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  1. A covering now at Leadhills as the band of precipitation moves very very slowly across SW Scotland.
  2. Plenty of years I’d have been looking forward to a prospective Easter snowfall due to lack of lowland snowfall during the winter months, but this year I’m not so sure! Very pleasant day near Lanark today with birds chirping and a brown hare lolloping along the margins of a field - felt like Spring had arrived!
  3. A nice day for a walk in the Pentland Hills yesterday, with still quite a lot of snow around. Today, not quite so nice!...
  4. I think there may well be snow patches surviving longer than usual on west-facing aspects this year, given that some areas such as the Cairngorms seem to have had blizzard conditions on generally easterly winds for about a week now, and there was heavy snow from the north-east winds in December. Before I started properly paying attention to mountain weather, I assumed that easterly winds filled the windward east-facing aspects of the hills, whereas they actually drive huge quantities of snow across plateaux and summits into gullies and corries on the lee slopes, and don’t fill the windward areas to the same extent. Of course, southerly and westerly aspects lose snow more quickly than east and north-facing aspects, and the main long-lying and ‘perennial’ snow sites are on the latter. Given the relative lack this winter of big westerly/south-westerly storms with rain at low levels, but copious quantities of snow at high altitude, it will be interesting to see how the usual long-lying snow sites fare. For the reasons you give, there should be interest long into the back end of the year, though.
  5. Snow is on the way out here, after sleet, rain and temperatures soaring to 2C, with a distinct sense of things returning to normal. Have mixed feelings - sad to see things back to looking a bit dreich and mundane but no doubt there are lots of people in rural parts who would be glad to get back to normal. Some sunshine would be nice now, but it looks in short supply this week.
  6. Would be worth a look look at the Pentlands webcam if there is no northwards correction (sorry Edinburgh folk). It’s already looking pretty good up there!
  7. Bumped into these fellas down at Chatelherault Country Park this morning - Messrs. Livingstone, Wallace and Owen if we're being formal!
  8. The operators of Cairngorm, Glenshee and The Lecht ski centre must be scunnered seeing all this snow pile into the central belt and the Borders. A few days ago it looked as though it would be them catching some of the heaviest snowfalls - looks like they have caught relatively little.
  9. Frightening stuff about the warmth in the Arctic. Hopefully there is an element of it being a freak one-off warming, but the overall trend is alarming.
  10. Another heavy burst of snow has just passed through Have just seen a fox in the snow, so having a mellow moment listening to this!
  11. If it’s any consolation, it’s stopped now. East through north-easterly winds are one of the few directions that can actually be good for snow here, with a strong enough flow. I expect it’ll happen again in about another 20-odd years!
  12. Yeah, big clouds of powdery snow blowing around in the Hamilton Road - not something you see every day! Just drove over from Bothwell to Motherwell and it was pelting down at a fair rate. Car (front wheel drive with non-winter tyres) just failed to get up a tiny slope and will probably be staying stationary for a while now. Using the carefully-calibrated scientific method of sticking my index finger into the snow, it goes most of the way to the knuckle so probably 8 or 9 cm already.
  13. Spindrift2017

    Scottish winter photos

    Beinn Heasgarnich, Perthshire, March 2014 Glencoe, November 2008 Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, December 2012 Broad Law, Tweedsmuir, March 2012 Lochnagar from the south, May 2012 Andrew Gannel Hill (Ochil Hills), January 2010 Scots Pines, Glenmuir (Ayrshire), December 2017
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    Scottish winter photos

    Carmichael, South Lanarkshire, January 2016 Glenshee, February 2014 Ruins of Jerah farmhouse, Ochil Hills, January 2013 Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Appin, November 2010
  15. Mountain weather forecast for south-east highlands mentions heavy snow, whiteout and risk of lightning. Obviously conditions down in Strathyre, (sheltered by the side of Loch Lubnaig with high hills to the east) won’t be as intense, but I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a decent amount of snow. http://www.mwis.org.uk/scottish-forecast.asp?fa=SH&d=2018-02-28 Definitely not a day for going up a hill!
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