>Record Snowfall in Scotland? Images Gallery of the Deep snow and Drifts over the Campsie Fells

Written by on February 27, 2010 in Rest of Europe with 5 Comments

>Here is a series of photos I have taken from around 7.30am yesterday (Saturday) over the Campsie Fells…

The snow drifts seen from inside the car

High winds greatly reduces visibilty and at times makes it difficult to see the road in front.

The power of snow and wind make you feel small as well as create scense I’ve never seen here before.
Drifts scupted by days on wind and snow

Whipping winds create a bleaker picture

Depth of the snow seen well here as it smothers the bottom of these pine trees

It’s incredible how rapidly nature can transform hills and trees into a desolate wilderness, that’s just minutes away from towns and not even an hour from the nations largest city

It’s hard to see I know but if you look at the central area of these trees, you can see the snow drifts and even the wind whipping up the top snow layer. By clicking on this image, you may be able to see this better in the larger scale.

The persistency in the winds up here have created large drifts which if any stronger, likely would have blocked this road but I highly credit road crews for keeping this road passable as both days I’ve travelled up here, front end loaders have either been hard at work, dumping the snow off the road or on their way up. Otherwise, this road would have been impassable.

Snowed In until a front end loader cleared this gateway later in the day yesterday!

Strong winds blow snow across the road here!

Deep snow almost half buries this tree and sign on the left.

At this point, I had to think whether I would be able to continue and not risk getting stuck.

Glen Coe Ski Resort witnessed a record 31.1 inches of snowfall within 24 hours and they claim this was the biggest 24-hour snowfall than at any other resort in the world for that day.
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A claim of 26.1 inches of snow fell within 12 hours in Blackford just 3 miles from Auchterarder.

Many high-level areas of the country has been blanketed by unusually large snowfalls over the past several days now. Persistent high wind and large amounts of precipitation flowing out of the warmer sub-tropical Atlantic and into the cold air over Scotland has forced the major snows but interestingly here where I live in Lennoxtown, there has been all but a skift of snow, a little patch here and there but a simple 15 minute drive up the Crow Road which climbs into the Campsie Fells and it’s like driving into another world. 1-2 feet of snow has fallen with a fresh 4-6 inches overnight and into this morning has deepened the snowpack further. Windy conditions, at times strong, have created a rare sight with towering snowdrifts that dwarf my vauxhall corsa and even me when I get out. Some drifts right along the road side tower 6-8 feet high and I know drifts up and over the higher, rugged ridges and caverns likely have drifts 10-15 feet high, some trees appear to be half buried by snow and fences in many places are buried deep under several feet of snowpack….

Why the big snows?

Two streams of air one coming from the pole and the other from the sub-tropics have collided over the Atlantic and intensified over Scotland.

A super saturated southern branch jet and the constant feeding of cold air from the northern branch produced the perfect environment for the big snowfalls across the country and particularly the central Highlands. The southern branch thanks to the El Nino has been more vigourous and with all the cold air around, it was only a matter of time before a major snowfall broke out which it did. The Highlands of course create orographic influence so therefore enhanced of the snowfall was seen in the favoured areas… This was an event though not seen across the Central Belt so much but some areas within the central belt DID see their biggest snows of winter but indeed by far, the Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Glen Nevis range resorts all saw their biggest snows of what has already been a blockbuster snow year. I did state that I believed during the month of February we would have a collision of cold air and warmer, moisture-rich Atlantic air which would create major snowfall and this did indeed materialise so I could not be happier with my overall ideas for February.

More coming soon.

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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  1. Anonymous says:

    >Secretly, you are my hero. Your articles are interesting and I appreciate you put considerable effort into your work. Your recent photos are remarkable, you are a brave guy driving up that track in a Corsa.

  2. Mark'sWxWorld says:

    >I appreciate your tremendous support at reading my blog day in and day out. you certainly must get a lot out of my work..

  3. Anonymous says:

    >I'm glad you have come back to down earth.

  4. Mark'sWxWorld says:

    >Thank you very much for your little lesson, we learn something every day don't we.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Despite the ZERO VISIBILITY, I can clearly see your car through the snowdrifts. I'm amazed to see snowfall on the hills in Scotland in winter, NOT!

    Imagine cold air colliding with warm moist air in winter. This happens every winter in the UK. Low pressure moves in after high pressure, and the precipitation may fall as snow, especially at high levels.

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