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Current weather conditions - Skye

Current weather conditions - Skye


Postby helenw » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:00 pm

First snowfall of the season on the Trotternish ridge today :D - lovely sunny clear weather but storms are forecast for later in the week. :cry:
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No snow on Trotternish Ridge

Postby Paul Webster » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:47 pm

Glorious sunshine today, the first for over a week.

The continuing mild weather means there is no snow at all now in Trotternish. The Cuillin have very little either from what I have seen - does anyone living nearer have a better view?
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Still mild....

Postby Paul Webster » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:45 am

A fine day today (2 March) - still no snow on the Trotternish Hills, and barely any even on the highest summits when we were in Kintail last weekend.

This forum now covers the whole of the Highlands, so it'd be nice to hear about conditions in other areas of Scotland.....

Anyone know if there's much snow in the Cairngorms or on the Ben?
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Postby jsk » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:06 pm

Hi,

I plan to travel to the Cuillin in the beginning of April. Is it possible that there is no snow on the tops in the beginning of April?

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Cuillin - April

Postby Staffa » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:19 pm

Hi there,

Most years you would expect snow on the Cuillin summits at the beginning of April - and there is a little snow at the moment.

However, this has been the mildest winter (Global warming) ever in the Highlands, apparently, and it would only take some mild weather with rain to clear all the snow.

So there is a possibility that there may be no snow in early April - just that you couldn't count on it.
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Have we had our summer?

Postby helenw » Mon May 07, 2007 6:52 pm

After 10 days of continuous sunshine - walking in shorts and T shirts even on the Munros - its turned to gales and rain with occasional bursts of sunshine. However still looks like its better here than most of England and Eastern Scotland, and great for those atmospheric photos! I'm waiting for inversion conditions to try and take photos of Brocken Spectre - does anyone know the best conditions to try for and best time of day etc?
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Brocken spectres

Postby Staffa » Wed May 09, 2007 12:30 pm

I've seen Brocken spectres quite a number of times - they are much more common than you think once you know where to look. There isn't really a best time of year. Relatively high pressure is the thing, when clouds could be trapped low in the valleys and there is sun above.

You need to be near the edge of a steep escarpment or cliff, with the sun in the opposite direction from you as the cliff, so that your shadow will fall over the edge. This is hard to acheive if the sun is high in the sky; in the morning or evening when the sun is lower your shadow is also longer so this is the best time of day to see them. Once you know this, then whenever there's a temperature inversion - not that rare - you can work out where you need to stand and when in order to see your 'spectre'.
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Drought

Postby Paul Webster » Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:04 am

Drought reaches NW Scotland!

It hasn't rained now in Staffin (North Skye) for over a fortnight - is it a record :?:

It is bizarre seeing the flooding and heavy rains in England on TV. Is Global warming making the depressions pass further south?
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