EUROPE RECAP: February Temp/Precip Anomalies, Record Snow In Highlands

Written by on March 5, 2014 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

Not surprisingly, all the stormy weather we’ve endured over the last 3 months has meant that we’ve endured the ‘windiest’ winter (Dec-Feb)

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

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As for the global temperature anomaly for February, the US is coldest while Europe is warmest but notice the warmest values are over eastern Europe. A large chunk of Asia has been very cold like the US.

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

As for the global rainfall anomaly for February, interestingly and not surprising, Ireland and the UK appears to have seen the greatest above normal anomaly. We were in the firing line, the boundary between the trough and ridge. Beneath the atmospheric river!

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

Chart via/courtesy of Simon Cardy

‘Most Snow In Nevis Range Skiing History!’

I’ve shown you several amazing images in recent weeks of the mammoth snowfall witnessed over Highland Scotland, in stark contrast to the ‘none winter’ down here at lower elevations. I thought I would show you more and tell you some of the stats coming out of the Nevis Range (near Fort William).

In an article by iceagenow.com, Iain Sykes, the Founder of the Nevis Range Ski Resort says they’ve seen 59 consecutive days with snowfall which has piled to an average depth of 4.5 metres. Deep gullies on the mountain have apparently seen depths of up to 18 metres or 58ft!

Some lifts have been inoperable due to them getting buried by the unprecedented snowfall.

Rest Of This Week Into The Weekend

I’m expecting some pretty heavy rain to stream in from the southwest along a boundary Friday over Ireland and Scotland.

Cold air on the backside of the front could mean snow even to lower levels for a time. before the high builds into the UK proper from the south.

ECMWF surface charts

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

850 temps Saturday are -10C or lower over Scotland, factor in precip and snow levels could get low.

Cold 5k temps Saturday over Scotland.

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Significant northward warming by Sunday!

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

More chill sweeps in behind that front associated with low pressure to the west but high pressure means business into next week!

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

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