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  1. Well I had an utterly crap winter for snow here. Even a sneaky second week in the alps went horribly wrong when I injured my knee the day before. Thankfully I'd booked half board in a wee french family run hotel, so what I missed in skiing, I made up for in delicious food. Been in hibernation since; couldnae stand the sight of snaw and cauld when I came back. Just wanted the winter tae end. And it certainly has this weekend, in glorious style; absolutely crackin easter weekend.
  2. No fir skiers then? EDIT Snawin away here. Lying nicely.
  3. Wet snaw/sleet here. T = 4.3. DP = -0.3 C. Had totally forgotten about winter. #unexpected EDIT. Attempting tae stick now. T dropping fairly rapidly. EDIT 2 0.5 cm of snaw now lying. Will soon top my Winter 2019 record.
  4. Jeezo, seems like weeks now since I saw a chart that had any sort of appeal. FI 10 days oot, but I can dream. Basically nae winter here so far this year.
  5. Well, while that was a decent cauld spell for many, it was utterly pants snaw-wise for me here in the E. Borders. Ye ken things are bad when you've nae snaw, yet even @101_North is daein a wee dance in some. Anyway, when the last chance passed I went and booked another week in the Alps fir masel skiing. No way I'm ending this winter wioot another proper snaw fix. Totally broke now, but what the hell, you only live once. Cauld and frosty this morning, then damp muck fir days tae come.
  6. I think this wis mair hope than anything. #pish
  7. Seems tae be a bit sleety here at Hillend ski centre. No much prep for now so hard tae tell.
  8. MetO saying heavy rain tae sleet tae snaw fir masel. Cannae say it's looking like much tae write hame aboot! Decent frost this morning though. While I don't want tae lose any friends over this, I huv tae say it was rather nice walking the dugs in the snawless sunshine yesterday. Was only 2 C, but t-shirt weather as so still and dry.
  9. Had a lovely walk there on New Year's day, as is tradition (that or on Christmas day). Did you drive past a muckle 'Yes' sign near the railyway station on the way up? Ma folk's hoose. Chip aff the auld block I am. Cairn's the best pub in the Highlands, but I'm biased.
  10. Whit a pleasant surprise. Light snaw here at Hillend fir ma Friday ski sesh.
  11. If the air is understaturated with water, then snow can 'evaporate' directly from the solid to the vapour phase. It's not strictly melting as the temperature remains below the ice point as you say. Sublimation is the correct term. The process is endothermic (takes in heat), so needs to draw heat (deltaH, the enthalpy of the transition) from somewhere to occur, and causes localised cooling (evaporative cooling) as a result. Infrared radiation from the sun can help here. I understand ablation refers to the net ice loss process affecting the lower parts of a glacier, so includes melting, sublimation, calving or anything else that removes ice. So I suppose it sort of applies tae snaw melt.
  12. MetO have light back edge snaw the night for me after the rain. Should all then freeze up nicely.
  13. Austria today. Hopefully us next week (EDIT, ok, maybe just 10% of that would be just fine).
  14. Aye, fairly wild here with some light rain blawin aroond. I'll need tae get fully suited up fir the dug walk. The overnight runs look quite promising for next week. I see @BurntFishTrousers has appeared; that's often a guid straw in the wind fir the snaw. My documents are all over in Dublin. Will soon be changing my moniker tae Irish Skier thanks tae gran. Will make my household fully foreign technically. After that, first stop is Donegal for a holiday where that side of the family comes from. EDIT. Was fascinating looking over the old documents. Gran and grampa married in Ballymena (where grampa worked at the time in the police), but by the time it was registered a couple of days later, they were already back down 'in Lowestoft on active war service'. Gran was an Irish migrant anti-aircraft gunner during the blitz; an 'ack ack girl'. Anyway, mon the Scottish snaw; I understand Donegal's not got the greatest record for this.
  15. Well, looking increasingly promising in terms of a cool doon going forward. Oor resident expert @lorenzo posted last night in the model threads aboot how the MJO wis gan intae phase 5 thoosan whilst mercury wis aligning wi jupiter etc. Hudnae a clue whit he wis oan aboot, but sounded really promising. Whit a see is basically cauld uppers = mibbe snaw.
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