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Most Snow Patches Survive In Scotland Since 1994

November 28, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




Hottest year update!


From the BBC:


Seventy-three patches of snow have survived on Scotland’s hills from last winter – the most for 21 years, according to a man who counts them.

Iain Cameron writes about, photographs and measures snow.

His records of the white stuff are published by the Royal Meteorological Society.

The total of 73 is the most since 1994. They have lingered through to this winter because of the cool spring and frequent snow showers until June.

Patches were recorded on mountains such as Creag Meagaidh, Ben Macdui and Ben Nevis.

Mr Cameron said snow had survived this in areas where the phenomenon was unusual.

He said: "This includes, also for the first time since 1994, mountains in the north west Highlands, where 12 patches survived.

"The reason so many patches survived is undoubtedly to do with the very cool spring, which saw frequent and heavy snow showers right through May and even into June.

"In fact, there are good grounds to believe that the maximum depth of snow recorded in the gullies of Ben Nevis was achieved in early June.

"Also because of the cool and overcast summer months. For example, the summit of Aonach Mor – 4,000ft – recorded only four days where the temperature exceeded 10C.

"July and August were also cool, and taken together this meant that melting rates were diminished."

Lasting snow – snow that has fallen recently and expected to linger – came about 10 days ago, Mr Cameron said.

It means many of the 73 patches could survive into next summer.

Earlier this year, Mr Cameron recorded details of an avalanche that occurred during the summer months.

  1. November 28, 2015 1:17 pm

    Good thing they weren’t at Heathrow.

  2. November 28, 2015 1:39 pm

    This is not that unusual if you read articles going back to the 18th century

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    November 28, 2015 1:51 pm

    That is the start of Glaciation, but the world is not listening.
    Add to it the highest ever Snow falls at the earliest dates as well and it makes a total mockery of the “warmest Evah” theme.
    But it was good to see it in the MSM adding a little bit of balance.

    • November 28, 2015 2:32 pm

      When I began grad school in fall 1966, we all “knew” another ice age was coming–we were due. However, we go through a lot of ups and downs which are not understood. That gives the climate liars gathering in Paris a lot of fodder. They can say anything and ignore everything.

  4. Doug Brodie permalink
    November 28, 2015 2:14 pm

    I’m not sure that too much can be read into this, although I did notice from long distance that our nearest mountain, Ben Wyvis (935m), had surviving flecks of old snow until about mid-September, which was unusually late. It is now well covered in new snow.

    The HadCET graph shows that UK mean temperature has been on a falling trend for the past decade which would be consistent with an increase in lingering snow cover. However temperatures have moved higher over the past year or so, presumably due to the natural warming of the 2014/15 El Nino.

  5. mwhite permalink
    November 28, 2015 2:45 pm

    I notice this story is not on the science and environment page, not even the Scotland page(top story – Thousands join climate change march in Edinburgh)

    Hidden on the Highlands and islands page.

  6. rah permalink
    November 28, 2015 3:17 pm

    I don’t know about it being the start of glaciation but the British Isles are certainly in for some colder times simply because the AMO has turned negative or IOW is on the down slide from it’s warm to cold phase. Right now the whole Atlantic Ocean is generally cooler now than it has been for 20 years or so. Thus the Gulf streams warming effect will be somewhat mitigated. On the upside if there is a powerful La Nina after this current El Nino and SSTs follow the general patterns of such events, tropical temperatures in the Atlantic will spike upwards compared to the rather colder than normal SSTs recorded there for this last summer. Of course that also means better conditions for Tropical storm formation.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      November 28, 2015 9:09 pm

      rah, if it was just a bit of snow in Scotland I would agree with you but add in
      Increasing Antarctic Ice
      Arctic Ice apparently returning to normal
      European and South American Glaciers growing
      Great Lakes Ice at Record levels
      Greenland Ice growing and Temperatures very low.
      Early heavy snowfall in the USA, Japan, Russia, Croatia, China, Finland, Norway, Turkey and it is very cold in Iceland.

      • rah permalink
        November 29, 2015 10:16 am

        All, in the N. Hemisphere because of the switch in the AMO most likely. It’s a cycle. I’m aware of the cold temps being recorded on the Greenland ice sheet. Even at the southern tip they could not grow their own fodder this summer for their sheep and had to import it all. As for “recovery” of arctic Ice I’ve learned to be very cautious when it comes to putting much stock in the growth or decline of sea ice anywhere because it’s extent, volume, thickness, and age can be so quickly and greatly effected by factors having nothing to do with temperatures and insolation. IMO sea ice is a very poor yard stick for gauging climate change. Though, being human, I will admit to rubbing the noses of the more ardent warmists in the fact that it has not gone away and the NW passage open as so many predicted it would.

        I’m not saying that it isn’t possible for a new glacier to form in the Highlands. Glaciers come and go, and advance and recede. That’s what glaciers in the mountains of the temperate regions do! Quite frankly I don’t believe that the recession or even death or advance of mountain glaciers are anything to get excited about in the context of global climate when. It seems to me the time to start paying real attention is when there is a sustained general advance and new formation over a large swath of either hemisphere.

        In the meantime it looks like those of you that Love winter sports over there are in for another great season. And another generation of children will know what snow is. So enjoy!

  7. Retired Dave permalink
    November 28, 2015 6:15 pm

    A C Osborn and rah

    I can’t lay my hands on it now (too many bookmarks to find easily) but a paper about three years back stated that some snow on the north side of Ben Nevis already showed the early signs of glaciation.

  8. November 29, 2015 3:31 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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