‘Beast from the East’ Brought Record Breaking Snow and Cold to Scotland

We knew this was a big deal for the country when the Red Warning kicked in and the snow showers just kept pilling in on a bitter Siberian wind. Not every day do you see -4C on the thermometer while the we had a stiff easterly blowing, making it feel no warmer than -10 and at times -15C even in major towns and cities. The conditions we observed in the heart of Scotland’s main population belt was more reminiscent of the Cairngorms at times.

The snow was like powder hence why the wind was able to throw it around so much.

This end of February beginning of March ‘Beast from the East’ will be long remembered for it’s relentless wind and snow which shut down the heart of Scotland. It was one for the record books for both snow and cold.

The below article is from STV weatherman Sean Batty.

Record-breaking snowfalls blasted parts of Scotland

Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde had as much as 50cm of snow, a record for these areas.
One of the worst affected was Bishopton in Renfrewshire, accumulating the most snow since records began 18 years ago. The previous record was 22cm in 2006.

At Drumalbin, near Lanark, 49cm of snow fell, a record for the area in March.

In Gogarbank, Edinburgh, 21cm of snow was recorded on Friday morning, estimated to be the deepest March snow in the city since 1979, when 25cm was witnessed at Turnhouse.

Meanwhile, 15cm fell in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, 14cm accumulated in Strathallan near Perth and 13cm was witnessed in Lossiemouth, Moray.

In comparison, only 2cm of snow fell in Aviemore despite being known for its wintry conditions.

STV Weather presenter Sean Batty, who obtained the figures, said: “A week ago I started to think this may be a historical weather event, that we would be talking about for some time, and it certainly hasn’t let us down.

“This truly has been a record-breaking spell of weather with very low temperatures, and in some areas the biggest snowfalls on record.”

Meanwhile, Thursday was the coldest March day on record for Glasgow, Paisley, Shetland, Fair Isle, Orkney, Ayr and parts of Aberdeenshire.
The temperature in Lerwick only managed to reach -2.3C in the afternoon, which was well below the previous record of -1.7C, recorded in 1937, with data going back to 1929.
Sean added: “An absolutely exceptional spell of weather, the likes of which may not be experienced again for many years.

“Many of us will be talking about this event for a long time to come.”

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