesday 28th December - Wet Snowflakes late in the day - No Lying Snow
Thursday 29th December - Snow Showers from the west - No Lying Snow

AWT's Essential Links for the Winter:


[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/topic/71778-scotland-regional-weather-discussion-2/"]http://forum.netweat...r-discussion-2/[/url] - Best Place for me
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/observations/"]http://www.metoffice...k/observations/[/url] - Very useful for checking temperatures and current/recent weather. Great during low temps/snow
[url="http://trafficscotland.org/lev/"]http://trafficscotland.org/lev/[/url]# - Very useful for finding out whether it's snowing and how deep/heavy in locations around Scotland.
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/"]http://www.metoffice...ather/uk/radar/[/url] - A radar to find out where snow is and heading to aswell as how heavy and prolonged!
[url="http://www.raintoday.co.uk/"]http://www.raintoday.co.uk/[/url] - Another brilliant radar - better than the Met office!
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/st_forecast_warnings.html"]http://www.metoffice...t_warnings.html[/url] - Good fro details about winter/severe weather in my local area
[url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582"]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655582[/url] - BBC Weather website and my nearest location!
[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/forum/146-forecasting-model-discussion/"]http://forum.netweat...del-discussion/[/url] - At times desperate but the best place for weather for near future!
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.sat24.com/en/gb"]http://www.sat24.com/en/gb[/url][/color] - Nice satellite link
[u][color=#0066cc][color=#0f72da][url="http://www.weatheron...V=0&WMO="]http://www.weatheron...V=0&WMO=[/url][/color][url="http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=en&MENU=0000000000&CONT=ukuk&MODELL=nae&MODELLTYP=1&BASE=-&VAR=t850&HH=36&ZOOM=0&ARCHIV=0&WMO=&PERIOD"][color=#0f72da]=[/color][/url] Good for weather data[/color][/u]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.scottishweather.net/"]http://www.scottishweather.net/[/url][/color]
[color=#0f72da][url="http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php"]http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxlightning.php[/url][/color]
[url="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=206636917279838344801.0004b43b92b63f7ec3195&msa=0&ll=56.535258,-4.658203&spn=6.58271,19.753418"]http://maps.google.c...58271,19.753418[/url] - Scotland Regional Thread Map!

[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=125204"][b][color=#225985]KiltedWeather (1).html[/color][/b][/url] - All the essential links!


More coming up!!!!

























[center]1ST DECEMBER 2011[/center]

01:00

Well barely into the first full hour of winter and already I've got my snow. Another three months of winter are ahead of us now, and isn't just perfect that the winter blog started right at the start of my snowfall season at the very start of winter. Well it was 4C and a front was passing over us and during a very heavy burst we suddenly got some very wet snow. Well it's a start, and a start to my winter blog which will look at all things winter here in Torrance aswell as extended personal input. I just wonder how much snow we will get this year after last winter was so impressive, particulary the November/December Big Freeze that had so many fine moments. Hopefully this winter will be another winter to remember and I'll be interested to see how it compares to my first winter on netweather - the classic 2010/2011 winter. But what I've got this year is a blog to coincide with the snow diary. This will see some photos, comments, updates and general winter info on upcoming cold spells, winter weather other than snow aswell developments on whether it will snow and enter the Snow Diary. So keep a look out for developments.

So later on today I'll give a more detailed overview about the blog and winter but right now I feel I should comment on the upcoming cold spell for the start of December. Basically I usually get 4 snowfalls in December and this year I've already got one (albeit pretty pathetic in comparison to my first snowfall last year - the dramatic snowfall late on the 26th of November). After this current front, colder Polar Maritime air should follow and starting from today things should be a little colder. Any snow between now and Saturday is a bonus however, Sunday and Monday coudl prove to be very interesting. -5C or lower uppers should be over much of Central Scotland and with a notable NWly flow with showers, we could see some snow showers and if heavy, prolonged and cold enough, there could be some accumilations. Updates Later. - AWT


12:45


Not bad for snow prospects in the Central Belt from Sunday into Monday. Perhaps we may see some more warmer uppers later on Monday but I'm sure by then we would have seen some proper snow! However beyond this there could be yet more polar maritime incursions for some more snowfall! December is looking progressively cooler (a contrast to what the general mood was like a few weeks ago).

However, still the BBC haven't hinted at snow. But at least the potential to meet my average snow days in December before mid month is possible and I'm still hoping for another white christmas this year - although beyond the New Year at the moment is looking good for cold and snow!

Today's weather, well after the brief snowfall at midnight, the temperature had dropped to 3C and there were plenty of showers about but none of them wintry. But I've had my snow today anyway and any lying snowfall in the first half of the month will be a bonus. Later on I'll give a deeper analysis of the cold spell, an update on today's weather, some links for the winter (for moi) and some general winter chat aswell as what I'm planning to do with the blog. Hopefully I can upload some pics of snowfall this winter aswell those radars! So keep an eye out on the AWT Buzz!!!!

13:00
[url="http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/observations/"]http://www.metoffice...k/observations/[/url]

Here's my first essential link for the winter! At 12:00 hrs on 1st December 2011, it has been snowing at the following: Lerwick - Light Snow Shower (2.9C), Loch Glascarnoch - Heavy Snow Shower (0.8C) - Winter's Here!


Looks like it's snowing at Braemore (somewhere in N Highlands) aswell - Ah Traffic Scotland - Another useful link for winter!
There's also a very decent covering on the Drumochter Pass! I would imagine that some Ski Centres may well be opening soon judging by what's to come! Some more updates later!

19:30

Looks like some decent snow in the Shetland Isles with some lying snow! Here well it's 2C, very cold and clear skies with a great moon and starry sky but there is some moisture in the air - falling as rain though. However I heard earlier that it had snowed on the Switchback. Anyway I'm starting to get into the Christmas mood here and I'll hope to update my plans for the blog as promised later. But I can announce one feature from now until Christmas Day is the daily Christmas Song. Today It's 2000 Miles by the Pretenders (1983) -

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5m6whuE6d0c"]http://www.youtube.c...e&v=5m6whuE6d0c[/url]

Beyond the 15th of December and countdown to Xmas, there should be 2 or maybe more Xmas Tunes to Enjoy! My list of essential links should be updated soon aswell as the upcoming cold spell.

More updates later!

20:40

Some incredible snowfall up near Aviemore! Sometime between 10pm to midnight I'll give a round up of today!

22:00

[url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4140-first-snowfall-of-the-winter/"]http://forum.netweat...-of-the-winter/[/url] This was last winter! I wonder what this winter will be like!

Well that's the first day of winter almost over. We've seen snow here, but some more dramatic snowfalls in the Highlands where there are some very decent accumilations. With cold in the coming days I'm hoping that this is the start to another great winter. So here are the features for my winter Blog:

- Snow Diary
- AWT Essential Links for Winter
- Christmas Theme (for much of December - particulary from the 15th onwards!)
- Updates on: Current weather, forecasts, temperature facts, upcoming cold spells, radar/lampost watching, regional thread + all winter
- Personal input on Day's events, future events and the winter
- Whenever there is a cold spell there should be regular updates although most updates during week days should be between 3pm and midnight.
- And much more

There should be some interesting features this winter on the Blog. Anyway let's have a look at tonight and the upcoming cold spell. Starting with "How Low Will it Go".

The Coldest Temperatures at 22:00:

-3.2C - Altnaharra
-2.4C - Loch Glascarnoch

We'll see how cold it is by morning.

However how is the cold spell looking: It should be cold enough for snow between 12pm Sunday and 6am Tuesday. So currently not looking too bad!



[center]2ND DECEMBER[/center]

01:00

Well I'll give a more indepth post for today's blog later (as I plan to do the main blog updates for the day later on aswell as shorter updates about current events for my blog this year) but I can't help resist 0C temperatures in Glasgow and interesting shower activity heading into western areas. The temperature at Altnaharra is also at -4C and was at -4.7C earlier. Currently 1.1C at Glasgow airport but hopefully temperatures will drop and these showers if they last and are heavy enough - perhaps another snowfall! My first snow watch of the winter aswell!

20:00

No snow today after a very cold and dangerous start. The potential of snow in the early hours failed and ended up being freezing rain ontop of a hard frost. The morning rush hour was quite dangerous with icy surfaces. In the evening and right now we've got a rain band crossing over us bringing slightly milder temperatures but the air behind it is far colder. And the cold spell next week is still looking pretty good if not very good with the new Met Office Set up of Warning issuing its first ever snow warning for much of western scotland. With -6C to -8C over Central Scotland and showery activity over Scotland perhaps we could see some decent snowfall between Sunday and Tuesday! Hopefully my first decent snowfall with accumilations of the winter. Last night in Altnaharra it went down to -4.8C which is quite a cold start to winter. But not as cold as this time last year when we would have entered one of the greatest cold spells of all time. So with all the cold weather potential for next week (and a new Cold Spell Thread) then I might put the Christmas Tree up and gradually decorate the house throughout December aswell as enjoying the build up to the festive season. And speaking of festive here is our second Christmas song of the Day edition with "Last Christmas" by Wham - a classic Xmas pop song from 1984!

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI[/media]

22:30

Well, how about that, BBC finally "announce" the snow symbol is valid for Bishopbriggs (albeit at 2C) late on Sunday - followed by sleet on Monday and Tuesday! That should be for tonight - next update tomorow (looking at cold spell, conditions and all things winter)

[center]3RD DECEMBER[/center]

17:20

Today has been quite cool as cold polar maritime air has followed the front from yesterday with temps of around 4-6c. However the really cold stuff isn't until later tomorow where we could see some snow. The BBC have forecasted snow for the area from Late Sunday into Tuesday. Late Tuesday at the moment isn't being forecast for snow but closer to the date we could see some interesting wintry weather. Beyond that well the end of the week could be wintry yet again. However the met office in the meantime have issued weather warnings for snow for Northern and western parts of Scotland on Sunday and Monday however most of Scotland should see wintry stuff from Sunday to Tuesday. The uppers are cold enough and I would imagine some pretty interesting showery activity during the period. The question is how many days will snow (to add to my Snow Diary) and will there be any accumilations. We will need to wait and see but in the meantime it's cold with rain showers although in some places in the north it has snowed today. Also, yesterday saw a temperature of -5C in Kinbrace however next week could yet see temperatures between -10C and -15C in the Highlands - however because of the negative mood with southerners who haven't had snow in 2011 are treating this as a non event. However anywhere north of Manchester may see snow and some members from N England have joined the kilted thread for the time being. Certainly today has sparked a little more interest in forum though really it's the Scottish Thread that's the place to be although the model thread has had hints of a Greenie High (of course it won't happen). But it looks like starting from tomorrow, our seasonal start to winter might just get that little more seasonal with the potential for some decent winter weather with snow and cold temperatures with perhaps some more at the end of the week and further into December. Hopefully the start of an intruiging winter to remember for the right reasons (certainly December has had a far better outlook than back in November and January and February have been predicted to be the months of the winter - but I still want my White Christmas but hey if it's snowing next week I'll probably put up the Christmas Tree). And Speaking of Christmas here is our 3rd edition of Christmas Song of the Day. "Walking in the Air" by Aled Jones - [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQt6NmOKzYw&ob=av2n[/media]

18:15

I'd would like to update that here in Torrance, those showers from the west are falling as snow as the temperature gradually drops (albeit wet). Shouldn't be too many more updates tonight so tommorow I'll give you the news on the Cold Spell and the 4th Day of Winter!

21:00

Showers in since 6pm have all been wintry here with wet snow flakes landing on the car windscreen and each shower has got progressively wintry! The showery activity over Scotland has been very active which is a very good sign for the upcoming cold spell! Also the Scottish Regional Thread has awaken with impressive heavy widespread snowfalls further north. Drumochter, Strathspey, Moray, Glencoe, Lerwick, Wick the entire Highlands is getting snow and these showers are travelling a fair bit west. Also there are some accumilations near Wick and Aviemore aswell as a white out at the Drumochter. I'm quite surprised at the showery activity and the wintryness of the showers with such uppers and there are colder uppers to come! Winter has officially begun - my next update should be on Sunday.


[center]4TH DECEMBER[/center]

10:40

What a night! Well after my wet snow at 6pm, each shower got progressively more wintry and by midnight I had my first proper snowfall of the winter with nice fluffy flakes. However across Scotland last night the snow was excellent with Traffic Cams and Radar showing widespread snowfall and lying snow. And now we've got the Scottish and N England Cold Spell Discussion Going. Also the met office have upgraded their warning to yellow for here and amber in a few places. Since Midnight well there hasn't been much in the way of snow however other members have had a dusting of snow. Not a bad start to the cold spell and my morning. I'll do more updates later.

16: 30

What a beautiful day it has been and a classic wintry one too. We had a heavy snow shower not too long ago and the temperature has been very cold all day. However the sky is so beautiful with lovely large wintry showers and a beautiful clear winter sky with the moon. And the entire area looks all so wintry. Brilliant. And we have entered a decent cold spell. No where near as spectacular as last year's legendary big freeze but this cold spell is so far amongst the top 3 this year. Already I have 3 days with snowfall with potentially and another few. Remember that last December saw 10 days of snowfall so really by the middle of December we shouldn't be too far behind and hopefully some nice snow around Xmas will make December a pretty decent month for cold and snow. All across the country snow has been falling with lots of lying snow in the North and parts of the south. Some very nice views on the traffic cams too. The Cold Snap Threads in Scotland and N England have been alive and kicking today with excitement in England about the first snowfall of the year! However here in Torrance we've had 21 days of snowfall this year and December should have a few more to come so a very decent year for snow. Hopefully we'll get some lying snow to finish the year off and set a nice theme for Christmas - the best time of the year. I really do love snow at this time of year and I've got my fingers crossed for some more. And as I write right now the sky outside is so beautiful and wintry and a classic example of a December sky. Anyway tonight we could still see more snow and the cold snap will continue into Monday and Tuesday and may return to end the week! How about that and it's great to have a decent cold snap again since the one in March. Anyway as I'm feeling happy and nostalgic about the winter weather to start to December, I'm starting to feel Christmasy and I can't wait to decorate the house, but on a classic December evening I give you are Xmas song of the Day - The Classic "When a Child is Born" by Johnny Mathis - [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGMky4tVN7c[/media]

[center]5TH DECEMBER[/center]

[center][url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16027919"]http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-16027919[/url][/center]

17:15

Do I need to say anything else that the link doesn't offer. Winter has arrived in style with best snowfall and cold snap since the Big Freeze of November/December 2010. I'll give you an update later but this winter has already surpassed the likes of 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 and we have 5cm of lying snow with heavy showers of snow throughout the day. There has been chaos throughout Scotland and the general attitude is here we go again as Scotland is hammered for the 4th consecutive winter with another decent snowfall. Not a Big Freeze but certainly a very decent snowfall with large snow depths. Just 5 days into winter and already I've got more than what I wanted at the very least for the winter - A Very decent snowfall with deep accumilations - just brilliant and it has happened in December too. I'll give you a full summary of the events here and some across Scotland later aswell as an update on the week's weather and our daily Christmas song.

20:00

My Christmas song of the day is Saviour's Day by Cliff Richard - [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTI8CWSiZ40&ob=av2n[/media]

I'll update later but some snow is in the area. Here's a pic from earlier

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SOME MORE PICS

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[center]6TH DECEMBER[/center]

17:00

This time last year we would have experienced the worst snowfall of the winter 2010/2011 which had accumilations up to 25cm and amazing distruption across Scotland. A year later and we would have experienced not a big freeze but a cold snap and snowfall event that has made the winter 2011/2012 the 4th consecutive winter in Scotland that has had a distruptive snowfall with decent accumilations in my area. So only a few days into the winter I have ticked the box that reads a distruptive snowfall with decent accumilations and even better it has happened in December (my favourite time for snow). I can also tick the box for December 2011 suceeding the required snowfall amount for each winter month and is already half way there to equalling the snowfall days of December 2010. So December so far has been decent are really I don't need much more this month as I've had plenty of snowfalls, good accumilations and a decent cold snap in my favourite month of the winter - however as we're already early in the month and despite how we've already met the requirements for December interms of snowfall and winter in terms of snow depths, I want to add to the snowfalls this month and a white christmas would boost the reputation of the month and winter even further.

So, here are the events - well on Sunday night snow shower activity in the Atlantic increased and we got shower after shower of heavy snow that brought accumilations of 2cm that evening. Into Monday morning - things got better and the entire area was once again a winter wonderland with everything white under a blanket of snow near 5cm deep. Throughout the day heavy snow showers continued and in Bearsden there ended up being 6cm whereas in Torrance it was around 4-5cm. There was a wee bit of a thaw during the night but by the morning today, Torrance and the area indeed looked like a scene from a Christmas postcard. Then the atlantic arrived and brought a front that initially brought further snow. The temperature is still near 0C and there is still very decent snow on the ground but essentially if any lying snow is here at 00:00 hrs Wednesday, that would be a bonus! So essentially the cold snap is really over but what a cold snap it has been as it has brought back memories of December 2010 in being the deepest snowfall since December 8th 2010 (deeper than the big freeze of Xmas 2010) and really did make the area look Christmasy. There was a lot of distruption from people in the village clearing their drive ways, streets and cars to widespread distruption on the motorways where the M74 was closed for 3 hours. The radio and public of Scotland have treated the cold snap as something quite significant. So, when the cold snap started late on Saturday I really didn't expect the snow depths, snowfall and distruption to be as significant as it has been. So really December 2011 has exceeded expectations and that's so far a decent first third of Winter but how much more decent will it get?

Well tomorow will be chilly with wintry showers over the hills although if there is any lying snow or falling snow on Wednesday that would be a real bonus. On Thursday we have a front arriving which will bring heavy rain but most notably strong winds. Then after that, winds change to more of a NWly again with -5C uppers arriving and the met office have another warning for snow except this time it's more widespread. It's set to last from Thursday night and into Friday evening. With strong winds blowing over the Atlantic and cold uppers then I would imagine at least we will add to our snowfall days this month (and winter) or if we're lucky lying snow days too! On Saturday, it will be cold so if there's any lying snow it should last into Saturday. If not, there could be a front heading into colder air which could produce a little bit of snowfall. Then beyond that, the models are predicting yet another polar maritime incursion from Sunday into Monday!! And the met office outlook suggests the north could enjoy some snowfalls throughout December, the Xmas period and into the New Year!!! Still a lot of potential left for what is already a very decent December!

Here's our Christmas song of the day - Merry Christmas Everyone - By Shakin Stevens - Because I can't upload any more media files just type into youtube the song or I might post into my updates.

[center]7TH DECEMBER[/center]

17:00

Well after thunder and lightning in the early hours, the lying snow has disapeared but it was still here in the early hours with eveything still looking like a scene from a Christmas card. Quite a cool day here with some showers, however we are all bracing ourselves for a storm tomorrow as the met office have issued an EXTREME WEATHER WARNING for much of Southern and Central Scotland. The BBC forecast suggests that they are worried about it and some schools may close tommorow afternoon. This is an event that needs updates and I will update on this event tommorow evening when it's here and I'll describe how windy it is, so for once our winter blog is looking at a storm, but what storm it's set to be. And what a start to December and winter it has been! And there may be some interest for snow as the met office have issued a yellow warning for snow during Friday and Saturday for Northern and Western areas of the UK. With a strong NWly with cold uppers, snow showers should reach here and perhaps we might find some accumilations. So, expect some more updates on the storm, the upcoming potential snowfall and updates on the 2nd cold spell of the winter during a very interesting few days ahead of us which will cause distruption and may see a few more dates added to my Snow Diary! My Christmas Song of the Day is "Frosty the Snowman" by the Jackson 5 - remember on the countdown to Christmas we'll see some more songs each day so keep a look out for more great festive tracks.

[center]8TH DECEMBER[/center]

9:30
[url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-16082303"]http://www.bbc.co.uk...litics-16082303[/url]

The link above has updates on this very severe storm heading for Scotland. So far 8 coucils say schools are open, 11 councils have closed schools, and 13 councils are to have school closures at lunch time. Thankfully for me, my council East Dunbartonshire council have closed all schools, so last year I had a few snowdays and this year, well, how about a wind day! Maybe not, but it's very windy here and gusts of 90-100mph have been recorded in the west. I've seen plenty of storms in my life but I've never seen a storm have so much coverage and concern before. Last night, the scottish government had a meeting about school closures and advised that schools in the western central belt should be closed all day, and in the east they should close at lunchtime. I've never seen so much concern and build up about a storm before with the met office issuing a red warning, news coverage and scottish governemnt action. Right now it's windy with a few strong gusts but the worst is yet to come. My Uncle and Aunt have a house on a hill on Fife and lost the roof of their newly built stables in May. Now they've got horses and this storm looks worse so god knows what will happen there. Also I'm interested to see what's going to happen here as the storm in May was pretty spectacular. I think it will be quite hairy here at times - our cherry tree outside in the past has threatened to be blown down though always survives - will it live another day; or will the roof blow off. I'm quite interested to see what it will be like in terms of gusts, noise and damage here in Torrance and in the rest of Scotland. During the day, I'll continue to update on this severe event. In other news, after the storm has somewhat passed, well we'll be under a cold NWly airstream and the risk of snow showers continue but whether we'll see snow showers here in Torrance remains to be seen let alone accumilating snow. However in the NE, there could be blizzard tomorow. However there have been some developments hinting at a more interesting system moving south across Scotland on Friday night that could bring some heavy snowfall here - here's hoping! But nonetheless, it's been an incredible start to December with frosts, freezing rain, lightning, heavy snow, distruptive lying snow, flooding and a severe storm. We've just about had everything of the Scottish winter crammed into the first third of the first third of winter! All we need now is the kitchen sink - maybe with this storm pigs will fly afterall. More updates later!

12:00
Well it has got a bit windier here and Tiree has recorded gusts of 89mph. My Uncle and Aunt's Stable roof is still intact and the wind hasn't quiet struck us hard yet but that's to come. But on the BBC Scotland Websites there has been so much distruption. Not much in the way of rain with clear spells but there are some strong gusts and we had a little hail shower. Also the window is leaking which is annoying. The BBC were in Helensburgh which looked like a scene from a Hurricane with such stormy seas in the Firth of Clyde. Actually it has just got stonger here. I'll update later on current conditions, events here and some events elsewhere aswell as the upcoming cold spell and a potential snow watch. I wonder what our Christmas Song of the Day is going to be!

20:00

We'll we've had a smashed flower pot but all in all, thank god it wasn't as bad as I first expected that! Thew. We also had a few wet snowflakes here in Torrance which makes it another day this December that has snow! Our Christmas Song of the Day is "Mistletoe and Wine" by Cliff Richard.

[center]9TH DECEMBER[/center]

12:00


Well since I last updated the blog, the storm had calmed down dramatically and we went for a drive to Bearsden. At the time we started to leave Torrance, I noticed that it was snowing albeit quite wet. The damage we observed was a few twigs and branches and one or two small trees down. Now we've entered a fairly brief Cold Spell from another Polar Maritime incursion that's set to last from today until Saturday afternoon. Or Reall? Well that's the supposed timeframe for -5C or lower uppers to be over us but really the theme looks set to be chilly/cold during Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and perhaps beyond. Maybe the word for this is Cold Zonality. So, it's going to pretty chilly theme for the next few days but what about snow. Well as the cold snap starts today, I've already observed a snowfall from a shower not too long ago which makes Friday 9th December the 7th day of snowfalls this month/Winter. Unfortuantly, the prospects of lying snow during today, The weekend and next week look rather slim. But how about snowfall prospects? Well, perhaps Saturday could see a few wintry showers before warmer uppers arrive, Sunday may see some chilly uppers with wintry showers and the same theme goes for Monday. Tuesday could be quite chilly and there may be some wintryness on higher ground. So really, there isn't a substantial threat of snow this weekend or next week but there's a possibilty each day. However, already December 2011 looks like being the best month of 2011 for snow and could end up being my snowiest ever December if we're lucky. In January we saw 4/5 snowfalls, February saw around 6 and March had 7, so far in December we've almsot beaten March for the snowiest month for 2011 and we've only got 3 snowfalls to go before equalling December 2010. In terms of lying snow, well we've beaten our competor Janaury 2011 for the deepest snowfall and we have to quite far back into December to find a greater depth. In terms of lying snow we've had around 4 days so far and really have January to beat for most days of lying snow. In terms of consecutive days of either lying/falling snow then we're quite high up with 7 consecutive days of winter which should either compete with March cold spell or the January cold spell or even the Late December big freeze! But there's no denying it that we've had a great cold spell from the 3rd of December and perhaps until the 12th/13th December. And this winter has been the 4th consecuitive winter with a decent snowfall with decent depths for more than 2 days and also my 3rd consecutive winter with a sighting of a snow plough in the area! To exceed the average for December snowfall by quite a margin, to be 3 snowfalls away from equalling December 2010 has made December 2011 already exceed my expectations aswell as the 4 days of lying snow that really exceeded my expectations and the depth of 6cm which has exceeded all my expectations for a month that was considered to be the least interesting this season for winter weather! And we've still got more than 20 days left and a white christmas to get! So far, December 2011 has been excellent with falling snow, lying snow depths and days and other forms of weather such as extreme storms and lightning. Another update should follow later.

19:30

Well as I mentioned in my last update we're doing quite well this winter. Let's see where we are compared to last winter and how 2011 is faring. Well our snowiest month last winter was December which had 10 snowfalls, so far this December has 7. However January and December last winter have had more days of lying snow with this December so far having 4. The last time we had snow deeper than that on December 4th was on December 9th/10th 2010. The number of most consecutive days of snowfall last winter was 8 days between November 26th and December 3rd, this winter it's already at 7 and could equall last winter tommorow. Of course, the most consecutive number of snow lying days was Nov/Dec 2010 but the spell earlier this month has equalled the 4 days between 7th and 10th of January. Okay that was last winter, but how about this year 2011. Well, as it stands we've had 25 days of falling snow and 16 days of lying snow. So far, this December is the joint snowiest in terms of falling snow on a par with March with 7 days of falling snow. December is 2nd in terms of lying snow as January had 6 days of lying snow. So this month is: the snowiest since March, 3 snowfalls away from equalling December 2010, deepest depth of snow since 10th December 2010, most consecutive days of lying snow since January (4), most consecutive days of Falling snow since Novembe/December 2010 ( [img]http://hw.nwstatic.co.uk/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/dirol.gif[/img] and so on. Well, really it's been a good month for snow, a good year for snow aswell but how much better will December get, what will 2012 be like for snow and how snowy will this winter be? Well we've got 7 snowfalling days this winter compared to the 33 of 2010/2011 (if we get at least 7 days of snow during January, February and March and perhaps one in April then we could rival last winter). However lying snow will be difficult with this winter currently at 4 compared to 2010/2011's 43 days. We'll need a big freeze for that to happen. Our largest depth last winter 25cm compared to our 5-7cm this year but that could be beaten if we get a big freeze or a large battleground snowfall. Here's our data from last winter here [url="http://forum.netweather.tv/blog/269/entry-4140-first-snowfall-of-the-winter/"]http://forum.netweat...-of-the-winter/[/url].

Our Christmas song of the day is "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney.

21:45

Actually I haven't had 7 consecutive days of falling snow this month! Oops. My interest is now to an area of precipitation over Cowal that could end up here and bring some snow. But will it arrive is the question? Also there could be some snow during the night before warmer uppers arrive. Also, I watched a video from Simon Keeling about potentially some blocking in the Atlantic allowing cold conditions around Christmas. I sure hope so but doubt it as the models and generall mood in that thread says no. I also enjoyed a few Xmas tracks earlier and I'm yet to put the tree up. The house will probably be ready in time for my 10 day countdown to Xmas with more than one Christmas song each day aswell as some other things. I'll give you an update on the potential for snow soon.

[center]10TH DECEMBER[/center]

22:00

Today has been pretty uninteresting weather wise. However there could still be some more snow left this week and particular at the end of it. Tomorow we start our Xmas tracklists of the day and today our Track is "Step into Christmas" by Elton John.


14:00

Okay well in the early hours we had a little bit of snow which brought a short lived dusting followed by fog. However further east, there have been depths of 2-5cm and 2-4 inches as an area of wintry precipitation crossed the Central Belt. At the moment, it's going to be cool with little in the way of snow, however next week looks pretty stormy and could yet see another extreme weather warning. Perhaps we may eventually see another northerly or north westerly but I think we'll have to wait until we see snow. However Simon Keeling hinted at blocking in the Atlantic, perhaps leading to a cold Christmas but really that's all improvisation at the moment. Whether we'll see a White Xmas is uncertain but what is certain is that on the run up to Xmas there will be plenty of Christmas Songs coming your way. And today our Christmas Song is "Mary's Boy Child" by Boney M.


[center]11TH DECEMBER[/center]

13:00

I still haven't got the tree up yet and it may take a while becuase of a stormy week coming up. There will be two more storms next week but in particular, a storm shown in the models for Friday looks like being the worst storm of the year here in Scotland and I really wouldn't be surprised to see more extreme weather warnings and school closures. What's also quite interesting is that after the storm, the models are showing the UK to be under a very cold Arctic Maritime Air Stream which may well bring some snow. However that may change and at the moment well snow looks unlikely. Although this week will be chilly, the uppers shouldn't be cold enough for snow to fall. The week looks like having a mixture of low pressure and showers and today, well has been pretty calm with some nice winter sunshine. Now what will be the Christmas Song of the Day, well it's the "Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. From the 15th onwards it will be Christmas Tracks of th Day and I'll talk about some of my favourite Christmas Tracks and things about the festive season.


[center]12TH DECEMBER[/center]

17:30

Well, today has been pretty wet at times and dark. A nice winter dusk with a clear sky before an other front comes in. However, tonight and Tuesday have got a yellow warning for snow (particulary above 100m) which includes the Central Belt. This is quite interesting and after well some somewhat downgraded storms in the week, we get an impressive northerly for the weekend which might bring snow and amazingly this cold spell was predicted sometime in October/November by RJS. So I would imagine that well we've got a third cold spell of the winter to look forward to and perhaps we may well beat last December's snowfall record. Our Christmas Song of the Day is "Stop the Calvary" by Jona Lewie. Not long now to we get our Christmas Tracks of the day!

[center]13TH DECEMBER[/center]

19:30

It's been a very stormy day with a mixture of driving rain, hail, sleet and snow along with a very strong wind. Pretty awful! However our snow todays has put us into a decent position into equalling the snowfall days of last December as we only need one more snowfall to equall it! And we're not even halfway through the month yet! And will it snow again? Well, this week could see a bit more of wintryness however in the weekend we should have a decent cold spell. But will this cold snap bring snow? Judging by the latest models, are best bet for snow comes from a decent northerly between Friday and Sunday and this may bring some more snow showers. And the next question is bound to be what's to come after this? At the moment, it looks fairly uncertain to what's going to happen next week onwards so we may be under high pressure or a milder atlantic flow or a jet that allows us to have some polar maritime incursions. But what is certain is that we'll need to keep an eye on the weather this week, the weekend and developments for the weather for Christmas. Our Christmas song of the day is "I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard. Remember that there'll be more Xmas tracks from the 15th onwards as we have Christmas Tracklists of the day and closer to the big day we should be looking at the Greatest Christmas Tracks Ever.

[center]14TH DECEMBER[/center]

22:00

Christmas tracks start tomorow. No snow today and just pretty windy and wet. However we are still oncourse for a cold snap.

[center]15TH DECEMBER[/center]

19:30

Our Christmas Track List is:

Merry Xmas - Tony Christie
A Winter's Tale - Queen
Jingle Bell Rock - Hall and Oates
Silent Night - Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas - Judy Garland
All I Want for Christmas - Mariah Carey
Rockin around the Christmas Tree - Mel and Kim
Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
Do they Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 20
Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea

Today has been pretty cold with some frost and lovely winter skies. And we might have some snow tonight, at the weekend, maybe next week and hopefully at Xmas. Speaking of Xmas we just found the tree but won't have it up till the weekend. I'll keep you up to date with the cold and snow aswel as the fun of the Xmas Track List

[center]16TH DECEMBER[/center]

Our Xmas Tracklist:

Merry Xmas (War is Over) - John and Oko
Lonely this Christmas - Mud
Jingle Bells
Never Had a Dream Come True - S Club 7
At this Time of Year - Craig
Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Santa Claus is Comin to Town - Jackson 5
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
I Wish it Could B Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

18:30

Well today has been another amazing day this winter. During the early hours, a heavy band of snow was over the central belt and it dumped a good 1-3cm of snow which made everything a winter wonderland and already made this winter very decent. Also, we've now equalled December 2010 with our snowfalls which is great. The rest of the day was sunny with crisp winter sunset, stary dusk and cold evening with crisp, crunchy snow cover that shall be here into the weekend. So pretty decent overall and god knows what the weekend will bring. I'll keep you posted on the snow and our third cold snap in what has been a great month for weather and snow.

[center]17TH DECEMBER[/center]

Christmas Tracklist of the Day:

Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
Do they Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 2
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Moment Like This - Leona Lewis
Power of Love - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
21st Century Christmas - Cliff Richard
When a Child is Born - Johnny Mathis
A Winter's Tale - David Essex

15:45

What a wonderful December and winter this is turning into. We've got snow on the ground (AGAIN!) with 1-3cm and everything all white. There's been a slight thaw and no more snowfall (some rain) but there has been a fantastic winter sky and once again a great evening sunset/dusk over the Snow Covered and crisp land. We've equalled last December but can we possibly beat it! Well we've got Sunday (unlikely), Tuesday (unlikely) and Xmas Weekend (Maybe but unlikely). But whatever happens, when it comes to me reviewing the year and first third of winter it's going to get good marks. Let's say that January and February bring nothing, when I look back I'll say that this winter has been decent and satisfactory. Why? Well for the 4th Winter in a row it's been proved that those terrible type winters such as 2006/2007 are behind us and certainly this winter won't see a repeat of it. We've had 10 snowfalls and plenty of days when the area has been pretty decent. Now that's what I call a pretty decent December (and exceptional considering how everyone was writing it off). But can we top it off with a White Xmas?

[center]18TH DECEMBER[/center]

Xmas Tracklist:


Last Christmas - Wham
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Noel
O Chirstmas Tree
We Wish You Merry Christmas
Hark the Herald
Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard
I'll Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Frosty the Snowman
Slade - Merry Xmas

23:30

Well it's been a wonderful winter and today we've kept our fantastic snow cover with glistening winter sunshine. Took some pictures on the way to family on Falkirk and the snow was quite widespread except for some places in Kilsyth and Falkirk. Did remind me of last December and the year before with such wonderful snow cover for the past few days (and of course the start of the month). Decorated my Grans Tree but our's is yet to go up. Speaking of Xmas it's looking mild at the minute but that can all change. We also may see a different format to our Xmas tracklist in the 5 day countdown. Also, for Monday, we've got an amber warning for snow (albeit for higher ground).

[center]19TH DECEMBER[/center]

Xmas Tracklist:

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer
I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Here Comes Santa Claus
Jingle Bells
It's Begining to Look alot like Christmas
Santa Baby
Please Come Home for Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The 12 Days of Christmas

20:00

Well that orange warning failed to materialise however, the snow cover is still here but may not make it to midnight. Still not got the tree up, hopefully soon it'll be up. Snow wise, maybe Tuesday, maybe Friday, maybe Boxing Day but who knows. Unfortuantly, a Green Christmas is looking increasingly likely but it's been a great December and the winter may well get even better. I've got to remember to add Netweather Radar and especially the Kilted Thread Map to my most important links.

[center]20TH DECEMBER[/center]

Xmas Tracklist:

Jingle Bells
When a Child is Born
Stop the Calvary
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
At this Time of Year

18:30

Well today has somehow been the 10th day of lying snow this month. At midnight, half my front garden was covered, three quaters of my back gardern was covered and most my neighbours had a completely covered garden. It also lasted till about mid day and there's only some remains left now. And unfortuantly that may be the last that we'll see snow in 2011. Come New Years Eve I'll review the year for winter weather as I combine the 2 snow diaries together. Also I'll review how the first third of winter was as well as an insight to snow in the New Year. Now If nothing good happens for cold and snow between now and 2012, well overall, December will still be considered a good to noticably good month for cold and snow and weather. With the storms and floods it will be considered quite exciting, with cool and cold days it will also be pretty good. But in terms of snow, it will be excellent as this month and winter has lived up to expectations with no longer a repeat of those disasterous winters in the naughties. We've had 10 days of lying snow this month (10 times greater than both 2006/2007 & 2007/2008 aswell as other winters in the past 15 years). 10 falling snow days (equall to December 2010) and we've had good long lasting lying snow making things look great. In a winter such as 2006/2007, you'd be lucky to have 5 snowfalls and there was no lying snow. And although there were some good winters for some good snowfalls in the naughties, this month is probably better. If you were to take the past 2 winters out of the equation, this month has probably been the best for snow since December 1999 (this is also excluding one off exceptional snowfalls, and decent snow for a few days...). The reason is that we've had plenty of snowfalls and lying snow all dispersed in two different times of the month and both spells lasting for a good couple of days. So I can sleep well at night knowing that this winter has already brought the goods and excitement that the last few winters have brought (or exceeded). But it is quite disapointing with no white xmas and perhaps no cold for the last 10 days but nonetheless my favourite month for cold and snow certainly hasn't failed to deliver and it's been pretty good.

[center]21ST DECEMBER[/center]


Last Christmas
Silent Night
Little Drummer Boy
Frosty the Snowman
Once Upon a Christmas Song

19:30

Right, today has been the most boring day for weather this winter. Mild and drizzly yuck, I do hope that Xmas won't be that bad, but whatever happens Christmas should be wonderful too and the month has been very good! With the tree up, all we need now is some cold and snow between the solstice (today) and teh 5th of January. But is there any signs of it? Well on the models, we could have a snowfall from a brief cold snap with -5C uppers between the 23rd and Christmas Eve. With closely packed isobars and cold uppers, I would imagine that we'll see some snow and hopefully that there's enough of it for lying snow to withstand the mildness of Xmas Eve and make it a White Christmas (well, in my definition). After that, the models are currently showing a few more cold snaps which is encouraging. But really I've got what I needed this December so I have to concentrate on January (although we've got a December record to beat and an outside lying snow white Xmas). And how does January look? Well, the models aren't and obviously can't show a clear picture for the start but some other factors could have impact. NAO, has been very positive this December (this usually results in little blocking), but there are hints of it becoming negative and the polar vortex to move and weaken. This (if it verifies) should increase the chances of blocking and notable cold and snow. But I'll keep you posted on Christmas, Cold Snap and other things.

[center]22ND DECEMBER[/center]

XMAS TRACKLIST:

Merry Christmas Everyone
Mistletoe and Wine
White Christmas
I Believe in Father Christmas
The Christmas Song

18:30

Come Christmas Eve there will be an Xmas Songs Xtravaganza! Now today sees the start of my holidays and unfortuantly it isn't all that errr festival with such mild temperatures, but despite the disapointment of now White Christmas, it will still be the Season to be Jolly and the month will still end up being an excellent one for winter. All we need to concertrate on now is whether our December Snowfall Record will be broken and what January will bring as we're now leaving one month of winter (that has exceeded expectations) and entering a new one with plenty of surprises to be unleashed and a new chapter of the overall outcome of the winter. December, may have a few more snowfalls in store, Friday, despite having -5C uppers may be an outside bet but there could be some more poiar maritime air beyond Xmas. We'll, just need to wait and see I guess!


[center]23RD DECEMBER[/center]

Xmas Tracklist

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer
A Winter's Tale
Power of Love
I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday

19:00

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I'll have a definitive Christmas mood (probably in the evening) with a look at perfect Christmas Tracklist aswell as a countdown of the best Xmas Songs Ever. I also might add a few Xmas Trimmings of food, events, favourite xmas things, jokes and movies - well an Xmas Xtravaganza is on for Xmas Eve. Then I'm off later on Xmas Day to Loch Fyne so there may not be many more updates after Xmas until I come back on the 27th or something and report what happened. Today has been chilly with showers (still no snow) and Christmas could be record breakingly mild. Oh well, I suppose we've got to look forward to 2012 for snow and weather (and stuff) but December has been great anyway. Maybe we might have some snow before the month (and year is out)....

[center]24TH DECEMBER[/center]

14:00

Merry Christmas Eve Everybody. Wet and miserable here today but I'm looking forward well, to Christmas Day aswell as some of the stuff on TV. Morcambe and Wise, You've Been Frame, TV Specials and Films it's great! Now I Shall Reveal a whole random list of Great Christmas Songs as a Shortlist for the Ultimate Christmas Tracklist:

Happy Xmas (War is Over), The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas, O Holy Night, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, All I Want for Christmas is You, The 12 Days of Christmas, Fairytale of New York, Do They Know It's Christmas, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Sleigh Ride, Frosty the Snowman, Blue Christmas, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, Santa Baby, Step Into Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Little Saint Nick, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Here Comes Santa Claus, Let it Snow, Mary's Boy Child, Last Christmas, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, When a Child is Born, All Alone on Christmas, Wonderful Christmas Time, The First Noel, Merry Christmas Everybody, I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday, Mistletoe and Wine, Driving Home for Christmas, Deck the Halls, A Winter's Tale (x2), Stop the Cavary, Power of Love, Pipes of Peace, Saviour's Day, Where are You Christmas, Please Come Home for Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, In Dulci Jubilo, What If, 2000 Miles, Lonely this Christmas, Christmas Time, We All Stand Together, Merry Christmas Everyone, I Believe in Father Christmas, We're Walking in the Air, Once Upon a Christmas Song, At this Time of Year, Thank God It's Christmas, Never Had A Dream Come True, Millenium Prayer

Now because there are so many great Xmas songs, there may be a few missing but that entire list above is "My Official Favourite and Definitive Christmas Songs".

Now I've Created a Special Tracklist for Christmas 2011.

Christmas Day Tracklist 2011:

Midnight (Silent Night): Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Joy to the World, Silent Night
1AM (Holy Sleep): O Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem
2AM (Here Comes Santa Claus!): Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus
3AM (The First Noel) : The 12 Days of Christmas, The First Noel, 2000 Miles
4AM (Jingle Bells): Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls
5AM (Santa Baby): Santa Baby
6AM (Little Saint Nick): Little Drummer Boy, Little Saint Nick
7AM (Thank God It's Christmas): Jingle Bell Rock, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, Thank God It's Christmas
8AM (Frosty): Frosty the Snowman, Mary's Boy Child
9AM (Let It Snow): Sleigh Ride, Let It Snow, At This Time of Year
10AM (We're Walking in the Air): Last Christmas, I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday, Stop the Cavary, We're Walking in the Air
11AM (Saviour's Day): Happy Xmas (War is Over), Do They Know It's Christmas, Saviour's Day
12PM: Winter Wonderland, Step Into Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1PM (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year): It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, All Alone on Christmas, Never Had A Dream Come True
2PM (A Winter's Tale): Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, A Winter's Tale (X2)
3PM (Come Home for Christmas): All I Want for Christmas Is You, Please Come Home for Christmas, Lonely this Christmas
4PM (The Christmas Songs): The Christmas Song, In Dulci Jubilo, I Belive in Father Christmas
5PM (Rockin Around the Xmas Tree): Blue Christmas, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, When a Child is Born
6PM (Once Upon a Christmas Song): Fairytale of New York, Mistletoe and Wine, Once Upon a Christmas Song
7PM (Home for Christmas): White Christmas, Driving Home for Christmas
8PM (Wonderful Christmas Time): Wonderful Christmas Time, Merry Christmas Everybody, Christmas Time, Merry Christmas Everyone
9PM (Power of Love): Power of Love, What If, We All Stand Together
10PM (Pipes of Peace): Pipes of Peace, Where Are You Christmas, Millenium Prayer
11PM (Hark the Herald): Hark the Herald Angels Sing

So There You Have It. Christmas Day and Cracking Christmas Tracks Put Together. Merry Xmas (I'll Hope to Update Soon)!

[center]25TH DECEMBER[/center]

12:00
Merry Christmas, I hope you're all enjoying it. I've just caught up with my sleep and I'm off to Minard soon. I'll give you a fuller update when I come back.

[center]26TH DECEMBER[/center]

23:00

I'm Back! Very windy and wet journey up to the Loch Fyne and I saw some snow on the mountains around Arrochar and Lochgoilhead whilst Aberdeen bathed in 15C temperatures. No White Christmas, but another year that never fails to impress in simply being the most wonderful time of the year with family, a dog, tv, highland setting, music, food - ah a great time in a nice comfortable loch side house in the highlands. The journey back today was windy and with a threat of an avalanche at Glen Croe. So that's another Xmas over, the New Year is next and hopefully next will bring us all good things in life in the world and of course some good weather and most importantly some snow.


[center]27TH DECEMBER[/center]

21:30

Today has been quite quiet with some light cloud cover all day and very little wind, quite mild. However the met office have issued ANOTHER warning for Scotland as another "hurricane" is heading to Scotland so I assume that Amber Alert means "TAKE COVER"! So perhaps some more interest again this month after a quiter spell during the Christmas period. Also, on the back edge of the front, we may BRIEFLY see some snow but it shouldn't amount to much - although we would beat December 2010 in terms of snowfall which would be quite an achievment. Now, the rest of the month and into the new year will probably see an unsettled theme with wintryness on the hills although at times we may see something wintry. I'll keep you posted!

[center]28TH DECEMBER[/center]

22:15

A very windy day up here with rain and also quite chilly too. We've got two more hours left for some snow with the -5C uppers but will any showers arrive. I sure hope so. The models today have been touch and go. Although in FI and other models, there appears to be some improvements, however in the meantime, it isn't spectacular for the reliable time frame but here in Scotland there could be some wintry weather at times (but of course there's a whole load of moaning from the southerners). And a shower has just arrived and guess what, wet snow flakes have fallen on the car and that means that December 2011 has officially had more days of snowfall than December 2010! The official Glasgow Airport records is decent too, 6 snowfalls recorded their this month which in the past 12 years is amongst the top 5 snowiest months! I'll see you soon.

[center]29TH DECEMBER[/center]

23:00

We had another snowfall today with wintry showers from the west. Quite cool and blustery overall, quite seasonal feeling and looking. The models still aren't painting a clear picture, but at the moment it looks like here in Scotland we might have a few more cold spell and snowfalls left.

[center]31ST DECEMBER[/center]


22:30

A mild and wet end to one of the mildest years ever and wettest year ever in Scotland. I'll do a review of 2011 once we're in 2012 but I can say that's been a pretty good year for snow with the wintry weather in January with a decent cold spell and snow event resulting in 3cm of snow lasting for a few days aswell as a wintry February and March and in particular the fantastic December with lots of wintryness and two great cold spells. So like I've said, sometime in the New Year (or January) I'll review 2011 in weather and snow and in particular with the current winter, I'll review the first third of winter. So that's anothe year over, no Big Freeze, some pair-shaped weather, but overall in terms of snow it's 3rd consecutive good year for snow despite the weird weathe between March and November (which had it's moments but at times it was so dull). And December, well it's been an explosive start to winter and has already booked the winter's place among the decent winters (or winter's far better than 2006/2007 and co) and of course a 4th consecutive winter with more than one decent cold spell, good lying snow more than once, more than 10 snowfalls and a snowplough sighting. And the polar maritimes that gave us the snow in December may well last into January and we may well so

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

A Winter's Tale Snow Diary 2011/2012

Sunday 6th November - Snow grains in the early hours - No Lying Snow
Saturday 3rd December - Wet snowflakes in heavy showers from the west - No Lying Snow
Sunday 4th December - Snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 2cm later in the day
Monday 5th December - Heavy snow from showers from the west - Lying snow of 6cm
Tuesday 6th December - Snow showers from NW in the early hours - Lying snow of 3-5cm
Wednesday 7th December - No snowfall - Lying snow of 1-2cm
Friday 9th December - Some snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Saturday 10th December - Snow showers from the west in the morning - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 13th December - Some snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Friday 16th December - Heavy snow band from South West in Early Hours - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Saturday 17th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Sunday 18th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Monday 19th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of 2-3cm
Tuesday 20th December - No Snowfall - Lying snow of less than 1cm
Thursday 29th December - Snow Showers from the West - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 3rd January - Some snow from Showers from the West - No Lying Snow
Thursday 19th January - Some snow from Showers from the West - No Lying Snow
Tuesday 24th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Wednesday 25th January - Some wet snow from front from the west - No Lying Snow
Thursday 26th January - Snow showers from the west - Lying snow of a dusting
Friday 27th January - No Snowfal - Lying snow of a dusting
Tuesday 31st January - Light snow showers from the east - No Lying Snow
Friday 3rd February - Light snow flurry from the east - No Lying Snow
Saturday 18th February - Snow showers from the NW - Lying snow of a dusting
Wednesday 7th March - Snow showers from the west - No lying snow
Tuesday 3rd April - Snowfall from a band from the north - No lying snow
Saturday 5th May - Snow shower from the north - No lying snow
Sunday 6th May - Snow shower from the west - No lying snow

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

My First Munro!

MUNRO NAME: CARN AOSDA
DATE CLIMBED: 15/8/11
HEIGHT: 3009 FT, 917 M
MOUNTAIN REGION: THE CAIRNWELL MOUNTAINS (GLENSHEE)
COUNCIL: ABERDEENSHIRE
TIME TAKEN: 1.5 HOURS

LOG:

CARN AOSDA IS OFFICIALLY MY FIRST MUNRO OUT OF THE 284 MIGHTY MOUNTAINS OVER 3000FT IN SCOTLAND. LOCATED NEAR THE GLENSHEE SKI CENTRE CAR PARK, IT IS A 580M ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT, SO A PRETTY EASY CLIMB TO ARGUABLY SCOTLAND'S EASIEST MUNRO. ALL IN ALL THE WALK WAS QUITE EASY UNTIL A LONG AND STRENUOS, STEEP CLIMB UP THE FACE OF THE MOUNTAIN TOWARDS THE SUMMIT. I WAS QUITE FAST UP UNTIL THAT POINT SO I NEEDED A FEW BREAKS. HOWEVER ONCE THAT TOUGH PART WAS OVER, IT WAS JUST AN EASY STROLL TOWARDS THE SUMMIT WHICH WAS LITTERED WITH STONES. THE FEELING OF REACHING THE SUMMIT WAS THAT OF TRUIMPH, WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I'VE JUST CLIMBED ONE OUT OF THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS IN SCOTLAND.

WEATHER VIEW:

IT WAS GENERALLY A NICE, SUNNY DAY ON THE WAY UP TO GLENSHEE. THERE WERE A FEW VERY HEAVY SHOWERS AROUND PERTHSHIRE, HOWEVER IT CLEARED UP NICELY ONCE WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO THE GLEN. THERE WASN'T MUCH IN THE WAY OF WIND UNTIL THE SUMMIT WHERE IT WAS QUITE STRONG. WITH THE SUN ON IT'S WAY TO BED, THE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS COLD AND IT CERTAINLY DIDN'T FEEL LIKE SUMMER. FROM THE SUMMIT YOU COULD SEE DARK, STORM CLOUDS BEING BLOWN TOWARDS THE CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS.

VIEW:

THE BEST VIEWS FROM THE SUMMIT OF THE MUNRO, WERE TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH. TO THE EAST WERE THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF GLENSHEE AND ANGUS SO YOU COULDN'T SEE PAST THEM. TO THE WEST WAS A VIEW OVER HIGHLAND PERTHSHIRE/ABERDEENSHIRE WITH A VIEW OF A SCOTTISH LOCH. TO THE SOUTH, YOU LOOKED DOWN THE GLEN AND COULD SEE THE LOWLANDS AND STRATHMORE BATHING IN LATE EVENING SUNSHINE. TO THE NORTH, THE VIEW WAS FANTASTIC, LOOKING AT THE CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS AND PARTS OF ABERDEENSHIRE.

A WINTER'S TALE...

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

 

First Snowfall Of The Winter

Friday 26th November - A Band of Heavy Snow crossed - Lying Snow of about an inch
Saturday 27th November - A band of Heavy Snow cossed during the eary hours - About an Inch of lying snow.
Sunday 28th November - Band of Snow across the Central Belt of Scotland - About 15cm of lying snow
Monday 29th November - Band of snow moving from the North Sea fell - Around 15cm of lying snow
Tuesday 30th November - Showers coming from the east brought snow - Around 10-15cm of lying snow.
Wednesday 1st December - Snow Showers on and off from the east - Around 15-20cm of lying snow
Thursday 2nd December - Snow showers from the east - Around 20cm of lying snow
Friday 3rd December - A Band from the west brought snow (cold night -12c) - Around 20cm of lying (School Evacuated at twenty to 3)
Saturday 4th December - No Snowfall recorded - Around 20cm of lying snow
Sunday 5th December - Light snow in early hours - Around 12-15cm of Lying Snow
Monday 6th December - Very Heavy Snow from the North West - An extra 5-10cm in places so 15-20cm+
Tuesday 7th December - No snowfall - Snow Day with School officially Closed [img]http://forum.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif[/img] - 25 cm of lying snow (very cold day as it never got above -10c)
Wednesday 8th December - Tiny Flakes - Snow Day again - 25cm of lying snow
Thursday 9th December - No Snowfall - Snow Day Again - 20-25cm of snow max
Friday 10th December - No snowfall - 5-10cm of lying snow- thaw
Saturday 11th December - No Snowfall - 0-5cm of lying snow
Sunday 12th December - No Snowfall - 0-5cm of lying snowfall
Monday 13th December - No Snowfall - Remains of lying snow
Tuesday 14th December - No Snowfall - Remains of lying snow (5cm max)
Wednesday 15th December - No snowfall - Remains of lyings snow
Thursday 16th December - Heavy snow showers from north - Remains of lying snow and fresh dusting
Friday 17th December - No snowfall - Some lying snow
Saturday 18th December - Snow from the South West - A fresh cover of a few cm
Sunday 19th December - Snow from the east - Quite a good covering of snow
Monday 20th December - Tiny flakes - Quite a good covering of snow.
Tuesday 21st December - No Snowfall - A nice covering of a few cm
Wednesday 22nd December - No snowfall - A nice covering of a few cm
Thursday 23rd December - No snowfall - A nice covering of a few cm
Friday 24th December - No snowfall - A nice covering of a few cm
Saturday 25th December (Christmas) - Snow fell in the early hours from the NW so an official white christmas! - A nice covering of a few cm so a white christmas
Sunday 26th December - No snowfall Observed - Some lying snow (less of it due to less cold temperatures)
Monday 27th December - No snowfall - Some lying snow (less of it due to less cold temperatures).
Monday 3rd January 2011 - Snowfall from NW - not settling that much
Wednesday 5th January - A Little snow in the early hours - No lying snow
Friday 7th January - Snow coming from south - Pretty decent lying snow of a few cm
Saturday 8th January - Snow continuing from SW - Decent cover of snow
Sunday 9th January - No snowfall - Decent few cm cover of snow
Monday 10th January - No snowfall - Some lying snow
Wednesday 12th January - Snow from the west - An inch and a few cm of wet lying snow.
Thursday 13th January - No snowfall - A little bit of lying snow in the early hours
Saturday 29th January - Some small flakes (uncomfirmed) - No Lying snow *(uncomfirmed.
Wednesday 3rd February - Heavy snowfall late on from the west - Lying snow on some surfaces
Thursday 4th February - Heavy snow in Morning - An inch of lying snow
Monday 7th February - Rain turned to snow - no lying snow
Monday 14th February - Rain turned to snow - A cm of lying snow
Saturday 19th February - Rain turned to sow briefly in the early hours - No lying snow
Monday 21st February - Snow arrived from west - Despite persistent snowfall, it failed to settle
Wednesday 9th March - Snow arrived from NW - In the morning there was about a cm of lying snow on some surfaces.
Thursday 10th March - Some showers turned to snow - No lying snow.
Friday 11th March - Some snow flakes from front from the south meeting colder air - No lying snow
Saturday 12th March - Snow coming from a band moving north - A 1-2cm (maybe more) of lying snow
Sunday 13th March - Rain turned to some snow at the end of the day - No lying snow
Monday 14th March - Some wet snow flakes - No lying snow
Tuesday 15th March - A period of wet snow - Despite persistent and heavy snowfall there was only a cm of wet lying snow on cars and grass.
So Here are the Facts:

Total Consecutive days of Falling Snow: 8 Days (26th November to 3rd December)
Largest Snow Depth: 25cm (6-9th December)
White Christmas: Yes
Total Snow Fall Days: November (5), December (10), January (5), February (6), March (7) Winter Total= 33 days
Lying Snow: November (5), December (27), January (6), February (3), March (3) Winter Total = 43 days
Total Days with either falling or lying snow: 54 days
Snow Season: 26 November - 15 March (so far)

Who Knows, we've still got Spring.

A Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

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